The Divisive Power of Religion
November 5, 2008

Or, why I hate Christians, Jews, and Muslims. (Not so much on the Muslims. They keep pretty well to themselves.) (Or the Jews really. I just hate Christians.)

This election has brought out the worst of the religious fiends. Obama is not the anti-Christ. But they’ll have you believe he is! Massive numbers of Facebook statuses out there today with hateful messages like, “I can’t believe we elected a President who doesn’t believe this is a Christian nation.” Newsflash! America is much more than a Christian nation. It’s a Christian nation and a Jewish nation and a Muslim nation and an atheist nation and a gay nation and straight nation and yes, you’ve heard Obama’s 2004 convention speech before.

Somehow, though, the religious fundamentalists will still turn such a progressive and ground breaking election into a spectacle of hate. Mongering about anti-Christs and Christian Nations prompted me to start some arguments with them about how wrong they are. Needless to say, their first proposition was woefully unprepared, as they had nothing to say to back up the point that he was indeed the opposite of their lord god. (caps intended.)

And when confronted about the Christian Nation part? I bluntly told them that they do not live in a Christian nation, and repeated the Obamamantra from a paragraph ago. (About the multi-ethnic melting pot that is this cesspool of hatred and intolerance we call America.) A majority of them, here in the deep south of Texas, actually responded with this.

“Yeah, so we bring them to Christ!”

Seriously??

It’s not your job to convert us lowly heathens. We’ve made our choices. You’ve made yours. Stop converting people. If they want it, they’ll let you know.

Jesus.

Pun intended.

I mean, what force has been more destructive than the Christian religion? The Crusades, the Biblical Genocides, the Spanish Inquisition, even the Holocaust (by association) were perpetrated by these almighty vicars of faith and good will. Catholic Pedophiles and Evangelist Money Launderers. Ugh. I’m so disgusted.

Atheists are the real angels. Tolerant to the extreme. God is dead, save yourselves.

Congratulations Mr. Obama! Now don’t fuck this up
November 5, 2008

by pegleghippie

Tell me if this was your experience last night.

When it was called for Obama (right after VA went for him!  Being a swing state payed off!), I first felt an immense sense of relief–Our nation was serious about being a first-world nation again, and the silliness of republicans wouldn’t be the norm anymore.

Then I felt immense pride, and humility, because I wasn’t sure the American people had it in them to vote for a black man.  Not just a black man, a progressive, multi-ethnic man with a world perspective instead of an American one.  But the American people proved to me that they weren’t the hicks and yokels that I find myself characterizing them as.

But then, THEN, I felt an enormous sense of responsibility.  The American people were trusting a guy from my side to run things.  We couldn’t be the minority that complained and critiqued from the outside once Obama got elected.  We have to get results now.

So Mr. Obama, don’t fuck this up.  There will be plenty of arenas, not to mention opportunities, to fuck up.  

Arenas like the progressive arena, where we will hold your feet to the fire constantly, and anytime you take action that isn’t to relieve suffering, we will be on you.  

Another arena, and a bigger one, is America at large.  The majority trusts you, that is, they trust us.  we can’t fail this country, especially not now.

Finally, there is the world at large.  We have a reputation to save with Europe and a continent to save with Africa.  It’s getting to the point where if we don’t do something now, the damage may be irreparable.

So right now, I still feel joy!  And I will be so pissed if the man I trusted violates that joy.

The Importance of a lack of Difference
October 21, 2008

by pegleghippie

As you may know/may have expected, I’ve been watching the presidential campaigns closely. I’ve come to the conclusion that, given where America is today (way the fuck to the right), I can only find tiny differences between what I think should be done and what Obama has said he will do.

Don’t worry; I’m still a member of the Left, officially even (I’m still a member of the Green party and all).  But when I look at what I know of the country, it seems really, really far away from where I want it to be.  I’ll go so far as to say that America is dangerously right and dangerously authoritarian.

 From what I understand, part of the financial meltdown came from rich people coming up against a wall of not being able to earn more money; they maxed the system out.  These sub-prime loans and deregulation were a way to allow the rich to draw even more wealth out of the poor.  But because the distribution of wealth was about as upwardly polarized as possible, the system has begun to topple over from becoming too top heavy.

As to the Authoritarianism, people are afraid to speak out, to protest, to dissent.  “Free speech zones” are defended by the legal system, and the rights of some are consistently held up over the rights of all.

The danger of all this is that it isn’t sustainable.  Going this far out of the center is starting to cause real problems, and may be the beginning of the end for America.

If I were to be put in charge of this system, I couldn’t just twist a few nobs and deliver America into a Green-style government.  It would be too much too fast, and, at least at first, it would be a quicker dissemination of the country than what the right is doing now.  Even Kucinich, as a lefty democrat, would be too much change too quick.  I would take a few things that would stabilize the system, such as reforming health care, moderate tax increases to stop the upward flow, and re-integration of more-or-less “equality under the law.”  After that, I’d work for reforms to make things better without shaking things up dangerously.  It would be a big shift leftward for this country, but none of it would actually be a tactic of the left.

Enter Obama: a pragmatist, a little conservative, but pretty much espousing all the ideas that I just mentioned. Especially compared to Mccain’s asinine recent rhetoric, Obama’s rhetoric is very encouraging.  He comes across like he cares about the country, knows how to address it’s problems, and is going to have an eye out for the little guy while he’s at it.  Especially since he’s largely dropped the “reach across the aisle” stuff and has gone full on economic populist (This is pretty much because of the housing crisis, but hey look! a silver lining!).  

Things like improving education and helping people go to and pay for college will begin to pull America out of its dark age.  Universal healthcare, even if watered down, will lead to a healthier, wealthier citizenry.  Investing in environmental initiatives and our national infrastructure will make our industrial activities sustainable while creating jobs and setting us up to get about our business without worries.  None of those things involve giving the market free reign over our lives, but all of it seems necessary.  

Meanwhile, John Mccain has remained an old coot.  “He’s a socialist!” “He’s a terrorist!” “He’s a young whippersnapper!”  “Bush’s policies are too awesome, just let me behind the wheel this time!”  It’s getting silly, and a little desperate.  

So lets say that Obama gets elected and accomplishes those three domestic goals of education reform, healthcare reform, and an environmental reboot for our nation.  If he does it before his term is up, I’ll be right there calling for more action to empower the little guy and reign in corporate greed.  If he sits on his laurels, or if he finds other ways to take democrats right-ward, I may announce Obama is a sellout and there’s no hope for the Democrats in this country.  

But we aren’t there yet.  Right now, what Obama proposes and what I would do are too close for me to complain, and what Mccain proposes is a recipe for disaster.  The difference between me and Mccain is enormous, The difference between Obama and myself, right now, is miniscule.  If Cynthia Mckinney were to magically find herself as president on November 5th, I don’t see any responsible way that she could act differently than what Obama has said he would do.  Whether you’re a Green, a Democrat, a socialist, or even an anarchist, we are at a point now where all of our interests require the same leftward pull; and this election, Obama is the man to do the pulling.

maybe it’s because i was playing a presidential drinking game…
September 26, 2008

by pegleghippie

but it sure seemed to me that obama wiped the floor with Mccain.  Obama was thoughtful, reasonable, all encompassing in his view, and offered practical solutions.  Mccain talked out his ass trying to get Obama into a “gotchya” moment.  Fuck that guy.

Add Glenn Beck to the stupid list.
July 24, 2008

After today’s Beckism, which is the term I’ll now coin for when any butt-hurt conservative (who’s taken it up the ass a few too many times from the media it owns, and who has failed miserably in any attempt to convince America that “The dead people who died in the surge equals success” and “Gas prices are cause he’s black”) decides to rant on a topic that is of their own creation, with no less whining than a pre-pubescent pop girl who was just told that Miley Cyrus’s tickets are sold out.

Needless to say, Glenn Beck transcended the usual conservative ignorance (or would that be descending?) and launched an attack on the fact that Obama’s got media attention. Let me quote some of the finer gems;

And while Obama was flying from country to country this week in a plane packed with celebrity reporters, McCain flew to an event in New Hampshire. After his Boeing 737 landed in Manchester, he stepped out onto the tarmac and glanced at the one reporter who’d bothered to show up. Yes, one.

I could make an argument that McCain’s campaign has plenty of interesting angles that would sell and rate — but, quite honestly, until this media infatuation phase is over, they’re not even worth bringing up.

McCain may not get my vote, but he gets my admiration for at least offering some substance and new ideas when he speaks. Obama, meanwhile, is like the rock star who’s realized that he can just scream unintelligible words into the microphone between songs, and the entire stadium will still scream. When your fans already love you, there’s no reason to risk it by offering anything that might be controversial.

Wow. Just wow. I didn’t know direct slander was acceptable among the conservative sheep these days. I thought they had decided to play nice this year?

It’s okay, I understand what the problem is. They have a lackluster candidate who can’t tell the difference between Czechoslovakia and… oh. wait.

Or the difference between Sunni and Shiite. Which, methinks, is pretty critical.

Or howait, the Iraq-Pakistan border. GEE GOLLY WHIZ GUYS. That was so clever of him…

So yes, when John McCain starts to pull out the big guns like gaffes on geography, culture, politics, economy, lies about campaign funding, his wives, his stance towards Israel, the reason behind Iraq, his relationship with George Bush, his Alzheime-oh sorry, the ‘age’ thing is off-limits, but ‘experience’ is totally allowed. Such bullshit.

Anyways, this rant wasn’t about John McCain. It’s about Glenn Beck. About how he can cry me a fucking river. If his candidate had more charisma then a piece of driftwood covered in algae that I took from the gulf of Mexico, shat on, threw into an incinerator, mixed the ashes with concrete and poured all over McCain’s arranged burial plot, then maybe McCain WOULD get more coverage.

But no, the GOP decided to throw all their eggs in the McCain basket, even though Republicans hate him, Democrats hate him, independents hate him, and his only real supporters are Joe Lieberman, the man with a million faces, and Glenn “It’s my Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” Beck.

Oh, and, if I ever met this guy, and he talked to me for more than 4 seconds in a row, I’d have lost all will to continue living and meander in zombie-stance.  Or maybe I’d just knock him the hell out for being such a toxic pollution to the minds of free Americans. Either way, I’d be satisfied.

The Futility of Political Blogging.
June 25, 2008

Preaching to the choir. That’s the problem. I’m gonna come out and say it, no introductory story, no clever phrases and such. Our problem is we’re preaching to the choir. We’re reading the Bible to Jesus. Telling Thomas Jefferson about the Declaration of Independence. You get the point.

(more…)

I See Through You, CNN.
June 16, 2008

I FUCKING HATE CNN. Yes, That was a link. A link to the most fucking stupid thing CNN could ever do. Fuck that article.

Bullshit sensationalism, irrational headlining, unwavering support for their candidate. They aren’t supposed to have a candidate of course, but I think the jackasses at CNN actually have both. And it’s all about how they manipulate the news.

Take for instance, a blog on CNN’s Political Ticker. This is a blog from the people at CNN, not by third parties. This blog’s title says, ‘Obama Camp: We can win without FL, OH.’

Fuck that sensationalist shit. This is headlining, this is exactly what Piazza Diavola wrote about. God knows, the vast majority of Americans can’t see past the title. They want 30 second commercials, 30 minute television shows, and 90 minute movies. They can’t handle the kind of attention span it takes for the illiterate base population of the US of A to read the entire article, and understand it.

So they ‘innocently’ broadcast these headlines that completely misconstrue the truth, throw rationale and honesty to the wind, and back their opponent with the loyal steadfastness of a golden retriever.

That wouldn’t be as big of a problem if they would back Obama, since he’s obviously the only one qualified for the job this year. But I can’t tell if they do or don’t; I can’t tell if they’re backing McCain, Obama, Nader, Ron Paul, or Ross Perot. They can’t make up their mind any more than the American Democrats.

Add this to their conception that Americans are completely unenlightened, shocked by things like homosexuality to the point that it’s headline news. CNN’s a shitbag, no better than Faux News. And to think I used to think THEY were truly balanced.

Fuck the media, Fuck McCain, Fuck CNN. And Fuck blind Hillary supporters who can’t see past their own gender. God forbid they do the right thing. I guess they’re just giving me fodder for another post about how all people should have to pass a standardized test about the government, and other things such as logic… Stupid people shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Where was my big Victory Post?
June 6, 2008

I didn’t forget to post about Obama’s nomination. After the announcement that he clinched the nomination, I actually went into a frenzie of happiness much like an acid trip, (never been there jk jk) and passed out from then til juuust now.

As you can obviously tell, I’m not serious. I just got back from Transfer orientation at UNT. Which was productive albeit boring and humiliating.

But for now, the man of the hour!

That man right there is going to put America back on track.  This is 1968 in 2008. This is the 40th anniversary of progression. This is hope, people. This is change.

What the critics are calling empty rhetoric is a vision. What they mock as inexperience is a new outlook. What they wish to keep from you is freedom, success, wealth, and happiness.

We’re on the path for Universal Healthcare. If he chooses Hillary Clinton as his VP, which may or may not be the best choice, you can guarantee something’s going to get done there. The promises were too big… if they didn’t pull through on that, they’d never be re-elected.

We’re on the path for a more democratic nation. Special interests and lobbyists are taking the backseat now. The American people are going to navigate and this man, this vision, this change, has the wheel. We ripped off the rear-view mirror folks.

McCain has no chance. We’re all tired of Republican government. I’d be surprised if it isn’t a landslide victory. We can’t be stopped this year, or next year. We the people, in order to form THE more perfect union, have chosen Barack Obama to guide or foreign policy. A friend to Iran, an enemy to subversive terror groups, but more importantly, a friend to all people wishing democracy.

The nation nearly collapsed under Bush’s presidency. Who knows what may happen before November. Who knows what last minute destruction he’s going to inflict, out of stubborn ignorance, misinformation, foolish foreign policy, and terrible economic decisions.

What I do know is that come November, the dollar’s going to get stronger. The stock market’s going to go up. Our economy will be a little stronger just knowing that someone, finally someone qualified, is in the position.

We need you to vote, people. It’s not okay to assume that someone else’s vote is gonna carry. But we have time, and I’ll be writing about the importance of you getting out there to vote. i’ll write about the importance of every person who wants to change, to take an hour off of work, to find someone to watch your kids, to turn off the television. I’ll give you instructions on registering to vote. I’ll personally assist anyone who wants help learning how to vote, from 18 year old first-time voters, to 50 year old citizens who’ve never voted in their life.

Go to barackobama.com and make a donation of 25 dollars. That’s an hour of work for our better off viewers, a lawn mowed by our younger readers, or a birthday present from Gramma Pat. Give Obama a fighting chance against McCain, who relies on 50,000 dollar checks from PAC’s and special interests. The DNC has agreed not to accept any money from PAC’s or special interests, and relies on the American People. Because this is your president.

It’s time to play the game. Let’s turn all those states.

We didn’t say his name! Honest!
May 16, 2008

More of the usual diatribe from the GOP. Bush’s outlandish statement against ‘some people’ on Thursday are indicative of the same fear-mongering, the same foreign policy failure, the same global alienation that he’s failed to realize, are wrong.

In case you haven’t read it, let me show it to you.

Bush – “Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement.”

Yeah. Go Bush! Way to blast your own country in front of the 60th anniversary of Israel… an event about foreign policy. Discussing domestic issues at a foreign event… isn’t there some sort of law against that?

I guess not. But hey, this is actually turning out to be a good thing… Let me show you my mathematical formula for how the democrats win the presidential election.

A = Bush
B = McCain
C = Obama

You ready? Here we go!

(B / A) < C

A very simple equation. McCain actually supporting the remarks of President Dumbass is another huge negative mark on his record. In fact, being anywhere near the President is an obviously stupid political move. Noone likes George W. Bush, Sen. John McVain.

BUT WAIT WAIT WAIT. HOLD THE PRESSES. They didn’t say Obama’s name! (I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you…) Despite McCain’s previous assertions that Obama’s a terrorist ally, they are obviously referring to a hypothetical ‘some people’ and not the democratic nominees. Obviously not going to use age-old political attacks, the entire rhyme and reason of the GOP itself. They wouldn’t do that, they’re above that.

H’okay.

I’m starting to understand the media.
May 14, 2008

I think I understand why the media wants Clinton to drop out… I mean, everyone knows why. They have nothing to write about, since this dragging on of the primary is completely predictable. We know what the numbers and results are going to be a week before the primary actually takes place. Analysts talk about the results and pundits make predictions and none of America is surprised. This is why the media wants Clinton to drop out.

And for once, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE MEDIA. I have had nothing to write about. Everyone knows what’s going on long before I get to hear about it, or have time to write about it. I guess I’m not supposed to be relaying news… I’m supposed to be relaying opinions. But still… what opinions can you have on predictable statistics? (Cue Pegleghippie writing a long comment about opinions on statistics…)

Everyone knows Mr. Obama’s won the nomination, and needs to start campaigning for the Presidency. That’s what the news media is hungry for, and me too… I need inspiration.

EDIT: WOW. As I’m writing this post, Clinton gives a good interview. On Cnn’s ‘The Situation Room’, she maintained her position on staying IN the race. (Bad.) But she also said that she would work hard for Obama if he were to win, and that her voters would be ‘in error’ to vote for McCain over Obama.

Mm, tasty. Finally, the innards of the big oily machine are going to come crashing down the GOP.