Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In Which Ironicus Is Just Not In The Mood

You know, we're really not too interested in whether Jared Loughner was conservative, a tea bagger, a liberal or a Martian. Dude was crazy, man, and all this talk about  who put him up to it is a neat little way of avoiding the real issue which it how this society has abandoned people with mental illness because we don't believe in the illness part of mental illness. Think it's a character flaw or a scam or something.

Besides, it costs money. That's what everyone says now. Can't fix the roads because it costs money. Can't have police and fire because it costs money. Can't educate kids because it costs money. Can't give people life saving medical support because it costs money.

Can still spend umpty billion gazillion dollars to chase a bunch of goat herders around the mountains of Afghanistan though.

Sometimes we think Americans couldn't pour water out of their boots if the directions were on the heel. Anyway, as usual, it takes a clown to look at the issue in a serious way.  Jon Stewart:

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As for the main stream pundits, well, when they take time out from trying to blame the other guy, they make the same noises they always make after a tragedy like this about how this might be the catalyst to start a national conversation about how we've totally abandoned the democratic principles of  deliberation, consensus and compromise, and replaced them with a politics based on name calling, character assassination and screeching.

Yeah. That'll happen.
A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.
 Guns with a political slogan etched into them. What could possibly go wrong? We think Mark Twain said it best:
Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.


Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Mark Twain's other great quotet:

"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or has reason to."

Sidhe said...

Here, here!

So much broken and so much diversion. We've got people freaking out about Social Security running out and gas prices reaching $4 (I hear that the former is not in danger and the latter is a certainty) but I guess my point is, why don't we Americans work to fix the things that we can and quit bitching about what we can't...reminds me of that AA prayer, perhaps it's time to start a "Citizen Support" group.