From Outta Nowhere

meDoes it seem like the seasons have moved back a month to anyone else? Summer seemed to start a month later than normal and there’s a possibility we’re going to get snow tonight. It’s mid-April. But, luckily, there’s no such thing as climate change so there’s nothing to worry about.

It amazes me how so many people simply refuse to acknowledge that human activity has anything to do with our changing environment. I probably shouldn’t be surprised but I am. Well, maybe surprised isn’t the right word. Saddened or disgusted may be better descriptors. Of course, enraged comes into play at times, too.

I’ve had to roll back my political media consumption a bit over the past few months. After the presidential campaign and election, I had to take a break. My brain was numb from the insanity of the candidates – presidential and congressional. I’m still amazed at how stupid and/or ill informed politicians and the American public are. How some of these people haven’t blown themselves up while going through daily life is a miracle.

Has there been a time in history when anti-intellectualism was this rampant? Maybe Mao’s Cultural Revolution? So many Americans are proud to not be all educationafied. And they want their politicians to be just as uneducated as they are. The whole “I’m a votin’ for somebody I want to have a beer with, not some snooty intellecshal” is terrifying to me. Because Jim Bob from the bait shop is just the type of guy we need dealing with complex, diplomatic, economic, and environmental issues. Or Michelle Bachmann.

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

Or Rick Santorum.

“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” – Troy, Mich., Feb. 25

 Or Rick Perry. 

“The reason that we fought the [American] Revolution in the 16th century — was to get away from that kind of onerous crown, if you will.” —Rick Perry, getting the date of the American Revolution wrong by two centuries
 
There were so many great Romney quotes that I couldn’t choose.
 
The fact that many Americans have absolutely no sense of class consciousness is astounding. The poorest white Americans continue to vote for the richest white Americans because they buy into the crap that the right wing spews. Whether it’s anti-gay, pro-gun, anti-immgration, anti-choice, anti-entitlement (which soooo many of the same people enjoy) or any other issue geared to split the white vote, these folks just keep eating it up. They haven’t yet figured out that there’s no such thing as a meritocracy and you can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps when you’re too poor to afford boots.The American Dream hasn’t existed for decades. Well, in reality, it never existed but that doesn’t stop some from believing in it. Just like Santa or the Tooth Fairy, it just ain’t true.
 
What is true is that corporations and the military industrial complex run the show. Don’t think so? Pay closer attention. Who gets face time with those making the decisions that determine so much of our daily lives? Who gets the tax breaks? Who gets the bail outs? My guess is, it’s not you. It’s certainly not me. What we get is rhetoric and more bullshit that we can wade through.
 
Well, that all just sort of erupted on it’s own from a planned post about the weather. So there.

One thought on “From Outta Nowhere

  • April 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm
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    I think the American Dream that everyone is obsessed about is purely based on advertisements from the 1950’s. Which in no way represented the real America. Just read Revolutionary Road!

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