Just seeing George W. Bush's face all over the television the last few days has really made me reflect on just how fucking dumb this country really is to have voted for that guy...twice.
On Oprah Winfrey's show, promoting his new book "Decision Points", he refuses to "wade" back into the "swamp" regarding Palin, and he doesn't want to talk about President Obama because that's the way he wanted to be treated. Blah blah blah, shut the fuck up...I can't believe this guy is really being taken seriously on any level.
This country is in shambles, and you can point the finger squarely at him if you're looking for culprit number 1. it's not even a debate, unless you're a moron, then it's a debate.
Apparently though, America has forgotten, and these midterm elections are Exhibits A, B, C, D, E, to Fuck Yourselves as proof. People really turned the House back over to the Republicans because CLEARLY they can handle things.
This is not the point of this post, and I'm already too far off track from where I wanted to be, so I'm now going to right the ship. This post is a discussion of what this country wants to believe, what it does believe, and then what actually is, which are two very very different things.
Anyway, fuck all this, for here is my point:
We're a really dumb country. The individuals aren't that dumb, but as a whole we're pretty much as bad as it gets. We have access to nearly everything, can solve so many problems, and yet we lag behind many in education, have so many under/unemployed people, don't have health care for all citizens, don't spread wealth in a much more equitable way, and on and on and on.
I had a conversation with my "manager" about this country, and he is a staunch-idiot. The discussion started when we were marveling about how the owners of the UFC were worth a certain amount of money, how they tanked their casino businesses, etc. In the course of this conversation I asked him, "What do you think is better: having 1 man with 5 billion dollars, or 5 men with a billion dollars?"
His response, "What's the difference?"
The differences are obvious, but basically, a man with 5 doesn't buy nearly as many things as the 5 other men with 1 billion each. Whether it's houses, cars, hookers, drugs, box seats, companies, or lap dances, in the end, having 5 men with a billion is clearly preferable. When I talk about the distribution of wealth, this is where it starts for me. I'm not talking about a person with 50 million greenbacks. I'm talking about absurd wealth.
The fact this country cannot even have a discussion about something like this tells me all I need to know. When you have media moguls with millions convincing the out of work that this is akin to Communism, well then, we have a really dumb country.
To put aside what's going to happen with taxes, the deficit, etc., liberals and like-minded people cannot even have a discussion about wealth distribution.
We're fucking retarded.
10 years ago we elected the dumbest motherfucker to ever buy a custom suit, and now he's back. People are even selling shirts in Washington DC with the slogan, "Miss me yet?" Miss you? For real? You're not even gone! The economy is still on YOUR watch. Kids are still dying on YOUR watch. Education is still in shambles, even worse, on YOUR WATCH.
Shit doesn't change in 2 years. In fact, Republicans have argued endlessly that Reagan created the great economy which followed 10 years later, that Bush's legacy will be a Middle East changed in 20 years. Miss you yet? Please, the only reason it's a joke is because people are so tired of politics altogether, and that's why the country created this stupid tea party nonsense, and while everyone seemingly was up in arms.
Miss you yet? Motherfucker, I never want to see your face again. A car wreck off a cliff would be too kind for you.
Here is the common sense reality of why are where we are at today, and again, it is Republicans fault.
First off, you stole an election. Call it what you will, you came into office on the back of a Republican Supreme Court, and people were pissed. But it wasn't only that. You came in claiming you were going to be a unifier, compassionate, etc. People gave you a second to see if this was true, but it wasn't. People voted for Republicans, and backed up the bullshit that things would be different, when the truth is these same people didn't really care if things would be different! They just wanted to win. They just wanted their supposed tax cut. They just wanted to force women who were pregnant into having children they may not want. That's all it is. The rhetoric was just bullshit. It was a means to an end.
Then 9/11 happened, and everyone said "unite." What happened. We divided more than ever, and caused wars.
All the while Democrats were saying, "we told you motherfuckers that these guys were clowns, and liars." They kept saying it over and over and over. As the wars got worse, as they economy shrank, as jobs were lost, as crime rose, as education didn't advance, and as Republicans spent spent spent, we told you. But you didn't care. You didn't say, "yeah, you were right." No, you didn't do that. You never do that. What you did was get pissed. As soon as you lost Congress for 2 years you said, "Look, what have you done?!?!?"
It was a bogus fucking argument, but you didn't care. You were so pissed off because we all called you out for being selfish fucking morons. As soon as you get a chance to fire back, you did.
Then came Obama, and Hope, and all the shit. Yeah, it was hype, but Americans wanted ANYTHING. John Kerry would have won. Al Gore would have won. Hillary Clinton would have won. Fuck, Jimmy Fucking Carter may have won! I'll throw a Gary Hart in there for good measure. But no, it was the young Obama, and his ability to give great speeches. He was channeling America to be great, to return to something (what, I have no idea). Blah blah blah. It was hope, and people were excited.
Unfortunately, the reality is different from the dream, and Hope didn't change the nation in 2 years. In that time the angry Republicans realized they can't trust their own, so they made this right wing tea party thing. Which wasn't initially even that right wing, but the media wingers got on board because they needed a cause too. They so want to be a voice of the people they decided to co-opt the movement, define, and use it to oust Democrats. Not to say the majority of these right-libertarians weren't bent in that direction, but it didn't start off in the place it is today. In these 2 years it was created, and used to bludgeon Democrats, when in truth the movement was created out of nation's hatred of the past 10 years, the majority of which is Bush, Cheney, and the other Republicans' fault.
That's a fact.
While it's true Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere, need to look over their collective shoulders because of the movement, it will certainly fade. I don't think people are going to suddenly become rationale and say, "Okay, things were getting crazy. Lets all settle down here and really figure out who's at fault." This does not happen. We're American. We believe in the narrative of America, which is being changed every day, and not the real America, which changes for the worse due to the bullshit narrative we create for ourselves. Unfortunately the Democrats are the ones holding the hot potato when it really started to boil.
However, even if they weren't holding it, and Republicans were, the Democrats would probably still take the brunt of the criticism because Republicans are so much better at lying, and falling back on their #1 talking point, "We're gonna give you money..." That's the big one. Tax cuts, American's money, blahblahbullshit. See Democrats can lie, but just not as well as the Republicans, and don't nearly have the willingness to do it. When things are really bad a Democrat can sweep into office and promise "change", which happened. But it's much harder. The Democrats' solutions usually involve pain. Republicans only involve giving you more shit, and blowing shit up. The fun stuff.
So even in the face of a disastrous situation, which will get progressively worse, the reality is if the country is looking for new and simple solutions, magic wands, and dream potions, we're never really going to fix anything. In the face of a country which is angry we have proof things are actually slowly coming back together. But no one is happy. Nothing is happening fast enough, and Republicans have made sure of it for 2 years.
Don't listen to anyone who tells you it's about the last 2 years, and that Obama is a joke, and "where's the change." The change is there. There would be fewer jobs without a stimulus. Government help in the financial sector did not bankrupt us. Things would likely be worse without these things. Again though, none of this has been fast enough, and that's the problem. Americans are dumb, and they want everything for themselves, and they wanted it last week. When it didn't arrive in the mail, the Republicans promised them a check.
We'll be repeating this again, and this country is seriously fucking doomed.
Not rereading and I'm sure there's a shit ton of typos and grammatical errors. To that I say, blow me.