Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yup, I'm Pi$$ed Off. Again.

Cicero
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The current leadership of this great nation of ours is unfit, unworthy and unrepresentative of the ideals upon which this country was founded.

Don't get me wrong, the first few Continental Congresses had their fair share of scoundrels, idiots and thieves. While the Army shivered and starved at Valley Forge, the representatives of the individual colonies in nearby Philadelphia had no such problems.

It is my opinion that politics attracts two types of beings. Those who genuinely wish to serve the public good and those who wish to serve only themselves. It seems to me, that at the current moment in time, the latter far outnumber the former. A greater bunch of self-serving, thieving, dishonest, dishonorable, disreputable a$$hats would be hard to find. The state legislatures aren't much better. The idiot politicians at the state level are simply a$$hats-in-training, waiting to take their turn on the national stage and steal from all the citizens. Not just the ones in their home state.

By now you might be wondering what has set me off. Other than watching the Lame Stream Media (LSM) lie to us and manipulate the LIVs*. (Which always sets me off.) No, it isn't the LSM this time, well perhaps indirectly, it was watching a movie (which I really enjoyed the first time I saw it, maybe I was paying better attention this time).

The movie was Shooter.


Shooter is based on the Stephen Hunter book Point of Impact. (And while I'm on that topic, Stephen Hunter is an awesome writer. If he wrote the phone book, I would read it, cover to cover. Especially if Bob Lee Swagger was in it. If you haven't read any of his books, do so. Again, he's awesome.) The book (as usual) is superior to the movie. But the movie is not bad, not bad at all. Problem is they let some political male bovine feces wander into the dialog.

I'm thinking of the scene where Bob Lee and the FBI guy are in the backwoods talking to this old guy who is supposedly some famous old shooter (or something). And the guy makes some throwaway comment about "weapons of mass destruction in Iraq". Yup, a bit of Bush bashing. Something I cannot stomach.


Okay, Dubya wasn't "the best president of all time". Nor was he the worst (that title is held by the current holder of the office). But he wasn't bad, he wasn't bad at all. I also believe that he was and is an honorable man. Unlike most politicians, most of whom could have their pictures in the dictionary next to the definition for "dishonorable". That being my, ever so humble and honest, opinion.

So Shooter planted a seed, which has been germinating.


Then I read this. Basically, if Bush went to war, that was bad. If Bush didn't go to war, that too was bad. I'm thinking a Republican President is only allowed to make war upon those whom the cocktail circuit in Hollywood deem evil.

And then those nasty chemical weapons Syria may or may not have used against the rebels. Which I read about 
here. So where did all that (according to the LSM) non-existent WMD in Iraq go to? To Syria, just next door, right? Nah, couldn't be. And if it did, well it was Bush's fault, right?

Oh yeah, I'm angry.

Foxtrot Oscar.

*LIV = Low Information Voter

7 comments:

  1. That was one of the few movies my elderly parents made an effort to get out and watch. Even my Mom loved it, and it brought forth many interesting dinner conversations when the kids gathered.

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    1. I actually did like the movie. (Just that one scene irked me.) I especially liked FBI Special Agent Nick Memphis, I thought Michael Peña nailed it.

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  2. I'm reminded of this. The answer is "yes."

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  3. Scary quote from Cicero. Especially after our Pres. called J Collins to say he 'couldn't be more proud of him' after he came 'out'.Like many traits in today's world, courageous has taken on a new and devalued meaning.
    Stephen Hunter is an awesome writer, loved every one of his books, although I wish he hadn't killed Earl Swagger. I could see books with Earl & Bob Lee working together....

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    1. Yup, still bummed that Stephen killed off Earl. But I forgave him when I read the 47th Samurai. That's one of my absolute all time favorite books.

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