My oldest son shared a link to a YouTube video with me last
recently. He found it amusing and posted it on my Facebook page. As it turns
out, it wasn’t a unique video.
As I watched it, it became apparent that videos like it are
all-too-prevalent on the web and in the media. It had to do with a Teabagger
event which shall remain unpublicized in my writing. It was an 11-minute video,
and 3 minutes in, I realized that I had already lost 3 minutes of my life that
I would never get back watching ignoramuses espouse the same dreck you hear on
Fox News, without even a modicum of intelligence to back it up, much less give
it considered thought before vomiting back the same uninformed opinion.
I listened to people offer ignorant non-answers to the
question repeatedly posed by the interview: what specifically do you
oppose about the current administration’s policies. The answer given more often
than not was that it was tyrannical and taking away our liberties and there was
too much taxation. When probed as to what specifically about it was
tyrannical, the answer given was the same … crickets chirping.
When did we abrogate our thought processes to the likes of
people who make their living by sensationalizing polarizing topics, untruths
and misinformation without regard to facts?
When did we decide it was okay to incite civil uprisings and
make homicidal, terrorist threats about our elected officials, and then make
jokes about it?
When did we put looks and cup size above education and
Seriously, we suck.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to other places outside
of the US lately, and the question I’m repeatedly asked by many in casual
conversations is “what is your take on what is going on politically in the US?”
My answer is the same: I’m embarrassed for my country, more so even than in the
previous 8 years when it was obvious to the world that the cowboy in office had
a screw-the-world-and-the-people of-the-US attitude.
That doesn’t mean, however, that I want the ignorant and
uninformed to have harm come to them. Rather, it means I would dearly love for
them to have the opportunity to GET IT; to understand and appreciate that
though they say they are fighting for their liberties, that their liberties
have certainly not been taken from them as illustrated by the fact that they
still have the opportunity to go on-air or in-print and espouse their opinions
with no fear of repercussion, retribution, or oppression by the very government
they are condemning.
I would love to know what their definitions of tyranny,
liberty, oppression, and freedom really are.
Maybe they think it’s that they have the right to record
reality tv and play it back any time they want on their flat screen tv’s while
they’re being fed the pablum of ignorance by those who have more control over
their lives than they’re even remotely aware of.
Those people make my ass twitch.