I have to laugh when people talk about “freedom” these days. It’s never about your freedom or my freedom—it’s about their freedom. Typically it’s some bigoted idiotic selfish point of view they conveniently wrapped in the altruistic and noble label of “freedom.” You won’t hear these dolts championing “freedom” in other matters that don’t concern them. Their silence is deafening when it comes to laws designed to suppress voting based on unsubstantiated “voter fraud” allegations. You won’t hear a peep from them over the any number of laws and court actions against same sex marriage. They’re perfectly fine with the Supreme Court handing over elections to the wealthy and the corporations. They’re even mum when their own brethren decide invetro-ultrasounds are necessary. No sir—you won’t hear anything about the “big bad government,” “big brother,” or “police state” from them then. After all—it isn’t their freedom at stake. It's also laughable how real issues of freedom are ignored or even justified. But find yourself one whiny ass would-be conservative (and it ain't hard to do) and you have yourself a Bundy Ranch.
|No--not that Bundy. We like him!|
The saga at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada is quite a mess. While Fox has spun this story any way it can, what remains clear is that this saga has gone on for 20 years. Whatever gripe Mr. Bundy has he’s lost on numerous occasions. He’s ignored court orders for years and I for one am fairly disturbed it’s taken 20 years to take action! Can you and I do this? Can we ignore court orders now? This works?!? What else do we get to pick and choose to follow and obey?
|Great in School Hallways, but not when pointed at Anarchists.|
My favorite part of this whole exercise in lunacy was listening to one of Bundy’s supporters on Hannity. The man was quite animated and emphatic about the government having men with “high powered rifles and scopes” up on the ridge line. What?!? When the fuck did this become an issue for these clowns? Aren’t these “freedom sticks?” “Modern Muskets?” “The Original Homeland Security?” Come on boys!! These are God-given rights these government people are wielding. Hell—some of these clowns are making the case that gun rights are supported by the Bible. What’s the big deal?!?
Of course worshiping a stupid gun and concocting any number of ridiculous and supposedly noble names and reasons isn’t quite as much fun when those “Modern Muskets” are trained upon you-- is it boys? I guess the only time these cowards think high powered rifles and scopes are cool is when one is being carried down the aisle of a movie theater, mall hallway, or grade school.
In the end, the Bureau of Land Management backed off, after a settlement was reached by the local sheriff, who Bundy insisted come to him. Ya gotta love these cowardly criminal lil’ conservatives—so demanding! Apparently there are enough anti-government types in Nevada, who apparently don’t mind Bundy doesn’t pay his grazing fees or scoffs at laws and court rulings, who came to his support. Many of whom were armed. It could’ve been a real Lexington & Concord and part of me wishes it was. I wouldn’t lose a moment’s sleep over anarchists getting put down like diseased cattle. While they preach “freedom” they condone anarchy. News reports tell how the demonstrators and supporters of Bundy recited the Pledge of Allegiance as the Bureau left the area. Ain’t that a hoot! Hypocrisy at its finest!
Anarchy has been real trendy lately. If you’re under the age of 30 you should know that our country wasn’t always this goddamn strange. We didn’t always have counties wanting to leave their State, or whole States wanting to secede from the country. We didn’t have bizarre unsubstantiated conspiracy theories like the Army intentionally flooding a town or the government creating sinkholes and tornadoes. Sure! You had your crackpots and mental cases, but for the most part they stayed in the deep South and mountains and at least wore tin foil hats so you can tell them apart.
Nowadays hating the government is the stylish thing to do. Ironically, the same group of people who are so mistrustful of the government are usually quite keen on wars. Jon Stewart said it best: “If government is so bad, why do we continue to let them fight our wars?” We were all supposed to be rounded up into FEMA camps after the 2012 election. I’ve lost count as to the number of ways the government was going to enslave us. Obama better hurry up—time is running out!
|Obviously some of us have been planning ahead.|
Creating this hate has been a masterful work of marketing by Fox, Conservatives, and their punditry shock jocks. “State’s Rights” have become their battle-cry and there is a reason for this. It’s easier to screw you and I at the local level. Read your papers and you’ll see these Tea Party anarchists weaseling their way into school boards taking issue with everything from ethnic studies, to history, to trying to stick Jesus up on a goddamn wall, as if that will solve anything other than appease their own mental illness of religion.
Conservatives and Tea Partiers hate being called racists. Well some of them do—others embrace it. But if you haven’t been paying attention, a lot of legalized bigotry and racism has been introduced since 2008. It’s been masqueraded any number of ways and the most recent case was in Arizona, where the bigoted religious nut jobs tried to keep the gays out of their diners and businesses on the grounds of “religious freedom.” Again, this isn’t about your freedom or mine—it’s about their own petty wants and needs and classy marketing.
Two kinds of people find their way into the Tea Party and this line of thinking: Billionaires and suckers. You can usually tell them apart by checking their wallet.