Friday, October 1, 2010
Mad and evil
You ever get the feeling the world is going mad? North Korea sinks a South Korean ship. Israel ignoring calls to stop building settlements. The IRA resurfacing and calling for action. Ecuadorian police going on a rampage. Teabaggers calling for armed force. Cops getting gunned down in a coffee shop. Police beating innocent people on city streets. Gang bangers openly shooting people at random. Rude clerks. Stressed out workers. Angry pundits. Politicians calling people stupid and lazy. Corporations ignoring their obligations. And the blatant lying. Then there's the E.V.I.L. the evil Mexicans and the evil Muslims and the evil Russians and the evil North Koreans and the evil Iraqis and the evil Afghans and the evil Taliban and the evil Iranians and the evil oil executives and the evil auto companies and the evil unions and the evil liberals and the evil neocons and the evil socialists and on and on and on. It's now to the point that even those within a group don't fit the bill. If you not one of us then you must be one of them and that makes you evil.
Never before have I seen such vile remarks thrown at a president with total disregard for the office. He was a Kenyan, a Marxist, a socialist, a communist, a Nazi, a fascist, with photos of witch doctors, Hitler, and the Joker evil was spewed on the streets of the capitol. They called him everything but the N word and I'm sure they were using that under their breath. Why? Because he was trying as best he could to solve the nations problems with what he had. A royal mess handed to him even before he set foot in the White House. What were the alternatives? Let the banks fail and watch as everyones checking, saving and retirement vanished because FDIC would not have had the funds to cover that big a loss. Or watch as our auto industry swirled the toilet bowl taking with it much of what's left of the steel industry. And considering the population growth the size of the problem would have made 1929 look like a picnic. But I have to ask why. Why when we've faced such a situation in the past would want to keep doing the things that created the problem in the first place. I don't know about you but when something doesn't work for me after I've tried it once or twice I stop and try a different approach. A square bolt is not going to fit in a round hole no matter how hard you try. The solution however is counter- intuitive. Cutting spending will only make matters worse. With spending cuts comes lay offs which results in less tax revenues which results in more budget shortfalls or has no one figured that out?
But the evil continues and the hate speech ramps up and more will die. It's us against them but if somebody would stop for just a sec and consider that we are them and they are us. We're really no different than them in the grand scheme of things. We all eat sleep and do all the things that humans do and we're just looking for a way to survive. All the anger and fist shaking and name calling is not going to change a single thing.
So while you're browsing the web this weekend you might want to have a gander at Jon Steward's march on Washington. Yeah I know it sounds like just another bout of screaming and extremist rabble and I know Jon is just a comic but sometimes just sometimes you can learn a few things from the truth of humor. And right now we could all use a good laugh.
Rally to Restore Sanity