I've heard it said that complaining doesn't solve anything, it merely restates the problem. That may be true, but sometimes it's worth restating problems just to make sure that everyone knows what solutions they should be working on. Well, that, and sometimes it just feels good to bitch a little.
- It seems to me that the people who are against improving health care because they claim it will saddle their children and grandchildren with too much debt are the same people who want to keep drilling off our precious coastlines. My takeaway is that they're more concerned with their heirs' fiscal health than their physical health. I'm willing to bet that, in the not too distant future, the "drill baby drill" crowd is going to be dealing with the ill effects of this latest oil spill and start clamoring for better medical care.
- Has anyone else noticed that the words Sarah Palin posts on Facebook seem much more intelligent than the words that come out of her mouth? Makes me think that someone else might have access to her account while she's busy playing Farmville.
- I'm not seeing the downside in repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." To me it's an insane debate. Because I'm thinking that anyone opposed to its repeal would have no problem having a gay soldier save their or their loved ones lives. Personally, I don't care who saves my life or protects my home. But when they do it, you know what I'll say? Thank you.
- I don't think that there's anyone who could convince me that Glenn Beck isn't a radical opportunist. He used to call himself a rodeo clown. That would be a person who helps others dodge the bull. But Glenn creates so much bull of his own that, at this point, he can't really get out of the way. One day I stumbled across Beck's television show and he was, not uncharacteristically, talking about fear. In his own inimitable style, he went to his magic chalkboard and drew arrows connecting many of his favorite buzzwords -- Nazis, Hitler, Socialism, Marxism, Communism -- ending up, of course, with Obama. It was sort of the visual equivalent of the statement "If you nail any two things in the universe together, some shmuck will buy it." That's what Glenn does -- he uses a piece of chalk to connect things that don't necessarily have any connection. Anyway, what I found.. .well, let's be polite and call it "ironic." It was Beck leaning into the camera and pleading with his audience to "be very afraid of people who tell you to be afraid." We finally agree on something. I'm very afraid of Glenn Beck.
- Tiger Woods had to apologize but Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld don't?
- Limbaugh recently made this case: Hitler lied, Obama lies, so that means Obama is Hitler. Well, Limbaugh lies. Is he Hitler, too? I sure hope not. Because when it comes to his job, Rush takes pride in being the best.
- And while I'm on the subject of Limbaugh, isn't it interesting that at the beginning of the latest oil spill, he demeaned those who were concerned and said they should relax, "the ocean will take care of itself." And then when he realized that this disaster could also be a club with which to bash the President, Limbaugh changed his tune to "Why isn't Obama taking care of it?" One question, Rush -- is it possible for you not to be an opportunistic hypocrite?
- Mark Levin, someone who I find to be one of the more contentious Liberal haters out there, went on the radio and ranted about how the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress had no right to do the things they're doing because they have -- get this -- just a "temporary majority." You mean temporary like every single administration ever in the history of our country? As in they'll one day be replaced with another temporary majority? I thought so. Then we can only hope that Mark Levin is a temporary talk show host.
- And what's with the whole new vocabulary for Obama's presidency? According to the right wing misinformation machine, there is no more "Left and Right." They now refer to the two camps as "Left and Correct." Obama doesn't have an administration, he has a "regime." And he doesn't have friends or associates, he has "comrades." He also doesn't have advisors, he has "Czars." Yes, Czars. Just like Ronald Reagan who appointed advisors and called them czars. As did President Bush. But, of course, the Right didn't mind that because those czars were appointed by presidents they liked.
- And, lastly, there's a hateful e-mail making the rounds about how horrible it is that two Muslim men were hired in the Department of Homeland Security. These hires happened in July of '09. Apparently the Right Wing's list of people to hate is so long it took almost a year for these to men to make it to the top. Both are very qualified. One was even an Assistant U.S. Attorney during the Bush regime...(See how ugly that sounds?)...but the Right wing extremists who sent out that story forgot to include that little nugget. That might have made it a little less scary. And we can't have that because the aim is to strike fear into people using the following logic: The people who attacked us on 9/11 were Muslims, these men are Muslims, ergo -- no Muslim is to be trusted. None of them. Not one of the over five billion Muslims in the world. Apparently the purveyors of this e-mail see no benefit at all in having people who might have a better understanding of the Muslim world working in the department tasked with helping to protect us.
- But if we're going to paint with a broad brush, then let's really go for it. Let's clean house! How about people whose beliefs are the same as Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh? He claimed to be an Agnostic. So I guess it's time to make sure nobody's on the Federal payroll who doubts either the existence or the nonexistence of God. There are bound to be at least a few of those. And how about Joseph Andrew Stack? He's the guy who flew his plane into the I.R.S building in Austin. How do we make sure people who go to his church aren't given government jobs?
I'm sure that Google would supply me with even more examples if I asked it to. But the overly simplistic point I'm trying to make is this: When it comes to keeping us safe, you take your best shot. You use all the powers at your disposal to make good decisions. You try to judge people as individuals. Because no matter how hard you try and how right you think you are -- you just can't hate everyone.