I just returned from some time in the United States, and while I'd hoped that things would improve under Barack Obama, I'm actually saddened at how scared and stupid many Americans are becoming, simply because an African-American is in charge.
Republicans calling end-of-life provisions for health care that they themselves put forward and voted for under Bush "death panels" and evoking words like Nazism and fascism.
It's ironic that all of a sudden - in town halls across 'Merica, people are "up in arms" about attacks on the Constitution, this not being America any more etc. It's suddenly all about "Normal" or "Real" Americans speaking out. Seems like only a few months ago, speaking out got you branded a "traitor" or "unpatriotic."
No - the only thing that has changed is that a black man is president.
Here's some stuff I've put together from the web. As a Canadian, who wants our neighbor to the south to be well. I can't figure this out -
You "Real Americans" didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount in 2000 and appointed a Bush president.
Or when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
"Normal" Americans didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
Or when the Patriot Act got passed, a huge assault on your constitution and civil liberties.
Or when you illegally invaded a country that posed no threat and spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
How about when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.
You didn't get mad when you found out you were torturing people.
You didn't get mad when your government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You haven't gotten mad when you didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when you saw the way your veterans were treated, and the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn't get mad when you let a major US city drown.
You didn't get mad when Bush let your deficits hit the trillion dollar mark.
But wait. You're mad now. After all that - what would it take to get REAL AMERICANS mad?
Well, when your government finally decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with you but helping other Americans… well fuck that. That about right? You know it is.
You right-wing, Glenn Beck-fearing, Fox-worshipping "Real Americans" have all lost your fucking minds. You are selfish, greedy, obnoxious, narcissistic, and yeah, stupid and ignorant. Your pathetic little misspelled protest signs are embarrassing. Maybe you ought to find the smart person in your midst and let them make up all the signs, cause man, you look like a bunch of idiots. Also you're ugly and your mother dresses you funny.