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Thursday, December 23, 2004

My Annual Airing of Grievances

Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born . . . a Festivus for the rest of us!
Kramer: That must've been some doll.

Costanza: She was!

-- Seinfeld, episode 166

Today marks the seventh annual celebration of Festivus, which now by the way has its own entry in Wikipedia, so as an adherent to the holiday, I must now present the annual Airing of Grievances.

Sure, I know this is normally done with friends and family at the dinner table, but the rules are meant to be bent. My blog will have to do.

  1. The Media really disappointed me this year, on many counts. Most notable however was how the media allowed the ironically named Swiftboat Veterans for Truth organization to repeat lies about John Kerry's tour in Vietnam. Even when it was shown that at best the group had no proof for any of its claims and that the group was backed by prominent Bush supporters and fundraisers, the mainstream media compliantly continued to air the group's claims with equal time to the proof that the claims were false. This did enormous damage to Kerry's campaign and the political process.

  2. The Democratic Party apparatus, especially at the state and federal level, disappointed me for its inattention to its real core of support – the poor, minorities, the elderly and workers. The real reason I believe Kerry and the Congressional Dem candidates lost was because, as in the 2000 election, they did not pay attention to the real issues – corporate greed, health care, poverty and inequality. A full third of eligible voters did not vote, which is a clear sign that they do not believe there is a stark difference between the two major parties. I agree.

  3. Bush supporters were shockingly supportive of what appears to be the worst presidency of the past 50 years. While I do not have a problem with people being or voting for Republicans (I supported McCain in 2000), I cannot see and have yet to hear an honest reason why Bush should have been re-elected.

    • The economy – worse than when he took over.

    • Security – Bush was sleep at the wheel when OBL attacked and responded by invading a country that was not threatening us and had nothing to do with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Now OBL has more support for his cause, which is to stop the US from controlling Islamic governments through the use of military force and the support of corrupt dictators.

    • Honesty – while President Clinton obviously had a problem admitting the an intern had given him multiple blowjobs, Bush & Co. spent a year lying through their teeth about the need to go to war, using the threat of nuclear attack. I could go on and on. The point is this – despite the unanimous agreement that Iraq was not connected to Sept. 11 and that our inspections and sanctions were preventing him from becoming a threat, a majority of Bush supporters still believe the opposite. The relative consequences of Clinton's lies versus Bush's lies are massive – Clinton got laid versus tens of thousands of people dying and more suffering, with our security in no better shape and the threat of terror as bad or worse than before Bush was elected.

  4. Finally, Americans in general, even many of those against the war, disappointed me for not caring about the carnage and death we inflict on others. The bombs we drop often land on children and other innocent people – people who claim now to have invaded Iraq to liberate. These are people just like us, but an inherent racism and feeling of superiority in America makes such suffering irrelevant in most people's eyes. Like my mom said, "We need that oil." Many opposed to Bush's war argued, as Kerry did, that we needed more troops and a better plan to win the peace, when it is obvious that Iraqis just want us to leave.

Anyway, I suppose this blog is a routine airing of my grievances, so you can read the archives if you want to know more about the things that piss me off. Merry Fucking Christmas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for summarizing some of the main disappointments of what turned out to be a very disappointing year. Frank Costanza would be proud. As Elliott Smith said, "God knows, why my country don't give a fuck."

8:09 PM


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