Sunday, May 17, 2015

Something to Know - 17 May

You know that my wife and I travel as much as we can on ships (high seas and otherwise).   I gotta tell you, that this article below is representative of much of the discussions we have on board with Europeans,  Australians, and particularly the Canadians.   The views of this country from the small mindedness of an ideologue are much different from the regular people who live outside of the United States.    Is this all because we have been dumbed down by the incessant beast of FOX NOISE or are Progressives and Democrats just doing a piss poor job of getting the message across?.  Apparently the Canadians are currently living with a Prime Minister of the ilk of our George W., Scott Walker, Cruz, Louie Gohmert, and Rick Scott fame, and look to the USA for salvation:

MON NOV 10, 2014 AT 10:26 PM PST
Just when you think it's okay to open your eyes again - THIS.
You Americans Have No Idea Just How Good You Have It With Obama

Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country's adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there's no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.

When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

Richard Brunt

Victoria, British Columbia

It's like pouring salt into a wound.

There is a bright side to Brunt's letter. We, at least, know other countries are paying attention toPresident Obama's accomplishments, even if the majority of Americans don't feel they're worth defending at the polls. It's a shame. The Conservative bullhorn was so loud, it drove out the desire for many people to vote. And Democrats didn't help. While pointing our fingers at the GOP (predominately our middle fingers) we forgot to blow our own horns. We forgot to build up our own President. We forgot to remind each other about what our own country looked like before Obama.

I have to believe the public really didn't understand the GOP gerrymandering that took place the last four years. They didn't see the many important and beneficial bills shot down by Republicans, one after another, out of spite. People wanted to see results, and the results were there. But half of America was blinded by the half-truths FOX 'News' and Conservative talking heads fed them, because you know, if you tell just enough truth mixed in with a bucket of lies, it causes confusion. And that can lead to a bad case of the FuckIts. Netflix marathons are way more fun.

Blunt's letter reminds me of one of my favorite Robin Williams quotes/memes:

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