Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Hopeless

I was just getting my typical fill of irritating idiocy from misc news sources and came across this gem from Rush L:
From the August 11 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: We just had Stephen Breyer saying, oh, yeah, totally appropriate, we must import what they're doing around the world in other democracies, it will help buttress their attempt to establish the rule of law, and we might learn something, too. Well, here's something I'd like to import. I'd like to import the ability that the Brits are doing to export and deport a bunch of hate-rhetoric filled mullahs and imams that are stoking anti-American sentiment. Wouldn't it be great if anybody who speaks out against this country, to kick them out of the country? Anybody that threatens this country, kick 'em out. We'd get rid of Michael Moore, we'd get rid of half the Democratic Party if we would just import that law. That would be fabulous. The Supreme Court ought to look into this. Absolutely brilliant idea out there.

Yea, I know he says these things on purpose to get people riled up, that is his business. Even so, when did we all decide the US belongs to the Republicans? We'd get rid of half of the Democratic party because they disagree with the obviously correct Republicans??? Seriously, what the hell? I think sometimes that I just don't understand people. Who would want to get rid of everyone who disagrees? We aren't so far from this, there are times I even wonder if my contributions to moveon.org will ever make me a target as being anti-American because obviously any website that can motivate such a large group of people to fight for what they believe in is anti-American. I keep hearing MoveOn being described as far left. Really? I think of them as left mainstream, maybe that means that I am far left.

Do you know what I would really love? A dictionary. I mean spouting "anti-American sentiment". You hear people saying it all the time, what does that mean? What is anti-American? Disagreeing with a President who obviously doesn't take his job, our country, our beliefs, and our's or anyone else's lives very seriously? Trying to empathize and understand people who hate us for what we have done to the world (which is just about everybody at this point but a small group of nut-jobs affectionately known as "The Far Right")? Pushing to get a "free" and "democratic" government to release information that shouldn't be private anyway? Expecting answers to hard questions and not just get justifications "spin"? Not being homo-phobic?

During the last "presidential" election I heard the VeeP debate on the radio. Just caught the tail end of it. Cheney was doing his classic move, spread fear and hate. He spouted all sorts of unfounded statements about someone wanting to walk into the middle of New York and set off a bomb (in retro-spect I'll bet the number of people who want to do that has in fact grown drastically since the last election). Edwards on the other hand was talking about hope and growing a new and better America that we can be proud of. Cheney couldn't care less about being proud of America, all he cares about is America looking tough. Well guess what, we reap what we sow. Fear defeated hope and hope is now lost to us. I find the more people I talk to about politics the more I find that people have lost hope. People talk more about moving away then they doing about fixing this pile of crap that we have built. I'm still vaguely convinced that the presidential elections were rigged, I certainly wouldn't put it past these madmen. If that is case though, it means they won't lose power because they'll keep rigging elections. Where is the hope? What is there hope for? A better world? We are destroying the world, one country at a time. We are living in a country ruled by someone that most of the world equates to Hitler. I don't know if I agree with them but that is one strong statement. Where can we find hope? I used to believe so strongly that doing the right thing will always be the best course of action in the end. I'm also a strong believer in karma, things have a way of balancing out. Sometimes it just seems like this country has built up such a karmic debt that it can never be repaid. Ick.

Friday, August 12, 2005

The Right

Just wanted to note that there was an excellent post about the whole Cindy Sheehan deal on a conservative blog. Basically, the Right is starting to go off on Cindy Sheehan as either a self-interested mom who is betraying the memory of her son by trying to get into the spotlight or a sucker who has been convinced by the Left fanatics to go after Bush for their cause (it is honestly hard to tell which point they are trying to argue). Currently, they are trying to say that she used to support Bush and now is speaking out against him, how dare she. The think I loved about this Blog is that it broke the issue down into "Um, are we really harshing on a grieving mother, c'mon, seriously?" Her son died in Iraq, she wants to talk to the President, she is upset about the whole war. Why does she need to be smeared by people who never met her and have no idea what is happening with her. Is there something wrong with what she is doing? Apparently there has to be or it would mean, I don't know, their whole world view is crushed. The other thing that I find more and more fascinating with the more Blogs that I read is that the Liberal ones tend to have lots of Liberals commenting with atta-boys where as the Conservative ones have a lot of heated arguments in the comments. I suspect the reason is that the Conservatives don't feel a need to read the Liberal Blogs, they have already won, why bother understanding the enemy, but maybe that is just my bias :)

The Moutains

Well, I got back from Peru last week and it was amazing!!! I'm not sure what I was expecting. I usually go into these things figuring, "we'll see what happens" and that usually works for me. Well, it did again. I was in Peru with Dave and Kristen (who will soon be moving to Boulder as well), Emily, Emily's friend Anne, and Anne's friend Mark. All in all I liked the group a lot. I spent most of my time with Dave and Kristen (I think because we had similar hiking styles, they tried to ditch me but couldn't, sucka!!!!). The trip did involve 1 trip to the hospital (Emily is allergic to peanuts and she almost died, but she didn't, it was the closest I'd ever seen anyone get though, people shouldn't be blue). There were a number of less life-threatening ailments (dehydration, altitude sickness, ankle spain, blisters) but we made it in the end. I didn't end up taking altitude medication even though we were going up to almost 15K feet. I'll admit it, I wanted to see if I could do it and I did. I think more mountains are in my future. Macchu Picchu was, well, what can you say about something like that, better than I could do?

Ok, let's get to the heart of the matter, what did I think about as I trekked through the Andes? First, I always find mountains humbling, they are gonna be there forever, I will not be. This being the case, what do I want to do with me time. I am currently treading water. I'm moving (still psyched) and have a job that I enjoy but doesn't take over my whole life. This is all good but is this the be all and end all? I was talking to my friend Ki-Wing last night and she seems to be in a similar place. We discussed that it might be our generation. We've gotten to a point where we have proven we can do anything, now the question is, what do we do? What is important? What matters? How do we want to spend the little time that we have? Um, sadly I don't have the answer. I think at this point I need to hunker down, move to Boulder, spend more time climbing and hiking, and see what tomorrow brings. I guess I just need some inspiration, once I get that and find a direction I'll feel a little better.

The Chasm

I've been reading more recently about Politics than I should. It mostly just upsets me. I think on of the things that really saddens me is that our 2 party system has become so polarized. I was reading DailyKos recently and they were talking about the dangers of voting on single issues. Fine, I know plenty of people (sigh!) who voted for Bush because they wanted lower taxes. I think they were crazy because they didn't look at the rest of what he stands for. In this article though they discussed that if you are voting for a Pro-Choice Republican, you might as well vote for a Pro-Life one (granted this is a paraphrase). In the end, if they are a Republican they are going to support others in their party based on a whole platform and not a single issue. So, although Chafee is Pro-Choice, he will support Frist, who is, um, not. The thing that makes me really sad about this is that it means we really can't just vote for people anymore. We have to vote for parties because the whole system is so partisan that even if I like a Republican (granted, this is a stretch), I can't vote for them because they would almost certainly vote with their party. What the hell do we do now then???