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America and Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

Three days ago, there was an interesting event that took place in this country.  All over this country, people gathered in lines that sometimes went around a block, in order to celebrate a fast food restaurant.  That alone is stupid enough, but when you hear the reason, it is beyond laughable.

It was called “Chick-fil-A Appreciate Day.”  Like fast food America needs a day to appreciate it.  The ever-growing levels of obesity in this country are a testament enough to how much we love their food (I’m not saying that all people who eat fast food are fat, but come on, that food is about as healthy as sucking down corn syrup).  But you know what is the most interesting and laughably stupid part of this – what it signifies.

The sentiments of the people who partook in this day can be boiled down to this –

I ate some fried chicken because I hate gays.

That’s it.  It really is that simple.  You know it’s America when there is a nation holiday celebrating something this stupid.  This is beyond just pathetic.  This is so dumb that it’s laughable.  This is the stupidest national event that this country has ever made.  We literally are not only celebrating our bigotry, which is pathetic enough, but we are going out and buying fried chicken to celebrate our bigotry.  How do you not see the irony?

Only in America is the celebration of bigotry a national event.  Only in this country are people able to come together and hate and have it be like a big party.  If there are any liberals out there who don’t get why the rest of the industrialized world laughs at us, this should it into perspective.

If that doesn’t do it for you, perhaps this will help –

See that?  That’s the political butt of a joke and the quitter governor of my home state, Sarah Palin.  She refuses to let herself go into the night, so what does she do?  She decides that she is going to whore herself and her image out to Chick-fil-A, just so that she can believe that she is somehow culturally relevant, even though her most recent book has gotten to languish in the limelight of a bargain bin.  Poetic justice to whoever had to ghost-write her book for her.

But this is why the rest of the world is laughing, and you know what, we should be laughing too.

When President Obama came out, several months after being put in office, when the Stock Market had leveled out and we weren’t free-falling into disaster, and said that “America is back,” nobody bought it.  And they were right.  We weren’t back.  We were stalled.  Stalled out and going nowhere.  Now, four years later, we’re still stalled and going nowhere.

For those of you who are too young and too culturally ignorant to know, there was a great boxer.  He went by the name Muhammad Ali.  He was a king when he was in his prime.  He would best any opponent and make it look like art.  But that was in his prime.  As he aged, his skills got lesser.  He was still a fantastic boxer, for a long time.  But towards the end, he wasn’t much.  His last fight, against Trevor Berbick.  He was beaten so badly, but even up until the end, he thought that he was “Ali.”  But the problem was, he wasn’t.

The comparison between Muhammad Ali and America is very fitting.  America and the people in it still seem to think that we are a great fighter, that we are the best.  Only problem is, we aren’t.  The American Society of Civil Engineers gives this country D’s and F’s across the board, looking at our infrastructure.  Our health care is a joke in comparison to all of the other industrialized countries.  Our education is among the worst of the industrialized world.  The only things that we are at the top in, aside from our military strength, is things that we shouldn’t be bragging about, such as our prison populations, the amount of crime that we have, the amount of guns in the general population, and the worst part – we have the most amount of debt than any other country in the entire world.

But America still thinks that we are, metaphorically, Ali.  We still think that we are at the top of our game.  That we are #1.  Only problem is, we aren’t.  We still stand tall, but we are standing on a pile of sinking sand.  We have no reason to brag, at this point.  But the people don’t seem to get there.

Here’s the real truth – this whole pathetic affair with Chick-fil-A should have just been chalked up to a stupid decision that a stupid company stupidly made.  They should never have gotten involved in this whole issue with gay marriage, but apparently, they didn’t get the memo.  Instead, we have decided to make this a giant mountain, with conflicting sides, and the bigots come out in droves to get their food, and show their support.

If you want to know what is wrong with America, and you have had a very outspoken opinion about all of this, here’s a thought – look in the mirror.

You might just learn something.

Internet Justice for Trayvon Martin?

Well, the truth may never truly be explained about what happened to Trayvon Martin.  The one piece of evidence that has been determined is that Zimmerman’s story is a complete farce.  This man lied outright about being in danger, and the world knows it.  But he still walks free.  This man is getting away with murder.

Or is he?

Enter the internet.  This lovely domain where all ideas are welcome, and anybody can voice an opinion.  Along with the internet has come a new form of group-mentality.  The mentality is that the group comes to consensus about something, and it spreads.  For things like this, when an injustice is committed, it spreads across the internet, and from there, the bulk of the people are able to get involved.

So what does that mean for Zimmerman?  That means that the internet has crucified this man.  Rightly so.  Regardless of the truth, Zimmerman is a murderer.  He killed this kid, who was screaming, in cold blood.  These are now facts, now that the 911 tapes have been released.  Like wildfire, it spread across the internet, and the entire blogosphere and mediasphere has come alive.

There’s a new saying – what enters the internet is forever.  Sarah Palin, the quitter governor of my state, found this out herself after that Gabby Giffords shooting.  A graphic she had on her Twitter got her the lambasting and ridicule of all reasonable people.  For good reason, it was incredibly inappropriate.  But it’s proof that she is forever tarred and feathered to the public, and she lost any and all remaining credibility.  (what little she had left)

What does this mean for Zimmerman?  It maens that the rest of his life, this is going to follow him around.  In the racist communities of Florida, it probably won’t.  But his face is known, now.  He is a pariah of racism and murder.  He escape justice from the legal system, however, he will never escape the hatred of the internet, and since the internet is so key in our lives, he will never escape hatred.

To go anywhere and receive looks of hatred.  To know that never will you be welcome, truly welcome, anywhere, because the people will know that you are a cold-blooded murderer.  To never have a home that you can truly belong to.  Perhaps that is a greater justice than any jail cell could ever have been for Zimmerman.

Another place this justice goes is toward the cops.  They are complicit in lying for this man.  Their version of events is that George Zimmerman was screaming.  Why?  Was he scared of Skittles?  They are terrifying, I know, but this kid was unarmed.  The screams are from Trayvon.  You know this because the screams suddenly stop after he is shot.

The internet has also shown the pathetic either open racism, or open corruption of the cops.  It’s becoming more and more a trend that America has no love for the police.  Where once the children were told that the officer if their friend, they are now told that the officer is not to be trusted.  For good reason, too.  They officer isn’t to be trusted.  The cops know all of what has happened here, and yet, they have (so far as I know) done nothing.  They have sat back and watched this play out.

But the internet has crucified them too.  It’s almost beautiful how social justice is becoming more powerful than official justice.  You got to jail, so what?  You kill a kid, you’re known forever as a murderer who killed a guy who was trying to bring Skittles home to his brother.  His brother probably got upset that his Skittles were late, not knowing that the man who was going to bring them to him is lying dead in the street.

It’s a beautiful day for online justice.  A beautiful day.  This is something that needs to grow, because if the police won’t do the right thing, and show these people for who they are, we have to.  Now, I am not arguing for vigilante justice.  That won’t get us anywhere.  I am arguing for something worse – social outcast syndrome.  Make them never feel welcome anywhere.  Being alone, now that’s true punishment.  And hopefully, it will last forever.

That’s how we can avenge Trayvon Martin’s death.

Peace out,

Lefty

America’s Tea Problem

America has this problem.  It is plagued by this problem in every way.  Whenever the intelligent try and alleviate this problem, it seems to bounce back.  The problem is a curse upon a country that is desperately trying to overcome the racist elements that are still very powerful in this country.  Granted, they are not nearly as bad as it used to be.  The KKK is not as powerful a presence in this country the way that they used to be, which is a wonderful thing.  You don’t see them walking down the streets of Washington DC in their robes, talking their talk, which won’t be repeated here because some of us consider ourselves decent human beings who don’t want to revisit a history that is bigoted, heartless, and worth nothing to society.  What is America’s problem?  America’s problem is the Tea Party.

It is kind of inspiring how the Tea Party is finally starting to head into the night.  Granted, we now have quite a few Tea Party Republicans (such an oxy-moron, given what people say that the Tea Party is supposed to represent) in government these days.  You’ve got people like Mitt Romney, Rand and Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and the list does go on.  But you don’t see much of their massive protests these days.  Their protests are absolutely legendary in the world of bigoted politics.

Does anybody remember the signs that these people used to have at their completely not-racist rallies that they had?  The stupidity and ignorance of what was happening was almost inspiring to those of us who have the ability to think in large amounts.  They were openly comparing the democratically elected president of this country to being equal with Hitler.  That’s right, people in this country were saying that the President of the United States who was democratically elected is equal to a genocidal maniac who wanted to ethically and ideologically purify the world.  The absolutely offensive nature of that comparison should terrify and sadden people, but it didn’t. 

But then, after the big charge that they had going died down, the Tea Party decided to go after the people who called them racists.  One must give credit that the Tea Party didn’t start out as the racist mongers that they are today.  There were some actual intellectuals with this group back when it first started.  However, this is not the way that it is today.  Today, the Tea Party has become nothing more than a group of middle-class, almost exclusively white people.  These white people claim to be mad about the economy, taxes, a whole bunch of things, but the truth is that the only thing that they are really mad at is the fact that the black man is in office. 

One contention that the big-time Tea Party members make is that they are in support of the ideals set up by the Founding Fathers of this country.  That concept is so stupid that it hurts.  If the Founding Fathers were around today they would have undoubtably hated the Tea Party’s guts.  For one thing, they want to believe that the Founding Fathers were against socialism, which is an outright lie.  They were all in favor of it, because you know what socialism was?  It wasn’t the government having all the power.  That is a lie that the people are told.  Socialism is, by definition, public ownership.  The people own, the people control.  Socialism is giving the people of a country the control over the main areas of production.  It is not taking from people, it is giving to people.  But that isn’t something that the corporate machine of this country, like the Koch brothers, want you to know. 

The fact is that the Tea Party is not a machine that is acting in the people’s interest.  They are an arm of the corporate machine.  They have always advocated and will always advocate for the corporate interests, and in the interest of capitalism, which has been proven to be against the common good.  If only the Tea Party was a machine of dissent.  What’s ironic is that while they believe themselves to be dissenting against the system, if you go against them, and call them out, they will go after you with absolute fury. 

There was a video that was made by a YouTuber named Grady Warren.  In it, Warren talks about how the Tea Party is not racist.  It was the absolutely worst demonstration of something that more and more people are coming to realize is true- that either these people are so completely blind to their own bigotry that they simply don’t see it, or that they are so egotistical and proud of their own bigotry that they revel in it.  This is not a good thing.  This is actually a very terrible thing.  Either of those problems comes with a massively long list of things that need to be done to get these people to understand how bigoted they actually are.

And what’s more, the American public has to suffer the worst of it- the legislation that they want to put through.  The recent campaign against reproductive rights for women was a Tea Party and hardcore right manifestation.  Christine O’Donnell ran on her wish to take away a woman’s right to choose.  Sharron Angle did too.  Granted, their campaigns lost, but it is the idea of the thing that matters.  And it has paved the way for all sorts of hardcore right legislation that could have, and in some places, has come to pass.  There was a House Bill in South Dakota that could have made it perfectly legel to kill an abortion doctor.  You could up and kill them, in the street, and you would face no legal action.  That isn’t happening in this country!  And people who think that that kind of behavior is acceptable should be shunned and mocked by society.  But, thanks to the miracle of the hopelssly biased network FOX News, they are accepted.

Society cannot suffer the kind of bigotry that we face.  There are things happening that demand that humanity come together.  America needs to solve its tea problem.  Either that, or find a place to send them where they can live in their little utopia, up until the point where they realize that the world that they want is a place where nobody would want to live.

Peace out,

Eli

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