Oct 15, 2008

A Union State of Mind
















Our next war might be Civil.

I've tried to stay out of politics for the last week because I was so heavy-handed from the get-go; I also know that everyone else is writing about politics, too. It can be overwhelming, and I didn't want to add more fuel to the fire. Too bad I remembered today that this is my blog and I can do what I want.

You all know I don't support Sarah Palin. It's abundantly clear, and most of you aren't fooled by her, either. But when I think about it, I don't really hate Sarah Palin. I hate everyone who loves her.

I can understand a person growing up in a particular set of circumstances and adhering to their family pasttimes, like slaying giant beasts together and joining a wackjob church; it's backwater ALASKA, and they can't drink ALL the time. It's not for me, but much like my feeling about the U.S. Army, they do it so I don't have to. I can even understand believing in complete and total bollocks, especially if you're the sort of person who was raised to believe that the End Days' are upon us; think about how weird it must be to think that the end of the world is near--and that you have a one-way ticket to Moose Heaven with Big Jeezy in the very near future. There are some people in this world--many, actually--who have never questioned the status quo, and fear the end result of straying off the beaten path: maybe their family will ostracize them, or they won't fit into their community, or Baby Jesus might fall down a well. Whatever the reason, it keeps them stuck in their ancient thinking and fear of the unknown, AND I UNDERSTAND THIS. I get why Sarah Palin is so atrocious, but I don't hate her anymore; I hate the human condition.

I watched the Daily Show last night, and it was very disappointing. Not because Jon Stewart didn't deliver (although his cohorts are impressing me less and less lately), but because he showed THAT VIDEO (the one I'm embedding here, of course--I like to perpetuate cycles that go nowhere).



To see one woman out there--a woman who probably represents thousands, even millions of Americans--that is so grossly misinformed, and stoking that big ol' Fear Fire, is far more depressing than four more years of the same old thing. I know, she was probably raised that way, too, but for some reason, I don't understand her at all; I'm just frightened by her. When John McCain has to stand up for Barack Obama because of the racist vitriol coming out of his supporters' mouths, that says nothing about him and everything about the people (although I'm glad he tried being semi-decent for once). The Straight Talk Express is becoming somewhat of a PR nightmare since the people doing the straight-talking are talking straight out of their asses. It's humbling to witness, and scary, too. I'm pretty sheltered up here in Seattle, where we have more licensed massage therapists than registered conservatives, so I'm astounded by how the rest of the country thinks and lives. Although I don't know how much 'thinking' is really going on. I'm talking to you, Arkansas.

If Obama carries the election, then I will shout a big hurrah--but after seeing some of the McCain supporters and hearing their voices on the internet, we're going to need more than just Obama. This is dividing the country more than I thought it would, but I'm always a wary optimist. I wonder if there is anything that can be done, or if Barack Obama really is the next Lincoln. The South might rise again, you never really know; them's some resilient folks, y'all.

I hope I get some Confederate flag ads from this post, although I gotta say: the Christian Masturbation ad keeps popping up on the sidebar, and it's totally making my day.

[RADWORDS]: CONFEDERATE FLAG, ARKANSAS, DAILY SHOW, ABE LINCOLN, BALLS


16 comments:

Manthony said...

I'm frightened by seeing "Abraham Lincoln" and "balls" right next to each other in print. On the bright side though, you seem to have managed to get TWO ads about Christian Masturbation going!

matt said...

I AM so smart. (for those under a rock, I'm r'sponding to the comment prompter).
OMG-IWASTOTALLYGONNAMENTIONTHECHRISTIANMASTURBATIONTHING!
Good call on where the hate needs to go. Two weeks ago a regular at my bar (who reads a lot, is intelligent and a liberal) asked me, BECAUSE SHE REALLY DIDN'T KNOW, whether or not Obama is an Arab.
*?!?!?!?!*
I was totally shocked, and very little surprises me. The ignorance out there, and the hate it breeds is so toxic...

Manthony, Abraham Lincoln HAD balls, don't be scared.

UU <--they looked like that.

Dorkys R. said...

Hahaha, nice radwords kid. Hope you get that pervertedly twisted ad you're wishing for.

And that woman is exactly why I'm scared for Election Day because that's when all the crazies come out of their caves.

Snotty McSnotterson said...

Manthony, Abe had balls, just like Matt said. You have them, too, and someday I might write about them.

Snotty McSnotterson said...

Matt, we still have to come find you at the 5 Spot. Especially if you're going to keep drawing the computerized nuts of our dead presidents.

Snotty McSnotterson said...

Dorkys, YES! Everyone is like, Obama is in the bag, and I'm all DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY HONKY BACKWATER TOWNS ARE OUT THERE? Even though they can't read, they can still VOTE.

Toddie said...

Snotty - Am having some serious love over this blog. Keep up the good fight, girlfriend!

Snotty McSnotterson said...

It's Toddie! Thanks for stopping by, it was so great meeting you this weekend. :)

Manthony said...

Seeing them even more explicitly in print--UU--was even more frightening. Luckily, there was an ad about cupcakes to offset this fear. So now its all okay.

Snotty McSnotterson said...

Seriously, at one point I looked over at the ads and ALL FOUR were Christian Masturbation ads... WTF???

The Esq clicked on the links and it was really more about being a Christian and doing it missionary style or something. Or HOW TO DO IT AS GOD INTENDED. "She was so overcome with pleasure, she wept." I was like, you mean she was so pissed she'd been missing out all these years, she cried very angry tears. AM I RIGHT LADIES?

matt said...

Google thinks you should be stricter with Oren.
Maybe you shouldn't have called him a turd.
Maybe you should have called him a Christian masturbator...

What I really don't get, though is why there aren't three ads for BACON. Get on the bus Google.

But not the "straight talk express."

Anonymous said...

if everyone compares him to FDR and Lincoln more and more to the day, it means he will be taking a bullet just like them......i am afraid that is what is going to happen if he is the next president.--jenny

konichiwa, bitches. said...

Seattle really is Lala land. I didn't understand this when I traveled, and people would be like, "Oh, you're so much different than other Americans!" Which makes snobby liberals giddy but makes me a bit defensive, cos while I'm more liberal than a Commie on ecstasy, I love my country and its people and I'm not trying to hear any of this American-bashing noise.

But people in other parts of the country really are fucking dogmatic, ueber-Christian redneck racist bastards. I have been to Utah. Nuff said.

konichiwa, bitches. said...

oh and the ads I see are either geared toward stuff in Berlin or Hebrew stuff, I might guess because my boyfriend's last name is Israel and his email account is derisrael@blahblah.de. Three ads for shit in Berlin, one ad about learning Hebrew.

My boyfriend is not a Heeb. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Snotty McSnotterson said...

Matt, Google does not think I should be stricter with Oren. Of course, I don't even know where Oren is right now, so...

Snotty McSnotterson said...

Konichiwa, I have family in Utah. And I whole-heartedly agree.