I’m getting angry again. I spent some time this morning reading the Washington Post, and for whatever reason I was more interested in the political articles. I read about John Edwards, Ann Coulter, and Newt Gingrich. I read about Dubya’s tour through South America and Hugo Chávez’s response. It irritated me that I agreed more with Chávez than I did our own president.
Sometimes I feel like I should run for office. I get angry about the way the country is led, and I get angry about the lack of real alternatives on the ballot. The Republicrats and the Demublicans are two adjacent shades of the same color and they both have a vested interest in keeping the nation’s attention on the false dilemmas of their issues. The whole concept needs to be revised, not tinkered with.
The attitude of America as the Global Parent, whether the conservative “do as I say” version or the liberal “let Mommy kiss it and make it better” paradigm, is crap. It’s time our leaders recognize this country is just one of two hundred (or so) and we have no more business invading Iraq than, say, Sri Lanka has sending troops to secure Kansas (even if it seems sometimes they need to be saved from themselves). We have no more business dictating to Argentina how to operate than France has telling us what to do. We need to get all our shit in one sock before we even consider diddling with other countries.
And all this talk about the economy and our way of life needs to end. “The economy” isn’t an entity with value of itself. It’s an abstraction that represents the very issue running this country into the ditch. Our economy is a sham and our prosperity is hollow as long as the whole structure is based on luxury spending and speculation. Our currency isn’t even based on a real standard. And our “way of life?” Greed, selfishness, and self-righteousness regroupthought as “ambition,” “self-reliance,” and “moral clarity.” Crap.
Okay, I purged. Thanks for indulging me. Here's a random happy picture: