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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Sympathy For the Devil - Philly Burbs

I’ve decided to write this standing on my head in the hopes that the world will become right-side-up. I was all prepared to start writing about ways to bring people together when this whole orchestrated “contraception” non-issue culminated with a 30 year old Georgetown Law School student pleading with Congress to have us pay for her contraception. Where does this even come from?
And then Rush Limbaugh gets trounced on for calling a spade a spade. Mission accomplished. Mr. Limbaugh’s assessment didn’t go far enough, but I’ll refrain from the words I would have used (and, in fact, did if I remember correctly).
This is as clear as any example of the politics of agitation. Forget about leadership for we’re only concerned with politics for the sake of politics and not in getting anything meaningful accomplished. And we have no one to blame but ourselves as we continue to allow ourselves to be used as the tools that we are.
What jumps out is how widespread the technique is of the most intolerant among us pretending to be all about tolerance. There’s an excellent chance that I’m going to drive off a cliff if I see one more “COEXIST” bumper sticker spelled out in different religious symbols. I might even go free Tibet, although I’m not quite sure what that means. Plus, as I’ve said before, the notion of tolerance implies that there’s something that needs to be tolerated which, itself, is a distortion of the equality that actually defines us and is insultingly smug.
It’s like somehow it’s OK to be disgusting, sloppy as hell and immoral to the extreme if we’re all sophisticated and intellectual about it. I think that The Rolling Stones summed it up better than anyone. Who knew that Mick Jagger’s words would be so profound? He probably knew, but I’m a little slow.
Some of the word choices in “Sympathy for the Devil” are:
“Please allow me to introduce myself I’m a man of wealth and taste.”
OK, so far so good.
“I’ve been around for a long, long year stole many a man’s soul and faith.”
Getting there.
“But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.”
Probably the essence of my confusion.
“I shouted out Who killed the Kennedys? When after all it was you and me.”
I think I’m starting to understand.
“Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name.”
Definitely starting to get a clue.
“So if you meet me have some courtesy or I’ll lay your soul to waste.”
Sounds like someone needs a beat’in.
And the crescendo:
“And all the sinners saints.”
Probably sums it all up.
So, in conclusion, I blame you and me and all of us for the sad state of affairs we’re in where sleeze is all the rage. Where “Jersey Shore” is art and integrity passé.
Of course there’s a Presidential election this year and I don’t trust any of them. But that’s OK. The answer is in us so we’ll just have to stand on our heads for awhile and eventually we’ll start seeing more clearly. In the mean time please stop having sympathy for the devil. It never ends well.

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