The Battle of Oak Hill.

November 22, 2008

What did I tell you?  This kind of thing is popping up everywhere, sparking all sorts of debate on both sides.  In Standish, Maine, the owner of a one Oak Hill General Store had a sign out front of his store, taking bets on when people might think Obama will be assassinated.

OK, is this guy despicable?  Probably.  Is he just trying to make a quick buck?  Of course.  Does he think he’s funny?  Sure.  Now.. does he have the 1st amendment right to post such a sign on his private property?  Well, now, there’s the rub.

The Standish town councilors and Maine’s Governor John Baldacci have, predictably, condemned the action, saying that “Maine will not tolerate this type of hateful…” blah blah blah.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I think this guy is a little twisted in the head.  But the sign was on his private property.  If he had hung up a sign that said “George Bush should go get fucked”, do you think, in this current political climate, that anyone would bat an eye?  (Well, sure, the religious folks would get all flustered at the F-bomb, which is their own problem.  Those type of prudish shrews will always be with us.)

Do I think clearly racist remarks are OK?  No, personally, I don’t, meaning that I don’t philosophically agree with them.  But… I believe this guy has a right to express his clearly sick sense of humor.  Could it be seen as a threat towards the president-elect?  Perhaps.  But here we are, swimming around in all of this very gray area and, now that we have elected an African-American president, the waters are going to keep getting murkier where all of these “hate speech” and “freedom of speech” issues are concerned.

I guess the ultimate question is: at what point does speech – the utterance of syllables from the throat and mouth – become something truly harmful?  Something that can incite very real violence?  Would someone who hadn’t wanted to assassinate Obama be inspired to then do so by a sign outside of a convenience store in rural Maine with the hopes of settling some bet?  What truly inspires such criminal acts?

I realize that these are not easy questions – but they are very necessary ones.  Y’all have anything that might resemble an answer?

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Yes, I suppose we can.

November 6, 2008

Well, it looks like we managed to pull off the unthinkable.  I wasn’t sure the good ol’ U. S. of A. could do it, but we actually elected a black president.  Imagine that.

And I’m happy to say that I got off my NOTA horse long enough to cast my vote for the guy.  Because, when I stepped into that booth, what I realized is how much I didn’t want McCain/Palin to win the damned thing.

I even got choked up during his acceptance speech Tuesday night.

I know, I know, I sound like I’m going soft here – I’m not, really.  But something about the historical magnitude of this week’s election is really hitting me hard – not quite what I expected from myself.  During Obama’s acceptance speech, I really felt myself being inspired and proud to be a citizen of this country, in a very profound way – not in a flag-waving tailgate-party sort of way, but in a deeper sense of connection to an ideal, to a promise of things being better.

I thought McCain’s concession speech was very gracious, even in the face of his supporters booing rather loudly when McCain stated that Obama would, indeed, be our next president and that we should all support him.  It was a glimpse of the old McCain, the moderate and distinguished gentlemen that many more of us may have voted for if he hadn’t tried to appeal to the worst imbeciles of the Repug base by choosing the hick Barbie doll demagogue as his running mate.

I fear for Obama, though.  Even here in the back-woods blue state of Maine, we’re already seeing racist reactions to his election.  Kids like these are probably just repeating what their more insidiously racist parents are saying, and I think the school is right to step in – but I fear that 1st Amendment battles will start springing up everywhere.  “Is it not someone’s right to express their racism in a vocal way?” etc. etc.  I think we’re going to have to get used to this type of hair-splitting.

But, for now, I have to admit that I am looking forward with eagerness (and a healthy bit of usual skepticism – hey, I wouldn’t be me without it!) to an Obama presidency.

Suspend the bullshit.

November 2, 2008

Here’s what I heard spoken today between a 14 year old girl and an adult at a public library this morning:

Girl: I’ll be glad when Election Day is over, but I’m really scared.

Adult: Why?

Girl:  I’m really scared about Obama getting elected.

Adult:  What’s so scary about that?

Girl:  Well, because if he gets to be president, he’ll suspend the Constitution.

I swear on my life I am not making this up. 

I had to try so desperately to keep from not only opening my mouth and causing a scene in a public place, but from actually striking this girl in the face.

Of course, I can’t believe that she actually came to this absurd conclusion on her own.  She’s obviously just repeating what her parents’ have been saying.  But what is crazy is to think that someone actually came UP with this shit.  My feelings about Obama aside – how do these bomb-shelter-in-my-backyard wackos actually dream this shit up?  Have they lapsed in the war on drugs, partaken of said chemicals, and dreamed of a dystopia where a Democratic president is somehow endowed with a power to do something as Earth-shattering as suspend the fucking Constitution?  Obviously these talk-radio junkies didn’t do their homework before they started spreading this kind of bullshit around.  Do you have any idea what would actually take to suspend the Constitution?  Not only would you have to have all branches of government involved, but there would have to be a mandate sent all the way down and enforced through local law enforcement.  These conservative wackos are just grasping at straws because their old fuddy duddy and his Barbie doll running mate are lagging behind in polls and they’ll spread any lies they can just to smear the black guy.  (Oh, and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t give 2 shits about the aunt’s immigration status.)

There’s definitely something in the water at this girl’s house.  I just hope the aquifer ain’t too deep.

Shitty jobs for America!

October 14, 2008

So great that I had to share.  Check out this video, faithful readers!
The Onion rules!

Obama Promises To Stop America’s Shitty Jobs From Going Overseas

No confidence = no vote.

October 4, 2008

I think it’s official, folks – none of the bastards are getting my vote this fall. 

I can’t believe that these fuckers who are supposed to be REPRESENTING us – the 75% of us who categorically rejected this bailout in polls – actually pushed this bailout bill through in record time.  My blood pressure has been sky-high all day long.  It’s clear to me now that it doesn’t or won’t matter a damn WHO is elected – because, no matter who it is – Democrap or Repug – they will do whatever the fuck they feel like doing, whatever the mighty dollar and the lobby of this interest or that instructs them to do – and all of it will be over the backs of us poor working class stiffs.  No matter who is president, there will be bullshit wars, bullshit deficits, bullshit shortages in money for things that matter the most – healthcare, education, etc. etc.  Obama is a good talker, but that’s ALL he is.  He would’ve gotten my vote if I’d decided that the whole “democratic” system was even worthy of my participation.  But I can’t vote for anyone who, for example, urged support of this 700 billion dollar fleecing of Main St., and who also categorically opposes things like gay marriage.  I would expect as much from a neo-con like McCain, but Obama?  What is it about blacks and gays?  Why can’t they commiserate and share in each others’ struggles?   Does he really believe that marriage is for people with different private parts, or is he just saying that because many people think that, too, and he’s just looking for votes?  Either way, it’s despicable, and he doesn’t deserve my vote.  Whatever.  I’m done.  I’ve had it.  Actually, I probably WILL show up to vote – but it will be to check off the empty boxes and write NONE OF THE ABOVE in huge block letters (as big as the little golf pencil will allow, anyway). 

I apologize that this is not the most coherent of my posts – but I had to get this out of me in one fell swoop with no editing, or I wasn’t going to get it out at all.   I want to hear from others out there who are as fed up as me.    I think WE are the ones who will make a difference – not these assholes who are begging for our precious votes.

Piety it ain’t.

August 14, 2008

Take a look at this high-and-mighty, smug, fatso shithead, praying, in the spirit of Christian love and brotherhood, for a rainstorm to ruin Obama’s speech at the DNC. The folks at Fox News are probably falling all over themselves to get this on the air.

Two posts in one day, I know. That’s how worked up I am about these religious fascists. And yes, I do have a sense of humor. What troubles me is that a lot of Jeezly folks out there are probably going to do what this man is asking for – fervently wish for a little divine intervention to make someone else’s day go sour. Go back and reread the fucking Sermon on the Mount, for chrissake.

Here’s an idea – let’s completely disassemble both the Democratic and Republican parties. And, for good measure, the Greens and the Libertarians and every other political party fighting tooth and nail for ballot access in this country. Make everyone run as an independent. Everyone gets a fair shot. Let’s level the playing field, so that we are voting for a candidate, not for a party. No more DNC or RNC. Let’s get back to the idea of “whoever gets the most votes wins,” not “whoever is left over from the nearly meaningless primaries race and has the slickest and most well-funded campaign wins because the American people who bother to vote are blinded by their allegiance to a political party.”

This is what I’m sick of – people who just as quickly as they can shit will move their zealous allegiance from one candidate to another for the sake of the Party. So, it really doesn’t matter WHO we put on the ballot, does it? There is a guy who lives near me who is so ultra-Republican, whose lawn and vehicle are completely covered in candidates’ signs, stickers and such (we all know people like this), and who I sincerely believe would vote for a poodle if one were nominated for the GOP ticket.

Many people here in the blogosphere and in my day to day life know how I am torn about whether or not to take part in the political process anymore. Some of these people, in their efforts to sway me one way or the other, try to extol the virtues of either Obama or McCain – and I know damn well that these same people would be just as fervently extolling the virtues of Romney or Clinton or (fill in the blank) or (fill in the blank) if the primaries had turned out differently than they did.

Maybe it’s because I don’t like religion or sports, but I just don’t get the whole herd mentality – and I’m afraid you dyed-in-the-wool pols seem to have it just as badly as the religious wackos and those annoying Red Sox fans that surround me up here in New England. Change the starting line-up of any baseball team, for instance, and people will still “love their team”. Why? Because they’re all wearing the same stupid looking jerseys? The ballot seems to be no different – just throw some name on there of some distinguished Senator, so long as they have an (R) or a (D) after their name.