Friday, August 18, 2006

long weekend

we have friends coming for the weekend- for their yearly sojourn to the house of betmo. i will be around a bit- but doubtful any real posting of substance- no comments from the peanut gallery if you please :) so in the spirit of no posting weekend- i will blab about what i have been thinking about lately. i have actually been thinking quite a bit lately about life in general and the world at large- so here goes nothing:

as most of the regular folks around here know- i have opinions on just about everything- and if i don't- i get one pretty quick :) as i am a fairly political person- believe it or not i didn't used to be-i thought it only fair to start there. i am tired of this current government. i am tired of the fear tactics and the war mongering. i am not against republicans or conservatives- i am against whatever we have running things now- neo- cons? whatever. i am tired of being called names because i 'don't get' what these folks are spewing. fyi- i do get it and i ain't buying it. i am tired of having to defend common sense, peace and diplomacy- and i am tired of having to fight for the constitution. the track record of the current government goes against everything i believe in- which, by the way, includes less government and fiscal responsibility- state's rights and personal responsibility. i think that we should stop the scaredy cat routine and get down to the hard and long task of REAL homeland security. not the throw the lipgloss into the trash routine while letting a nutjob on a plane with lighters and screwdrivers- but honest to goodness real security.

i think that we also have to decide whether we want to continue to be america- you know- the united states of america- open democracy, land of the free-- or america where one attack on our shores and we shrivel up and cry to the government to take away our freedoms to 'protect' us. we need to foster personal responsibility in this country folks and stop relying on the government to legislate and babysit us so that we can go shop until we drop or go on vacation. it is up to us to protect our families. we need to insist on the least government we can have- and become more involved in the decision making process of our country.

we need to get over ourselves too. yes, america is a great country. however, there are billions of other people on this planet who are alive- just like us. we need to be able to co-exist with these folks- and share the planet. this may come as a news flash- but america does not own the world. we garnered world support after 9/11. other folks didn't have to give that to us- there are countries around the world who live with terrorism daily. they gave us support because of what america stood for. we don't stand for that today. we need to wake up to that fact.

we need to realize that we need separation of the branches of government and of church and state. we need to dust off our copies of the constitution and insist on the government abiding by it. we need to stop thinking that this is politics as usual. the folks in power at this time are not typical politicians. get our heads out of our asses and realize that there is something wrong in america. at least half of the population of this country- and it is more like 70%- and most of the rest of the entire world are angry with america- shouldn't that tell us something? millions of people can't all be wrong- no? i will leave on the note of-- forewarned is forearmed.

19 comments:

dawn said...

I guess you needed to get all that off your chest. Now go enjoy your company for the weekend the world will be here when you get back.

DivaJood said...

Betmo, this is a powerful post. And I agree with you completely. Please go to this new blog: http://operationpreachingtothechoir.blogspot.com/ and check it out. It is all about giving voice to this insanity.

QUASAR9 said...

Betmo, I'm with you all the way.
I'm seriously thinking of moving to the US and registering to vote:

get down to the hard and long task of REAL homeland security. not the throw the lipgloss into the trash routine while letting a nutjob on a plane with lighters and screwdrivers- but honest to goodness real security

we need to get over ourselves too. yes, america is a great country. however, there are billions of other people on this planet who are alive- just like us. we need to be able to co-exist with these folks- and share the planet

we need to stop thinking that this is politics as usual. the folks in power at this time are not typical politicians. get our heads out of our asses and realize that there is something wrong in america.

forewarned is forearmed.

shawn (aka blogstud) said...

Very good points, betmo.

I hope you have a great weekend with your friends (and cats).

Time said...

Well said.
The American people are not yet ready for the sacrafice and the suffering it will take to turn things around. Things will have to get worse before the people will rise up and demand sanity from our goverment, but I'm convinced it will happen.

Mary said...

Good job Betmo. Now enjoy your company and your weekend.

Chuck said...

WOW! That was very well said! I wasn't much for politics either before the bush regime "came to town", so I can understand what you feel about this crew ruining our country.

Thanks for taking the time to pour out your feelings. You are appreciated.

And HI! everybody

Sarah said...

WOW! You must be reading my mind, hehehe....

Now, have a GREAT weekend!

: )

dusty said...

Hot damn..you blogged enough for the whole weekend m'dear.in this one post..

I try to do that on occasion, it cleanses the soul a bit.

Enjoy your weekend..stay cool.

Obob said...

keep your head up buckaroo

No said...

I want my lip gloss back!

glenda said...

great rant!

Donnie McDaniel said...

Keep bringing it on Betmo.

Granny said...

Wow. We sure agree on the basics.

Enjoy your weekend.

charlie said...

Who would argue with all that betmo? Not me.

BZ said...

I love how are your rants, go on and on, and continue to make sense an dnot ramble. Great job. I agree with you in so many manys.

spadoman said...

Betmo for President!

Trailady said...

Betmo, When you said "we need to get over ourselves because there are 18 billion more people out there"- I agree totally.

There is such arrogance in so many facets of our existence. Arrogance about our country, arrogance about our religions, arrogance about our race.

You know, the "If you aren't exactly like me, then you're wrong" mentality.

However, this is not strictly and American problem as I've see this same attitude mirrored around the world.

What would happen if we stopped all the flag-waving, the greed, the bragging and fighting, humbled ourselves and were simply nice to each other for a while???? Seems like such a simple solution, but it would work wonders, I believe...

betmo said...

i agree totally tl- and spado- it's the hubby with the presidential aspirations :) i am just the campaign manager. :)