For Every Rant There is a Reason
There's a short essay going around the tubes titled "Fuck the U.S.A.!" It's a good rant, an angry rant.
"I want to scream. I want to scream. To separate from this. This government, this country.
The world shouldn’t have to suffer one more day of American exceptionalism.
I clear the table, put the dishes in the sink, stare at the water running into the drain. Drain the swamp.
I want to scream.
Fuck you. Fuck you, Trump. Fuck you. Fuck all of you with your might-makes-right bellicosity. Fuck Obama. Fuck Hillary Clinton. Fuck George Bush. Fuck Dick Cheney. Fuck all the fucking warmongers. Fuck corporate news. Fuck the war industry. Fuck the war profiteers.
Fuck the United States of Fucking America."
Right on, Missy. Fuck all of this.
I've had the same thoughts about separating. I didn't sign up for this. I didn't vote for this (because I didn't vote for any of them). In no way have I given my consent for all the war, the wealth inequality, the fucking crimes being committed by the rich and powerful, the corporations, the banks, Wall Street, the military industrial complex, our government "representatives", the "deep state", and the OLIGARCHY. I don't want no fucking war with North Korea and don't know anyone that does. Why don't we count? WHY DOESN'T OUR OPINION MATTER!?
I feel her anger and utter helplessness while watching our own government drop bombs, fire missiles, threaten nuclear war, and act like evil psychopaths killing children while pretending to care about children. These fuckers are beyond the pale, as sick as they come.
I know there are those who will tell her if she doesn't like it to get the hell out. "Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out", like the partisan warmonger progressive Democrats on Daily Kos like to tell those who can't handle their conservative bullshit anymore. Or like the right wing cowboys and conservative John Wayne "patriots" who think the muslims are going to rape their women, take their shotguns from the back of the pickup trucks and make them chant Allah Akbar before they behead them. The ones that chant U.S.A. at the drop of a cowboy hat.
They don't get it, they just don't fucking get it. They've been brainwashed like a Jonestown cult member to believe what they're supposed to believe, act how they're supposed to act. That's the U.S.A. the essayist is talking about. The one where the people are so willfully ignorant of what their government is doing they won't do a thing about the massive crimes being committed in their names against others and even themselves. They're the ones saying "Please, can I have more Master?"
The first comment under the essay was someone telling her this:
"that was the most useless piece of writing i’ve read in a long time. and its not the profanity- that was the high point of the article. If she feels that strongly get off her ass and ACT to stop all these wars. get involved and DO something, instead of just whine."
I can relate to that. As a long time ranter, I've had plenty of comments directed to me indicating I should shut the hell up and find some solutions. I have offered solutions, like boycotting the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but very few thought that a good idea. Or like boycotting the duopoly but very few think that's a good idea. Or like an independent movement to change this political system from an oligarchy to a democracy and abolish the presidency. We don't need no fucking president. In fact, a single person over an empire is dangerous and stupid. But few are interested in that. So they go back to voting for more politicians. Or working to create a national referendum, our own election, to end rule by the rich, i.e., the oligarchy and establish a real democracy. But again, that's too hard, too unrealistic, too fucking out there, there's another election coming. I don't know what else I can come up with because I'm not going to vote for any more politicians under this system. But that's not good enough because people died for our right to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Ya, people died for Vietnam too, a lot of them.
Another commenter defended the essayist's rant with this.
"Get off her ass, and do – what, exactly? Protest? You think that’s going to work? We protested against the Iraq War and we went to war anyway. We voted in “Not Bush” (Obama). And he protected the previous administration from prosecution for War Crimes.
Short of venting, and sharing opinions, there’s very little that can be done. Seriously, how do we change this country for the better (and, please, don’t say “vote”. At least not on a federal level.)?"
It reminds me of the movie Network when Howard Beale, the long time TV news anchor goes on air and gives an epic rant. It also reminds me of today, where no one seems to know what to do about the situation we find ourselves. There's no easy answer. But there are answers.
"Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot — I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. [shouting] You've got to say: 'I'm a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!'
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!
I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!...You've got to say, I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
Basically, that's still the answer, the solution, enough people standing up and saying they're not going to take it anymore. FYI, voting for politicians in the next election to perpetuate the cycle is taking it, right up where the sun don't shine.
Let's hold our own election.