Monday, December 06, 2004

I hate NEXT BLOG because I find crap like this

You know, I was done with political posts. But then I used Next Blog (bad, Trillian, bad!) and I stumble upon fear-infested pseudo-patriotic, America-as-the-underdog drivel and my blood boils.

This is up there on my list of most pathetic posts of all time.

Not only is the example incorrect (i.e. why the United Nations didn't help the U.S. with their war in Iraq), but it also shows how instilling fear and hatred in our youth is distorting the vision of a very great nation.

I'm not sure what it is about Conservative America's need to characterize themselves as an underdog, but it's laughable. The most powerful country in the world is motivated by fear and insecurity. The image of the self-rightous lone cowboy single-handedly fighting the problems of the world is a bit tired.

I'm impressed that conservatives have been able to change the war's focus from uncovering weapons of mass destruction, to helping "liberate" the people of Iraq and defending the U.S. from possible terrorists (I guess they've moved from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia to Iraq). If this is the real reason why America is at war, I'm wondering why they're not invading every other repressive nation in the world. I think we all know the answer.

If this parent actually did this to their child (and I doubt it), then that man is not fit to be a father. There's no excuse for instilling that kind of fear in a child.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger joe said...

yeah all this crap makes canada look like a better place to move every day. your lucky your country is not run by nut jobs

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Dean said...

It is, Joe, but they don't have nuclear weapons. :)

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Trillian said...

Well said, Dean.

Thanks for the sentiment, Joe. While I thought it was the end of the world at the time, I'm grateful now that we moved to Canada.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Dean said...

I just check out the link, Trillian, and it truly is pathetic. Simplistic beyond words.

I remember reading a blog post on people having to be licenced before they can use analogies. This is a perfect example.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

That's just sick. Horrifying, actually. It's mind-boggling to me that people are actually proud of that kind of behaviour.

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Rambling Rene said...

I've said it many times on other's blogs, and I'll say it again. I am saving my money to get OUT of the US. I just need the moo-la, or a foreigner to fall madly in love with me, and I'm outta here, kids!

At 9:47 AM, Blogger withknivesout said...

what's the cost of living in the great white north?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Trillian said...

Rene, withknivesout -
Canada is no utopia. We've got our own problems, we just don't have a world stage on which to air them, or the budget to make them a global problem. That said, we spend millions of dollars to run royal commissions which make suggestions on how to improve situations that the government promptly ignores. We have funding scandals, polution problems, healthcare shortages, etc., etc., etc. It's just that Americans don't hear about it because their media doesn't have to look too far to get "news".

The rest of the world needs smart Americans to stay in America to make it better.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger withknivesout said...

i commented on the idiots post.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

As long as that bubba doesn't try to move next door to us, we'll be OK up here in the Great White North.

I fear for this guy's kids.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Wheelson said... many thoughts about this one. I'm very tempted to comment on the guys site rather than talk behind his back...and I probably will.

But to address the point that you're discussing here...

It seems to me that America is as insecure as ever. No matter how powerful you are, if you can't be at peace with yourself and your place in the world, power, money and influence will not help that. Money can't buy you love in other words.

Creationism is making a comeback, fundamentalism is popular throughout the world, and simplifying things into black and white truths is all the rage. Relying on foundational epistemology has been a way of dealing with our insecurities for thousands of years, "To this end I was born, and for this cause I came into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone that belongs to the truth will hear me."

But what is truth?

People are insecure about what they know since it is built upon a shaky foundation. But what do we really know about anything? People have stopped asking these questions because it makes them uncomfortable. Building a house in the sand however gives you a place to live at least for a little while. To some, that is more comfortable than roaming the wilderness.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Janet said...

When I hit next blog, all I ever get is foreign language blogs that might very well be annoying but considering I can't read them, I guess what I don't know, won't hurt me.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Trillian said...

Heh, heh, Janet, that's sooooo true! Wheelson - wow you've made some good points. Carmi- yikers.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Texas Gurl said...

yeah, stumbling across the political blog sucks, but not as bad as hitting next blog and finding a child porn blog with pictures. there are sick, delusioned people out there. now i just stick to links from other 'normal' blogs.


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