Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Living in America

"Living in America - eye to eye, station to station
Living in America - hand to hand, across the nation
Living in America - got to have a celebration.
" - James Brown, Living in America.

Glenn Beck. Conservative. Talk show host. Mormon. And that's without me looking up his bio in Wikipedia. After quickly scanning, some interesting tidbits. Raised a Roman Catholic, struggled with substance abuse, twice married, and even cites Tyler Perry as his hero. Amazing. But we're not here to talk about this man today (another day, another dollar). We're here to talk about his "Restoring Honor" rally held in DC last week.

Restoring honor they say. Back to the way America used to be the add. Losing site of the values and foundation this country was built on. Seriously? Do we really need to go there America? Apparently so since some of the natives are running wild in the streets spewing crazy shit like the above.

So you want to go back to Old America huh? You mean the Old America where English settlers landed on an "undiscovered" country that already had inhabitants, seemingly "befriended" those inhabitants, then turned around and spanked they asses, basically saying those inhabitants did steal something? Or you mean the Old America, where those settlers took a look at the work needed to build the country, decided they would go overseas to "hire" more help with the work? Or the Old America where segregation ran supreme for most of the 21st century? Call me crazy but who would want to live in Old America??

Before you start with the you're not a Patriot, you're not an American, Fuck you Honest Man stuff, realize I love being an American and I wouldn't live anywhere else. But I hate when people start down this path like back in the day, America was the greatest place and it was as close to heaven as one could get. It was...for certain people. For others, it was a daily struggle of why Lord why? So when I hear phrases like "Restoring Honor" or "Taking it back to what America used to be", I seriously question what America are you talking about?

You want to bring America together, then start by having some of our so called leaders come together, leave their personal agendas at the door, and start being real about how they want to improve America. We are definitely going through hard times but it doesn't help that the folks who are constantly bashing the government for not doing enough, have their own agenda (cough cough). No issues with trying to bring the people together because honestly that's what we all should be striving to do but issues with the nature of the reason for doing it. And please don't come at me with the Old America bullshit. I for one do not want to go back to colored water fountains and special seating arrangements on buses and airplanes.

Today's Lesson

America. Like it, Love it, or Leave it. The Honest Man likes America, the Honest Man loves America, and the Honest Man damn sure isn't leaving America. Unless it's a week getaway to Brazil to confirm the rumors about them loving American bruhs. In the words of Robert Freeman, "Yeaaahhh Boooooiiiii".

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