Sunday, October 23, 2005
Nobody Loves Me, Everybody Hates Me, I Guess I'll Go Eat Worms, I Mean My Shorts
OK, once again I guess I have gone over the top. As I was pounding that post through the top of my desk I was thinking to myself, "Don't do it, stop and think about this, you're smart enough to come up with something better, don't give in to this guy's obvious attempts to piss you off, this is exactly what he wants," but did I listen to the little voices in my head? Nope. About the little voices more on that later. ;) Hell I even offended Tony, and he was the last person I was trying to offend. I figured that if anyone would see my point it would be him. Wrong again.
Simple fact is this, I am not now, never have been, and probably never will be a master debater, (don't say that too fast or it sounds naughty), I just know what I believe and I know that I believe such very strongly. I am not stupid enough to think that I can change anyone's mind, nor is anyone likely to change mine. Come up with some valid points that prove that my point of view is wrong and maybe I'll change my mind, I've done it before. As far as me changing anyone else's mind is concerned, not likely, but I'm really good at preaching to the choir. ~insert large sarcasm flag here~
Wasn't all that long ago in the wake of the assault rifle ban and the Monica Lewinski scandal that I was a raging Republican. I never really believed in all of the GOP's principles but I was just so fed up with the gun control, the radical environmentalism, and the fact that someone as homely as Bill Clinton was getting blown under his desk and I wasn't that I just needed to see the Democrats lose.
When King George got the tax cuts passed, I was a raging B*shmonkey, (say what you want about the Bush tax cuts only affecting the rich, I'm definitely not rich, they put about $3000 a year back in my pocket).
When King George managed to push through the travesty that is the Patriot Act, I began to question things.
When King George attacked Afghanistan I was suspicious, but being the obviously irrational person that I am, I, like most Americans at the time, was hell bent that somebody needed to pay for Sept. 11.
When King George deciced to expand his growing empire into Iraq, that's what did it for me. Bye bye B*shmonkey.
Now after being disenfranchised by a major world wide massive colossal make America look like a bunch of dumbasses to the entire world type of flub up by the Republicans, (a lot of Democrats supported that war in the beginning too, don't let 'em bullshit ya), what is a former sort of half assed Republican to do?
Easy, one day I just happened to stumble across a name that almost fit the the position that I had held since childhood, Libertarian. Since childhood? Yep, since childhood. My father has always held the belief that both political parties were equal, both worthy of sweeping the floor of the senate chambers but little else, but he seldom talked about his political views when I was growing up so I didn't get my ideas from him.
The event that did it for me was the passage of the Montana seat belt law. I remember as a child of maybe 10 years of age, feeling a great foreboding, knowing at that point that freedom in this country was a mere illusion. I mean, how could this happen? I had been learning about real Americans since I started school, people like Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin, and George Washington. I had been learning about how these people risked their lives in a war against all odds to see to it that we would always have the freedoms that they had held so dear, yet right here in America, not in the Soviet Union, but right here in America the government was crossing the line between the good of society as a whole, and what they perceived as the good of the individual.
Even as we discussed the matter in 6th grade Social Studies I could not understand how such a law could ever see the light of day in a "free" country. The fact that other kids in the class, (whether making up their own minds or parroting the comments of their parents), were speaking just as lowly of this new affront to liberty as I was was just confirmation for me, all that stuff we had learned about the Constitution and the revolution and the Declaration of Independence was now worthless, thrown out the window by a bunch of dillusional politicians.
That's the way I've felt ever since, so if I get a little fired up when somebody throws something in my face in an attempt to convince me that a socialist system with the government making decisions for us is the best way to go, I apologize. However, had no one ever gotten fired up about such things we wouldn't be having this discussion, and we wouldn't have had to waste all of that time in school learning about Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin, and George Washington because they never would have done anything noteworthy for us to learn about. Keep that in mind, some great things have been born out of irrational acts, this country being one of them.
Tony, if you take offense to my generalizations about "liberals", I apologize. I am not stupid enough to believe that all liberals are in favor of the things that I spouted, I was only referring to the official platforms of the Democratic Party, but I didn't specify that and I'm sorry. When I'm referring to "liberals", I'm referring to those who believe the best solution to any problem is the "liberal" application of government. I have no problem whatsoever with free thinking individuals that may or may not disagree with me, I only have a problem with anyone who believes that it is the responsibility of society to support them or their offspring when their sometimes too free thinking ways backfire. That is what I was referring to, not the act of being a liberal in general. What I said was also in response to someone else making generalizations about Libertarians, two wrongs don't make a right, I'll try not to fall in that trap again, thank you for the constructive criticism. Next time I'll just call him an asshat, I don't care if I offend asshats. ;)
Now, having enjoyed a delicious meal of shorts ala mode, (you didn't expect me to eat 'em plain did you?), which was very hard to swallow, what with them being shorts and all and also with my foot in my mouth along with them, I imagine that I am now back down to 1 reader, maybe two if Joe doesn't give up on me. For the both of you I promise to try harder in the future, but if there is anyone out there who hasn't ever gotten pissed off about something and maybe even said something they didn't entirely mean out of anger alone, then I will eat. . . . . . . strawberry shortcake.
The porcupines Justin, just think about the cute little porcupines and count to 10. . . . . . .