It’s Been Awhile Since I Cared Enough To Rant

but the time has come. I have so much pent up anger and hostility I have to rant, or I’ll explode.

I have spent the last two years+ supporting and defending the President. And in spite of how angry I am at him this moment, I will still support him until I see a better choice. Defend? Maybe not so much. Because this time, unless I convince myself otherwise during the course of sorting this out at your expense, what he is doing is indefensible.

Technicalities? Is the administration really going to stand there and call what is happening in the mortgage industry “technicalities?” Fraud and perjury are now “technicalities?” Is that what we’re going to call it when the cops do it, or the prosecutors? Where do we draw the line?

Now, I bought it when the banks said “We’re too big to fail. If you let us go under, the whole country is going with us.” So, out of fear of the consequences of NOT bailing them out, we did it. I didn’t like it, but I figured the consequences of not doing it were too horrible to contemplate. Now I’m wondering if it wasn’t a mistake. I mean, if we had let them go, we would probably be two years into the second “Great Depression” and working our way out. Instead we are back at square one, back at the precipice, with the difference being that all the fat cats have gotten their outrageous pay and bonuses for two more years on our backs, and millions have been foreclosed upon, perhaps many of them fraudulently.

What a perfect time for President to come out and say, “We’re not doing this again. We bailed you out. And instead of tightening your belts, and using every nickel we gave you to unwind the mess you made, you lined your pockets, and arrogantly went about your way, using the money to buy more influence, thwart our attempts to regulate your ability to do this again, and create more of the shady “instruments” that got us into this mess in the first place. You have run roughshod over your customers, the very people who bailed your sorry asses out, violated their rights, committed perjury, and in some cases, fraud. And enough is enough. We don’t need the Attorneys Generals from all 50 states to investigate your practices. We’re going to do it for them. You are going to be required to make every effort to keep every single person who owns a home today in that home. You are going to make right, what you have done to this country, and as much as is possible, the world. If you have committed, or caused to BE committed, fraud or perjury, you are going to jail. You are going to forfeit your ill-gotten gains. If necessary we will nationalize the banks for as long as it takes to clean up this mess, and we are going to put into place safeguards that insure that this NEVER happens again. As long as I am President of the United States, not one more corporation is going to have its needs put above those of the most common of men. Period. If that means we need to go into a depression and start from scratch, so be it. This country has been built on the rule of law, and I will not for one more day watch it be trampled. If I do not do one more thing with the remaining days left in my term, I will restore the people’s faith in our form of government, take it back from the moneyed interests, and restore integrity to the halls of the White House and Congress. There is not one single thing of greater importance to me. Not one.”

And I would have him deliver the statement with as much fire and brimstone as a Baptist preacher, then leave the stage and set about doing it, second term be damned.

A Stillidealistic girl can dream, can’t she?

 

cross-posted at Dagblog

The Gift of Fear

Fear, a gift? Think about it. If we listen to our fear, it can keep us from doing some incredibly stupid things.

In 1997, Gavin de Becker wrote a self-help book called “The Gift of Fear.” In it he discusses fear and it’s role in keeping us safe in the face of violence in a number of circumstances, dating, the workplace, home…

He doesn’t mention politics or voting, but I can see the application. Think of it in terms of fight or flight.

Are we going run away and hide from the big scary republicans? Or are we going use our fear of what they are trying to do to this country and fight?

We’ve heard a lot lately about the enthusiasm gap, and how people are so disappointed in Obama that they are just shutting down, and are prepared to stay home. The republicans are using their fear of the big scary black man who is a socialist, facist, marxist, nazi, Kenyan anti-Christ to motivate people to get to the polls and vote for ignorant, loud-mouthed bigots. Meanwhile many, including a large chuck of the left and indies, sound like they are willing to stick their tails between their legs and either stay home or worse yet actually vote for these cretins.

If you just can’t think of one other reason to get off your butt and vote for a dem, any dem, (and I REALLY hope you can, because there are many) do it out of fear.

If they have been able to screw over us so completely as the minority party, just think of what they can do if they (aided and abetted by a handful of gutless wonders with Ds after their names) are the majority party.

It ain’t pretty, and it ain’t right, but we have 2 choices (as I used to say to my kids when I presented them with 2 options, neither of which they liked.) We can stay home/vote repub/vote 3rd party (all of which equal voting repub)  KNOWING that bad things will happen. OR, we can fight, force ourselves to get enthusiastic and vote for the dems no matter what, and have SOME hope that the bad things won’t happen…

I know it is a little dramatic, but work with me on this analogy…

It’s like when a bad man tries to drag you into his van…you are better off fighting like hell and taking the chance you might be harmed in the process, but have the chance of escaping, rather than going with him quietly KNOWING bad things, up to and including dying, will happen.

Is letting the repubs back in control akin to a life and death situation? You know what? For some of us, that answer truly is, YES.

I Don’t Feel Connected To This America

I stayed away from the 9/11 coverage today, well, now yesterday. The mosque controversy has left me feeling disgusted, and I just didn’t want any part of it. But I did see a few pictures on the front page at TPM a few minutes ago. The hateful people at the rally…the ignorant signs…I just don’t feel connected to this America.

I mean it wasn’t supposed to be a celebration, so it’s not like they spoiled the fun or anything like that. But they spoiled something.

I wanted to remember the day with some sort of sense that we had been viciously attacked that day for no reason. I wanted to feel like an innocent victim. Like my country had been attacked without provocation.

But somehow in the nine years since the attack, our behavior as a country, has diminished my ability to feel like we are on the moral high ground here. Somehow, instead of feeling innocent, I just feel dirty…and I can’t really explain why.

Does anyone understand what I’m trying (extremely ineptly) to say? Can someone help me put words to these things I’m feeling?

*cross posted at TPM and dagblog

Religion, Fornicating and Beheading

I am a Christian woman. I used to be pretty proud of that. Not so much these days. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not ashamed of my Lord, but I am ashamed of what is done in his name.

Take burning Korans, for instance. I’m pretty sure there is no place in the Bible where it says this is a good idea. But it does say that adulterers and fornicators should be stoned to death…Now here’s an idea. Let’s take all the fornicators and adulterers in congress and stone them to death. We can’t seem to get rid of them through the ballot box, so why not use their weapon of choice, the Bible?

But seriously, I did my share of fornicating back in the day, and I’ve gotta tell you, I’m pretty glad we’re not using that part of the Bible anymore.

Now, how about the Koran? Is it possible that just like the Bible calls for things we don’t do anymore, that the Koran does, as well? So if there are parts of the Koran that are a little gruesome, can we agree that parts of the Bible are, too? And just as we gloss over those things in the Bible, can’t we gloss over the ones in the Koran, too?

Many Christians in America are letting fear of Islam interfere with their rational thought processes (I know, Christians and rational thought in the same sentence is a reach for some, but go with me on this.) And you whack-a-does who are advocating burning Korans are motivated by fear, I get that. But good Lord…are you not even considering the danger you are putting your own missionaries in with stuff like this? If this radical wing of Islam  is nearly as crazy as you think it is, do you honestly think that burning their Holy Books will change that? Make them more rational? Or are they more apt to respond by beheading Christian missionaries?

*cross posted at Dagblog, stillidealistic.wordpress.com