I'm tired of Paragould, Arkansas, calling me to ask if I'm voting for the REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE or aherm, aherm the other one. I'm tired of the bullshit, fear mongering ads (I'm looking at you, Mittens, and the OMG CHINA bullshit that makes no fucking sense whatsoever). I'm tired of the hyperbole and insults and lies from my fellow citizens ("When is Obama just going to admit he's a socialist?" asks a certain unnamed social studies teacher...yes, people. Be afraid for our youth when dumbasses like her are teaching them.). I'm tired of the exaggerations on both sides of the campaign and of the negative ads on both sides and of the unrelenting barrage of bullshit and scare tactics and unreasoned arguments from voters on both sides.
Why in the glorious fuck can we not have a reasonable debate without devolving into logical fallacies and name-calling? Y'all, listen up. You can drop f-bombs while making your case. But if you drop insults to make your case? You're doing it wrong, and like as not you're a fuckhole. I'm guilty of the insult thing sometimes, so I spend time in fuckholery. I recognize my peeps when they go there. Sometimes someone's just plain fucking evil or an idiot in your opinion, and that's fine. Everyone's going to have issues.
But for fuck's sake, if your debating zinger rests on an insult? That makes you a crusty dong. (see what I did there? just sayin'.)
Right now in particular, I'm really fucking tired of my fellow milpeeps wanking about how only the Republican party gives a shit about the military. Um...bullfuckingshit, my milpeeps. Bull. Fucking. Shit. I point at the RNC and the "laundry list" response the might-be-Commander-in-Chief gave. Same people seem to be the ones hollering about how they'll have to go hording more ammo because the ammo fairy takes orders from the prez and will sneak into all the gun shops and steal all the ammo because Democrat=gun Nazi! Yeah, so...go ask the Brady Foundation why they gave Obama straight F's on gun control, meowkay? And, hi. Am a dirty liberal, and not only do we own guns, we're about to buy a gun from the Enterprise's coffers and giggle madly over it. I don't dream about the day we take all the shiny guns from all the ignert masses and sell them on the black market so only the criminulz and illeeegulz can get a hold of them and take over the world!!!1! Nope. Not even. And I'm not bothered by Obama's complete silence regarding issues of gun control. So yeah. Eat it, haters.
Frankly, earlier in this election, I wasn't concerned. Either way, we'd be okay. Either way, there's going to be a Culture of No in the legislative branch when the congressional toddlers refuse to share and confab. Either way, the president is going to do shit we don't like, and he's going to do shit that's going to make things better. Either way, we're looking at Americans who, though their perceptions of what America is and what we stand for are VERY different, love this country* and will do what they think is best for it.
Check this for one example of why I'm kinda...yeah, okay. Either way, we'll continue on.
Either way, not everything the president does will not be best for this country. Way it goes. Fallible humanity and all that shit.
And then... Paul Ryan. What the fuck, Mittens?
Mitt in that moment went from just another presidential candidate, albeit one who can't seem to pick one side of an issue and stick with it, to a W. He's so wishy-washy on everything that matters that we really have to look at the running mate he picked to decide where he is. And Paul Ryan? Does not have this country's best interests at heart. He has his religion's best interests at heart, and that does not belong in politics. How so?
- He has a score of 100% from the National Right to Life Committee, which means he's anti-abortion in the extreme.
- He supports an abortion ban even in cases of rape. The only exception is in the life of the mother. He has said he'll go with Romney's rape exception. But...
- He was a co-sponsor on the Hyde Amendment, which would redefine rape. You know, to only the "forcible" kind, which I assume means the statutory, roofie, some date, coerced, and similar rapes would be excluded. So buck up, laydeez, and be walking incubators with no rights to your own bodies thanks to missing out on the "forcible" thing.
- He went on camera and said that the "method of conception" doesn't change that a fertilized egg is a life. Not implanted, mind you, which is required for the body to start an actual pregnancy and sometimes doesn't happen because it just doesn't. Fertilized. Which means what when the body naturally flushes a fertilized egg outcher vajayjay? Are women liable for that "death" because they didn't take their folate or drank a bunch of booze or went rock climbing, and what if one of those kept the "person" from implanting?Just asking where that line is drawn there since some states were leaning toward the same laws and leaving those questions wide open in the legislative verbiage.
- He co-sponsored a bill that would allow a hospital receiving federal funds to deny a woman an emergency (aka life-saving) abortion or to even refer her to another hospital. Religious hospitals could already refuse to provide an emergency abortion, but this bill would have allowed them to refuse to save the woman's life...and refuse to send her to a hospital that would save her life.
- He voted for a federal personhood amendment and to defund Planned Parenthood (news flash! abortions aren't their only service, and the services they provide are often the only way some women can maintain reproductive health and access to birth control...which is one way to avoid needing an abortion, eh?).
- Medicare. O.o Okay, this isn't related to his religion at all because even Catholic bishops are calling him out for being an uncompassionate douchecanoe (not their actual words, but that's the subtext) in moving to defund programs that give a hand up to those who need it.
- Ryan voted against repealing DADT and has voted against adoption and marriage rights for homosexuals.
- He believes (according to OnTheIssues.org) that states should decide on how to define marriage. Kinda like states should decide who gets to sit in the front of the bus.
I'm sorry I didn't link to my sources up there. I'm busy as hell and not really in the mood to dig around in the shit stew that is news about these teabagger types. A quick google will reveal my sources easily if you're inclined to check. For shits and giggles, here's one starting point.
And I could go on all day about the fiscal shit. He's at least an actual fiscal conservative, which I can get behind to some extent...though definitely not in the same direction as he does. But his stance on social issues is unwavering. He did vote for non-discrimination against gays in the workplace. Elsewise, his views on women and on LGBT are firm. And since Mitt's change with the breeze (or the particular audience who just shelled out a $50,000 check for some surf and turf and Mitt), we have to wonder why he picked a running mate--a man who could be president if something bad happened to the Mittster--with an unwavering homophobic and sexist attitude to stand beside him.
Suddenly, I don't feel so blase about the outcome of the election. Suddenly, I don't think we'd end up with such a centrist outcome in the laws that are passed and the direction the country takes. Maybe Ryan loves this country, but I think he loves his religion more, and he's willing to inflict that religion on his country.
You know what I want to see? If conservatives manage to get Roe v Wade overturned or work around it with their personhood shit, I demand one more exception: religious. Jewish law says a woman must get an abortion if the pregnancy endangers her life. My religion says I am the arbiter of the life I create in my body, and regardless of when that collection of cells becomes "life," I have the burden of deciding whether this life-not-yet-begun will have its opportunity now or in another incarnation.
And Ryan (and therefore the nebulous Romney) with their hatin' on homos and their subjugation of women's rights can lick my silky taint.
In the words of Jon Stewart, here's your moment of Zen:
* How much do they love this country, though, when they don't think it's good enough to house all their bank accounts...or jobs... Hmm. Again, different perceptions!