Archive for the ‘O’Stymie’ Category
Added to the list for Idiot of the Week is Barack Hussein Obama for his comment that people were tricked into buying homes. This is the same Barack H. Obama that represented people in a class action lawsuit against Citibank for redlining, which of course led to the CRA, but I digress. How do you trick people into buying a house, particularly if standard banking practices were applied, shouldn’t qualify for it? The truth is, they thought they were getting over in getting a mortgage, and knew damn well that the CRA was doing it’s magic. O’Stymie is either a hypocrite or an Idiot, and this week he is nominated as an Idiot. Lucky for him, the week is still young.
As part of my continuous improvement of my blog, I will now have a weekly post entitled ” Idiot(s) of the Week” or IotW. Since all of us are DMFs, this honor is truly special and it has to go to someone who hits all the right notes and is truly representative of the title. While the week isn’t over yet, I already have a candidate: Joe Biden. O’Stymie has done well in choosing the chia pet from the great little state of Delaware and Joe’s propensity for foot in mouth disease hasn’t let us down this time. I quote: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,”…”He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'” Dear Joe, what planet do you come from? Planet Biden must be a far, far away place where men with doll like hair follicles live. First off, no one had a TV in 1929, and if they did, there wouldn’t be any programming. What makes this doubly funny, and sad at the same time is that Herbert Hoover was president at the time of the crash and FDR was governor of New York. While we have a lot of time left in the week, this is truly idiotic.
Partisan politics reminds me of brand loyalty. What car do you drive, beer do you drink, laundry detergent do you use, or political party do you belong? The problem with brand loyalty is that you form a belief in something that sooner or later will transcend rationale behavior and thought and get to a place where you either have to defend the indefensible, or justify something you do not believe. It becomes a religion, and you know how that goes. Unfortunately in this country, if you want to vote for a candidate that has even a remote possibility of winning, you have only two choices. This makes it impossible to find a candidate that may align with even 75% of your values and positions. With only two candidates, this further exacerbates things and creates a sort of metaphor of good vs. evil. At some point you have to want to leave it alone and walk away. Don’t you get tired of carrying water, no matter the side? Still, for myself, I have found myself joining in the fun, and getting down on Obama, using parodies of his name such as O’Stymie, Ovomit, Obamessiah, etc. It’s nothing personal, really. I am pretty sure Barack is a very intelligent guy, has a great sense of humor, and a lot of ambition. The problem is we disagree on 95% of the issues, at a minimum. With McCain, I haven’t used some of the parodies, such as McSame, McLame, McOld, Popeye, or McCrazy. Even with McCain, I differ with his positions 35-40%. If I don’t get on his case, then why? To be honest, and I am sure some people out there will admit this as well, I feel sorry for the guy. I come from a generation that respects military service. My dad flew 35 missions over Germany in a B-17. I get the feeling Barack isn’t that type of guy. Anyway, McCain got the crap beat of him and worse for five and a half years by some of the most brutal folks out there. The inmates at Gitmo are in Beverly Hills by comparison. I think to be objective, at some point I need to put his service in perspective. I give him all props for it, but it shouldn’t be the defining or decisive factor. It reminds me of the republican primaries where Rudy was always falling back to 9/11. Shit, I lived in New York at the time, and I understand it in a way that people outside of New York do not, but, it was not enough for me to support Rudy. After awhile it becomes both a crutch and an over used expletive that loses its meaning. In the end, hopefully we vote for the person whose values, beliefs, and character we agree with and find most appealing on a rational level. That is the best you can hope for. Most people will retort that vision is most import. Vision is important, but without the tools I mentioned, vision is just another meaningless campaign slogan or pretty idea inside someone’s head. May the man with the better tools win.