Friday, May 25, 2012

Rants on Abuse of Power, Political Ads & Out of Touch Politicos

‎9/11 has given the United States government ample opportunity to illegally spy on it's own citizens in the name of citizen safety and are even now beginning to utilize armed drones on American soil against those self-same citizens. This is intolerable. When will our elected officials grow a pair and put a stop to this rape of our Constitution? I know they don't want those citizens to have to call a halt to it so they had better consider it soon or like the Hollywood film "Network," a majority of Americans are getting to that brink of being mad as hell and not taking it anymore. I am not talking about your radical extremist, trouble making anarchists or gang mentality. This is starting to hit home in middle America and elected officials on all levels would be wise to remedy this through the means set forth in our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. One think is for sure: You don't want citizens to be like the comic book character The Hulk - you really don't want to make the common, hard-working, gun-toting, tax-paying citizen angry - you won't like them when they're angry.

If I ever get over my head financially I know how to get out of deep debt. I'll simply continue spending money I don't have. Should work, right? Funny, President Obama, the Congress and a majority of liberals in America think it will. Somehow it simply doesn't work with my personal budget and I'm pretty sure it won't work on a national level either. So, why are we still listening to these clowns?

Recently I saw a banner on a site that had Ann Romney on one side and a black mother with her children on the other. On the Romney side it said: When this woman stays home with her babies, the GOP faithful revere her and call her "hard working." On the other side of the banner it stated: When this mother stays home with her babies, the GOP faithful call her "lazy" and accuse her of failing to instill in her children the proper "values."

I became incensed over the blatant dishonesty of that political advertisement. Pointing my ire, not at the one who posted it but to all who might actually believe it to be true I shouted NOT TRUE! If we are ever to stop this stalemate and get America out of its quandary then we have to stop taking each other out of context with these ridiculous sound and visual bites. It serves no purpose other than to further divide an already split apart country. This kind of hatred really needs to stop. At least try and speak contextual truth or don't speak at all. I also made it quite clear that my knee-jerk response was directed to all sides - Liberals and Conservatives and anyone in between.

One person even had the audacity to ask what was out of context about the banner. Once again I was astounded at the lack of clear thinking or was wondered at the opaqueness of the intellect of someone who could even ask such a question. What's out of context? I asked. You mean I have to spell it out? It isn't overtly obvious? That the GOP "faithful" think that black stay at home moms are lazy and don't instill in their children proper values. That's absurd and anyone of even the remotest of intelligence has to know that it is a stereotype not a fact. Are there those kind of folk in the GOP? Of course. But, is that the mindset of the GOP faithful? Hell no. Are there racists in the DNC? Absolutely. But are the DNC faithful racists? Of course not and for me or anyone else to put up a banner stating so would make me and them just as guilty as those who made this ridiculous piece of divisive tripe for public consumption.

Those who put out, disseminate and believe such ads are not the GOP or DNC standard mouthpieces. They are the mouthpieces and disciples of certain individuals that have made their living on radio and television spewing their ultra-right or extremist left ideologies. When I refer to the GOP and DNC I am speaking of official spokespersons that represent the vital interest of each of their respective parties. If I were to hold the GOP or DNC accountable for something a rabid talking head, book-huckster, political interest group backed by some millionaire with an axe to grind, or by what the myriad of radio/television opinionated hot-heads had to say then I might be inclined to fall in the hate all politicians line. But those who create such ads as the one being referenced here (from any group) do not represent the interests of the GOP the DNC or the American people but are there to create division, animosity and derision within the ranks of the voter. These kind of ads are not intended to educate the voter, but to infuriate them into some kind of non rational, emotional response. We need informed voters going to the polls so they can choose who is best suited to help bring this nation back from the abyss. Not ads that cause them to become a mob mentality with torches and pitchforks ready to plunge themselves and the supposed bad guys over it.

Mitt Romney, Presidential candiate for the Republican nomination, stated on Thursday, May 24, that how a student learns doesn't depend on the size of the classroom. He was implying that, according to some statistics, students will learn according to their ability and is not determined by the number of students one teacher has to try and educate. While there is some truth to that statement, students do learn at whatever intellectual level they are genetically capable of, experience has proven that even the most challenged student will learn more if the teacher has fewer students in the class and is able to concentrate their efforts to a more capable number. Romney's statement on class size was ridiculous for the most part. The numbers in his statistical report may fit and look good on paper, and the Governor is a very capable numbers crunching guy. However, his adherence just to those numbers shows one of Romney's greatest weaknesses and one that could cost him the election. Whether true or not, it is statements like those he made today that make him appear to have only one toe in the real world of the average American citizen.

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