I have a T-shirt that has this saying emblazoned on its chest. I wear it proudly–in public, no less. I believe every word of it. Thusly is how expectations and hopes die.
So, who is FDR? (Go fucking read something, you embryo! Or watch “The Roosevelts” on PBS! He is only our greatest president since Abraham Lincoln, whoever the fuck he was…) Grow the fuck up, and learn something! You owe it to the past, the present and the future! “Who knows only his own time, shall remain forever a child.”
Anyway– when wearing the T-shirt, I often have obvious Tea Party conservatives approach and congratulate me on my choice of apparel and clear vision. They are often quite shocked when I turn on them and their beliefs with a fervor of vitriolic intensity they do not expect and cannot withstand. For they are under the false impression that I, like them, dislike Obama because he is guilty of a crime that is entirely unforgivable in their eyes: governing while black.
The word “socialist” is plied about quite liberally when describing Mr. Obama, and I can only say, as a proud socialist myself, that he is nothing of the sort. For those of you who often confuse socialism with ideologies that have co-opted its name for their own purposes– National Socialists (Nazi pig fuckers), Soviet Socialists (totalitarian communists and red-book thumping Maoists), etc.– and use what was once a popular and respectable term to gain popular favor, socialism can quite simply be defined as the belief that there are some parts of an economy that can be, should be and often are best served when operated by the government.
Since we have (or should have) a government “by, for, and of the people”– “government” means us. How much socialism we have and which industries can best be governed by us as the people as opposed to those conscienceless and marginally psychopathic entities we call corporations is a matter of debate; but that is socialism. Public transportation, when not hampered by right-wing reactionaries can actually work. The energy grid would best be governed by us out of fairness– recordings of Enron employees laughing over “grandma not having her AC” while they manipulated the Californian electrical grid for their own political and financial ends in the early 2000’s should be enough evidence of that.
Greed is often not good, Mr. Gecko.
I think, without reservation, we can all agree that the United States is socialist, like it or not. If you have a problem with that, go out and read a fucking book instead of being frightened by terms used by bloviators like George Will, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, etc. to scare the shit out of low minded idiots. Quit pissing your pants and grow the fuck up. Socialism is here, it’s staying, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Government is not a bad word, and those who hate it hate themselves and you, a citizen of this great nation.
By the way, I can point out a “socialist” in the modern post-Fox-News parlance by looking at a photograph of any person or persons therein– if they are black, they are obviously socialist, at least to the benighted and hateful Tea-Partiers.
To be more explicit, “socialist” today is a code word for another word that I feel people who dislike our president for the entirely wrong reasons use as a substitute for a word which makes them uncomfortable also for entirely the wrong reasons, which is the fear of exposing their inmost hearts. I will now use that word in its proper and only acceptable context– a quotation, and that word is “nigger.” You have heard it and read it throughout your life, and it is time we confronted it.
In 2014, Socialist = Nigger. Don’t forget it, for it is the codex of your time.
I just wish the people who hate our President for the wrong reason (his race) would come out and use that word plainly and openly, for I can see it in their hearts when I speak with them, they are sadly my friends of many years. For that horrible word would more properly and accurately encompass how they truly feel about anyone they feel is “uppity”– lacking a sense of their true racial place. It is the truest expression of how the Right sees Barak Obama and the inevitable, rightful destiny of our pluralistic nation– “nigger”, “spick”, “kike”, “chink”, “jap”– the other. Their denial only reinforces the fact of their fear and hatred.
Please allow me to make a side comment here about the use of any word that I myself find offensive and hateful: those words should be allowed as a quotation in any and all cases. If someone uses them we should not shirk from quoting their use of it, for the very reason of its and its speaker’s ugliness.
Recently, the works of Mark Twain were purged of that offensive racial term– something that I consider entirely wrong. Mr. Twain in his books Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, was appropriately using the “N-Word” (a term that I find cowardly when used, for we all know the word for which it is used as placeholder), because he was quoting what people said or would have said without reservation during the time portrayed therein.
In the 1840s when those wonderful and enlightening books are set, which word do you think that people said in that last of slave states, Missouri, to describe a black man? Negro? Black? Colored? Slave? Servant? No, there is only one word that southerners of that time used, and I quote it now: “nigger”. They would have and did use no other word for the condition and subject of human slavery. How could Twain more accurately portray this time and its horrible expression than their own speech?
Use of that word to offend is wrong and beyond forgiveness, that is why I want Tea-Partiers to use it without restriction. What better way can we identify those hateful, hideous people who hide behind other, more pleasing words for what they are and what they truly believe?
I will say, however, that to quote its use by those who use it as a weapon of offense should be regarded as the equivalent of turning over a rock under which hideous and corrupt creatures dwell to expose them to a light from which they will shrivel and recede in fear and (hopefully) shame.
But back to my main point– I dislike Barak Obama as a leader, it is perfectly within my right and accurate perception to do so. My dislike and disrespect is founded on the fact that he had such an exceptional opportunity to change our nation after the abysmal failures of the previous regime, which he squandered. What makes my disrespect for him all the greater is the knowledge of how his race, a subset of our own people, has for so long been held enthralled and subjugated; but he has turned his back on the oppression we have all suffered and the progressive programs that could and should have liberated us all.
Let me stress the description of the Bush white house as not an administration, for with Dick Cheney calling the shots during its first term, it was well and truly a regime– in all the negative connotations that term engenders.
Mr. Obama has pissed away any and all opportunities to better our country in its current plight, by exhibiting the most common trait of his party in its current form: cowardice.
I am not a Democrat. That spineless puddle of piddle has no room for me in its midst, and I do not wish to associate myself with any party that stands for nothing but capitulation to the bullying of ignorami, and appeasement to the loudmouth know-nothings on the right.
I have a theory that at this time has utterly failed: good, “fat” times produce shitheels like Dick Cheney, George Bush, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Ronald Reagan; while difficult, “lean” times produce Washingtons, Lincolns, Theodore Roosevelts, and Franklin Delano Roosevelts.
We live in absolutely shitty times and we got a convictionless, pale shadow of political ambivalence called Barak H. Obama to address them. For shame to us in appointing him and in him for failing to committing himself to do so.
One of the things I most admire FDR (WTF he was) for saying in response to the suggestion that his conservative opponents to the New Deal (RTAFB!) despised him was: “I welcome their hatred.” Yes, bravery often means hating the true dipshits who oppose you. Fuck ‘em.
Barak Obama has no such convictions. He wants even the people who cannot and never will like him to do just that– like him.
Fuck them. Let them hate you. If they are pricks (and, believe me, they are pricks), then love, enjoy, revel, and roll like a dog in shit in their hatred.
I also miss reasonable, rational conservatives with whom I can hold a considerate and respectable debate. Such people no longer exist.
I remember a scene in Monty Python’s Holy Grail where Arthur is assaulting a castle in England held by unreasonably and possibly unbalanced frenchmen who claimed that “his mother is hamster and his father smelt of elderberries”. To such an insane declaration, one of his knights asked “is there someone else up there we could talk to?”
I feel that way when talking to “conservatives” today. I am dealing with psychopathic nut-jobs who cannot reason in any rational or acceptable way. I say “health care” and they shout “socialism” even though the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is a program championed by their own leadership since 1992.
Furthermore, thirty-four years of “trickle-down” and the Laffer curve (look it up, embryo!) has ruined us as a nation. How much longer must we endure the myth engendered by Ronald Reagan’s piss-poor vision of the United States which his own Vice President rightfully called “voodoo economics”? The experiment is dead, its champions discredited, why do we venerate the idea and persist in its execution?
Likewise, I miss liberals with any sense of strength and conviction whatsoever. Since the Democratic National Convention of 1944 black-balled Henry Wallace, there has been absolutely no defense of the common man excepting the half-assed appeasement of our aging population enacted with the 1965 Medicare Act, which even required that dipshit George W. Bush to expand the prescription benefits for the elderly.
Let’s consider the expression of the human condition since then: demonstrably there is nothing lower in morality than a corporation; but contrarily, there is nothing held higher under law than a corporation.
<Insert crying jag for the future of mankind here/>.
Being stupid is not a sin, but being ignorant is, especially when that ignorance is willful. We live in a time where people choose to be ignorant, to be oblivious to their own plight, let alone to the plight of those who differ in race, creed, color or religion.
Money is not free speech, corporations are not people. I don’t claim to have originated that sentiment, but I believe it wholeheartedly and if you can reason, so should you (I guess that means the most recent Republican candidate for the presidency, Mitt Romney cannot reason, Q.E.D.).
I am and shall remain a man of my convictions. If I must die to defend what I believe in, so be it. There is no other way for me. Hypocrisy is the greatest and most intolerable of sins and cowardice its most common expression. I will endeavor to hide behind neither of these things.
And so I wear my T-shirt.