Watering the Tree of Liberty
I've done very good, I think, about staying away from the current healthcare debate raging around the country as of late. I'm just a dumb, 23-year-old kid with a Criminal Justice background. I don't honestly know much about healthcare. And, I'm not going to start talking about it today, nor will I, most likely, ever get into the gory details of various House bills that may or may not exist. Though, once it's all said and done with you can bet I'll be inciting a riot about those very same subjects right here. (See how I used the blog name in a sentence?)
What I would like comment on are a few things I heard while listening to the August 11th edition of the Rachel Maddow show - available for podcast download on iTunes.
- 76% of Republicans in North Carolina do not believe President Obama was born in the United States, ergo he is not the President. Any .04 second Google search will point you directly to Obama's Hawaiian certificate of live birth (like this one! conveniently handed out by the White House for rumor patrol). To go even further 12% of North Carolina Republicans believe that Hawaii isn't even a state in the United States! Apparently, these people did not pass 4th grade social studies.
- A man in a Pennsylvania town hall meeting about healthcare reform stood up and told the congressman that "One day God's gonna stand before you, and he's gonna judge you, and the rest of your damn croneys up on the hill." (Video of these fun times, as well as a slew of other ridiculous outcries at town halls can be found by clicking this sentence. For the quote above, race ahead to the 1:31 mark.) I don't really know that God much cares about the healthcare debate. I think that the policies of man are just that: rules we made up. I think the fact that we even have such rules is funny in God's eyes. I'm not against them, because we need to live by them in order to not have complete chaos in a world of nearly 7 billion people, but I think he (and she) have much bigger fish to fry than sit in town halls hearing trivial mess being shouted back and forth. Again, I'm not much for healthcare details before there's a complete healthcare bill, but let's just try and leave theology out of politics. The two are diametrically opposed things, and they should stay that way.
- A man named William Kostnic stood outside a town hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with a gun strapped to his upper right thigh, and he carried a sign that read "It is time to water the tree of liberty." The crazy thing about this particular town hall rioter was that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES was set to arrive there to give his own town hall meeting with the people. If you don't know, as I didn't, the quote about the tree of liberty comes from a blurb originally said by Thomas Jefferson, "The Tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." One can only assume that Mr. Kostnic meant to spill the blood of one he considers a tyrant. Oh, and get this, he was allowed to stay there...yeah...he wasn't arrested. In New Hampshire carrying a concealed weapon is illegal, but parading it around in the open is just fine. A picture of this fine gardener is below. Tell me, patriot...or tyrant? Incidentally, this same Tree of Liberty quote is frequently used by a group called Stormfront, whose motto is White Pride World Wide.
I'll let you all draw your own conclusions about these news stories. I'm disgusted. There was a time when a a man like Thomas Jefferson, admittedly imperfect, knew that there was a time for war and there was a time for democracy. However, it seems that in modern bi-partisan politics, we're just focused on making one side or the other out to be Nazis, which is sadly a recurring theme in town halls as of late. Democrats are elitist Nazis bent on killing grandma and babies with down syndrome led by a middle eastern terrorist who infiltrated his way into the US political machine, and Republicans are crazed torch carriers bent on tearing apart Frankenstein's monster in order to water the garden of bad intentions, to borrow the euphemism. I'm disgusted. I just want to shove all this craziness off the edge of the world and discuss things with the rest of the simpler-minded folks. Then, I realize we're not living a thousand years ago, and we should know by now that the world's not flat. We should know these things, because we've learned the difference between fact and fantasy. When you can see it, smell it, touch it, taste it, measure it, weigh it, and bump uglies with it, it's real. Like birth certificates, like guns, like videotaped riots. They're real things. Shouldn't we know the difference by now?
I'd say write your Congressman, but at this point...give them a break. Let them go beat off on the Appalachian Argentinean trail or whatever they want to do. They're not even able to do their jobs right now anyways.
Love and Lyte,