Thursday, April 29, 2010

What Kind Of Dump Are You Running ?

What the hell is wrong with this place, this country? Too many broke people, too many unemployed, too many sick, too many criminals, too much death, too many sickly perverted animals masquerading as humans, too many threats and epithets, too many damaged veterans, too much ... damn etc.

I'm real sure the usual culprits are to blame - the queers, the other-religious, the lay-abouts, the different colored, the godless, and for sure the Communistic Nazis. Try to wrap your head around what is going on here and what the reaction is. For pete's sake yes, I do think this place is a mess and that list at the start isn't imaginary. What happens if you listen to the part of the population led by Faux News and Lafemme Palin you'll get a list of culprits that falls apart as soon as you look at it.

Reason has nothing to do with it, think about gays, marriage, and states for a second ... states that lead the country in incest, wife beating, child beating, and divorce lead the fight for the Sanctity of Marriage. What the hell? The politicians beating the hell out of the family values drum represent those places and that has resulted in what, exactly.

If you want to look for a real correlation for crime you don't look to race, you look to poverty. If you want to find clapped out educational systems look to the lack of funding and lack of respect for education and outcomes based on something other than merit.

Why the hell are people sick? Sure, as a population we eat too much of the wrong things and manage a real crappy exercise program and worst of all, go to doctors too late and emergency rooms when it's too late. Schools that can afford physical education programs and continue them create different results than ones that can only barely afford core programs.

We reward the failures of companies with exorbinate salaries for top management as they shed labor and product quality goes in the toilet. We encourage with tax codes and rhetoric the widening gap between wealth and the rest of the population and bust unions with rhetoric best saved for their masters. Our government tolerates currency manipulation that results in lack of competitiveness and job migration and gives tax incentives to those same companies to wreck their domestic production.

If you're wondering why most Americans are not represented in their economic interests you could look at who it is that is supposed to represent them. I won't even bother to lay out criticism of the GOP in that regard - if you haven't or can't figure that one out you either aren't paying attention or don't care. The Democrats are another story, you could look at nearly half of the US Senate and get a wholely different picture than what the Caucus results in.

This post has lain dormant in draft for a month, it is a depressing one and reflects some of the reason there has been a dearth of posts here. Where that is going to go as time passes is open to real question. It isn't even clear to me that much of anybody other than me gives a damn which tends to reduce enthusiasm.


Zak Johnson said...

Good to see you're back.

I think FB is draining the audience for blogs throughout the Internet. Kari's solution is novel, but likely to be widely followed.

mattH said...

Keep up with it Chuck. It's good to hear from someone who's willing to be blunt about things.

Chuck Butcher said...

Thanks matt, but there are about a bazillion political blogs and more than a couple who are ... blunt. This isn't the first time I've considered letting this thing go away. It seems to still interest me so for now...

mattH said...

Ok, more than blunt. You keep articulating what needs to be said, with an eye to what is really wrong (Massive amounts of money at the top being responsible for our economic collapse for example). I'd be sad to see you go, but if that's what makes you happy, even content, do it.

joycemocha said...

Chuck, I for one have missed your accurate and blunt analysis. Your post on the oil situation (citing your personal experience) is something that you can't find elsewhere. Keep it up. I can't always comment (time is a factor) but I do read you regularly.

And as for this post, you're speaking the truth.