Of Apples and Poison Apples
My friend Thorsten posted a really cute story over at APhotoContributor about a young Danish boy who stole an apple from the Queen’s garden. It isn’t a fairy tale, it’s a real story; Thorsten shoots for the Danish Royalty, among others.
It seems that a while back, some children stole some apples from Queen Margrethe’s garden, but later felt so guilty that they wrote to the Queen to confess their offense. The Queen replied to the children, saying that it was okay; they could take as many apples as they like.
That little tale made me smile, and then it depressed me because it made me think of my own nation, and specifically, how trying to steal an apple from the White House garden would simply get me shot. But would I want a White House apple in the first place? I’m sure they’re poisonous and riddled with worms.
Don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m not being overly dramatic. We are a nation of douchebag leaders, it’s no secret. It seems that the American people are addicted to self-flagellation; we keep electing the worst people to lead, and I have a substantial fear that it’s going to happen again in November unless Barack Obama does what he needs to do to win.
I am not a left-wing pundit-wannabe who automatically sides with anyone who is liberal and rails against all who are conservative. Yes, I am liberal in my own views, but when it comes to politicians, it can be safely said that I don’t trust any of them, be they Republican, Democrat, or other.
All politicians are distrusted by default. Why? Because people who think so highly of themselves that they become convinced that only they know what’s good for the People are most likely so self-absorbed that they have no problem placing their own welfare and desire for profit over the welfare of an entire nation. Show me a national politician and I will show you someone who got where they are by stabbing at least a few people in the back somewhere along the way. It’s the nature of the National Beast.
You will understand why, then, when I hear a politician speak about anything at all, I check his or her facts before I commit to truly believing what has been said. When the 2008 presidential campaigning started I was more or less on the fence about who I was going to support, although I was already leaning toward Obama, simply because I am more liberal by default and I simply can’t bring myself to trust that a Clinton White House wouldn’t be riddled with cronies, although I’m sure they would be less noisome than the kind you get in a neo-conservative Jesus-based regime.
Over the past several weeks, I have been checking John McCain’s facts, and I am now ready to report that, for the most part, they aren’t facts at all. McCain likes to say that Obama habitually goes back on his own opinions, but from what I’ve seen John has no room to talk. Actually, he just outright lies and doesn’t seem to care if he gets called on it, in true modern political fashion.
While it’s true that there is some merit in the notion that Barack Obama has a record of changing his mind on official matters (Are there any who don’t?), to think that this accusation has been laid down by someone like John McCain is purely laughable (see the video below). From what I have been able to uncover in recent months, John McCain is not just a bad politician who routinely contradicts himself for the purpose of self advancement; he also seems to be a horrible person in general. He seems to be crude, hot-headed and extremely opportunistic. Any man who would call his own wife a cunt — publicly, even — can’t be cool. BTW, in high school, his nickname was “McNasty”.
Yesterday, while doing some more fact checking, I cam across this amazing tale of the supposed true McCain character. This story is still being verified, but considering the sources and the preliminary information that is available, I’m fairly certain that verification is imminent. Scroll down a couple screens for the story.
If this knowledge wasn’t enough to put me off of McCain for President, his poor choice in running mates cemented the deal. Wow, what a vacuous idiot Sarah Palin is. I could go on, but it’s late and I’m tired. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back with more to say about her. For now, though, this is pretty entertaining: Karl Rove on Sarah Palin.