Wednesday, October 26, 2005

How about a little intolerance, people?

Yep. That’s right. Intolerance. I think right about now, we could use some real, down-home, deep-seated discrimination.

Oh sure, on many levels our country often embraces intolerance. Like when it's directed at gays. Or race. Or even people who are overweight. (“My God, she’s so fat! Why is she wearing Spandex?)

But there’s one very important area where we have a serious prejudice deficiency:
We’re not discriminating enough against politicians who lie.

And they lie about everything:
Why they sat in a classroom for 7 minutes on 9/11.
About being compassionate.
Campaign contributions - how much and from whom.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
The Iraq war.
Blind trusts that turn out to have 20/20 vision.
They never had sex with that woman.
Who told them about Valerie Plame.
How many votes they got.
That they care about the poor, the children, or seniors.
And hey, perjury is no big deal. Right?

They say they’re going to do one thing and do exactly the opposite.
They pose as concerned citizens and they could really give a flying F about us.
Lying is so second nature to them, they’ll look you (or the camera) right in the eye and spew the most blatant falsehoods. And then turn around the next day and deny they ever said it.
They’ll ask you to trust them and then stab you in the back.

And millions tolerate this kind of aberrant behavior every single day. We tell ourselves:
That’s business as usual.
That’s politics.
That’s Washington.

But, that’s no excuse. I wonder, how did we get so jaded? So...tolerant? If your spouse was this pathological, you’d call a divorce attorney. If your boss told these kinds of whoppers you’d blow the whistle on him. If some store clerk jerked you around like this, you’d never shop there again.

What politicians do day in and day out is criminal dishonesty. And I say, during the next election, we eradicate this behavior - with extreme prejudice.


Blogger MaryMary said...

Can I get an Amen? Thank you!

8:53 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Hey marymary,
Amen and hallelujah, sister!

8:59 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Arianna Huffington has much the same question, here.

In fact, I think we all have that same question.


9:00 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

we don't tolerate in doctors, in lawyers, in teachers, (it has been the destruction of those revealed) we don't tolerate it in spiritual leaders (it has been the downfall of them) we don't tolerate it in repair men, hell, we don't tolerate it in day laborers. We tolerate it in only two categories. Used car salesmen, and the people who run our country. What does that tell you? Politicians are corrupt salesmen, and we're the idiots wandering around on their lots looking at the shiny cars and wondering why they're rotten on the inside when we get them home. No accountability, no regulation, no reason to be responsible.

10:40 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

We expect it and we've been convinced that we can never win in the political arena so its pitched to us as being pointless so we roll over in apathy and watch the West Wing and dream of better days.

6:11 AM, October 27, 2005  
Blogger dusty said...

your preaching to the choir..great post..

7:31 AM, October 27, 2005  

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