Disclaimer: Yes, this is a rant. Turn away now if this sort of thing doesn’t float your boat.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bleeding-heart, communist/socialist/Machiavellianist, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, anti-war hippie, Jesus-lovin’ born-again liberal who would probably drive a Prius if I had the money to buy one. I drink Starbucks, own a Mac, and wear funky retro/hipster glasses.
And I’ll also be the first to admit that I worked for the previous Administration, so I know that there are reasoned and reasonable conservatives who are doing good things and want the country to move forward. I’m very good friends with a whole bunch of ’em.
But seriously, this idiocy about death panels, Constitutional rights being taken away (logic police!), and an antichrist socialist agenda composed of a cabal of Satan-worshiping czars has to stop.
Over the past few months, I’ve seen us throw reasoned discussion out the window for third-grade name-calling. These days, it seems easier to mask illogical arguments with emotional outbursts.
(Seriously. What politician–even if he were the prophesied antichrist who’s supposed to bring on the Apocalypse–would actually advocate for a bill that would give healthcare benefits to illegal immigrants? Or that would actually establish death panels? Or that would turn all Americans gay? Even Skeletor or Cobra Commander would have greater finesse to at least do those things covertly.)
Instead of moving forward, we’re stalling action–of any kind–and distracting ourselves from solving real issues. We’re arguing about the strings while Rome is burning. I’m all for reasoned debates based on educated arguments, but the “talk to the hand” defense is idiotic and getting terribly, terribly old. Worse, it’s lowering the collective IQ of the American populace.
This morning, I drove by the “No Obamacare” hearse as it was making rounds past DC monuments. I was this tempted to “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” it but decided against it at the last minute. I concluded that I could make a bigger difference from outside prison than inside it.
So in conclusion, America, we’re smarter than this. If we’re supposed to be the greatest country in the world (and I know that we are), why in heaven’s name are we’re acting like a bunch of idiots?