Holy cats, look who's escaped from her box. It's my old alter ego DCup. And guess what she's writing about? Not her sorry ass children, I can tell you that. Nope, she just tore the head off a co-worker who was bitching about paying taxes. As anyone who knows her would expect, DCup hurled invectives and suggested the co-worker and anyone who hates government and thinks we should have a world with no taxes move to Somalia where there are no taxes nor evil government nor the silly-ass services provided by said evil government with its neck-stomping regulations. "After about two weeks there, try to send us a postcard or email and let us know how you're faring, okay?" DCup chuckled and then ducked as her co-worker hurled her own invectives and a heavy paperweight to make her point.
So what does DCup have to say? Let's find out.....
Hello, again. Long time no cleavage peeking. Want to have a little fun? And no, I don't mean that kind of fun.
Although I am not into the preachin' to the choir so much anymore, there are moments when I am so fed up with the bullshit nonsense coming from the Right that I can't just sit on my hands. Besides, in my current state of mind, sitting on my hands might prove to be too stimulating, if you know what I mean....Anyway, I have two things for y'all, especially those who are still blogging the political:
(1) PLEASE stop portraying white southerners as crazy. We may celebrate our crazies down here instead of locking them in the basement, attic or back bedroom with the flea-ridden cats like we did in the Midwest, but not all southern whites are racists, idiots or crazy.
If they, as a group, support Republicans and dumbass Republican ideology, even though they don't really know what that entails, it has much more to do with the fact that they are pumped full of rightwing propaganda all day long. There is no escaping it.
You can't swing a cat without hitting a television blaring Fox News. (Apologies to the cat.) All the local radio is of a rightwing nature and they carry Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Boortz, etc. Heck, MathMan and I got a good laugh over a billboard for a recently-launched talk radio channel that has the words "Tired of Boortz" emblazoned in gigantic letters across it...except, and this is the funny part, the picture of the "new" talker is (drumroll, please!) Don Imus!!!!!!!!! I'll wait while you finish rolling around on the floor, laughing your ass off.
You mean to tell me, DCup, that in the huge Atlanta radio market, the antidote to listening to the extended play version of the Fox News Channel "talent" is Dr. Laura, Don Imus, and Mancow Mueller? Oh, I shit you not. And if that isn't enough diversity of thought for you - how about some Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller and some doof named Lou Dobbs?!?!? Makes you all tingly with the spirit of free thought, dudnit?
And it's not just the mass media. The propaganda is delivered in other places, as well. Nevermind the ravings of the misinformed in every beauty shop, autobody place, farm and feed store, lumberyard and senior center. I'm talking about another organized group.
The preachers preach the right wing propaganda from their pulpits. The reason they do this is two fold, but mostly hinges on their need to grow their flocks and keep them tossing their coins into the passed plate.
Listen - sex sells, even in church. Who the fuck wants to go listen to some cross-eyed minister rambling on incessantly about charitable works and following Jesus? Let's hear about how he isn't supposed to be putting his dick in her. If there's no pussy and dick shaming in church, then what's the point? If all anyone wants is good works, they can stay home and watch Feed the Children commercials on Sunday morning.
I kid. Mostly. The point is, if it all comes down to money, the churches need butts in pews. Sex and shaming does indeed sell because you can sit and repent for lusting after your neighbor's teenage son (not that I would know) or for getting a boner while watching the woman run her sexy red fingernails over the toffee colored Berber in the carpet commercial. And you know, there's plenty of repenting to be done for all that porn surfing. Hell, I'm amazed that no one has figured out yet that we can cut out the middle man by putting a donate button for your choice of the mega churches on YouPorn or Pornhub. Now that's efficient and soul saving!
If you think about it, the government is in direct conflict with organized religion. They compete for the same audience and customers. Lately, again not that I would know because I don't attend church, but not knowing about something isn't about to stop me from having an opinion on it now, I would bet (if I had any money) that there are houses of worship that would like to take the place of government when it comes to delivering all kinds of services.
Now, I don't mean to bash the religions for providing services, but don't kid us - there is an ulterior motive. Just like I'm significantly nicer to my parents when I owe them money, if you've done good works for someone, they are likely to look upon you favorably. And being looked upon favorably is much better than be disrespectd, dismissed or, worse, ignored. And then there's that whole motivation of wanting to get into heaven. Now that's motivation!
So - did you get all that? The white South is Republican, in large part, because they aren't exposed to other thought. It's pretty damned simple. And what's more, they are exposed to thought that not only pumps up selected portions of the rightwing agenda through continuous and gratuitous propaganda. But that same propaganda and the noise machine that produces and distributes it also has the dual goal of tearing down liberals and progressive ideas. You don't have one without the other. Down here, liberal is still a dirty word. And why? Because for years and years, Southerners have been told that liberal is bad. And not just bad, but kicking puppies bad. Kitten skinning bad. Baby-killing and fricasseeing bad. Jesus hating bad.
Get the picture? Good. Now sally forth with your good arguments, but stop assuming that white Southerners vote against their best interests because they are crazy. They are not crazy. They are ill-informed, or worse, actively and constantly mis-informed. Painting them with the crazy brush and deriding them isn't going to win them over. Saying "fuck them nutters" isn't going to do any good either because enough of them vote and tell their cousins how to vote to keep this country from ever moving forward. We don't need that. Liberals and progressives have good ideas. They just need to get them out there, despite the rightwing seizure of the media. Don't make the mistake of starting out with a sucker punch to your audience because this fight is about winning in the long run, not in the short one.
Okay, next item on the agenda is this - a perfect example of exactly why we should stay vigilant, not against the crazy, but against the mis-informed. I got this from a blazing rightwinger contact of mine. It's a survey that claims to be "unbiased" except if you look carefully at the intro email, it refers to our President by one word - Obama. Now, I wonder if the person who put this together would have been one who would have been quick to point out that when addressing former President George W. Bush, one should use his proper title, at least in the first mention of him. Unbiased must mean different things to different people.
So go ahead, vote in this unbiased poll (you'll see why I want you to as soon as you click on the link, vote and see the current results.) Ultimately, it's neither here nor there and I'm about to go back to my hole in the ground and pretend that everyone is crazy and I'm bored with it, but please, political bloggers, remember what I said here. And all of you go vote. And then, if you're so inclined, pass on this little "unbiased" poll. You know, for shits and giggles only.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you, DCup. It's been too long.........