just want to smack some congresspeople and say 

hey, fuckhead

you are a civil servant and right now you are not serving anybody

get back to serving or we will give your jobs to underpaid wait staff and you can start serving entrees for less than minimum wage, and i hope ho one tips you

nadork hat gesagt: thats rly gross idolatry almost

ain’t no almost about it

people in this country have an unhealthy love for the ffs and for the constitution

which was written 226 years ago 

two and a quarter centuries

i cannot even list the thousands, if not millions, of totally unprecedented technological innovations perpetrated in that time

the vast majority of which would be an utter shock to people from the 1780s

but for some reason americans cling to the stupid idiot past full of stupid idiots like it’s a holy thing

i don’t like it here

nadork hat gesagt: yeah whatsup with that? it seems like americans are obsessed with what the founding fathers would think…we never ever go ‘well would samuel de champlain say about all this HUH?’ lol

it’s just another piece of the white het cis male hero worship machine 

we learn from day 1 in school that the ffs were basically the pinnacle of human enlightenment and bravery and like

nah

they were pretty smart, and they had some gumption to do what they did, but it was at least as self-serving as it was noble

not to mentioned they literally owned other humans

and they had no idea about anything in the modern age

sigh

i’m disinclined to refer to the founding fathers in regards to the government shutdown.

the wishes of slaveowners for a government 200+ years removed from their time are not close to my heart.

tempted, only slightly, to ask my mom if she is proud of the congressmen she voted for, because i’m almost certain that they have had a hand in this shutdown nonsense.

but last time i had a political discussion (or non-discussion) with my mom, i had a major depressive episode and wanted to kill myself. so i don’t think i will be doing that.

How silly is it to have a national holiday celebrating the accomplishments of the labor movement in this country…

while there is no longer a labor movement?

while unions are demonized and have almost no power whatsoever?

while much of the government and most corporations are using their power and wealth to restrict workers’ rights?

while unemployment is still rampant due to unscrupulous and unsustainable corporate practices?

I mean. Really.

We have no business doing anything in Syria except offering humanitarian aid
Yes, any regime that uses chemical weapons, or any weapons, on its own citizens no longer needs to be in power.
But that category includes our own government, and military intervention in foreign nations, especially in the middle east, is not and never has been, a good choice.

So fucking much for hope and change.

quoms:

eytancragg:

bushwasright:

socialismartnature:

Days before Bradley - now Chelsea - Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping expose U.S. war crimes in Iraq, the Obama Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court arguing that the perpetrators of those crimes - Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al - enjoy “absolute immunity” against criminal charges or civil liability. The filing came in a suit brought by Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, who alleges that the planning and waging of the Iraq war under false pretenses constituted a “crime of aggression” under a law used in the Nuremberg trials. With neither Congress nor Obama willing to hold Bush & Co. accountable for the Iraq catastrophe, supporters see the suit as a last-chance tactic to force the issue back into the public eye - an effort the Obama adminstration clearly opposes. More, all dispiriting, on the increasingly flawed Bush-Obama-lesser-of-two-evils thesis, and the current culture of impunity.

so much for hope and change

but then what would you expect someone who doesn’t seem to give a shit about civilian drone strikes.

and by ‘doesn’t seem to give a shit about’ you of course mean ‘endorses, authorises, and has taken the initiative to increase to historically unprecedented levels’

yes i do mean that

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bushwasright:

socialismartnature:

Days before Bradley - now Chelsea - Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping expose U.S. war crimes in Iraq, the Obama Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court arguing that the perpetrators of those crimes - Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al - enjoy “absolute immunity” against criminal charges or civil liability. The filing came in a suit brought by Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, who alleges that the planning and waging of the Iraq war under false pretenses constituted a “crime of aggression” under a law used in the Nuremberg trials. With neither Congress nor Obama willing to hold Bush & Co. accountable for the Iraq catastrophe, supporters see the suit as a last-chance tactic to force the issue back into the public eye - an effort the Obama adminstration clearly opposes. More, all dispiriting, on the increasingly flawed Bush-Obama-lesser-of-two-evils thesis, and the current culture of impunity.

so much for hope and change

but then what would you expect someone who doesn’t seem to give a shit about civilian drone strikes.

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Anonym sagte: Are you patriotic?

hello, anon.

the answer to that question really depends on one’s definition of the word patriotic.

many people define patriotism as blind, unconditional obedience to one’s country, and supporting that country and its government no matter what.

by this definition, no. i am not patriotic in the least. 

my birth in the united states was nothing more than an accident, as is my current state of consciousness. both of these things are deeply intertwined, but neither of them is purposeful. 

additionally, i have many problems with how things are in the us today. 

  • i do not support the state of israel and its continued genocide of the palestinian people
  • i do not support 53% of government revenue being used for “defense” purposes
  • i do not support denying rights to women, people of color, and the lgbt* community.
  • i do not support corporatism in politics
  • i do not support the obscenely close-minded two-party political system that has codified itself into this nation’s consciousness
  • i do not support interference in global affairs, especially to the extent of armed excursions into other nations, which amounts to thinly-disguised colonialism.

i’m positive that there are other things about this nation that irk, bother, or even infuriate me. 

however, if one defines patriotism as an idealistic loyalty to the place that one’s nation could be at its best, then yes, i am. if one defines patriotism as willing to take matters into your own hands and take a stand against the traditional injustices which abound in one’s birthplace, in order to create a better situation for every citizen and resident of that nation, then yes, i am patriotic.

the united states of america has always been an experiment in democracy. our example has inspired millions. blind patriotism is believing that the experiment was a success and that we have been and continue to be the greatest nation on the planet. true patriotism, however, is the acknowledgment that we have in many areas totally failed to be a great, or even good, place to live—but also the willingness to continue the experiment, to try and make it a success.

to answer your question, i propose another question: what does it mean to be patriotic?

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