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20 May 2003 @ 02:32 am
Maybe I expect too much from good people these days...  
So, as some have pointed out earlier, President Bush was mere miles away from my home today.

(That's the closest ever been to evil, I think.)

My first reaction when my parents were talking about it was, quite naturally, to get nasty and mutter things like, "Think we could manage to kill him?" and, "George W. is by far the worst president we've ever had."

(Mind you, killing a president is understandably the worst thing you can do if you disagree with his policies. Not only does it make you the bad guy and him the hero, but it also gets all of his terrible agendas and policies pushed through to actualization. Best thing Kennedy ever did for his presidency was to get shot, seriously. I was speaking in a more abstract, wishful manner, because what I'd really like is for him to just suddenly not have ever existed. But still. You get the idea).

My mom scolded me for saying such a thing. She argued that Clinton was far worse, because he was so "immoral". I argued back, saying at least Clinton didn't take his personal problems and kill thousands of people in another country in "preemptive strike". For oil.

She said that's not what it's about. I asked her why then we would want things like permission to take over their industry, and why it was we never found any weapons of mass destruction. She says look at all the people they killed. I say look at all the countries we support who kill more, and how many we killed ourselves.

And my sister and mother say, "Well, we're not into politics," and state that because they aren't, they refuse to argue with me, and that I have no right to "berate" them for their views.

What? WHAT?? So, by being uninformed, and choosing to keep it that way, you can defend yourselves and feel okay about pointless war, and hate a man for wanting a blow job? Who's the immoral president, here? Apparently throwing around the words "god" and "prayer" make Bush the man for the job.

And I'm bad because I care about what's happening?

When Americans say they aren't into politics, they are acknowledging that this is CLEARLY no longer a government for or by the people. And a lot of people say this. Yet, they still say that "bringing others democracy" is the way to go. Oh yeah. Because ours is just making us so damn happy.

This rant is all over the place. Venting some major frustrations, I guess. And in the end, I'm just pissed off at my family for using the "it's not about ______" shift and evade strategy I hate so much.
 
 
Mood: seething
 
 
 
neural network: Aashliana on May 21st, 2003 12:11 am (UTC)
yup.


*sigh*

very well put....
ex_ilk on May 21st, 2003 01:07 am (UTC)
They may not be into politics, but be sure to let them know politics are into them.

I have to deal with this shit, too.
Mellen: Kangaete imasu...absentmammoth on May 21st, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
"If you are not turned on to politics, politics will turn on you."

Those were the last words I got in before it was declared to change the subject.
Alek Traunic: snailalektraunic on May 21st, 2003 05:35 am (UTC)
it sucks when people blindly follow one ideology without stopping to consider the other sides of the story
when i have to deal with people like that i.... um, just want to shift and evade.
xanthyosxanthyos on May 21st, 2003 08:11 am (UTC)
Families suck.
Mellenabsentmammoth on May 21st, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
The Bush one in particular.
gimacaroni on May 26th, 2003 06:53 pm (UTC)
Relative to us
I think Bush is pretty bad, but not the worst. I would probably argue Jimmy Carter was our absaloute worst.
(Anonymous) on May 28th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
Clinton didn't kill to cover personal problems? What of Operation Desert Fox during his impeachment precedings? Or the al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant bombing for that matter? Certainly both have a much more direct connection to private conflicts than Bush's actions in Iraq. How did he benefit from this? (And please don't say Haliburton. Bush (Bu$h) is filthy rich, hey, he's almost John Kerry rich... surely he wouldn't concoct such a bold and public scheme for a fistful of dollars. Hell, couldn't Hussein have just bribed him to drop sanctions? That would have been more immediately profitable, no? Bizarre.)
337common_as_stone on June 10th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC)
i try not to pop into peoples journals randomly and just post out of the blue but i needed to say that this post of yours was a very good representation of my own frustrations with my own conservative family members (of whom i love to death, but who can drive me crazy with their head-in-ground mentality). so yeah, thanks for venting for me.

that being said, clinton did suck too in his own way and was involved in a lot of shit that i would consider to be crimes against humanity as well (although more indirectly). yet regardless, nothing he cold have done comes even remotely close to the greedy, self-serving, violent, murderous, manipulative policies of bush and his cronies. bush came to visit us in portland last august and they had to tear gas us and shoot us because they were so afraid of the pure outrage and indignation we americans expressed at this "leader" who has hijacked our country.

time to take our country back.
Mellenabsentmammoth on June 12th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
You're more than allowed, thanks for the input