I know, I know. Everyone is talking about politics, including me. But if you can't talk about politics a mere two months before a presidential election, when can you?
The lovely and talented dgm (aren't her and her husband just too damn cute in that picture?) asked me in the comments on a previous post, "The Republicans don't have a monopoly on hypocrisy. Politics is rife with hypocrisy and rhetoric. That's how the game is played. This surprises you?" She went on to say that she isn't trying to bait me, but was curious as to why I am suddenly working myself up into such a lather.
Well, to be honest, I often work myself up in a political lather, I just tend not to do it here. In fact, since Bush has been president, I've found myself quite sudsy more often than not.
I have always been very political, talking politics is a regular occurrence both here at my home and a tradition with my extended family at holidays and parties. I have very deeply held beliefs, and I get extremely annoyed when people cannot pull their heads out of their asses.
See how logical and levelheaded I am?
Seriously, I have come to hate the Republican party with every fiber of my being. I understand that politics is all about getting elected, I am far from naive on that front. All politicians flip-flop at one point or another. I mean, they are human, right? I don't expect them to be perfect. I guess you could say that my problem is with the electorate moreso than the politicians themselves.
The more I see the Republican party in action, I have come to see them as the party of hate. The party of narrow-mindedness. The party of outright lies paraded around as God's given truth.
Hate gays? Republicans are just the ticket! Oh, except Vice President Cheney's daughter. She's fine. Actually, let's just not talk about her, OK?
Hate other religions? Republican is the way to go! It's the Bible, baby! God's Word. Uh, except never mind about the Old Testament, seeing as how it's about the Jews being the chosen people. Ah heck, we'll just ignore the parts that we don't like!
Hate the "liberal" media? Republicans cry about liberal bias in the media, but have no problem when FOX news and their affiliates spout off. Because you see, it's only the truth when it's on FOX. Everyone else is a commie socalist elite.
John McCain, he's our man! Except back in 2000, when we did all that we could to smear him, demean his civil and military service, and lie about his adopted daughter by calling her illegitimate. But remember, families are off limits!
Hate big government and government spending? Re-pub-li-can! Well let's completely ignore the fact that under the Bush administration, the government actually grew bigger and got more intrusive! But wait, it can intrude all it wants on the issues we want it to, like what a woman can do with her own body. But hands off my taxes to help children below the poverty line to get healthcare! Oh, and did the Bush administration spend like a bunch of crazy Democrats! Spent like crazy to the tune of every man, woman, and child in the US owing $31,000 each to erase the deficit. And that was before the Fannie/Freddie bailout! Didn't we have a budget surplus going into the Bush administration? Shhhh....
The outright refusal to see reality, the hypocrisy, the flat-out two faced lying and the people who are either fooling themselves into believing it or are too stupid to know the difference have worked me up into a lather indeed. Where have our nation's critical thinking skills gone?
It is said we get the government we deserve. Well, I don't deserve another four years of Republican crap, and neither does my son.
I truly believe that if John McCain is elected, Rome, which is already pretty much right up on the precipice, has no chance of remaining intact.