Business Suits 2:
The Second Coming
Written by: Alex Sandell
I find myself growing increasingly ill at ease as the second term of Bush's Presidency draws near. It isn't the threat of future terrorist attacks on American Soil (although Bush back in the White House virtually guarantees there will be plenty more of those) that worries me so much as it is the terrorist attacks that the United States will continue to make on foreign soil in the near future, in their "religious war" (now there's an oxymoron). It isn't the threat of some lunatic taking liberties with a vial of anthrax that worries me so much as it is the thought of George W. Bush & Co. letting tens of thousands of Americans die, because the Administration was too incompetent, careless and uncaring to ensure that there would be a flu shot for every American that needs one (being epileptic, I needed one. I wasn't able to get it.). It isn't the "threat" of homosexuals destroying the "traditional definition" of marriage, as much as it is the stripping away of a civil liberty a day that my grandfather fought so hard to preserve for me in World War II and the politics of division that allowed Bush to win a second term (putting gay marriage referendums on ballots in key battleground states, causing the haters to come out and vote in record numbers). It isn't the lack of security I feel when walking through a busy airport that worries me so much as it is the thought of the Gestapo like "Homeland Security” force arresting me for exercising my right to freedom of speech in said airport. It isn't the thought of the country not being "protected" by a wasteful, ineffective and embarrassing weapon defense program ("Star Wars"), so much as it is the thought of the American Government continuing to ignore the majority opinion of the citizens that it represents as it concentrates on the short-term best interests of corporations (like those being paid, with taxpayer dollars, to create a missile "defense" shield) and its own fat wallet and bloated ego, and gets away with all of it because the easily manipulated voted against their best interests; voting instead for "moral issues." The irony of one of the most IMMORAL men to EVER live, getting elected (he wasn't reelected, because he wasn't elected the first time around -- he was appointed) for reasons of morality, makes my head spin.
I am worried because my country is a country run by Terrorists in business suits that are determined to continue waging "preventative" wars that are meant to preserve their "right" to oil. I am worried because my country's leaders have essentially stopped science dead in its tracks, potentially leading to the illnesses and premature deaths of millions, because it won't allow further embryonic stem cell research. I am worried that I have a finger-pointing President who quite possibly does more damage to more people every day than any traditional terrorist could do in a lifetime and most likely won't be happy until he completely isolates America from the rest of the world, throwing all of us into a third World War. As an American Citizen, I am particularly worried over the fact that all of this is being done in my name.
I'm not the only one wondering how I can be a citizen of a country where the Government that supposedly represents me is not representative of a single thing that I feel, say or believe. A country where the actions taken by a Government of the people, by the people, for the people is actually hurting the people, using the people and lying to the people. A country where real news is called "alternative" and the news the majority of people receive is called "infotainment." A country that gives tax cuts to the wealthy when it hasn't even given proper health care to the poor. A country that continues to fight mindless wars in the pursuit of polluting fossil fuels instead of funding "alternative" energy projects (the price of oil went up hours after bush won a second term. Why? Because everyone knows a President Bush will keep America dependent on fossil fuels and has NO interest in alternative forms of energy). A country that leaves millions unemployed while outsourcing million of jobs to dozens of other countries where it can still exploit and abuse employees. A country where a person caught smoking medical marijuana can be thrown in jail within days but Ken Lay still walks free. A country where we can stroll into a voting booth and choose between a conservative calling himself a "Republican" and another claiming to be a "Democrat" (if Howard Dean would have been the candidate, George Bush wouldn't have another four years as the President). A country that claims it's doing all of this in the name of "democracy." Democracy?!? Bush is a fascist, plain and simple. A religious zealot. Even he's said a Dictatorship would be easier, as long as he was the dictator. And over 50% of the citizens of America were stupid enough to vote for this man? Do you people have no shame, no sense, no integrity or ability to separate the truth from the fiction?
This is not my country. My country is the United States of America. My country is free. My country has been stolen from me. The physical country I spend my time in slaughters women and children in my name. The physical country I spend my time in has a Government making terrorist threats on a daily basis, in the name of "God." The physical country I spend my time in lets its own people starve in the streets with no access to health care as the elite few are allowed to inherit billions, without doing a single day's work. The physical country I spend my time in wants to drill, kill and send the poor the bill (in the form of a bomb, of course -- or a DRAFT card). The physical country I spend my time in has trillions of dollars worth of weapons of mass destruction. The physical country I spend my time in makes a habit of violating international law. The physical country I spend my time in is so homophobic, all 11 states given the option voted to keep the "traditional" definition of marriage and treat homosexuals as second-class citizens. The physical country I spend my time in is run by a dyslexic Dictator insisting on an "eye for an eye" at the same time he insists that his favorite philosopher is "Jesus Christ." The physical country I spend my time in is the scariest place that has ever been. The most rotten thing ever conceived. The most hypocritical, unjust, hateful, greedy, polluting place to ever grace and deface this planet. God Bless America. May He lay his vengeance upon whatever the hell the immoral, rancid, hypocritical, murderous Republican party of 2004 is turning this place into.
path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish
and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good
will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his
brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon
thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison
and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my
vengeance upon thee."
-Ezekiel 25:17 (The Pulp Fiction version)
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