I've had it with blaming George W. Bush. I don't blame Shrub for the drastic decline of America any more than I blame the sock puppet on a bar brawler's hand. No, I blame the suspects technically responsible for letting the sock puppet take over and start thinking it deserves to run the country, the legally liable party, that's right - the stupid, stupid people. The ones who let their own country go all to shit in a shopping cart.
But as some of the older readers may remember reading in school many years ago, WE are actually supposed to be in charge. 'Citizens' is the term. Citizens have the responsibility to choose their leaders and pay attention to what they do, even tedious stuff like following how their tax money is spent. They sort of collectively run the country, indirectly, through representatives.
They are supposed to pick these representatives to do stuff like making laws for fairness and to protect them from various threats, spending their tax money on things that make life better, making big decisions about which other countries they like or don't like, and so on. That's the basic idea.
But Christ in a Chrysler, look around at the crop of rubes we got running things now. If aliens came to visit, you think they would get the impresssion that the American people were in charge of jack?
These yuks will demand 20 years experience and references when they hire a plumber or a car mechanic, but when it comes to running the whole goddam country, and having a finger on the big red NUKE 'EM button?
Oh, then they'll go with the tall one who looks like you could have a beer with him, as long as he agrees with their religion and views about gays.
They'll scream and pound their fists if the kid gives them the wrong tacos at the drive through window, but if the guy running the whole goddam country screws up and loses their money and gets people killed?
Oh, then that's understandable, it's a hard job, whatever.
These chowderhead chumps think the best person to lead the nation and manage the economy, keep us from getting killed in wars, and chart our glorious progress into the future mostly has to be someone with real strong convictions (not smart ones, necessarily) who never changes his mind.
And these candidates have to talk about their deep personal beliefs a lot, - lots of flowery patriotic stuff about how great the people are, for instance. Also, the candidates have to stress how important God is, maybe say that God likes America best of all the countries, whatever.
God is this invisible supernatural being a particular ancient tribe believed in who is the supreme power and creator of everything, according to the ancient tribe's writings. Other tribes had other gods, but this one is the preferred one here. No one is really sure what He wants or does or anything, but they talk about Him alot. They also capitalize the word "Him" because it shows how important God is.
Lots of this citizenry also thinks its very important that the leader they elect favors them having guns. That's so if the government ever comes to get them, they can fend it off with their trusty 30-06 or .38.
There are lots of other issue like that, but the people get bored and turned off if the candidate takes more than about 6 seconds to deal with an issue. For instance, if they say "marriage is between a man and a woman," that's enough.
When they have the big show to pick who they want for their area or their group, They talk a lot about the candidates personality, and how they look. They also like words about pretty sounding images, like "a shining city on a hill." That one was really popular, because it sounded so nice.
But most of the citizens think that politics (that's the way they make decisions about running their society) is a bad, unpleasant thing, and somehow destined to be corrupt and dishonest, and really none of their business. But the parties and balloons are fun every couple of years.
If a leader starts helping companies hire overseas instead of here, and makes medicine harder to get, and wastes all their tax money, and even scares them to start a war, which kills some of them and makes the other countries mad, then these dimwitted citizens begin to talk about whether it's a good thing or not, and hope things get better soon. Some of them think all of it is okay, because they hope that the leader will put in a judge who thinks a fertilized egg in a woman is actually a person.
See what I mean? Who the hell would want these poor clueless bastards, who don't even seem to care whether their leaders do what they want them to, these teeming, dancing, farting, drinking, sleeping, shoveling, phone talking, car driving, booze swilling louts... who would want them running a pie contest, much less a whole country?
Obviously, not the people themselves. They just handed it all over to a sock puppet with a bunch of bullies for friends.
The reason I'm so goddam pissed about it all is that I'm one of them. Screw this crap, I'm gonna go make a sandwich.