“Do you know why God invented writers? Because he loves a good story. And he doesn’t give a damn about the words. Words are the curtain we’ve hung between him and our true selves. Try not to think about the words. Don’t strain for the perfect sentence. There’s no such thing. Writing is guesswork. Every sentence is an educated guess, the readers as much as yours.”—J.R. Moehringer (The Tender Bar: A Memoir) (via bunkercomplex)
At least some of the tea baggers have to be aware of the trillions in debt that the last three Republican presidents accumulated. There’s no way that the right-wing isn’t aware of how horribly Bush — a man they loved and admired until the bitter end — fucked the economy. There’s no way that any person can in their heads actually believe that Obama is the cause of the catastrophe now facing the USA. There’s just no fucking way.
So what are they protesting? What are they angry at? Are they angry about the debt? Yes. Are they angry the president is black? Definitely. Should these protest have happened years ago if they were actually serious about their cause? Obviously.
I think this last point cuts to the meat and potatoes of what these protest were about and what these people are really angry at: They’re angry at themselves. They’re angry that George W. Bush’s incompetence and overall conservative impotence are the reasons we now have a black, liberal president. They’re angry that they were forced to vote for a RINO in November even though they pretty much hated him. They’re angry that even though conservative pundits and media outlets are experiencing a ratings boom, conservative principals and values are losing battles on a daily basis. They’re angry that climate change is real and gay marriage is inevitable. They’re angry that they now have to argue in favor of torturing people. They’re angry that deep down in their hearts, they know Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal will never ever ever be president. They’re angry that America has suddenly morphed into their version of hell, and ultimately, they have themselves and their leaders to blame for it.
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”—Dorothy Parker (via plainoljane)