• America, Who Are We?

    October 6, 2013

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    So a person attacks the Capitol building and gets gunned down by the cops, just two weeks after the Navy Yard mass shooting. A man set himself on fire on the National Mall, just outside one of the closed Smithsonian museums. The NSA continues to lie about spying on Americans, get caught lying, then says, OK, we lied about that, but not this next thing. Over 5,000 Iraqis have died in sectarian violence in the past ten months (65 yesterday alone) but despite a recent nine year American invasion, occupation and retreat, that story isn’t really news. Afghanistan devolves daily, with the U.S. bailout there scheduled for next year. Two out of ten American children live below the poverty line. The U.S. government, meanwhile, is… closed.

    Did I miss anything? I haven’t checked the news in the last hour. Some days it feels like I woke up huffing paint.

    As the Vietnam War’s futility became evident, and as most-trusted man-in-America Walter Cronkite came out against it, then-president LBJ said “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” When was the last time we weren’t cynical about politics and government, when we had hope for change? Yeah, that was that 2008 thing. LECTOR SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE

    Well America, when you’ve lost the young people, you’ve lost the future. We welcome a new friend of the blog today, who sends this message:

    An open letter to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the 113th United States Congress:

    Most kids tend to grow out of the “I want to be President” stage at around age 12, I however did not. That is, until today. Today is October 1, 2013, the day Congress led the federal government to a shutdown, simultaneously leaving thousands of federal employees out of work and crushing the last bits of hope and trust I had for our government and my future (Not to mention cutting off the panda cam at the national zoo. Not OK.)

    I grew up less than 25 minutes from DC my entire life, and spent my childhood wandering around the monuments and the national mall, daydreaming about how one day I would be a part of that elite “inside the beltway” club. I have spent the last decade of my life telling anyone who would listen that one day I would become Speaker of the House, and then eventually, President of the United States, and each time I did, I was met with responses such as “stay away from politics – it is a dirty game” and “wouldn’t you rather have a job that helps people?’. Time and time again, I would look those people straight into their disapproving eyes and tell them that not all politicians were bad and that some truly did care and work to get things done. Usually my responses were met with condescending remarks about how cute I was and how I’d learn when I was older, but I meant every word. I spent four years in college studying Government and Politics, racking up debt that I will likely be re-paying until I am 65, to prove to those people that our government is not all bad and that I could make a difference in the field.

    Little did I know, I was wrong. So wrong.

    Over the past several weeks I have seen just how ridiculous and petty the people who hold some of the highest and most prestigious offices in our nation can be. I have seen my role models let their stubbornness and ignorance shut down an entire nation. Honestly, I have seen better cooperation in a first grade classroom, or better yet in the Great Ape House at the National Zoo (which is now closed). It is hard for me to comprehend how educated adults, who the people have entrusted to run our country, can be so childish as to allow THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN. You are literally shutting a nation down because you can not learn to compromise and agree with one another, do you not realize that? These are skills you should have learned in elementary school. Though I guess it isn’t your fault if you didn’t since our educational system isn’t where it should be. Oh wait. That is your fault.

    So basically, I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to what Congress and the Federal government are really all about. Thank you for crushing the hopes and dreams I have carried with me since I was twelve years old, and leaving me with a useless degree, and no trust in my government. Oh yeah, and thanks for almost completely shutting down the city I love more than any other place in the world. At least I can take comfort in the fact that you are still receiving your paychecks and that your families won’t go hungry.

    If any of your friends in the private sector are hiring, kindly let me know.

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      “Thank you for crushing the hopes and dreams I have carried with me since I was twelve years old, and leaving me with a useless degree, and no trust in my government.”

      The first lesson in my Government and Politics class was: “money talks and bullshit walks.”

      As a public service and a warning to others, please let us know the name of the school that ripped you off.

      10/6/13 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      quote:”Did I miss anything? I haven’t checked the news in the last hour.”unquote

      ummmm, well, the Federal cuckoos nest just shut down the Ocean and fishing on rivers. Does that qualify?


      sheeezushfuckingcrist. If insanity were weather these Federal government dimwits would wipe out the entire northern hemisphere in once in a 10k year 9.5 hurricane of biblical proportions.

      10/6/13 2:10 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...



      “America, Who Are We?”

      ummmm, no Peter, it’s WHAT are we? Look no further than the Police in WDC. That is WHAT we have become.

      10/6/13 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “America, Who are WE?”

      Gullible to believe NSA absolute power will not corrupt absolutely. Hell, even Canadian spies do it…


      10/8/13 2:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      10/8/13 2:33 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      For the Republi-cants It’s the End of Times

      Don’t you just hate it when that batshit crazy Michele Bachman speaks the truth: “this is the end of times.”

      For the Republi-cants who can read the writing on the wall, it is all downhill from here as the country is increasingly losing the battle to keep those damn minorities from becoming the majority, and that spells DOOM for the men in white.

      Bungler Boehner is the Republican version of David Koresh and the rest of the GOP true believers are holed up in the last stand to BURN IT ALL DOWN. As Bombs-away Obama is about to send them to their end times the House GOP genuinely believes that breaching the debt ceiling would be no big deal, and that everyone warning of dire economic consequences is either wrong or weaving elaborate conspiracies.

      The GOP truly believes that all this talk of default is just not true, prioritization or no, and that nothing is at stake with regards to the global economy. This camp includes people like Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who told “CBS This Morning,” “I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling we will default on our debt. We won’t.” There’s also Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who says, “Will the U.S. default on its debt? … The answer is of course not.”

      And Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Texas) (R-Fla.) truly exists in a world of his own. He won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling, because, as the Washington Post reports, he thinks “‘it would bring stability to the world markets,’ since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.”

      But what makes all of this truly surreal isn’t just the fact that some of these people believe that there are no consequences to a debt ceiling breach. It’s that all of these people are supposed to be trying to use the debt ceiling as leverage against the White House and Congressional Democrats. And they are simultaneously waving that leverage away, saying either that Treasury can keep most of its normal operations going, or that the default apocalypse that economists warn is on the horizon is imaginary.

      In the END of TIMES the GOP has made its last stand as they convince themselves ala Thelma and Louise, they had a good ride. Fool speed ahead.

      10/9/13 1:16 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Except that I’d have to live under a bridge and survive on donated cans of hobo beans, I am heading toward the opinion of “Let it all burn down.” It may be that what we have is not fixable, and a slow decline might just make it more painful. Maybe if the whole mess crashes down we’ll have the incentive to start again and do better.

      10/9/13 1:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      But, but that means we will have to close all those foreign military bases and send all those NSA employees off to the unemployment line. Who will be the world’s policeman?

      burn, baby, burn.

      10/9/13 1:35 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Putting out the Republi-cant Fire

      In response to the Republi-cant “burn it down” message and “Surrender Obama”, the Dem should tell them “You aren’t in Kansas.”

      Just piss on them.

      Boehner: I’m melting…

      10/9/13 1:52 PM | Comment Link

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