Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Painfully Stupid

Not long ago I'm driving on Main St in Reisterstown (daughter missed the bus, off to the middle school) when I'm behind a beat sedan. I can see it has some gray hairs occupying at least 3 of the 4 seats, and of course they come to a screeching halt at Glyndon Dr to make a left turn into the senior residences behind Main St. No turn signal, of course.

Anyway, they have the obligatory God Bless America magnet with the flag waiving in the breeze. Now, if you're really a Christian, this isn't very Christian. Why should your god bless the United States over any of the other numerous nations in the world? Some of them are explicitly Christian, which the US is not, despite delusions to the contrary. Your Christian god should be blessing everyone, at least in theory.

Then again, Christian is clearly not understood by them the way it's preached by most. The other point of view they have is a bumper sticker taped in the rear glass. It says "Impeach Obama". Granted, that's more subdued than a lot of the ones to the right, but still.

Here we have a car load of people who are the largest beneficiaries of government largess. No one gets more from the government than retirees. Medicare, Social Security, and the prescription drug benefit, to name just a few. Hell, that's just stuff personal to them. It doesn't even get into things like roads, rules that make cars survivable in accidents, and rules that keep companies and individuals from poisoning the rest of us with improper waste disposal.

I'll bet this lot thinks they're adherents of Constitutional originalism, too. So here's what the Constitution, Article 2, Section 4, says about impeachment of the President. "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Treason's got to be their top belief. Of course, he's a traitor. He uses drone strikes to kill off al-Qaeda leaders and sent in a SEAL team to kill Osama bin Laden. Oh, wait. Those were in the interest of the US and against the interest of those who launched the 9/11 attacks.

I know. It's Affordable Health Care. That's treasonous. It broadens health coverage to millions of Americans so they can live longer, healthier, and more fruitfull lives, contributing to the national welfare and defense. Shit. That's good for the US, too.

Where could they possibly have gone wrong? He must be a traitor. He's not white. He's a black man with an alien name. He's criticized actions taken by the US at times (minor stuff like slavery and segregation).

How is it that so many morons apply the single drop rule more than 40 years after Jim Crow died? Barak Obama is as much a white man as he is a black man. Maybe more so. His mother, who was a white girl from Kansas (as middle America as it gets) raised him, along with her parents. He had almost no contact with his Kenyan father. So, even though now he says he identifies with the black community (of which there is no such monolithic thing, anyway), that doesn't eliminate the fact that he was raised by white people who had no familiarity with black American cultures.

So get over it, idiots. You can disagree with the man's policies to your bitter heart's content. But try to show some small measure of logic in your opposition. He hasn't taken all your money. He hasn't sold you to be the slave of radical Muslims. He hasn't made living conditions in the US worse than they were in 2008 when the Bush Implosion began. He hasn't sold you out to predatory banks.

In fact, if you're upset about the Bush Implosion and it's lingering effects, maybe you should consider voting for more Democrats. It's the GOP held House that's prevented anything that would protect you from the banks or any other corporation.

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