Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm sorry

But I can't bite my tongue any longer. Lord knows I've tried but sometimes people find a way to set me off. I'll also go ahead and apologize ahead of time for the obscenities.

This "Election from Hell" is still like forever away but I read something this morning about this douchebag from Colorado, Tom Tancredo (the same guy who said bombing holy Muslim sites would serve as a good "deterrent" to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from attacking the United States), is getting ready to run an ad assuring the good folks of Iowa that his presidency is pretty much the only thing standing between them and a terrorist attack in downtown Des Moines. Oh yeah, and if they don't blow you up, they'll still steal your job. These are remarkably gifted and versatile terrorists, apparently.

Or here, see it for yourself:
Worst. Ad. Ever.
(and be sure to note the craptastic audio speed glitch right after the voiceover says "...take our jobs". Real pro job there, Tom.)

And so I figured I had to say something. Something like this.

Are you fucking kidding me?

What kind of country does this guy think we want to live in? One where pretty much the rest of our lives will be spent fearing people with skin that’s a shade darker than the people in Iowa’s? That unless we isolate ourselves from the rest of the world, we’ll never be safe again? That we want to live in a world where we squander what little goodwill America’s got left in favor of living on permanent lockdown? Well if you want to live in that country, then he’s your man!

But I don’t want to live in that country.

Because that’s not America. That’s not the America I subscribe to. That’s not the one I read about in school. That's certainly not the America I passionately believe in. And it sure as hell isn't the America I know we're capable of.

America isn't just a place, it's an idea. It's, for lack of a better analogy, a brand. And that brand stands for a better life, not a worse one. Not one where you're scared from now on because some has-been tells you you should be.

In Tom Tacredo's America there’s no hope. They're already here and waiting. There’s only fear. And hatred. And America doesn’t run on fear or hatred. Not at its best, it doesn't. I mean, unless you think the last 7 years have been our finest hour. If you do, then you’re probably numbskulled enough to vote for the guy who promises to keep white-bread Iowa safe from “the muslims.”

The point is (and Tom knows this) scared people will let you do whatever you want: stage a war, threaten everyone, shun your allies, give tax cuts to your rich friends, overhaul environmental protections, take care of your oil and gas buddies at the environment's expense, set up secret prisons, torture people, sully our good name, etc. The list goes on.

Hopeful, courageous people on the other hand will call you out on it.

They'll ask to help make the world a better place. Not just their world, but the world. They'll even ask, as someone once said, "what can I do for my country?" They'll go on to ask what sacrifices they can make. Hopeful, courageous people want to do more to help than simply "go shopping."

And he, like the rest of them, knows that. Truth is, they have no interest in improving the lives of Iowans or anyone else for that matter. They just know the game. And they're more than willing to play it. "Before it's too late?" Please.

Go fuck yourself, Tom Tancredo. You're like a little bit worse than Rudy 9/11 who will no doubt tirelessly remind us over the next twelve months after you are long gone that until we blow up the rest of the world, 9/11 is gonna happen again. Probably today. Tomorrow at the latest.

That's the funny thing about wasp’s nests: the more you knock them down the more the wasps want to sting you. Then again, you can always just lock yourself in the house and tell yourself everything will be fine.


Blogger minus five said...


5:34 PM  
Blogger mccovert said...

Greatness. You just made me shiver a lil red, white and blue.

Thanks for saying that.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

It's Advertising 101. People didn't worry about "ring around the collar" or "halitosis" until they became afraid those things might keep them "forever a bridesmaid, never a bride."

Now we shell out billions of dollars to keep our clothes and our mouths clean.

Fear's a goddamn great motivator. It's just not a good motivator or inspiration.

6:56 PM  

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