Monday, October 31, 2011

Crazy Thoughts About Our Crazy World

Oh the insanity!   You may ask why I am slightly addled these days.  Could it be because of the news blurbs that cross my computer screen daily?   Some are so unbelievably stupid that it started me ruminating on why people think the way they do.  Common sense seems to have  no part of reasoning.  Critical thinking is woefully lacking in decision making.  And pragmatism has been replaced by ideology.

Some of the current stories in the news that confirm my worst fears about the direction the country is headed are:

  • The government is now contemplating spending more on nuclear weapons by constructing a new plutonium facility along a fault line and near an active volcano.

    The Republicans are introducing legislation that would take away each State's rights to regulate concealed weapons.  If Arizona says it's fine for any demented idiot to carry a hidden gun into a bar,  then all states have to abide by Arizona's imbecilic law.  Oh, the hypocrisy!!!!

    More prisons are being built to incarcerate minor felons for drug and alcohol abuse when it would be cheaper and more humane to sentence them to rehabilitation centers.  Prison is a breeding ground where minor felons become hardened criminals; later to be released on society.

    I am amazed at the craziness of a political party that will 'eat itself', and destroy the country in the process, to fire just one man named Obama.

    It disgusts me about the insanity of spending days, months, even years in studies on how to alter the name of a law, policy, or other government entity so that the meaning is obscure or changed.  Examples of current buzz words:  against abortion; becomes 'right to life' and for abortion becomes "right to choose'.  War becomes 'liberating a country.'   And then there's the most disgraceful one of all  'killing civilians' becomes 'collateral damage'.  You get the idea.  Mind altering phrases abound in our political system.    Of course it works because of the lack of critical thinking on the part of the public.   My point is that it leads to mass confusion and misguided governance.   A brainwashed electorate may be good for politicians, but it is definitely not good for the governed.

    Spending tax payer money on the military under the guise of creating jobs instead of creating jobs by spending that money on infrastructure, renewable energy, education, and the other many pressing needs in our country is just plain nuts.

    Allowing money in politics has corrupted our democratic system and our politicians.  (Well, that really wasn't very hard, was it?  Politicians are so gullible venal.)   Democracy  is collapsing.

    Religion belongs in the Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Ashram, Nature or your home and not in politics.   Separation of Church and State is no longer observed and by allowing it to creep into our political system we have perverted the framer's intent.  The idiocy of this is, that by  politicians introducing it into their speech and legislation they are in danger of opening the door for government to be able to interfere in their freedom of religion.  They never see beyond their noses, as the saying goes. Religion in politics is a two edged sword. 

     My favorite: Allowing the insurance companies to become obscenely wealthy at the expense of their policy holders when switching to a single payer system would give everyone affordable medical coverage and would save the government billions in tax payer dollars.   And all in the mislabeled  fake name of Socialism.  (See buzz words comment above).
    Then there's the deregulation of our financial system, unfair tax system, etc., etc, etc, ad nauseaum.

    Why do citizens subscribe to such lunacy?  Is it due to ideology, laziness, indifference, or sheer denial of facts? Maybe it's all of the above.  If someone can give me a valid reason for believing that any of the above actions are sensible I will listen.  Just don't tell me it's because you heard it on Fox, or from Rush, Sean, Bill O'R., Michelle or Rick.  That would mean you are incapable of thinking for yourself.

    By all measurable standards our country is rapidly falling behind the rest of the civilized world and we, the people, are aiding and abetting the decline.   Yes, I am very addled and getting more so as I see what used to be a great country sink into a third world nation.

    Sorry, I have to go now.  I just gave myself a massive headache.


Xtreme English said...
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Xtreme English said...

Wonderful! Thank God you're still saying what needs to be said, Darlene! I agree....the place has gone nuts!!

Darlene said...

*Xtreme English - I just can't stop ranting, can I?

Nancy said...


The day you stop "ranting" is the day I give up forever!

I really don't want to give up to the crazies who are trying to run our country so please don't ever stop telling us what you think.

Some of us don't express ourselves as well as you do, Darlene, so keep up the good work on our behalf.

Rummuser said...

We need about a million Darlenes over here. You want a dose of madness? Have a look at this -

la peregrina said...

Hear, Hear, Darlene. That piece of gun legislation is just another attempt to wrestle political control away from the federal government and "give it back to the States." (The great American myth.) This has been going on since before the Civil War and usually includes a threat of cession from the Union.

As for the plan to build more prisons- another reason to legalize recreational drugs and then tax them the way we do liquor.

Think of all the money the government would save without the so-called Drug War and the extra income the government could generate with taxation. Part of that money could be used to build and staff the rehabilitation centers we so desperately need.

Darlene said...

*Nancy - The day I quit ranting will be the day I give up forever too, Nancy.

*Rummuser - I read the article and it's horrible. If ever a place needed Women's Lib that area does. That this is known, illegal and allowed to continue is outrageous.

*la peregrina - I heartily agree wirh you on legalizing recreational drugs and have ranted about it before. Another case of a lack of common sense.

Betty said...

I will never stop ranting, either, although I sometimes feel that I'm only "preaching to the choir" You're right, of course. We are becoming a third world country. Wish I had the answer to our problems, or at least some of them.

Darlene said...

*Betty - Me too. Can't you find the answer clever lady?

Kay Dennison said...

Well said and you know that I am with you 100%!

Darlene said...

*Kay Dennison - Thanks Kay.

Jack Jodell said...

Your headache is shared by all normal, rational citizens. You are remarkably full of common sense, fairness, and decency. Keep on ranting the truth, and let the other idiots indulge in their doublespeak and hypocrisy. To hell with 'em!

Anonymous said...

We get nowhere without stepping up to the plate to seek office!

Joy Des Jardins said...

Great post Darlene....rant on! Somehow you keep us sane with your postings. ~Joy

Barry said...

Darlene - Hi! Your thoughts on elections in Phoenix, Tucson and the recall of the Senate president...