Monthly Archives: November 2010

Think Long and Hard About Who You Oppose

Remember back in August of 2009 when liberals went bat shit over being called national socialists because they were attempting to implement the same policies that Hitler did during pre-war Germany?  How dare conservatives compare freedom loving people to such horrible people as nazis!

Well, well, well…those wonderful, freedom loving democrats have had full power for two years.  Let’s review:

  • People have been beat up at health care protests
  • The president has referred to those who don’t support his policies as “your enemies” to a Latino group

Now we have the unbelievably egregious tactics of the TSA.

Is it o.k if we start using the word “Gestapo” yet?

The thing that bothers me most is that within conservative circles, they sit and argue about the Tea Party.  Out of all the crimes against liberty being committed, we have to read scribes against how the Tea Party are a bunch of ineffective hypocrites.

Is every member of the Tea Party perfect?  No.  Is their message totally in sync?  No.  Are they prone to making political mistakes?  You bet.  But guess what?  They aren’t treating you like a fucking terrorist because you want to fly to mom and dad’s house for Thanksgiving.  They aren’t supporting the strip search of your 3-year-old son.  They are here to help stop some rude, overpaid, lazy-ass government employee from squeezing your middle-aged, red-blooded, white American balls before you get on an airplane.

This isn’t even a matter of a lesser of two evils.  This is Good vs. Evil and it would do a lot of people good to reconsider their positions on a grassroots movement to stop a leadership that governs like….get ready for it…NAZIS.

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Thus Is the Way of American Culture

Remember when Hot Topic was the place that freaks and goths took part in unabashed consumerism despite their obsession with nonconformity?  I do, but I don’t blame them.  That was when I was in high school and it was a really stupid, contradictory and hypocritical age.  Just a part of growing up.  I am now twenty-seven and the feeling never went away that “normal” kids didn’t shop there unless they had a binding contract with Barnum and Bailey.  So a couple of years ago, when my “normal” 15-year-old cousin went into Hot Topic during a trip to the mall did I realize that, to modern teens, the store has become just another place to spend mommy’s (and by extension, daddy’s) money.

Skip ahead to last week.  I’m walking through the mall when I pass Hot Topic as I’ve done before on several occasions.  This time was different.  Their new featured artist crossed the line, even for a non-consumer like me.  Taylor Swift.  Yep…that Taylor Swift.  Right next to the Iron Maiden shirt and in front of the dog chains.  Now, as I wrote earlier, I understand that Hot Topic was never a bastion of individualism.  However, it at least offered something different.  A girl could buy a tight, red, long-sleeved, midriff showing, make all my male teachers want to fuck me shirt at Old Navy, American Eagle, Holister, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, or Wal-Mart.  But there was only one store where you could get a pair of rainbow-colored woolen gauntlets to match your bipolar disorder.  And now that store is pushing Taylor Swift.

I feel sorry for kids these days.  I really do.  American culture is just one bland mechanism to squeeze every drop of individualism into the market share recipe.  Is there any place left to express the natural need to be different?

Answer: Yes.  Head shops.

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