If Politics is Toxic Now, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Capture.JPGIf politics is toxic now, you ain’t seen nothing yet. During the reign of St. Ronnie of Reagan, I used to think, “You know, politicians talk some serious shit these days.” But, Reagan was a kindly grandpa compared to the current lot. He may have done a lot of things that the country still suffers from, but he also managed to do some good. And the reason was that Congressional leaders were reasonable people who understood you had to drop the posturing and downright hatefulness at the end of the day and go play a round of golf with the other side.

Flash forward to Newt Gingrich, infant terrible of the right-wing. He came to office with an agenda to shake things up, but not in a good way. He paid the price with a short term, but went on to become the right’s idea of a one man intelligentsia — at least until Ted Cruz came along.

But Newt begat Tom DeLay who wasn’t called “The Hammer” for nothing. Since then there have been a long line of “leaders” from both parties with a penchant for spending a lot of time talking about what assholes the opposing party is instead of cooperating.

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Why Does the Right Hate America?

During the reign of King George the Lesser, anyone not wearing a flag, waving a flag, wrapping themselves in a flag, pledging allegiance to a flag, or being out of direct sight of a flag was a traitor who hated America. No exceptions. No room for reasonable debate. Just, “why do you hate America?”

IRONIC NEO-HATERS - Former ultra-patriots have flip-flopped now that the electoral shoe is on the other foot. One man's question is another man's hating America.

IRONIC NEO-HATERS - Former ultra-patriots have flip-flopped now that the electoral shoe is on the other foot. One man's question is another man's hate.

Of course there were other reasons to be banished from the country of your birth. Question a civil right being trampled by bullies quaking in their boots over a second-rate videographer in a Pakistani cave and you were unpatriotic. Ask why a war was conducted in the most disgraceful and incompetent manner in history and you were allegedly out to personally shit in every soldier’s mess kit in the Middle East. There were a million reasons to be declared American non-grata, large and small, but you’d never know it by those same people’s words and actions today.

Rep. Steve King (R-Stupditstan) calls for an uprising against the American government. He calls it a Velvet Revolution ala the Czech uprising, but the end result – given his druthers – would be the same…a coup.

Capitulate to the Will of the American People
“Fill this city up, fill this city, jam this place full so that they can’t get in, they can’t get out and they will have to capitulate to the will of the American people,” King said. Asked if this situation (health care reform) is like Czechoslovakia, King said, “Oh yeah, it is very, very close. It is the nationalization of our liberty and the federal government taking our liberty over. So there are a lot of similarities there.”

It seems a bit odd that a US Congressman – a sworn representative of the American government, a man who loathes those who don’t recite the Pledge, and wears a flag lapel pin with OCD-like repetition – is calling for a “revolution” in America.

Why oh why, Rep. King, do you hate America enough to revolt?

Since their favorite missing idiot returned to his village, flag-waving Texans – including their governorare talking succession. If you’re willing to tear your state off the US map, you must hate America with a special, religious fervor. And if you use the logic they used until a year and a half ago, it would be treason to refuse saluting the rebel flag of the Republic of Texas now.

Texans, why do you hate America?

Hot Bed of the Neo-Hate America Crowd
Texas is a special hot-bed of the Neo-Hate America crowd. The Texas Board of Education launched the second most damaging thing to come out of the Texas School Book Depository since 1963 – a revised history text that recognizes only conservative dogma, Christian religion, and grants Jefferson Davis equal footing with Abraham Lincoln. They even erased some of Thomas Jefferson’s writings because he coined the term “separation between church and state” – by which, of course, they mean Christians only. Jews, Muslims, and and especially atheists need not apply.

Texas, you must really hate America to change its very history, but you are only the tip of the America-hating iceberg.

Tea Baggers from across the nation are joining the right-wing hate America movement too. They “stormed” the United States Capitol today set on running through the halls of Congress and clogging offices (well, the Democratic offices anyway). Couldn’t that be called an insurection?

Others who hate America include the Va. Attorney General, who believes his President is a Kenyan on an on again-off again basis. Sen. Lindsey Graham, considered by some to be a “moderate” America-hater, accused the Speaker of the House of liquoring up Democrats for a Kamikaze run at America.

Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning hates America so much he’s already seceded. He’s seen fit to obstruct the nation’s important business by representing Canada, and not America, from the floor of the US Senate.

During the Nixon administration, many of these same people called themselves the “Silent Majority”. However, they weren’t completely silent. They regularly offered advice to those who disagreed with them. “America, love it or leave it.”

I’d offer the same advice to them today, but I won’t because I love America.

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