Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wasted

This week I have been having thoughts about one of the saddest and most infuriating things: people in power who choose not to do good with it.

I am sure that you can think of many such people, but one who really sticks in my craw is Sarah Palin.

Come on: she's pretty, charismatic, and seems to be able to gather a loyal following of people.

But.

What a waste that is on her.

She's gotten the things in her life and opportunities to do and have those things because she looks a certain way (sorry, folks, we all know deep down that is the case for some people) and has a charm about her.

I remember the very FIRST time I saw her talk. It was the day McCain announced her as his running mate and my thought was: Oh. Fuck.

True, her speech was short and well-rehearsed and written by a professional speech writer.

But now, I am just sad at the reality behind her glammer (and yes, I spelled it that way because of the lowness of that glammer).

She could have used her position of authority to save or improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, starting with the native Americans in the Yukon Delta who are facing another winter of starvation, freezing and no access and no money to buy basic things like diapers and baby food.

This is in our country, people.

And the person in charge who could have done the right thing for those people (even if it meant furthering herself politically) *chose not to*. She even quit before she was faced with another Alaskan winter with starving and dying constituents.

Then I think of folks like Bush, who had the chance to bring our nation together in a way seen only once in a generation. Instead, he chose anger, fear, and blind retaliation at an elusive enemy-- the pursuit of which has cost us to date 4,333 American lives. That's about 2 per day. Human beings who will never see their families again, who will never know that their sacrifice was all for a war built on lies. *So that people could profit*. See Xe and it's disgusting record on contracts or Blackwater (both former subsidiaries of Halliburton) if you have any doubt as to the scope of the war-profiteering that has lined the pockets of hundreds of corporate slugs like those we handed blank checks to last October.

Want health benefits? Join the military. Have they got a job for you.

I am not one prone to conspiracy or paranoia, but I cannot help but see some connections here.

Limit the options available for people to improve their lives and the lives of others. Add a population that needs jobs, jobs, jobs. Want some security, join the armed forces. They'll take care of you until you die in combat and your government denies press coverage of flag-draped coffins coming off of airplane transports. (I know this has changed, but our press seems preoccupied at the moment with lies about health care reform; pay no attention to the man behind the curtain).

So much waste.

Needless waste.

A White House and Congress all with a Democratic majority and they are looking to waste that, too.

And who gets dumped on? Take a wild guess...

9 comments:

Chris August 23, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

You are so right on here.....the other waste is the Republican congress......saying 'no' at all costs to everything, just to get back at the American people for voting them out! The treatment of our president is despicable, their words and behavior unforgivable...

mikeb302000 August 23, 2009 at 1:31 PM  

You're absolutely right. It makes me mad.

Dr. Jay SW August 23, 2009 at 6:26 PM  

If Bush actually cared about the American people...and the world, for that, matter...after 9/11, it's simply maddening to think what he might have done. People were scared and willing to make sacrifices to make things better. A more enlightened president might have called for a massive new plan to free the country from its dependence on the fossil fuels that are at the heart of most of our international and environmental problems--including vastly enhanced conservation efforts and fuel taxes that would be used to pay for new 21st century mass transit systems and the creation of alternative forms of energy. But, no...instead we had a representative of the sociopathic corporations that got us into this mess in the first place...

And don't even get me started on that ignorant demogogue from Alaska....

smallbytesbythecapital August 23, 2009 at 6:27 PM  

I understand that there are folks who take advantage of others to serve themselves better. However, I just don't understand why. I'm not naive. I don't trust anyone from the beginning. It has to be earned. However, I am the type who doesn't hold any grand design to improve my life and make others suffer along the way. What gets me the most about these folks who do waste their spotlight denying others a better life is that these folks all seem to be pretty darn religious. Is that the only way they are able to sleep at night? Makes one wonder.

Seeing Eye Chick August 23, 2009 at 10:40 PM  

They dont even take care of their Veterans Skye, so its not even that good.

Its a sadly true post. The world was their oyster but instead they used it for a toilet.

Just more proof that you can't fix stupid.

Seeing Eye Chick August 23, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

Religion is just used to hide their naked mysanthropy and elitism. If they say Jesus enough or God enough in a speech, then dumbfucks everywhere will flock to them, because *thems is safe words.

How do they sleep at night? If you don't have a soul, then why would such things bother you? And if you think you are Gods own chosen dipwad, then you are infallible to boot.

themom August 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

Excellent post. Palin proved her stupidity when she decided to repeat her own speeches. Teh stupid just poured out - yet the blind mass of followers fell lock step right behind her. What a sad commentary on our society.

James August 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

Great post, skyewriter. You put into words what i have been thinking about too.

Sidhe August 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

And even the military has stopped hiring...

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