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I shouldn’t be surprised at the controversy the Coca Cola Super Bowl commercial generated. Yet, part of me is. Maybe that’s the last shred of naivety in me…maybe I’m just that saddened. Saddened that this is 2014 A.D. Yet people in this country act like it is 214 A.D. How can we say we have evolved as a people, a society, and as human beings when so many are filled with hypocrisy, hate, and ignorance?
The reality is that commercial captured the essence of today’s United States. While many in this country want to pretend otherwise, that commercial is the United States. We are multi-cultural, not assimilated culture. English is our country’s official language, yet we speak different languages. Not everyone is the same color skin. Not everyone is attracted to the opposite sex. This diversity is what makes this country strong…and beautiful.
This diversity is nothing new. It’s been that way since the inception of this country. Yet, it seems a lot of folks today have forgotten their roots. Most don’t have to go too far back into their family tree to find which ancestor immigrated to this country. Which means even those of us that were born in this country are immigrants to some degree! Yet we vilify those today that come to this country for the same reason our ancestors did…the hope for a better life.
When did conservatism become so mean…so hateful? I looked it up, and no definition I came across included hatred and ill-will towards others. So why does today’s conservatism include these negative attributes? I understand the desire to “to maintain the existing or traditional order”. I get “emphasizing respect for traditional institutions”. There’s nothing wrong with either of those. To me, it’s completely natural to want to maintain a way of life that is meaningful and understandable. It’s safe, comfortable, and provides a foundation by which to make sense of the world that we live in.
Yet seemingly for many of those that embrace conservatism, it’s not good enough to just believe in maintaining and emphasizing traditional orders and institutions. No, today’s conservatives have this uncontrollable urge to share their beliefs, often loudly, even if no one wants to hear what they have to say. Even worse, it seems as if today’s conservatives feel they are justified in taking direct action against those that do not believe the same as they do. This direct action is predominately verbal abuse. Sadly, there are some that believe even physical abuse is justified.
The reason why today’s conservatism is so hate-driven is rather simple. It comes down to ignorance and fear. Ignorance that stems from a foundation that draws largely from religious origins. Religion does a great job of bringing like-minded people together. It does an even better job of reinforcing the beliefs of like-minded people. No matter how twisted or radical. All while damning those that are non-believers and/or just “different”.
The reality is while people have had their noses buried in their “Good Book”, the times have been changing in this country. The majority is quickly becoming the minority…and the majority is only now starting to realize this. Rather than embrace the change, today’s conservative spouts their ideology even louder. They turn to their 3000+ year old “God” and “Good Book” for guidance. They enact policy and law in a vain attempt to solidify their power and money…often at the expense of everyone and everything else. All of this is done out of fear…and ignorance.
The Coca Cola Super Bowl commercial served as yet one more reminder of the change that is occurring in this country. And today’s conservatives reacted predictably with their hypocrisy, hate, and ignorance. Glenn Beck asked indignantly, “Why did you [Coca Cola] need that to divide us politically?” Really Mr. Beck? Don’t you, and the rest of your pseudo-pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Alan Colmes, earn your bread and butter by attempting to divide us politically on a daily basis? Not to be outdone, Fox News’ Todd Starnes chose Twitter as his means to spread his hateful and ignorant message. Among other things, he stated that “Coca Cola is the official soft drink of illegals crossing the border.” I don’t know, or care, who Todd Starnes is. However, I think he put to rest any doubts as to what Fox News means by “Fair & Balanced”.
I’m not a big fan of the Corporate Masters. However, my hat’s off to Coca Cola for running their commercial. Yes, it was done for the purpose of profit generation. However, it was done classy and accurately. The reality is this commercial captured the true essence of this country, even if some want to pretend otherwise. While conservatism in itself isn’t a bad thing, sadly today’s conservatives have made it synonymous with hypocrisy, hate, and ignorance. And that is a shame…that no “God” or “Good Book” can atone for.
I recently took the time to read Edward Snowden’s latest interview in The Washington Post. My hope in doing so was I would find something inspiring in Mr. Snowden’s words. While certainly informative, I found the interview to be largely nothing more than a rehash and timeline of the effects of Mr. Snowden’s actions. The revelations that Mr. Snowden did reveal were quite inspiring indeed, but not in a way he or his supporters would like to believe.
It seems to me based on Mr. Snowden’s own words that he fancies himself quite the savior of the people! Naturally, the pious individual that he is, he’d never admit or agree to such a label. In fact, he goes out of his way to remind us that he “didn’t want to change society.” Wow…how inspiring is that?! Indeed, Mr. Snowden conveys a sense of selflessness, a sense of duty to the people, as a means to justify his actions.
Yet it seemed the harder he attempted to convey his piousness, the more magnanimous he sounded. No, Mr. Snowden didn’t want to change society, he simply “wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.” Ever so humbly, Mr. Snowden explained that for him, “the mission’s already accomplished.” He went on to explain selflessly that “I already won” and “everything that I had been trying to do was validated.” When asked later on what entitled him to take the actions that he took, Mr. Snowden explained it was “they” and “the overseers”…”It wasn’t that they put it on me as an individual – that I’m uniquely qualified, an angel descending from the heavens – as that they put it on someone, somewhere.”
Mr. Snowden would like us to believe, while denying it, that he is that “angel descending from the heavens.” He would like us to believe, without saying it, that he is a hero of the people for giving “society a chance to determine if it should change itself.” However, real angels do not have to have their actions “validated”. Real heroes do not refer to their actions “in terms of personal satisfaction.” True saviors would never blame “they” or an “overseer” for the position in life they find themselves in.
The reality is Mr. Snowden is no angel, hero, or savior. He is a traitor that did what he did not for the good of the people, but rather to satisfy his own egocentric goals and motivations. In perceiving he has accomplished his mission and won, he has only succeeded in endangering the lives of others. In believing in the validity of his actions, Mr. Snowden has served only to erroneously validate his over-inflated self-worth and ego. Mr. Snowden is not a savior of the people. He is a savior of himself.
Sadly, there are those that truly believe Mr. Snowden is a savior. They truly believe he has saved the people from an overzealous government hell bent on robbing them of their most sacred right to privacy. What I find most ironic about this is so many of us distrust our government for collecting too much data. Yet, every time we search Google, our personal data is collected. Every time we peruse Amazon, our personal data is collected. Every time we update, upload, or game on Facebook, our personal data is collected. The Capitalist collects our personal information and uses that information against us for their personal economic gain. Yet no one is up in arms over this invasion of privacy! In fact, we often willing contribute our personal information to this cause. What makes data collection by the Corporate Master any different than the NSA’s data collection efforts?
Ironically, Mr. Snowden addresses this very question in his interview. “The difference with the NSA’s possession of the data,” Snowden said, “is that government has the power to take away life or freedom.” At the NSA, he said, “there are people in the office who joke about, ‘We put warheads on foreheads.’ Twitter doesn’t put warheads on foreheads.” While certainly witty, Mr. Snowden’s explanation falls short in adequately differentiating and justifying the data collection methods of the Capitalist. The Corporate Masters may not have “the power to take away life” literally. However, through the use of personal information, the Capitalist degrades our quality of life through the use of subversive advertising meant to maliciously tempt and play on our psyche. This purposeful use of psychology, meant to entice us to spend more money, takes away our freedom to think critically. While Twitter may not “put warheads on foreheads” literally, it does so figuratively.
At the end of the day, there really is no difference between the data collection efforts of the Corporate Masters and the NSA. When personal information is collected with the intent to use it as a means to violate the privacy of the people, it is wrong. It doesn’t matter who is doing it. As for Mr. Snowden himself, he is nothing more than a narcissistic, ego-centric traitor. Those that support him are nothing more than hypocrites. It’s sad that there are people in this country that blindly trust the Capitalist over their Government. It is a decision that they will eventually come to regret.
I’ve heard it said that everything is bigger in Texas. If so, then nothing can be bigger than the Texas-sized ego of Ted Cruz. This was especially apparent during a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.
It seems as if it wasn’t enough that Mr. Cruz’s efforts led to a federal government shutdown. Now, Mr. Cruz wants to ensure that shutdown remains in effect. Despite the fact that there have been 44 attempts to undermine “Obamacare”, Mr. Cruz wants to use the debt ceiling as a means to advance his own personal agenda against “Obamacare”.
Mr. Cruz’s rationale for this is simple. According to him, “Obamacare” “would destroy the private health care system.” Really Mr. Cruz? Apparently you haven’t noticed, but the private health care system IS ALREADY BROKEN! Don’t believe me, just ask someone that has a pre-existing condition that can’t afford health care! “Privatize” is the Republican Tea Party answer to “fix” everything. The only thing health care privatization “fixes” is the bank accounts of doctors and politicians like Ted Cruz.
Mr. Cruz went on to state that “Obamacare isn’t working”. Once again, really Mr. Cruz? “Obamacare” was only implemented 5 days ago. Don’t you think it’s a bit premature to state that the system isn’t working? Or better yet Mr. Cruz, are you afraid that “Obamacare” just might actually be successful?
At this point, I feel there are a few things quite apparent here. First of all, the angst that Mr. Cruz feels towards “Obamacare” is nothing more than a manifestation of the jealousy he feels towards President Obama himself. The reality is Mr. Obama is President and Mr. Cruz is not. More importantly, Mr. Cruz will NEVER BE PRESIDENT. As a result, he will never be taken seriously. At least as seriously as he wants to be taken. Mr. Cruz has always been nothing, will always be nothing, and his current actions only serve to reinforce this.
Ted Cruz is nothing more than a modern day Napoleon. Texas’ed sized ego with an equally large inferiority complex. Completely out of touch with reality. A bane upon society. A loser in every sense of the word. “Obamacare” won’t destroy the private healthcare system. It’s fair to say at this point “Obamacare” will work. The only thing amiss here Mr. Ted Cruz is YOU and the rest of your Republican Tea Party puppets!!
Well it is official, after 43 attempts to undermine “Obamacare”, the Republican Tea Party has finally succeeded in shutting down the federal government. Truth be told it should come as no surprise. The Grand Obstructionist Party has been working diligently to achieve this lofty achievement. Ensuring the sequestration was but only an appetizer to the shutdown main course. I have no doubt Ted Cruz and the rest of his band of merry radicals are quite proud of their “accomplishment”.
I commend the more moderate House Republicans for having the courage to make a last minute attempt to break ranks and restore some semblance of sensibility. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania and Rep. Peter King, R-New York will certainly come under fire within their party for their efforts to stand up to the inept few. Their efforts show there are still some within the Republican ranks that have smartly chosen not to drink the Tea Party Kool-Aid.
Naturally the finger pointing has begun. The GOP led House blames an unyielding Democratic led Senate. Yet the House was told repeatedly any attempt to undermine “Obamacare” would be met with rejection. You would think after 43 attempts the Republican Tea Party would get the hint. Yet a small radical faction, driven by overblown egos, continues to advance its own personal agenda and re-election aspirations. At the expense of the entire country. If only the same effort and zeal would have been dedicated towards running the federal government effectively. Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this position.
Today marks the pinnacle of dysfunction that has come to define our federal government. It is also marks a defining day for the Republican Tea Party. The Republican Party used to be a bastion of the working man and woman. Today, it is nothing more than a puppet of the Corporate Masters that pull its Tea Party purse strings. It has become a party controlled by the radical few that only hold their own interests at heart. It has methodically alienated the majority of this country and is completely out of touch with the changes that are taking place in this country. Has the Republican Tea Party finally reached the tipping point of no return? I have a feeling this latest Grand Obstructionist Party “accomplishment” will go far towards determining that. It will certainly be on my mind when I report to work today to sign my furlough paperwork…again.
The House led Grand Obstructionist Party (aka the GOP), declared “victory” by passing a short-term government spending bill which attempts to cut funding for “Obamacare”. Senate Democrats, as well as President Obama, have already stated that any such provision will ensure that the bill will have no chance in hell of passing the Senate, much less the President’s desk. This sets up yet another party-ideology fueled battle between Republicans and Democrats. This sets up yet another potential for a federal government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner was quoted as saying, “The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare”. Fora change, Mr. Boehner is partially correct. Rational, responsible American people do not want the government to shut down. Individual opinion regarding whether or not the American people are for or against “Obamacare” varies greatly. What Mr. Boehner misses however is the ultimate point. The American people are sick and tired of dysfunctional federal “representatives” that are more concerned with their political ideologies (and re-election) than making the decisions that are in the best interest of this country.
This is the 41st attempt to undermine “Obamacare”. While I am normally a great admirer of tenacity, there comes the time when one must recognize that the brick wall they are ramming themselves into repeatedly is not going to fall. Priceless energy, time, and resources have been wasted by the Republican Tea Party’s efforts to thwart “Obamacare’s” implementation. Yet again, Congress has shirked one of its most important responsibilities. It is September 21, 2013. Fiscal year 2014 starts in 10 days. Our Congress, who is responsible for drafting the federal budget, has barely even begun to address this issue. Instead, the Republican led House spent its time drafting a half-assed continuation bill that they knew had no chance of passing the Senate. Once again the Grand Obstructionist Party has ensured the likelihood of a federal government shutdown. Once again, our elected “leaders” have failed us.
The Republican Tea Party says it’s changing its ways, yet its actions suggest otherwise. It is completely out of touch with the changes occurring in this county. Just when it seems like they can’t possibly alienate the American people any further, they find a way to do so. Such is the case with this recently proposed spending bill.
If the federal government shuts down, I will be furloughed yet again. Furloughed due to ineptness. For those that believe they won’t be adversely impacted by a federal government shutdown, think again. Who do you think will be paying our “leaders” their six-figure salaries during that shutdown (guaranteed by the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)? Your tax dollars. So much for not being impacted.
It’s only fitting and proper that on my first furlough day I take the time to thank those responsible for taking away from me. Thank you Congress for taking 20% of my paycheck. Your irresponsibility and indifference regarding sequestration will go far towards negating my efforts to maintain my quality of life. I appreciate you adversely impacting my current financial stability.
In addition, since the amount of money going towards my retirement is based on a percentage of my base pay, your ineptness will also adversely impact my future financial stability. Since I will no longer have any “disposable” income to speak off, I will also no longer be able to contribute to the additional Roth IRA I established. Unlike you, I planned responsibly for my future. Thank you for negating my efforts.
Despite your efficiency in adversely impacting both my current and future financial stability, I will sleep well at night knowing each and every one of you, my “leaders” in Washington, will continue to draw every penny of your six-figure salary.
I’d also like to thank you on behalf of the local businesses I will no longer be able to frequent due to my furlough status. Thank you for taking away from those small business owners who’s every dollar means the difference between success and failure.
Rest assured though, since I have to put gas in my vehicle for the days that I am not furloughed, feed and clothe myself, and pay my mortgage, I will continue to support the big business, “Capitalist Masters”, that fill your re-election coffers.
Thank you Congress! Thank you for taking from me…your constituent. Thank you for taking from my local small business owners…so much for that whole “job creation thing” you talk so much about. Come Election Day, you better believe I will remember. I will remember those that took from me!!!!
Civil Servant, Veteran, Your Constituent