The Iowa Caucus took place this week. The voter turnout wasn't overwhelming and neither was the winner, Mitt Romney. The guy is about as exciting as getting Vanilla at a Coldstone and just eighty-sixin' the tasty additions available. What's more disturbing is that Rick Santorum was the runner-up. RICK SANTORUM. Again...RICK SANTORUM?!?! He kinda makes Sarah Palin seems liberal. This guy once said:
"I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people" , in regards to President Obama's stance on abortion. Basically, he's black so how can he be pro-choice?
Go to Alternet to read his Top 10 bat-shit statements.
That guy was second. He finished ahead of Ron Paul. Poor, poor Congressman Paul. If I had to say one thing about Congressman Paul, he's consistent. He doesn't flip-flop. He's closer to what the Founding Fathers ideally had in mind when they put this country 'together'. Minimal government involvement in the lives of the people. They govern, not control or interfere. It's a nice concept. In this day and age, HOWEVER, people have a hard time grasping that concept. There's a lot of dependency on the government. Another thing that gets me is that the general public has a problem with the 'dying man walks into a hospital' scenario. It was painted at one of the hundred-fucking-million GOP debates. If a man walks into a hospital and he is sick/dying, but has no insurance...what do you do, hotshot? What. DO. YOU. DO??? Under the Libertarian ideal, you don't treat. People can deal with letting someone die. I get it. Ron Paul himself is a doctor and stated in all his years of medicine, he hasn't turned anyone away that needed treatment. Small Government doesn't outlaw good will or the ability to 'work something out'. Like people are so eager to 'lend a helping hand', amirite?
Beside the GOP candidates gnawing and clawing at the brass ring that is the Presidency, let's talk about the nut jobs who support these people. The division in this country has been highlighted by 'movements'. There is the Tea Party. Their name sake refers to the major historical event where a boatload of English Tea was dumped into Boston Harbor by rebels. It's the biggest 'Take That!' act in our nation's history, but these people are far from the original 'rebels'/Tea Party-ers. They're conservative nut jobs, and pretty much racists/bigots. The Birthers, folks who believe that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen, are kinda like the equally crazy cousins of the TP'ers.
Let's talk about these 'Birthers' for a moment. Really?!?! Are you fucking kidding me?!? This is your 'thing'? The man (Obammy) released his Birth Certificate. He's been president since 2008. The election is in NOVEMBER!!! Leave it alone. To me, it's (again) a bit racist. If he were a white dude named William Smith, would you still be pressing the issue? It's because his father was Kenyan. It's because his name sounds 'Muslim' and his middle name is Hussein! GASP!!!! It's fucking ridiculous. You don't have better things to do? Look, I know he hasn't been a great President, I get that. I could blog about that alone, BUT he's following G.W. Bush. It's like coming in and having to clean up after a roomful of Gorillas had taco night. The rooms covered in shit, it smells gross, and all the furniture is broken. It's a tall order. You guys wanna keep hassling the man for his birthplace? Come-the-fuck on!!!! UGH!!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?
On the other side, we have the Occupiers. I'm down with the cause. The rich are getting richer, fatter, more extravagant, and negligent. Something needs to be done to reboot/shock the system. There's nothing wrong with working your ass off and becoming successful. It's the 'American Dream'. However, we've reached Scrooge McDuck status here. Men are making soooo much money, they could swim in it. The division is vast. The Occupiers need better organization. In the media age they need a voice to be heard, rather than numbers to be seen. It's a good start, but the movement needs to become more. Perhaps more on that another time.
I keep coming back to that word, 'division'.
Let us not set ourselves on a path to repeat history. The last time these UNITED States saw a significant, clear division we ended up at war. The Civil War resulted in 3% of the population being wiped out. That's 1,030,000 casualties. Remember 9/11? 2.996 casualties. The american deaths in the Civil War is like having 344 9/11's happen. That's american killing american. It's a horrid thought.
I can't really say what needs to be done. If I could fix it, I wouldn't be sitting and blogging during gaps in work productivity. With that said, I think empathy is an important exercise. Our soldiers risked and gave their lives for a free Iraq. They've been pulled out and left behind is a new nation. Egypt's people fought to oust their leader. Syria's people did the same. They came together for a common goal, they came together for freedom. Freedom is something we tend to take for granted. Upholding and securing freedom should be our common goal. The people who struggle with money, that have no jobs, yet still have families to provide for...they're white, they're black, they're Latino, they're Americans...they're one of us. The divide needs to close and unity needs to grow. Freedom needs to...well, to be cliche...ring. I'll close with words that we've all had to say at one time or another.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
See all you TP'ers, Republican GOP Candidate Crazies, Birthers...ONE NATION, INDIVISIBLE, UNITED STATES!!! You can get into that, right?
Occupiers...just ignore that 'Under God' part and you can dig it!
America, FUCK YEAH