God help us

I was depressed this morning. Sometimes it seems that everyone has gone mad. I saw a clip of Glenn Beck barking at a video of the President talking about the stimulus, saying it was time “we took back the country”. (Never mind that the report on the stimulus is that it has worked, not perfectly, but the 2 million people working because of it probably think it is working ok. Even the Wall Street Journal reported its achievement.) I watched a Teabagger in Washington state say that she wanted to hang a senator – the message to rise up and take back the country. Yesterday I read the comment of former representative Tom Tancredo saying we should have literacy tests before people could vote and “This is our country. Let’s take it back.” These were the things on my mind when I heard that a plane crashed into a building in Austin. My first thought was of the OKC Bombing and my second was “please let it be an accident”. As the reports come out, still many unconfirmed by authorities, it appears this was an act of domestic terrorism. Amazingly, it appears the pilot is the only fatality.

How much did the shrill, hateful and hyperbolic ranting mood that seems to engulf our media, if not really the country, contribute to his deciding to do this? Is any, one, yelling talking head culpable? Can we call out Beck? Can we call out Roger Ailes for his disregard for facts in favor of tabloid journalism and overblown commentary? What about Palin and her ilk running for future office by playing to the angry mob? What about Rick Perry and his flirting comment about secession?

Or do we have to look no further than ourselves. All of us too busy to pay attention. All of us unwilling to truly participate in our own government. All of us as a whole who wish to pay no price for all the services that we want and then look away in disgust as the politicians tell us exactly what we want to hear. Do we have to look no further than our infantile culture.


4 Responses to “God help us”

  1. February 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I’m unsure if the media caused this, but I do believe we need to look deeper at ourselves and our involvement in the government. Most people just don’t care enough and then complain when something goes wrong.

    I think that this man had deeper problems, likely way before any problems in the media. You’re right in that people want something for nothing, and when Obama tells people what it will cost EVEN THOUGH THEY WANT WHAT HE WANTS TO GIVE US they turn away. Sad.

  2. 2 z
    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Can we call out Beck?…

    Beck has a shiny red telephone that is on the show and the only people given the number was Obama and company. They can call him any time and refute anything he has to say. So far, no calls.

  3. 3 badphonekarmagirl
    February 19, 2010 at 10:31 am

    … because he is a clown. Unfortunately, people buy into his shtick.

  4. February 25, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Obama doesn’t call the little red phone because getting a call from the President of the United States would validate his lowly existence. Beck is an embarrassment to America and a glorious testimony to the greatness of this country. In America anyone can voice their opinion without fear of retribution by the government, no matter how stupid they portray Americans to the world.

    Face it, even the republicans are sick of Beck. Beck’s idiocy is attracting all the quacks together into one place under the republican flag. Their voice is and will continue to create chaos within the republican party. If good old Glenn keeps it up, he’ll split the republican party and hand over the next presidency.

    I am sure that I’m not the first to think of this. In turn, I expect the republicans to try and shut Beck up. If he doesn’t shut up, then he’s an independent and still splits the next republican vote for president.

    If the Dems are smart, they will ignore Beck and his quackery. Focus on the mission. Let Beck split the vote and let the republicans block every measure in the face of common sense. In the end, their dedication to destroying everything possible will only destroy themselves.

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