The world has gone bat-shit crazy. Obama administration scandals galore, Paula Deen, George Zimmerman trial, gay marriage. That’s a whole lot of blog fodder right there. I’ll try to be brief, but my poor, addled brain is having a hard time processing, comprehending and putting words to virtual paper about all of this stuff.
I’ll start with the White House scandals. They’re coming so fast, there’s not time to process one before the next one hits the airwaves. It could be some grand master plan by the Obama administration to keep people from focusing on any one scandal for too long, or it could be that the administration is self-destructing. There are many, but I’m only going to touch on a few:
- Nixon bugged an office building and resigned. Obama has effectively bugged an entire nation and it’s business as usual.
- The IRS targets conservative groups and the higher ups claim ignorance. Lois Lerner makes a broad, sweeping statement about how she did nothing wrong, and then pleads the 5th to avoid testifying before congress. If you did nothing wrong, why would you need to exercise your 5th amendment rights?
- Benghazi. This is the big one. People died. Americans died. They asked for help and Hillary refused. Then the giant cover-up began. They lied on the Sunday talk news programs by changing the talking points, and when questioned by Congress about it, Hillary asks what difference it makes. I’d venture to bet that it makes a huge difference to the families of the victims.
One other issue that surfaced in the last day isn’t so much a scandal as it is a damn shame. Citing sequestration, several military bases have cancelled their 4th of July celebrations. Let me get this straight. It’s okay for the Obama’s to spend $100 million in taxpayer money to go on an African Safari, but we can’t afford fireworks for the very men and women who put their lives on the line every fucking day to protect this country? Are you fucking kidding me? Out of all the scandals, this chaps my ass the most. These brave men and women risk their lives daily for the very freedoms we enjoy. Is it too much to ask to give them a fireworks display on the anniversary of the birth of the country they defend? Every person who made the decision to cancel those 4th of July celebrations should be ashamed of themselves.
I could go on and on about all of this, but I fear my head would explode so we’ll just leave it at that for now.
Lets move on to gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on DOMA. I don’t think it’s any secret the the 5 regular readers of this blog that, politically speaking, I lean more to the right than the left. Having said that, I am happy with the high court’s decision. If two consenting adults want to marry each other, so be it. Two people of the same sex getting married doesn’t affect my life one iota.
And now on to Paula Deen. Love her or hate her, I think she’s getting royally screwed. Did she say an offensive word? Yes. She said it 27 years ago. Now, the fact that she said it so long ago doesn’t make it right. The fact that she grew up in a turbulent time for race relations in the south also doesn’t make it right. I do believe there should be consequences for actions. However, I believe there should be appropriate consequences. Getting fired from the Food Network and losing almost all of your endorsement deals over a word you said decades ago seems a bit extreme to me. I can guarantee you that the president of the Food Network and the CEOs of Walmart, Target, Sears, Smithfield, Walgreens, QVC and her publisher have all said something offensive in their past that they’ve had to later apologize for. Should they all lose their jobs? Did they say the N word? Maybe, maybe not. My point is, there is not one honest human being on earth that can say they’ve never said anything offensive. Lets face it, people are so easily offended these days, it’s hard to NOT say something that someone will find offensive. She said it. She owned up to it. She apologized for it.
It seems you can’t do or say anything these days and not have race brought into it. David Chapelle did an entire skit on a fictitious white family with the surname if Niggar. No one rushed to fire him from any job. Hip Hop and rap artists use the N word all the time and sell millions of songs. Walmart and Target sell those artists’ music. Is it okay for them to say it because they’re African-American? The double standard in this country is astounding. I don’t like Obama. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin and everything to do with his policies. Yet, to many, they don’t care about my reasons for not liking him. I just must be a racist.
And finally, George Zimmerman. Now, understand that I live about 15 minutes from Sanford, Florida. I have the live stream of the trial playing all day at work. I just have to say, that if I ever get in trouble, I want this prosecutor prosecuting me. At this point, it is the defense’s case to lose. The State keeps putting on witnesses that do more for Zimmerman’s defense than they do for their own case. Case in point: the State introduced into evidence the recorded interview between police and Zimmerman on the night of the incident. Then they played portions of the interview that Zimmerman did with Sean Hannity on Fox news. So the jury gets to hear George Zimmerman’s account of that night without George actually testifying, therefore, they don’t get the chance to cross-examine him. They just gave the defense a HUGE gift. It will be interesting to see what the defense puts on when it’s their turn. I’m sure more posts about the trial will be forthcoming in the future. This is a hot topic and I have more to say, but my brain is shutting down for the night.