Running out of excuses not to start ranting again. Problem for me is there is so much dickosity and buffoonery going on as we wend our way to November that it’s hard to know where to begin as I start this thing up again. No shortage of media asshats… indeed we still suffer from an overabundance of same… so maybe get caught up on the Media Asshat Of The Week Column should be a priority. But there’s also an inordinate and still expanding at the speed of light universe of just plain old ordinary right-wing dickishness out there clamoring for attention also.
I thought for a day or two I had come up with a kind of original idea but since it was wholly dependent on finding a situation in which Republicans didn’t behave like total dicks, I should have known it would be a lost cause and doomed to oblivion and should have simply 86ed it and moved on. Instead, I’ve spent the last couple of days going over president Obama’s entire first term trying to find something he has said or done… no matter how small or trivial… that the lunatics on the right and their media lackeys didn’t swoon and damn near strangle themselves on faux outrage and blithering bloviation over.
Came up dry on that one. The poor guy can’t even visit the troops without the Romney dicks and Fox News whimpering and crying in four-part harmony like someone was standing on their testicles. Nothing new of course since that’s all they’ve done since the black prez moved INTO “their” White House but all that means is that we’ve had three plus goddamned years to get sick and tired of it. These miserable twat waffles have brought this once mighty AND enlightened country to a grinding standstill purely out of blind hate and spite for one man and I’m sorry Republican friends but that’s simply inexcusable as well as thoroughly despicable.
Anyway, since we have the Asshat Of The Week thing going, I think I think it’s only fair that we also have a Good Guy Of The Week piece also and this week I want to talk about Stephen King.
Now, I admit to not having always been the world’s greatest Stephen King fan. I’ve read a lot of his books and seen a lot of the movies and TV shows based on those books but I’m basically a Science Fiction fan with a decided lean toward stories based on hard science and tend to stick to those King stories that have a healthy dose of that element in them.
But Mr. King has gained himself a new hardcore fan in the person of yours truly this week with his smack down of the GOP and the policies they want to ram down the throats of the rest of us and he’s done it in the way that only a professional wordsmith… at the peak of his craft… could have. I’ll let his words… from a column a couple of days ago in The Daily Beast titled “Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!”… speak for themselves:
Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked about Warren Buffett’s observation that he paid less federal income taxes than his personal secretary, and that wasn’t fair. “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve. “I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check – go ahead and write it.”
Heard it all before. At a rally in Florida (to support collective bargaining and to express the socialist view that firing teachers with experience was sort of bad idea), I pointed out that I was paying taxes of roughly 28 percent on my income. My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?” The governor of New Jersey did not respond to this radical idea, possibly being too busy at the all-you-can-eat cheese buffet at Applebee’s in Jersey City, but plenty of other people of the Christie persuasion did.
Cut a check and shut up, they said.
If you want to pay more, pay more, they said.
Tired of hearing about it, they said.
Tough shit for you guys, because I’m not tired of talking about it. I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.
That paragraph right there, more than anything else, explains why I will be a Stephen King admirer from now on. Not a fan mind you, an admirer. I like many of his stories and have admired him as a writer but as of last Monday I also admire him as a human being. I may not be able to express my self with the simple elegance… the eloquence… with which he dispatches the entire Romney campaign platform by taking a chainsaw to the plank that supports the whole Rube Goldberg (I’ll wait while some of you youngsters Google that one) contraption, but it’s obvious that we are kindred spirits nonetheless. Mr. King continues:
It’s true that some rich folks put at least some of their tax savings into charitable contributions. My wife and I give away roughly $4 million a year to libraries, local fire departments that need updated lifesaving equipment (Jaws of Life tools are always a popular request), schools, and a scattering of organizations that underwrite the arts. Warren Buffett does the same; so does Bill Gates; so does Steven Spielberg; so do the Koch brothers; so did the late Steve Jobs. All fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough.
What charitable 1 percenters can’t do is assume responsibility – America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. Charity from the rich can’t fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny. That kind of salvation does not come from Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Ballmer saying, “OK, I’ll write a $2 million bonus check to the IRS.” That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry.
And when you couple the one percent’s refusal to take any responsibility for the operation of this country and the consequences deriving therefrom with an almost universal sense of entitlement… the feeling that they are somehow entitled to ALL of the country’s wealth simply by virtue of already having the money and power to pretty much take whatever the hell they want… then the rest of us are swimming in deep caca and about to go under. I don’t care how many damned charities or foundations or trusts they contribute to… if the majority of them weren’t stealing everything that’s not nailed down, the rest of us wouldn’t NEED their flipping “charity”. In other words, they’ve shoved more people INTO poverty in the last thirty years than an y of them have ever helped out of it. Just pay us a goddamned honest day’s pay… a living wage… for an honest day’s work and most of us will be absolutely thrilled to get by on it.
And those are n not his last words on the subject by a long shot. Much more at the link including video. As always, Mr. King presents us with a great read, one well worth the time to take it all in. If I could, I’d ask him to autograph it for me.