Saturday, August 06, 2011

greed is god...god is greed

i have not been following the 'debt ceiling' debacle with any kind of, well, anything...it surprises me not that any of this has happened because there were many of us years ago seeing the writing on the wall and no one wanted to listen...such is life...

i do find it ironic that congress scooted out of town on their vacation without funding the faa...i mean after passing all sorts of bullshit laws making people take off their shoes, be screened through metal detectors and new fangled porn makers- i mean body scanners- and pour all of their shampoo and conditioner into 2 oz bottles- they don't even have the decency to fund the faa...but hey as john mellancamp sings 'ain't that america'?

i frequent facebook to play the games over there- i am not one of those who go there simply to connect with the past and look up lost friendships- i actually do the opposite because i figure the folks in my past are there for a reason...if it's one thing i have learned in my 40 years on the planet- you can't go home again...life changes...anyhoo, there are the same types of crap that spread like wildfire that used to on the blogs- the 'post this' and 'post that' chain letter type deals and i post some that are tongue in cheek sometimes...

there's one going around now about saying the pledge of allegiance...hang on i'll cut and paste it...good lord, had to look through a lot of posts...

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

MY GENERATION GREW UP RECITING THIS EVERY MORNING IN SCHOOL WITH MY HAND ON MY HEART. THEY NO LONGER DO THAT FOR FEAR OF OFFENDING SOMEONE!

LET'S SEE HOW MANY AMERICANS WILL RE-POST THIS AND NOT CARE ABOUT OFFENDING SOMEBODY

yeah, here's the thing- i don't recite the pledge and i don't sing the anthem- i don't believe in what my country has become. this isn't about offending anyone- it's about not believing in the sham and show that standing together at sports events while eating a hot dog and guzzling a beer has become. greed and selfishness rules this country- it's the single biggest reason that we are in the shape we are in- from the debt ceiling to the health care crisis- and why should i want to honor that? it goes against everything i was taught that america stands for- and it would be an outright lie for me to 1) pray in church if i had to go and 2) recite the words to the pledge of allegiance and lie.

there is no republic of america. we are not one nation and the founding fathers did not put that we were under god- which we aren't. most people in this country don't take the time to understand what those words mean or what they stand for. most americans have never read the constitution beyond the preamble- and certainly don't have any idea what the document says except from right wing media bites...

so, no, i won't pledge allegiance to the american flag or to the current incarnation of america herself. i won't sing an anthem that was swiped from a british drinking song- it's ludicrous and the words are about as meaningful as the pledge.

we currently have a representative government- oh, folks bitch and complain but the critters in our government are products of our shoddy education system; of our outdated and outmoded belief in meaningless nationalism and religion; and are as selfish and greedy as everyday americans.

harsh? every talk to your co-worker or neighbor or family member about giving every american access to basic education and health care as a basic human right? i have. many times. i keep getting the same response from these 'all american christian' folks- we should all pay our own way and if you can't- then you aren't working hard enough and you are probably on welfare...if you apply yourself in school- you can be anything and if you are smart enough you should get scholarships...or don't go...

yep. guess that's why so many other countries in the world beat us out with standard of living and longevity. there are many countries on this planet that educate all of their people and give them preventive medicine...and those are the countries that make it to the top tier of worldwide standards of living...

6 comments:

The Future Was Yesterday said...

I pledge allegiance to myself. What kind of an insecure dumb fucker has to recite a pledge most don't know all of, while eating a dog waiting for the ballgame to start?

Symbolism. Pure symbolism.

"Do something to make it look like we're doing something."

Fooling only ourselves while we think we've fooled everybody

Georg said...

Hey Betmo,

Every country has become what its people made out of it. So if you don't like its present state, do what you can to change it.

Nevertheless, Betmo, the USA are still a place where millions whould like to be.

Just don't let this fact be forgotten. The previous post "I pledge allegiance to myself" makes straight for 3rd World standards.

Georg

The Future Was Yesterday said...

The previous post "I pledge allegiance to myself" makes straight for 3rd World standards.

Only if you're too stupid to understand the context in which it was made.....

the USA are still a place where millions whould like to be.

Because of the handouts.

Dave Dubya said...

"In Greed We Trust"

"I pledge allegiance to the wealthy elite, and to the wealth they must amass, ever more at my expense, and to the nation's decline, in war after endless war".

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