posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 12:25 PM
I subscribe to an online rag called "Human Events", which is nothing more than a repository for right-wing fruitcakes like Ann Coulter, Robert
Novak, Newt Gingrich, Cal Thomas, Pat Buchanan, et al, to ply their barely literate paranoid ravings to an audience of unquestioning, unthinking,
uneducated, uneducable, idiotic, Bible-thumping trogs across the Internet.
Why do I do this? Easy. I believe in balance. You can't read only things you agree with. If you do, you become one of them. With the exception
of Ann Coulter, who really does just need a good screwing--I mean a REALLY good one, the kind she's not likely ever to get--most of these wack-jobs
occasionally will pen an entire thought that is rational, reasonable, even comprehensible and might even contribute to whatever discussion they're
That, of course, is only a minor reason to pay attention to the drivel that oozes from these slackjaws on a regular basis. You certainly couldn't
hang your hat on it, hell you couldn't even toss a barrette up there and expect it to hold.
The best reason to subject yourself to this kind of amateurish Goebbels-worship is to keep yourself INFORMED! As a thinking, contributing member of
society it is your DUTY to keep abreast of what the truly dangerous are peddling, so it doesn't sneak up on you and break down your door in the
middle of the night.
Take for instance the goofy premise that Barack Obama will "change Amerika to a Socialist state if he has his way". Straight out of the Human
Events manifesto. The person who would make such a statement is clearly so intellectually bankrupt and lazy that they are of no consequence, and
neither are any of their blatherings. Guaranteed, they could no more define/explain Socialism than they could fly the Space Shuttle. And their
familiarity with the Constitution is equally non-existent. You see, anyone who had actually READ that document--and understood it, unlike at least 5
Supreme Court Justices this week--would realize that the President simply doesn't have the requisite power(s) to make the kind of sweeping changes
these knuckleheads lose so much sleep worrying about, regardless of what the Dubya/Cheney cabal believes.
My point is, as Thomas Jefferson admonished, "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance". We all must be on our toes 24/7 for this type of
reactionary, knee-jerk, reflexive anti-think that is held so dear by authoritarian lap-dogs everywhere, throughout history. When you hear somebody
proudly bleating half-wit bumper stickers as if they constituted actual thought, struggling mightily to "stay on message" regardless of where the
conversation goes, blindly, dumbly abdicating all independence of thought, feeling, understanding, or knowledge that so many Americans have died to
allow those of us alive today to exercise, know then that this person is not a "patriot". They are, in fact, the exact opposite. When you not only
let other people do your thinking for you, but also believe--indeed, insist--that everyone else should be required to do the same, you're no longer
an American. You might live here, but your heart sure doesn't. Hitler's Germany was full to the rafters with like-minded individuals, i.e., those
who believed any challenge to an authoritarian system and/or mindset was in itself dangerous.
Here's the great thing about this country: if you want to piss away the brain God gave you, you have that right. Go for it. But you absolutely do
NOT have the right to demand the same of others. And it is exactly that fact that short-circuits the already fried "minds" of those who think in
bumper stickers and political sloganeering. They're just a bunch of narcissists. They truly believe everything is, and should be, about them, and
they'll go to any extreme to ram that OPINION down anyone's throat. Or, as I like to put it--dumb as a stump and fightin' proud of it.
As always...carry on...