I recognize that many would think that if I was truly a bleeding heart liberal I would be more supportive of our President and Democratic congressmen (and women!).
Sadly, if you haven’t noticed, President Barack Obama and his herd are just the other side of the coin called the corporate party. Of course, I had no love for President George W. Bush or his herd either. Hell, I actually voted for Obama the first time, but as Dubya so eloquently put it “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me.. can’t get fooled again.”
My problems with our liberal leadership are many and varied. A true liberal doesn’t allow tanks to roll through the streets inside of their own country. A true liberal doesn’t offer to cut Social Security as an opening move in budget negotiations (what would the equivalent be in chess – perhaps playing without any pawns). A true liberal doesn’t allow torture. A true liberal doesn’t circumvent due process and the rule of law to catch the bad guys. A true liberal doesn’t give up the liberty of his people, no matter what the cost, ever.
If the citizens that considered themselves Democrats or Republicans had any spine they would stand up for what they supposedly believe in, protest, make their representatives act on their beliefs, and never vote for either party again. Instead it is apparent that the majority of people who consider themselves either a Democrat or a Republican merely support “their man” without question (let’s take that literally too – we have never had a woman president – Pakistan has).
I wish members of both political parties could have the courage to admit that both of “their guys” screwed up our economy, infringed upon our civil liberties, violated the Geneva Conventions, and engaged in thinly veiled resource wars in the name of “democracy” and “terrorism.” Of course, that would mean admitting that we were wrong when we supported one side or the other. It would mean admitting that all those arguments we had with people of the other party were really just us being the unwitting patsies of the plutocracy. It would mean that we would have to actually do something other than repeat the canned phrases that we hear on MSNBC and FOX news. It would mean we would have to admit that the two-party system is fatally flawed. I can see why most Americans can’t bear to do that. It takes some real courage to admit when you have been wrong and it has hurt just about everyone you know.
I will admit it to you now. I was wrong for at least 80% of my life. I thought the Democrats had my back. They didn’t. Anybody else?
I may sound radical but let’s think about our current situation critically. Tanks are rolling around in our streets and DEMOCRATS are JUST FINE with it. If that doesn’t qualify the United States as a military state and an authoritarian regime I don’t know what does. Can you imagine what Democrats would be saying if George W. Bush had allowed tanks to roll around in our streets? This is what is called a cult of personality, you know, like the Dear Leader in North Korea has. Patriotism is all well and good but this rally around the flag mentality has gotten completely out of hand. Stop being motivated by fear. Start standing up for your rights and the rights of others. The men and women in uniform that have died for us over the last 237 years deserve that we honor them by at least not being utterly ignorant and craven cowards.
It is with these things in mind that I have decided to refer to our current President as “Dear Leader” in honor of his cult of personality and his authoritarian regime. I will also pray to our Dear Leader, never take his name in vain, and when Passover comes I will put the blood of a member of the opposing party (whichever party that is at the time) above my door to make sure that “my guy” knows I’m with him so he doesn’t kill my firstborn son. That said, to use our Dear Leader’s favorite cliché, “Make no mistake,” I am as disappointed in the American people as I am with our leadership. Now, get back to the herd and go back to sheep.. er.. I mean sleep.