(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.