I was planning on making my triumphant return on Monday morning but I’m a little too pissed off for that. Anyone not in the mood for a rant should just click somewhere else now.
What hell is wrong with us? I’m not kidding with that question. Unemployment is rising, costs are rising, the death tolls on both front of the War On ‘Terror’ are rising, wages are falling, jobs are being cut or shipped overseas and banks are closing. BUT John McCain has a new add out with boobies in it so let’s all fucking focus on that. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
Last week I was standing in Food Lion trying to trim my shopping list so that I could afford enough gas to last me to my next payday. I don’t give a flying FUCK about Paris Hilton being in McCrack’s ad. And you know what? Most of the rest of the country doesn’t either. The only reason this is a big deal is because we are all – the candidates AND the viewers, letting the media make it a big deal. They don’t want to report the complicated, hard stories and we don’t want to hear them, so they give us tripe and we suck it down like ambrosia.
So – you ask, what should Barack Obama do when they call him arrogant and presumptuous? He should stay on message. Here’s what I mean:
Reporter: Senator, Mc Crack promised that he wouldn’t ‘go negative’ in this campaign and yet that’s exactly what he seems to be doing. How do you feel about that?
Obama: I don’t think it’s as important as my plan to bring the troops home from Iraq in about 16 months and to start adding at least two brigades to the fight in Afghanistan. We have a truly international coalition there and we need to not only add more troops ourselves, but also get the nations of the world to add more troops so that we can bring the situation there under control and bring peace to that land after almost 100 years of war.
Each and every time they ask you about tripe you pivot to something that may actually have an effect on real people’s lives. Each and every time. What story does that leave them with? Obama won’t answer crap questions. Obama will only talk about the issues. Not only does it give you the automatic high road, it will also win you back some of the respect you lost on FISA. Oh and it might, just might, force the media to do their jobs and report on real stories instead of feelings.
I preach doing. You, all my minions, know that. Let me tell you that I am getting more than a little tired of the talk floating around out there. I got email after email about Toby Keith being on Stephen Colbert. People were incensed. Up in arms. And yet they didn’t even write the show an email about it. I’m sorry, but if you have the time to whine to me about it then you have the time to write or call the show about it. How does that not make sense? Because, honestly – I don’t want to hear it unless you’ve already taken some kind of action or you need my help to take action. Otherwise, tell it to someone else.
The Executive branch of our government has broken law after law after law. It has sent my friends to kill and be killed unnecessarily. It has put energy company executives in charge of our environmental policy and it has let an entire city drown. I could go on – I’m sure others could go on and on and on, but I won’t. Because as disgusted as I am with President Shrub I am even more disgusted with the Democrats in the House and Senate who will not prosecute these crimes. They don’t want to take the political risk of looking like the bad guys. I’m sorry, but FUCK THAT. These people, including the President of the United States, broke the laws of the country they serve. The violated the Constitution they are supposed to be protecting and defending. Why there are not impeachment and criminal trials going on right now is a major quandary for me. It isn’t about ideology any more – THEY BROKE THE LAW. Period. End of story. What the hell are you doing up there, Nancy Pelosi? The President doesn’t get a pass just because he wants one.
You know why they’re getting away with this, don’t you guys? They’re getting away with this because of us. We don’t want to turn and look at ourselves. We don’t want to see what we’ve let happen the last 8 years. We don’t want to know. Barack Obama was on the cover of Esquire magazine a few months ago and in the cover story the writer worried that Obama was going to skip us over everything that has happened in the past eight years without ever making us face what we had wrought. Because the truth is that we did it. The murder, the torture, the fraud, the neglect; the crumbling infrastructure and economy; the dearth of health care and the cost of everything – it is our fault. We didn’t stop it. We didn’t want to know. We watched our Constitution being slowly ripped apart and very, very few of us rose to its defense.
If we have hearings now, if we the people press charges against the leaders who have broken the people’s laws we will have to face our own complicity. But what choice do we have? If we do not turn and face this cancer and cut it out cleanly it will continue to grow. We can elect a better President, but if we don’t repair the damage done to the Constitution then what is the point?
As always, I’m calling for action. Write to your Representative or Senator. Write to Nancy Pelosi and tell her that taking impeachment off the table in the investigation is like trying to cut a tree with a spoon. Write to Barack Obama and tell him that his administration needs to make reparations to the Constitution – that this country needs that. You could even write to Colbert and tell him that having Toby Keith on his show to sing a song about how lynching was part of the good old days was an asshole move. Pick one thing, pick all of them – but get out and do something.
Oh and quit bitching about the mainstream media and turn on PBS.