The sanitized, sanctimonious States of America

We are a nation that loudly proclaims liberty and freedom yet we are among the least free people on earth when it comes to simply being a human being. You know, one of “whiney”, “illegal” and most certainly “improper” animals that are ravaging our planet. And most certainly do not make any mistakes or misstatements if you run for public office. The intolerance of America is stifling us.

Oh I know what I am saying is way out of bounds, wrong, unpopular and most certainly subversive. At least I hope so.

You know we are headed into a dark place when New Orleans bans bare breasts during Mardi Gras and weenie wagging at Southern Decadence. When you can’t take that critical whiz behind the bushes after drinking way too much and then get arrested as a sex offender life has just gotten too neat and clean for human beings. When some cry for banning nudity at Gay Pride parades and complain about breast feeding in airports we are showing that it is more important to pretend we aren’t animals anymore.

When politicians try to — heaven forbid – win elections rather than say what you want to hear; when preachers can’t make ridiculous pronouncements about life and the world here and hereafter without being excoriated by right or left pundits of purity; when we pour over every scintilla of a candidates past as though reading tea leaves – then you know we are flirting with insanity as a species.

Some cultures have built into them a certain wiggle room. The French practically expect infidelity. Muslims look the other way when men take on a boy as a “friend.” But Americans have no latitude for anything, except, of course, their own bullshit.

Well, you can try to be pure of mind and deed if you want. Just give the rest of us a little room to be real live, fallible, error prone human beings will you? We might just enjoy life if it had more room to just screw up, to make mistakes and yes, pick up the pieces afterwards, but sometimes you just have to take a piss when there isn’t any bathroom around.

9 Responses to "The sanitized, sanctimonious States of America"

  1. Carl Nemo  July 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Great, spot-on commentary Phil about the true “state of the onion”.

    America is so uptight and “f**ked up” as a nation that you couldn’t pound an eighth inch dowel into their ignorant, pseudo-provincial, ever so tight, collective butts.

    Methinks we are doomed as a nation…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. pollchecker  July 13, 2008 at 1:37 am

    The intolerance of America is stifling us.

    Ain’t that the truth!

    When politicians try to — heaven forbid – win elections rather than say what you want to hear; when preachers can’t make ridiculous pronouncements about life and the world here and hereafter without being excoriated by right or left pundits of purity; when we pour over every scintilla of a candidates past as though reading tea leaves – then you know we are flirting with insanity as a species.

    History records that EVERY major civilization, dynasty or empire eventually come crumbling down. Are we so arrogant as a people that we think we are completely exempt from the consequences of our actions?

    Great editorial Phil. It seems like we have crossed over to wonder land from time to time.

    Carl — we are only doomed as a nation if we are too complacent to get off our asses and kiss them goodbye (wink, grin)…..and that remains to be seen.

    “The courage to do the right thing, to take a stand, to leave a legacy, does not have to be created. It only must be set free.” — James Arthur Ray

  3. Steve Williams  July 13, 2008 at 4:29 am

    As a fake, make-believe doctor, I prescribe chill pills for everyone.

    As they can sometimes be unsettling to the stomach, it’s recommended that food be eaten at the same time.

    Recommended dosage is no more than 6 chill pills a day. Anymore than that and there is the risk of becoming a little too mellow.

  4. churlpat  July 13, 2008 at 9:57 am

    “Muslims look the other way when men take on a boy as a ‘friend.'”

    Silly me. I thought places like Iran hanged homosexuals. I’d love to see some support for that statement.

    Churlpat — a plutarch by any name is still a plutarch

  5. Flapsaddle  July 14, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Depends on the when and where. The Taliban were defenestrating homosexuals in Afghanistan, and al Qaeda has done it in Iraq; however, there are always exceptions to the rule. While the Quran generally forbids homosexual conduct – reflecting the Mosaic law that it largely copies – limited exceptions are often made in certain cultures. Part of this is due to the general absence of female sexual partners because of the strict controls placed on women as the “vessels of weakness” that can bring dishonor to a family.

    In peninsular Arabia, homosexual liaisons are generally permitted for men under 30. However, once past that age, a man is expected to marry and live the heterosexual life-style dictated by the Quran. Failure to do so can result in anything from ostracism and public shaming, to banishment from the family and even honor-killings if the patriarch feels that the family honor has been tarnished.

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  6. Timr  July 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I came across this while reading my daily newspaper this morning.This is a dark warning from a speech by Adlai Stevenson, written by John Kenneth Galbraith: “Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies the land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen,the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash-and-grab and anything-to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different” The time has come, I think, to update Mssrs Stevenson and Galbraith’s prophecy. We are no longer in Nixonland, since 1988 when GHWB was elected with scare ads, we have been in BUSHWORLD. The question is, are we now adult enough to say to the BUSHWORLD bullies that BUSHWORLD ends now. We will no longer be pushed into the belief of the land of slander and scare. We will not allow McCain to continue leading us further into the darkness that is BUSHWORLD. As they said decades ago, “America is something different”. It is time, and past time, to stand up to the BUSHWORLD bullies and say ENOUGH. America IS something different. Let the word be heard from California to Maine and Michigan to Florida BUSHWORLD is dead, America has returned! We will not be bullied! We will not listen to the poison pen! Sly innuendo! The annonymous phone call and E-mail! Because “AMERICA IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT”

  7. Direct Democracy  July 13, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I used to watch McLaughlin Group because I thought it was funny. That was back in the 1980’s when I was still smoking a lot of weed. I’d get high on Sunday morning and watch McLaughlin Group. It’s only July. Is this funny?

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200807130002?f=h_top

  8. Elmo  July 14, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    If you were getting high and watching it because you thought it was funny you missed a lot. When you’re high your own feet can be funny if you look at them just right.

    The discussion you reference probably isn’t funny (“Ha Ha”) or even funny (“peculiar”). The thing I find funny about it is that someone was able to parse the free-for-all format into individual statements by the participants.

  9. Wayne K Dolik  July 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I just finished watching the interrogation of a 16-year-old boy a Canadian citizen in Gitmo. It appears he was arrested when he was 15 years old and still is a minor.

    This completely disgusts me and makes me completely believe his interrogator is without question a psychopath. How does the interrogator live with himself ? This makes me ashamed to call myself an American and leaves me with utter contempt for Canada.

    My God what have we come to? Go watch this on the MSN web page then sing God Bless Amerika.

    This treatment is Un-American.

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