Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Bamboozling of America: Thank God for the GOP

I don’t give a fiddler’s damn about Kim Kardashian, her ass, her marriage, her divorce, her family, or anything about her/them. Nor do I give a flying rat’s Kardashian that Bernie Madoff and his wife allegedly attempted suicide...and tragically failed. I’m not about to drop $25.00 much less 25 cents to read the son’s and wife’s self serving book.

I will not waste any more time than it takes to type this sentence to wonder who gets voted off Dancing with the Wanna Bes, The Island, or The Race, The X Factor, The American Idol, The So You Think You Can Talk and Chew Gum at the Same Time show, or any other contrived non-reality reality shows with their insipid hosts, contestants and judges.

Other than expressing my disdain, I could not care less about the drunken excesses of stereotypical low life, under educated white and semi-white Italian American trash portrayed on Jersey Shore... albeit, I do hold out hope to hear someday that they all contracted a new and incurable strain of venereal disease.

While I have always reviled knee jerk conspiracy theories, I’ve permitted myself to engage in a flight of fantasy and pondered if the media isn’t somehow in cahoots with a covert segment of the government to placate and distract Americans from genuinely important issues that could rouse them to indignation and action. In as much as these mind numbing people and programs are so important to 90% of the adult American population, can it be we are being fed the equivalent of what the Circus Maximus and gladiatorial games were to the Roman masses?

Yesterday I saw evidence that this theory may not be as far fetched as it sounds. The House of Representatives, or more succinctly - the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives- announced it was going to hold a vote to reconfirm “In God We Trust” as the official US motto. That’s right - this monumental issue, critical to the health and well being of the nation, will be brought to a vote. Why? Did some leftist god hating Dem propose bringing back the more sensible and inclusive “E Pluribus Unum”? No! Was a secret cabal of atheist congressmen planning to force through a constitutional amendment to remove the idiotic theocratic misstatement from our currency and coinage? Not likely.

Would reaffirmation of the motto (which any child of twelve could see has as much chance of failing reaffirmation as Newt Gingrich has of growing an adult size penis) some how improve the unemployment picture? Will it reduce housing foreclosures? Can it help resolve the deficit? Any chance it will stabilize the financial markets, improve the economy, stop global warming, resolve the illegal immigration question / secure our borders, make us safer from terrorism, bring an end to the Afghan war, improve our public schools' performance, lower rising health care rates, reduce the national obesity epidemic, or lessen our dependency on foreign oil? Nope.

But what this absurd waste of time, energy and money will do is raise an issue where none exists. It will falsely inflame the ire of Christian theocrats and Christian Nation advocates as though there has been some concerted effort to destroy their god and their mindless, meaningless and exclusionary motto along with it. It’s a slight of hand, a diversion of monumental proportion by the GOP. It will distract from the fact that they are stone walling ... doing nothing that will help the people, the nation, or the president because to do so would not be in the best interest of the Republican Party this close to a presidential election. It comes down to this: “Let the nation and the real issues be damned ... we have a motto to reconfirm, a God to protect, and a new president to elect!”

Thus, they wrap themselves in a flag, wave their crosses, imply the motto is under threat, assure the people that God likes and wants this motto; that God will forsake the US if we don’t keep the motto; that this motto is what makes us good and great (while the motto Allah Akbar / God is Great, makes the Islamic extremists evil).

Less savvy freethinkers will become animated and enthused at this wonderful non-opportunity. The religionist masses will rally to the cause, baa in agreement, revile the godless among them, while in the next breath they will praise Bruno for giving so-and-so a 10 on their fox trot.

And America will go on - fat, deluded, stupid, on the brink, and unimproved. Thank god for the GOP.


NewEnglandBob said...

I agree with you sentiment in this post 100%.

I do not watch any reality shows because I determined that they were incredibly stupid and that people who watch them are numbing their minds. I had no idea who Kim Kardashian was until yesterday and even then, that was TMI.

The Republicans, of course, are nothing but a cancer on the US. They betray the constitution and their ideas are nothing but nonsense. I am waiting for one of them to propose cutting taxes by 110%.

Compassionate Heathen said...

Never read Noam Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent" I guess :) Pretty much lays out this theory in detail...

longhorn believer said...

Heathen, au contraire! Manufacturing consent is exactly what Hump is up to

Hump, great rant on both the reality show nonsense and the congressional nonsense. I like the way you linked the two. I agree that reality shows, NASCAR, football etc are today's version of Circus Maximus. And based on what Congress did today, the xians are still the main performers. The situation is maddening and very worthy of a rant! I hope the out come is not the same.

Anonymous said...

"baa in agreement"

Those three little words say it all. Unfortunately, as you said, many Americans are into this TV garbage, simply because their neighbor is. Same with TV sports. It's a way for them to feel like they "belong" to something.

Unfortunately, the masses are generally of lower intelligence (those in government are fully aware of this) and the masses follow the masses, and the republican masses, more than any other group, are of ONE mindset.

If it's seen on Fox News, it becomes unquestionable fact - that's repeated to their republican friends in search of affirmation and nods of agreement.

This In God We Trust thing is, as you said, a distraction. Get the sheep to think about something else besides the fact that they're stone=walling anything the president proposes, regardless of that fact that it may be good for the country. (If something positive happens during this presidency, it'll hurt our chances of getting into the White House.)

Anonymous said...

I agree. IGWT as our motto may not have cured any of ills of society, but it did-- in a roundabout way-- provide us with the movie "A Christmas Story". Thank you, Jesus!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the entirety of what you posted, with one exception: I do in fact care about Kim Kardashian's amazing tush, and wish fervently that I could hold it in my hands.

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner, sub/dude said...

Hmmm. OK. DOES NOT matter if you as a mortal don’t believe - totally irrelevant; we all are gonna croak someday. Thus, your indelible soul? Totally up4grabs by the LIAR - God‘s left the building cuzza people like you; however, I refuse to split, I’m stick’n around like flies-on-deceased-paper. I say this to the masses of humanity: God only gives bawls to those who see the need for humility. God blessa youse -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

Dromedary Hump said...

I allowed the above comment to be posted.

It demonstrates better than I can the effect of religiosity on the human brain.

Dromedary Hump said...

check out this religionist imbecile's facebook page...and all 15 of his equally religiously infected friends. :)

Ah, Topeka Kansas...home of the Westboro Baptist Church. Says it all.

Dromedary Hump said...!/profile.php?id=663233856&sk=wall

tiNstAg said...

Hey Hump - he also has 13, yes 13! blogs, according to his gibbering profile although they all contain the same incoherent crap.. ;-) He must be a barrel of laughs at a prayer meeting, continually talking in tongues...

Dromedary Hump said...

oh, he's a nutter alright.
see, it's one blog for each Jebus = 13.

DeaconBlues1103 said...

Right on, Hump!! I agree 110% with this post (and all the others). It appears that I am in the small percentage (10%?) of the population who don't give a damn about what the other 90% think is important. If I were better educated and skilled, I would write my own book(s). 'Til then, I'll let you speak for all of us. 'Nuff said!!