Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Fear

We live in a country afraid. We are afraid to actually look at something on face value without putting a political spin on it. The current bullshit over the ports deal is a prime example. Because it's Bush (the same thing would probably happen if a Dem was in the Whitehouse) taking a stand on this and not accusing Dubai of 'driving while Arab' he's shown some integrity. He's also taken a shitload of flak for it.

Granted there is that little thing about the 9/11 hijackers all being of Middle Eastern dissent, but all the Klan members I have ever seen over the years that I lived in Alabama were white. Does that mean that all white men in Alabama are Klansman? Should we blockade the South again as we did during the Civil War until all white men can fill out some form and take an oath to not to lynch anyone or dance the electric slide at weddings ever again?

I hate the R-word, it is usually thrown around to distract peoples' attention from flimsy arguments, i.e. O.J. Simpson. He did it, get over it. It isn't 'racist' to say he did. It’s called detective work. However, I see the uproar over the ports deal coming down to three things: skin tone, latitude, and longitude. I completely agree with this view on the situation.

2 Comments:

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Reluctant Misanthrope said...

This is such a complicated one, but you've got a point. I find it particularly amusing to hear yesterday that Bill Clinton helped negotiate the deal and his wife is now leading the fight against it.

It's also interesting that the first news story over this deal appeared in October of last year, but it's just now causing a firestorm. Proof positive that it's all politics.

I'm not thrilled about this and I wish I had learned about the British running our ports. In general I think these are things that should belong to American companies.

I'm pretty pissed off at Bush of late, but I just don't understand the pathological hatred. Take issue on the issues.

When it comes down to it, all politicians are policians. They have to pander to the extremes of their base. Stepping back and observing this situation, the politics are clear as day, and the real issue seems completely obscured.

You're smart for an onion, you know that?

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger Two Foot Onion said...

Now you're just sweet talking....

 

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