Today's annoyance? Lazy citizenship! Everyone is so willing to watch American politics from the sidelines, the bleachers even! Meanwhile, the economy goes down the tubes, civil rights were eroded under our very noses, and we’re stuck in several military engagements that none of us actually wanted! Under our watch, the wealthiest Americans have bilked the rest of us out of our rightful piece of the proverbial pie & left generations ahead holding the bill for their excesses. While you, I, and Joe the Plummer slept at the wheel, America was fucking hijacked! This time around, the hijackers looked like A.G. Spanos instead of Lucky @ the Liquor Store, but that is no excuse! The security breach was massive, a total intelligence failure, & someone must be held accountable! Honestly, that “someone” can only be John Q. Public (and his female equivalent). The late, great Molly Ivins explains it best in the introduction to her 2004 bestseller Who Let the Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known, & I won't attempt to improve upon greatness, so:
“ You have more political power than 99 percent of all the people who have ever lived on this planet.
You can not only vote, you can register other people to vote, round up your friends, get out and do
political education, talk to people, laugh with people, call the radio, write the paper, write your
elected representative, use your e-mail list, put up signs, march, volunteer, and raise hell. All
your life, no matter what else you do - butcher, baker, beggar man, thief/doctor, lawyer, Indian chief -
you have another job, another responsibility: You are a citizen. It is an obligation that requires
attention and effort. And on top of that, you should make it into a hell of a lot of fun."
Damned right! Now-a-days, it should be entertaining to engage in politics! Us Modern Americans have it easy! It ain’t like we have to fight a fucking Revolution against the greatest military force the world had ever seen! Now, that was an era when political participation required some fucking effort! Remember that we don’t have to pit ourselves against ruthless Pinkerton strikebreakers in bloody battle to earn the right to organize into labor unions & we won’t have to spend eighty-plus years petitioning the government for the right to vote & we won’t have to take citizenship tests to “prove” our worthiness to our own government… but generations before us did have to deal with those kind of things. The citizens that came before us, that fought & died before we even hit the scene, did their part to make sure that America had a future. How fucking shitty is it for us to drop the ball now, in the age of the Internet and 24-hour News networks, no less?
I understand how difficult it is to step outside the safe & comfortable political affiliation bubble you are so used to and actually think about issues independently, but It Is Your Duty. Just to start you off on the right foot, here are a few news no-no’s. It is not important to discuss Octo-Mom’s future in parenthood or pornography. Who gives a shit if professional athletes use steroids & why waste time with congressional hearings on the subject? The upper-class’ financial woes do not reflect our own (or those of the majority), so fuck reflecting on how sad Brent and Bunny must be to part with their vacation property or to skip summer in Cabo this year. Some things we should be contemplating, include…
THE PRISON SYSTEM: It is bad, y’all. Not bad, as in “We can do better, Guys!”. It’s bad, as in “Hey! That 3000 lbs. pile of dog shit really smells fucking bad!”. According to the most recent Pew statistics, 1 in every 31 American adults are caught up in the system; either incarcerated in a prison or jail,paroled or on probation. Regardless of your political ideology, you have to admit that something is wrong when The Land of the Free is locking up 1 in every 9 of it’s black men, aged 19 to 34. Correctional departments (I hate that term) eat up more of the state’s budgets than is allotted to education, elementary through college level. Incarcerating so many of our nation’s Mommies & Daddies undoubtedly effects the neighborhoods they leave behind by reducing household income from employment or child support payments, by reducing State, County, or City income from sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes, etc., by leaving children without one or both parental figures… It’s pretty bad, y’all. So, what to do? Lighten up on low-risk, non-violent offenders? Toss out 3 Strikes legislation? Rely heavier on drug courts & treatment programs? Re-evaluate the severity of some of our sentencing guidelines? Institute evangelical programs like Prayer in the Prisons or Locked Down with Our Lord (I made those both up! Sound real though, huh?)? Think people! Fuck WWJD, it’s all about What Would You Do? What Should Uncle Sam Do?
SURVIVING THE SLUGGISH ECONOMY: Cuts have to be made & belts tightened in these fucked fiscal times, but we’ve got to be paying attention to the serious Dick Moves some politicians are pulling to address the economic situation! It is not OK to save a few pennies by cutting off the social services safety-net! It’s wrong to humiliate poor kids with unpaid school lunch tabs by putting them on blast & serving them cold cheese sandwiches until their folks pay up (HERE). It’s not right to underfund the Violence Against Women Act, that provides some funds for domestic violence shelters but also sets aside money for a wide range of other services relating to sexual and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Especially when we know that incidents of domestic violence increase during economic stress! Just look at THIS bullshit for proof that we need all the help we can get on the domestic violence front. Also, can we agree to no longer tolerate THIS mean & hateful bullshit from Michelle Malkin? People that don’t see housing as a fundamental need & those that think it’s appropriate to class-bash the poor (when we dole out billions to the rich) are way too big of Fucking Assholes to have a fan base. Let’s think of some productive, compassionate solutions to the cash crisis instead of pointing fingers at broke folk & cutting funds where they are totally needed. Ideas?
Handle the biz, holla’ at your peeps, & what not. Figure it out folks! It’s our right & our responsibility. Follow THIS link to some handy contact information.