Hot Corner: Political Discourse in AmericaWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Back during the run up to the elections I commented at length on the level of political discourse in America these days. As I recall, I said something about it being great fun until somebody gets hurt. Well it appears the buzzards have come home to roost. The shootings in Arizona are, to my mind, a direct result of the hate filled ramblings of the right wing nuts that blanket the airwaves today, spreading their poison daily and taking no responsibility for the effect their ranting has on this country. They ignore the fact that there are people out there that are even crazier than they are who can be influenced by their rants to acts of great depravity.
I’m sick of listening to these morons who speak of how anyone who doesn’t agree with their twisted view of “freedom” being killed (Glenn Beck on Michael Moore), put in the crosshairs and if they don’t get taken out, reload (Sarah Palin), or subjected to 2nd Amendment solutions (Sharon Angle). Then, when something truly horrific happens, they blithely say “Gee, we never meant for that to happen!” Well just what the hell did you mean to happen?
As far as I’m concerned, these idiots should be tried and convicted of sedition. Tell the mother of the nine year old girl, born on 9/11/01, who was killed all about free speech and the right to bear assault weapons, even if you’re nuts. (The local sheriff said if everyone was armed, this sort of thing would never happen!) I’ve listened to a cavalcade of politicians and right wing talking heads tsk-tsk about how terrible it all is but surely we didn’t have anything to do with it. John Boehner even managed to make it through his remarks without bursting into tears .I guess since it didn’t happen to him, it wasn’t that sad. When is this country going to wake up and stand up to these fake patriots? Surely this type of crap isn’t what the Founding Fathers had aspired to. Surely we can do better
The new GOP controlled House of Representatives began their new session with a reading of the most secularly sacred document in our nation, the Constitution (at an estimated cost of $1.1 million). They, of course, left out the parts that they felt the country didn’t need to hear, like how a black man only counts as 3/5ths of a human and other unsavory parts. I actually didn’t mind that they wasted time on this. I would posit that many of these great protectors of all things constitutional were probably hearing even the parts they read out loud for the first time. They often seem awfully selective about the parts they consider sacred, and very willing to ignore or call for the repeal of the parts they don’t agree with. On some points, they call for near biblical literalism; on others, not so much. They’re kind of apostates, if you ask me. You’re either for the Constitution or against it. You can’t have it just your way. This is America, not Burger King.
John Kasich has been sworn in as the new governor of Ohio. I read an article about how across the country, inaugurations were decidedly low key in these tough times. Most newly elected governors just had a low key swearing in, dispensing with the inaugural balls and parties. Not our new guv! He had four separate soirees to celebrate his ascendancy to power. His spokesman was quick to point out that they were paid for by his high rolling contributors though, and not the hard pressed Ohioans. I feel better already. Even before he was sworn in, he gave his “key personnel” sizable raises of up to 40% above what the Strickland administration paid the people previously in those positions.
I wish I had a job where I got a 40% raise before I ever started work. I guess they must be really good. I sure hope so. Don’t worry though. He’ll pay for everything by cutting all the public employees’ wages and benefits. You see, when you come out of the Wall Street culture, you need to blame someone other than the banksters that caused all this mess, so why not blame it on the public employees and the unions. It kills two birds with one stone; the banksters possibly won’t be the object of hatred and contempt any longer, and you might take out the most powerful voice still sticking up for the rights of working people.
Speaking of working people, Kasich did create one job. He hired one of his Wall Street cronies from California to head up economic development in Ohio. He’s not going to actually live here though, he’ll commute. So far, we’re down 6000 jobs, and California is up at least one. It’s going to be a long four years, I think.