RANGER AGAINST WAR: The United States of Hypocrisy <

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The United States of Hypocrisy

I got a cow that's gone dry a hen that won't lay
A big stack of bills that get bigger each day

The county's gonna haul my belongings away

Cause I'm busted

, Charlie Pride

Lord, I hope this day is good

I'm feelin' empty and misunderstood

I should be thankful Lord, I know I should

But Lord, I hope this day is good

--Lord, I Hope This Day is Good
Don Williams


July is the cruelest month thus far, as it saw the highest number of American deaths in Afghanistan since the war began (
U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan Soar to Record Highs.) The 66 servicemen killed last month followed the second deadliest month in the almost nine-year conflict.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Obama is yukking it up on The View, The Clintons are feting Chelsea and her new husband to the tune of almost $2 mil, and Mrs. Obama is enjoying a week in the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain with 40 close associates (Material Girl Michelle Obama). No doubt she needed a break after the Maine holiday.

Of course, wealthy people are entitled to enjoy their dough. However, it is all just a bit egregious coming as it did in such a somber month. Aren't leaders expected to show some restraint in a bid for solidarity with the governed? That means more than lip service to bite the bullet and hoe a row.
Oh, and not flying to your fun in the sun on the taxpayer's dime (Michelle Obama flew on Air Force 2.)

It's a given that politics is the last outpost for America's regency, but men like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the missus made every effort to not flaunt the Bono lifestyle. In fact, since they were not arrivistes, there was no chance of such jeopardy.

The Democratic party used to represent the interests of the working class. Even if they weren't all Trumans, they at least understood the concept of
noblesse oblige. Today there are no such pretensions. It all seems pretty declasse, if you ask us.

These people do not lead nor do they produce anything of value. (The last Democratic president who did was peanut farmer Carter, himself a millionaire.) But they sure do sit in the catbird's seat and skim off the cream from those that actually do work and produce. Republicans are exactly the same, but they do not pretend to advocate for the Little Man.

While our New Brahmins throw their opulence in our face, another world hangs on by a thread.
Here in Tallahassee it was reported this week that a patent was awarded to the inventors of the "Cradle of Hope" -- a collapsible, mobile cradle to be used for those without a permanent shelter.

These are the two Americas: One where air-conditioned tents are set up for celebrities, and one where tents cover grave sites at Arlington burial events.

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Anonymous Labrys said...

Don't even get me started on the "Relax, go shopping." mentality began by Bush. I was reading a blog by a mom whose kid just joined the service, and she has been drinking the wrong kool-aid; she is sure the end of stop loss means her darling will be A.O.K.

These folks have no freaking clue. And further? They don't want one.

Friday, August 6, 2010 at 7:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yes, Labrys, you're right about the conservatives promulgating that grotesque consumerism. But wasn't there supposed to be an alternative? Didn't we once believe there were adults in the room?

What has happened to leadership? Jimmy Carter was lampooned for his suggestions given while in his Fred Rogers cardigan to raise the thermostat in the summer, lower it in the winter, and thus began the pedal to the medal consumption mentality.

Sacrifice? That's for losers.

Friday, August 6, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Labrys said...

Oh, Americans don't sacrifice, haven't you heard. Only we terrible pagans would suggest that the blood shed by young Americans IS the sacrifice they offer ---to Mammon and consumerism.

Friday, August 6, 2010 at 10:31:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

Just a point of order. Bush and his ilk are NOT Conservatives. A NeoConservative is about as far from a traditional Conservative as you can actually get and still pretend the label Conservative means anything. And just to forestall it, do not confuse Consumerism (one facet of Corporatism) with Capitalism. They aren't alike and unless you have swallowed the Keynesian Kool-Aid by the gallon and can no longer discern between the two.

For the best example of a national Conservative politician, I would point you to Dr. Ron Paul.

Monday, August 9, 2010 at 7:50:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Red Leg,
Your points are well taken, and since we here at RAW like to use words correctly, we will attempt to make these distinctions in our future articles.
We all learn , every day.
Thanks for writing.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 6:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Grant said...

"And just to forestall it, do not confuse Consumerism (one facet of Corporatism) with Capitalism. They aren't alike and unless you have swallowed the Keynesian Kool-Aid by the gallon and can no longer discern between the two."

Here, here.

But I would say that Ron Paul is the closest we can come to someone who embraces CLASSICAL (versus modern) liberal ideals like free markets & limited government. His streak of social conservatism/political pandering notwithstanding.

And I, for one, have no intention of "sacrificing" anything. I'd rather march civilization along by figuring out how to do MORE with less, not less with less.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 7:37:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Grant, Pls. forgive a petty grammatical cmt., but the term is, "Hear, hear".

Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8:43:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GRANT,re. your comment,"His streak of social conservatism/political pandering notwithstanding " it's not pandering, it's the truth. i believe yours is a misreading/misunderstanding of his viewpoint. btw, i understand yours.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 12:49:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GRANT, in other words, unless your "down" with that part of the message, your just another reptilian brute,just a hair away from maoism, stalinism, national socialism,all the other isms etc,

Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 1:19:00 AM GMT-5  

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