Mad? Sir, You Don't Know Mad
I've had enough of watching these idiots scramble about looking for scapegoats, any scapegoats, to avoid owning the hard facts of their lives and their past choices. Rather than admit to themselves that the President they elected...that the policies and leadership they voted for...that the philosophies and resentments they've willingly bought from Rove and his ilk have miserably, woefully, historically failed them...rather than having the honor, self-respect, or balls to accept their mistakes, they're flailing about looking for someone else, anyone else, to blame.
In recent days, a campaign that embraced the mantra of "Country First" but is flagging in the polls and scrambling for a way to close the gap as the nation's economy slides into shambles has found itself at the center of an outpouring of raw emotion rare in a presidential race.
"There's 26 days and people are looking at the very serious possibility that there's a chance that Obama might get in, and they don't like that," said Ian Eltrich, 28, as he filed out of the crowded sports complex.
"I'm mad! I'm really mad!" another man said, taking the microphone and refusing to surrender it easily, even when McCain tried to agree with him.
"I'm not done. Lemme finish, please," he said after a standing ovation. "When you have Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run the country, we have to have our head examined.
"It's time that you two represent the rest of us. So go get 'em."
The crowd burst into loud chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
Standing at the center of the crowd, McCain and Palin drew on the crowd's energy as they repeatedly trained their fire on Obama.
"Senator Obama has a clear radical, far-left, pro-abortion record," McCain said after being asked about the issue.
Let me tell you, my fellow frightened Americans: You think you're mad? You don't freaking know mad.
Mad is watching you morons who put this joke of a spoiled frat boy in the White House in the first place, because you're too self-absorbed to take the time to understand his economic policies were not designed with your best interests in mind, now pretend his legacy isn't on your hands. Mad is watching conservative pundit after conservative pundit now sheepishly admit they might have misjudged the wisdom of the Iraq war; the wisdom of rampant deregulation; the competence of Rumsfeld, Paulson, Gonzales, Rice, Bernanke, and Bush himself; the wisdom of the accepting that undemocratic powers would not be abused eventually; and the wisdom of thinking wedge politics wouldn't eventually drain their movement of the brain power needed to keep moving it forward.
Oh, I know, even as I write that that I've likely proven your point. Pointy-headed Eastern elite types spouting gibberish ain't who you want running things or lecturing you. So let me talk to you as the Midwestern boy from a down-and-dirty steel town that I am:
You broke it, you dumbfu*cks. You broke the American Dream. You let some blue-blooded snake oil salesman put on a cowboy hat and smirk, adopt a Texan drawl he picked up after years of being educated on the East Coast, hoodwink you into electing him. You have been had! And now all of us are going to pay for YOUR mistake. For once in your self-centered, self-entitled lives, OWN what you've done and make amends!
Bush has never had any interest in how you'll get by when the sheriff comes to evict you. He never has had any interest in how you'll pay the hospital bills when you lose your job at the plant. He has never had any interest in how to rebuild your community when mother nature devastates it. He never has had any interest in what you'll live off of when you retire. He's spent his entire 8 years in the White House lining the pockets of his rich friends in the oil and defense and energy industries. He bankrupted the country to do so. He stole your children's future and, like trained monkeys being thrown doggie treats, you shout "U-S-A! U-S-A!" in response. Open your eyes. You have been swindled!
The only thing more idiotic than all that is how now you're willing to believe that electing two people selling more of the same will somehow bring a different result. And why???? Because voting for the Democrat will amount to admitting you were wrong. Well, here's the hard part: You were wrong! You were horribly, unforgivably, and selfishly wrong to elect that man in the first place.
And you're wrong about McCain and Palin too. Seriously, why on earth would you think that voting for a team whose economic policy boils down to giving even more of your tax dollars away to big corporations (when they're not violating the very tenants of conservatism, that is) will somehow make your life better? Why? The only thing that really trickles down is sewage, and you're wallowing in it.
I know, I know...that Democrat is scary. He's black. His father was a Muslim. He might secretly be a terrorist. You don't think you can trust him. That's nice. Your unfounded, uninformed phobias are going to damn the rest of us to an ever-more nightmarish economic hell.
You think you're mad??? Imagine how the rest of us are going to feel if you manage to elect "I voted with Bush 90% of the time" McCain and the economy goes from horrible to catastrophic? When his temper gets us into yet another war we don't have the money for? When thousand more young Americans die because McCain can't control his innate anger long enough to outwit our enemies without resorting to bomb and tanks?
Seriously, you had your go at this. You elected that dumbf*ck because he looked and sounded like someone you'd want to have a beer with. Look where that got us. You think you're mad? I blame YOU for this mess. That's right. YOU voted for this incompetent fool. YOU bought the Rovian Snake Oil. YOU thought it was more important to hate gays and immigrants and abortion than to ensure the President was up to the job. YOU, YOU, YOU got us into this fix! The trillions of dollars that evaporated from our retirement funds, the pending impact on small businesses like mine, the tarnished image of our country around the world, the utterly immoral way that Bush has tortured detainees like some third-world dicatator. All of this is YOUR fault. You elected him, TWICE!!!!!, and so YOU are responsible!
Now, YOU have to rise above your petty biases and latent racism and help get us out of this mess. I don't care how seriously you feel Obama's associations with Ayers or Wright require you to vote against your best interests...look at the two of them in the debates. One of them is thinking on his feet, focused on the Middle Class, surrounding himself with smart people, able to prioritize, and gets it instinctively, because he came from nothing, saw his mother fight the insurance companies as cancer killed her, and still fought his way up through the system. HE, my friends, is the American Dream. And he's very likely our last chance to restore it for the rest of us in our lifetime.
So send that pitbull back to Alaska...let Senator McCain continue to do what he does so well in the Senate...and elect the new guy. Seriously. He's been through the most greulling campaign I've ever seen in my lifetime and he remains calm and focused. He's truly incredible. More than that, we need him. We're in deep sh*t, and we need someone who will put our interests first, not the oil companies'. They had record profits last year...they can stand to tighten their belts for a few years while the rest of us get back on track.
We know you're mad! The problem is you're not being honest about who your angry is rightfully directed at: Bush and yourselves. Don't drag the rest of us down further because you can't take a good hard look at what you've done to get us here. Be better than that, this time. Vote for change.