Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Its hard not choosing sides...

When I first started this blog the point of it was to just bitch about the annoying things that are going on right now. I had planned to talk about how television sucks right now, the politics of the RIAA, how things in America are hitting the toilet, etc... I had planned to do this from an objective view point, an unbiased point of view, complaining about both sides of the political arena.

That hasn't happened.

Its hard not choosing sides, really tough, its in human nature to choose sides and once a side is chosen its hard to switch. Human beings invest a lot when they choose sides, they take a part of themselves and put it into that choice, and then take any criticism of that choice very personally. Sports enthusiasts take this to extremes, but it is evident in other areas.

For instance, I was listening to Sam Seder on Air America Radio yesterday, and Sam deals with his callers very well. Two callers stand out in my mind. The first called in to complain about how Iraq was the right thing to do and how we shouldn't leave right away. This was in reaction to 14 permanent military bases in Iraq. The caller's point is that we shouldn't leave Iraq right away, and that news of the bases would be good publicity for Bush. Sam went on to point out (without mentioning that Bush himself said that we wouldn't stay any longer then necessary and if the Iraqi government asked us to leave we would) that 14 permanent bases meant a constant stream of money and military personnel would need to be diverted to Iraq. To which, and I am not making this up, the caller said "What does permanent mean?"

per·ma·nent
adj.

  1. Lasting or remaining without essential change: “the universal human yearning for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change” (Willa Cather).

  2. Not expected to change in status, condition, or place: a permanent address; permanent secretary to the president.


A second caller, an elderly woman with a grandma voice, called in to chastise Sam for criticising the president, saying he wasn't privy to all the information and "how dare you criticise the president", so sam asked her "what did you ever criticise president clinton?" to which she replied "of course, he was an idiot".

I literally laughed out loud, scaring my office-mate.

So like I said, its hard to remain object, REALLY hard. I wish I could see things from the point of view of grandma, who thinks you need to support your president, as long as its not clinton, or from the point of view who feels that tax cuts in a time of war is a good thing.

Maryland's Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele was on the Bill Maher show a few weeks back. Aside from being an oreo, I have to say he was the most embarrassing public official I've seen in a long time. Granted, I expect black politicians to make better choices, to stick their heads above the crowd and basically do what's best. The civil rights battle isn't that old and the n bomb is still dropped on a regular basis in parts of the south. So you expect that a politician from a recently oppresses minority would see things clearer then their cracker counterparts.

In this case you would be wrong. Michael Steele was Step-n-Fetchin' for the Republican party. Questioning why tax cuts were bad and asking stupid questions meant to derail the conversation, a tried and true conservative tactic. When the tax relief of the rich came up, Steele asked if a household with a combined income of 300k would be considered rich... I would have to say yes, but the reality is that the tax cuts benefit a small percentage of Americans who make over 300k a year.

So yes, it is hard to remain objective, its hard to not choose sides, especially when so much stupidity goes on on one side of the political arena. Its also hard to sit by and watch this bullshit go on and not get angry about it.

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