Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sit in the Corner & Think About What You've Done

Hello Kettle, you're black! I couldn't rant about the shitty job our clueless leader is doing without also mentioning the shitty job our clueless citizens are doing. Consider this your probationary review.

According to our Founding Fathers:

“The chief duties of the President are to diligently uphold the Constitution and administer the laws enacted thereunder, to inform the people, maintain their confidence, protect their rights and adhere to republican and to moral principles.”

And just what are those republican principles? It’s not what the current party bearing that moniker (wolves in Republican clothing anyone?) seems to think it is. According to Thomas Jefferson:

"It must be acknowledged that the term republic is of very vague application in every language... Were I to assign to this term a precise and definite idea, I would say purely and simply it means a government by its citizens in mass, acting directly and personally according to rules established by the majority…”

"Action by the citizens in person, in affairs within their reach and competence, and in all others by representatives, chosen immediately, and removable by themselves, constitutes the essence of a republic... All governments are more or less republican in proportion as this principle enters more or less into their composition."

So in essence, Jefferson is putting the responsibility of running this country squarely on the shoulders of we the people. He admits up front that the people can only govern themselves to a limited extent; that once you get beyond a certain size it becomes necessary to elect representatives to carry out the day-to-day tasks of government. But most importantly he states that said representatives should be REMOVED when they are no longer bowing to the will of those they govern.

Which brings up another interesting word that in this country no longer means what it was intended to. Who exactly are these elected officials representing? It certainly isn’t me. Is it you? Then you’re an evil fuckface who needs a serious kick in the crotch. But I sincerely doubt it, as I have a feeling that the richest 1% of America and soulless lobbyists aren’t going to take the time to read my sorry ass blog.

Let’s take a look at the first paragraph again in relation to our current “leadership”, shall we?
“The chief duties of the President are to diligently uphold the Constitution and administer the laws enacted thereunder …"

So… asking for an amendment to ban gay marriage, thereby incorporating skewed religious viewpoints into our most sacred of political documents… sounds less like upholding and administering and more like anal rape without even the benefit of a reacharound. Take THAT you pesky freedom of the pursuit of happiness! Separation of Church and State my achin’ ass!

“to inform the people…”

After I stopped laughing at the very thought of W “informing” me about anything other than corporate greed, religious intolerance and the price of a barrel of oil, I looked up “inform” to see if there was some other bizzarro meaning that I wasn’t hep to. But nope, here’s what it says:

1 : to impart information or knowledge
2 : to give information (as of another's wrongdoing) to an authority

What I didn’t find were any of the following synonyms: lie, fabrication, fairy tale, falsehood, falsity, fib, mendacity, prevarication, story, tale, untruth, whopper, distortion, exaggeration, half-truth; ambiguity, equivocation; defamation, libel, slander; perjury; bluff, pose, pretense (or pretence); humbug, jive, nonsense; fallacy, misconception, myth; misinformation, misrepresentation, misstatement; deceit, deceitfulness, dishonesty, duplicity, fraudulence
‘Nuff said.

”maintain their confidence”

Since I am neither a right-wing fundamentalist nor employed by Halliburton, my confidence is pretty fucking far from maintained. Our foreign policies make us more a target for terrorism every day; we are nearly universally hated now. Our hard-on for declaring war on ::insert demon of choice:: has lead to a crippling deficit that arguably may still be plaguing our grandchildren’s children. Social Security is about as secure as that ol’ screen door on the proverbial Polish submarine. Yep, I’m fairly oozing with confidence in our current administration, aren’t you?

“protect their rights”

This time instead of laughing, I had to go sit in the corner and cry for a few minutes. I have neither the space nor the intestinal fortitude to cover just how many of our rights and freedoms are being eroded every day under the current Regime. All I can say is read the so-called
Patriot Act and be afraid. Be very afraid.

“and adhere to republican and to moral principles.”

As discussed earlier, those principles are supposedly the current will of the people. Is the war in Iraq your will? How about the deficit? The loss of personal freedom? The alienation of our once great country from the larger world stage? Now I know a (supposed) majority of this country elected this stumbling demented child-king TWICE, but when is enough enough? When are we going to rise up and take back America from neo-puritans, Dominionist dictators, and corporate yes-men? When are we going get “mad as hell, and not gonna take it anymore”?? For fuck’s sake America, when will we wake up?


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