Mark Folse wrote this partly in response to my previous post on the dismal conditions down in Louisiana’s coastal parishes after Hurricane Gustav.Â HeÂ understands that America desperately needs a culture of acknowledgement and community, not apathy and isolation.Â We are our brother’s keepers.
… People in the nation to the north frequently whine and complain when we ask for help after hurricanes, or for the funding to build our levees and restore our wetlands. Louisiana is the new poster child for government dependence in their play book, the new Cadillac-driving welfare queen. This is no more true than Reaganâ€™s fable from the 1980s. What we seek is fair and full compensation for the price we have paid, for the burdens we carry to make the Mississippi navigable and to provide the nation with oil and gas. America is taking our lands and our lives and pays nothing. It is not a question of the people of the Hurricane Coast of Louisiana depending on you. The question is: how much longer can Louisiana afford to carry America on its back?
With theÂ recently-rebalancedÂ media already decreeing McCain the president before election day and Democrats suddenly despondent over the appearance of a Seeming Everyman Part 2 in the form of Caribou Barbie with a sketchy record, I want everyone to take a second, center yourselves and call bullshit as you see it, as Mark did above.Â How much longer can a group of people afford to carry others on their backs and be chided or punished for it?Â How much longer can this nation affordÂ 4 or 8 more years of the poor decisions and economic depletion of much of the last decade?Â How much longer can we afford to be in denial about nearing the bottom of the global barrel?Â How much longer can you afford to let the media dictate your feelings about your nation’s future?Â Â As Harry Truman said (thanks, Greg), “I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out whoâ€™s hitting you? Â Itâ€™s about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them.”
Enough ofÂ the “shock and awe” and wrist-slitting routine when we can just as easily balls up and keep the laser focus on the message.Â Â Americans want to stop being screwed by The Party Of Small Government, which has been nothing but big and in your face since Reagan.Â This is not the time toÂ curl up like an armadillo becauseÂ Republicans got more Republican candidates and are going toÂ vote for Republicans anyway, or be frightened by a useless media which accusesÂ candidates of unfairness.Â Who cares about the damned media , what do you think?
If the RepublicansÂ play dirty, you don’t play dirty back but you also don’t concede and go home to eat a whole bag of Cheetos on the couch while watching Frasier reruns.Â You stay the pre-Palin course, make yourself more visible and do not be afraid to push back the bullies with facts and firm logic.Â For instance:
– There is no oil forÂ conservatives if they don’t agree that the earthÂ may beÂ billions of years old andÂ don’t cease and desist with this intelligent-design-in-science-classrooms crap.Â After all, the gasoline that fuels the average vehicleÂ comes from reservoirs that are anywhere between tens of thousands and tens of millions of years old.Â Fossils, creatures that evolved, are utilized as horizon markers that tell us where to drill.Â Without a geologic time scale that spans eons and eras, there is no geology and paleontology.Â Without geology and paleontology, there is no reaching oil.Â Without oil, there is nothing to put inÂ the car.Â Â We can’t haveÂ ourÂ gasoline and spewÂ a 6000-year-old earth andÂ disguised creationism, too.Â God is a personalÂ relationship for the heart, homeÂ and place of worship, not a public whipping boy for misuse and abuse in the halls of government and schools.
– Don’t let them label you as “arugula” and themselves as “beer.” That’s just horse hockey.Â I love the tang of arugula inÂ a salad and have been known to knock back several pints of beer (no light beer for me, thanks, a Wisconsin girl has got to have her standards) in one sitting.Â My favorite movie is about deer campÂ and I love venisonÂ with a fine glass of merlot.Â Furthermore, I think hunting deer every once in a while is more humane and less stressful on the environment than cattle farms.Â Â I don’t even like lattes and I’m going to vote for Obama.Â Aw, screw it, just tell them that if Karl Rove gets regular manicures, he’s about as Bubba as Coco Chanel.
– Ask them this: “You want small government?Â Then stay out of my uterus.Â Â If you want my baby so bad, why do you shrink when it comes toÂ helping with this child’s proper housing, education and health care?”Â While you’re at it, tell them not to deny homosexuals the right to live as normal, taxpaying citizens because of the sex of the people they love.Â That ain’t small government.
– Tell them that real Americans don’t ban books inÂ this nation’sÂ libraries when we fight against religious and government oppression abroad.Â Â Real AmericansÂ don’t promote Abstinence Only programs when our own children get pregnant out of wedlock.Â Real AmericansÂ don’t call themselves pro-life and send other people’s children into needless wars.Â Tell these community organizers, whoÂ aren’t mayors or elected officials, that they don’t have actual responsibilities.Â Real AmericansÂ don’t do unto others what is hateful to themselves.Â Â Finally, ask them where in the world they plan to find Osama Bin Laden.
Just tell them, stick to it and don’t back down.Â Most importantly, tell yourselves, and don’t back down from you.Â Don’t be your own worst enemy.Â Snap out of the hypnosis and take your country back.