Sunday, April 16, 2006

Real Americans

NanceRants – and she is one pissed-off Citizen!

By Nancy Greggs

Like many of us, I am in a perpetual state of anger these days. Between
the mess in Iraq, the saber-rattling with Iran, the lobbyist scandals,
the deficit, the outsourcing of jobs, the price of gas, and a buffoon of
a president who thinks breaking the law is job one, it’s hard not to be
pissed-off on a minute-to-minute basis.

Hey, there’s probably stuff going on that would really set me off, if I
even knew about it. But these days, with new revelations about the
criminality of this Administration coming at us on a daily basis, it’s
hard to keep up without a Goddamned scorecard.

But then there’s always that one little thing that gets on your last
nerve, and this week my personal rocket’s red glare was set off by a
remark made by Antonin Scalia when he was asked about the Bush v Gore
decision, the stolen 2000 election. His response: “Get over it!”

I have heard that phrase once too often, and it sticks in my craw like
the “Love it or leave it” bullsh*t I heard in the ‘sixties, a virtual
dismissive wave of the hand that says I have no voice, no power, no say.
Well, you’ve picked on the wrong citizen if you think I will shut my
mouth, or be relegated to talking to that arrogant hand.

I am an American. That may not mean much to people like Scalia, but it
means something to me. And when someone tampers with my country’s voting
process, or anything else that impinges on the democracy of MY COUNTRY,
I am not going to GET OVER IT, now or ever.

I am an American. I will not be dismissed, minimalized or marginalized,
especially by hypocrites like Scalia et al, who persist in throwing
rocks at my patriotism from inside their glass houses.

I will not be preached to by warmongering pseudo-Christians; I will not
be reminded of the importance of family values by people who have no
values at all. I will not be lied to, stolen from, manipulated. I will
not be assuaged by meaningless rhetoric; I will not be lectured on the
topic of honesty by people who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it walked
up to them on the street and bit them in the ass.

I will not be condescended to by people who are as immoral as they are
greedy and self-serving. I will not be shooed away from the adult dinner
table like an ignorant child, while the alleged grown-ups plot the
destruction of my own nation, or the nations of others. I will not be
told to remain silent in the face of wrongdoing. I will not relinquish a
single freedom that is my birthright as an American.


When my fellow citizens are suffering, I will speak out for them, and
stand with them. When disaster strikes, I will not GET OVER IT by going
shopping, or attending a birthday party, or catching a ballgame. REAL
AMERICANS don’t do things like that – and besides, it seems pretty
obvious that those jobs are already taken.

REAL AMERICANS do not need to be told how to act, or how to react. We
know what needs to be done, and we do it every time. Within minutes of
the 9/11 attack, firefighters, police officers, and emergency workers
were on the scene. They risked their lives to save others without
hesitation. Not one of them walked away in an attempt to GET OVER IT.
And dare I say it? Not one of them found it necessary to stop and read
The Pet Goat in its entirety before springing into action.

REAL AMERICANS don’t condone torture, secret prisons, or rendition. REAL
AMERICANS don’t look at photographs from Abu Ghraib and GET OVER IT.
REAL AMERICANS don’t watch footage of dead Iraqi children on the nightly
news and GET OVER IT. REAL AMERICANS don’t read about their soldiers
being wounded and killed in an ill-disguised attempt to put MONEY into
the pockets of the rich and the powerful and GET OVER IT.

This Administration, and the elected officials who support it, have
brazenly picked a fight with myself and my fellow citizens. Wrong move,
wrong crowd. They obviously don’t know who they’re up against. You see,
real Americans don’t GET OVER IT when it’s their own country under
siege. They don’t kneel, they don’t bow, they don’t yield.

The American people are now standing knee-deep in a foul-smelling
liquid. They know what it looks like, what it smells like; they KNOW
what it is. So stop telling us it’s raining. Stop trotting yourselves
out into the public square with your half-truths and your spin. We all
know the emperor has no clothes; don’t insult our intelligence with
grandiose descriptions of his wardrobe.

I know this Administration and its party just LOVE throwing those
bumper-sticker slogans around. Well, here’s one for them to chew on:
“Eventually, everything comes out in the wash.” And I’ll be damned if
I’m going to watch all of that dirty Republican laundry get hung on the
line, and be told to GET OVER IT.

There will be a backlash to the corruption and incompetence of this
regime, of that I have no doubt. Poll numbers for the current crop of
Republicans are plummeting faster than the average American’s savings
account. I guess all of those angry citizens who have been keeping tabs
on where their country is being led just aren’t GETTING OVER IT either.

So to the people in power who have turned my country into something to
be scorned rather than admired, to be feared rather than respected, to
be a harbinger of hate, violence and death the world over, I say this:
You are going down. Your support is dwindling, your lies are being
exposed, and your failures are as glaringly visible as a fireworks
display on the 4th of July.

And if you find that upsetting, well, hey … GET OVER IT!


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