THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS PROFANITY.
IF YOU ARE UNDERAGE OR YOU BELIEVE GOD DOESN’T LIKE PROFANITY, DON’T READ IT.
I remember when rich bitch Kathy Harris declared Bush in Florida, and then later declared the recounts unacceptable. She was secretary of state and Bush campaign co-chair. How convenient. It just got worse from there, but I remained hopeful. As a veteran and a conservative, Christian white male living in the south, I maintained my support and full confidence in George W. Bush.
After 911, I remember feeling a sense of hope for my leader and encouraging my reluctant friends to agree. I, like some Americans, felt that Bush would do the right thing and lead America through that tumultuous time and into improved understanding and peaceful relations with ourselves and the world.
But dumb actions speak louder than words like “nucular.” The yearlong delayed bullshit 911 Commission and their bullshit report. The War. The Patriot Act. Cheney’s closed door energy scheme. A second war, based on false information from intelligence that’s funded tens of billions every year. Unilateral strikes. The under funding for the wartime soldiers that had them buying personal armor on websites. Guantanamo Bay prison. Detaining people without charge and phone tapping. Environmental exploitation and belligerent refusal to lead international cooperatives. Bush’s amazingly shocking displays of ignorance about anything outside the U.S.A. His jokes at dinners that showed a complete absence of understanding for the gravity of the situation he allowed or created. His every single ideal that was shrouded in religion or patriotism, as if to silence every single dissenting opinion.
Then the 2004 reelection; Devastating ignorance from the world’s fattest nation. It was that night when I began to feel that my country was just not my home anymore. I wasn’t even a Bush-alternative minority. In the Bush/Cheney America, there were no minorities; there were security threats and radical heathens. Our way or the wrong way. Us or them; Fear and God.
I particularly remember the night we started bombing Iraq. It was 2 days after my birthday. It was nighttime in Atlanta and I watched on my small black and white TV, feeling deeply uncomfortable and unsure of my commitment to the Bush administration. In truth, I had always been devoted and oddly committed to my leader, good or bad. I always followed my dad’s advice: “you have to work with what you got.” At every corner, I remained hopeful that I would see true leadership and peace, prosperity and promise for more than my religious right, political party affiliates, or preferred investments.
Fools get treated as such. I was lied to and betrayed, over and over again. Worse, my country got screwed. Poor, dumb Americans weren’t given an opportunity to become smart, successful people. They became commodities–the numbers we read about in the papers everyday. Troops. Victims. Of course I wouldn’t have understood as well if I’d stayed at home. Some would argue that living outside the U.S. has probably tainted me as much as enlightened me, but I prefer the bad truth to the happy lie.
Now in the U.S. we have a new black guy as President and everyone in the states is cheering and partying. I’m happy about the landmark against racial prejudice, but I don’t trust the hopeful exuberance, and I no longer subscribe to the faith I had in previous leaders and the nation who reelected Bush. I know how much Americans love a good party, and I know how much they’ll be crying and complaining once the honeymoon is over and the new president says, “this is the actual, global cost of our American life.”
That’ll stop the party cold. No one’s gonna wanna take any responsibility or make a genuine effort or—gasp—sacrifice their comfortable living. I just don’t see it. What I see is a young, hopeful man who’s a good orator. He’s gonna try to inspire the big fat pigs of America into getting off their big fat pig asses and working and challenging themselves in ways they’ve never even imagined. The Americans will protest and the whites will hate blacks more for it.
Then there are the banks and businesses. Greed is God in America and everyone’s religious. Ultimately Obama will succumb to the influence of global business powers because they are more powerful than any government and blacks will accuse Obama of being “white.” Muslims will continue to be hated by everyone, just more discreetly.
Sorry, no party hats. Just wishes of good luck. I’ll continue to watch the U.S. from outside the U.S. but I’m likely to be a bit more detached and not at all surprised at the disappointments of the apathetic Americans. We may have an intelligent president now, but that’s almost as bad as a stupid idiot because being ignorant is at the heart of popular American culture. Some people liked George W. Bush because he told them what they wanted to hear, like a drug pusher. It was God and Lady Liberty that gave Americans the right to perform any and all kinds of un-American activity, in America or anywhere else in the world! I don’t see the election of Obama as a happy beginning; I see it as a happy ending to the Bush administration. The happiness ends there. The hard work and sacrifice the people need to make will be popularly rejected as something Americans should not have to do. Obama will make history as the first black, well-spoken, well-read figurehead.
I don’t have any plans to return to the pig farm. I like life outside the U.S. The world is a fantastic place and its people are cool and colorful and I learn a lot from them. Americans may be happy now but that’s the American culture: up and down. Euphoria and depression. If Americans aren’t dumb, fat and happy, they’re dumb, fat and whiny. Obama tries to change that and he’ll feel as I do after 8 years of stupid ass George W. Bush and his anti-Christ butt buddy Big Dick Cheney.
a Goddamn American patriot
(today’s unpopular kind)