Red vs. Blue (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Start Loving Georg Hagel)Alec Ridgeway delves into the deep, dark underbelly of an open secret in the political world. Sure, he may be stating the obvious, but whatever.Ridgeway's Way - 10/05/07
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So, I'm sitting here at ten o'clock, with a can of sugar free Sobe and a pack of Winston. I fiddle around with my black Zippo lighter in my hand, engraved with the name "Alec" on the front, and "Ridgeway" on the back, and my three year old keyboard on my lap. It still works, it's just missing a few buttons, buttons that aren't really needed, like the zero button on the number pad.
My desk is cluttered with crap that I shouldn't have on it in the first place. A couple glasses from a week ago, an empty can of Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero, a bottle of regular Coke, a small bag of concentrated salvia divinorum with some blueberry flavored rolling papers, a small stack of note cards, and a pen that barely works. I've been doing something for fun recently, drawing pictures and writing words that instantly come to my head. So far, I've got a piss-poorly drawn tiger eating a Mexican, a Hulk Hogan bodyslamming an armored vehicle, and for some reason, Gary Coleman slaughtering a group of nuns. Now, don't you go thinking I hate Mexicans or nuns. I love Charo, and I think nuns are very kinky.
One of the pictures I drew is of former president William Jefferson Clinton, and current emperor president George Walker Bush with their big mouths open up wide, guzzling down money fed to them by a grinder, which processes dead bodies into cold hard cash. Sounds weird, doesn't it? But I wasn't high when I drew it, I was pretty clear minded and lucidly thinking.
It came to me after I picked up this drawing and looked at it for a while, that I came to a pretty harsh conclusion: What the f**k exactly is the difference between Republicans and Democrats, really? Sure, one group is conservative and one group is liberal, but really, once you get past the rhetoric, doesn't it get severely blurred between the two?
I remember back during Clinton's reign, he did an awful lot to subverse the Constitution. Now, I hate talking about politics, just like I hate talking about religion, because it almost always ends up in some kind of argument, or on a rare occasion, the person just staring at me like I was an invader from Uranus. But the fact is, if you look at Clinton's track record during his presidency, he wasn't really any better than old G-Dub himself. And George Herbert Walker Bush? He was just as bad as Clinton. Nixon? Hell, that asshole can roll himself up in a ball and suck himself off for all I care. Wait, he's dead isn't he?
It reminds me of Star Wars. I never watched any but the first episode of the three new movies they came out with, but I know the story alright, I think. Senator Palpatine is actually Darth Sidious, soon-to-be Emperor Palpatine. He controls both sides of the Clone Wars and uses it to kill off the Jedi before establishing himself as Emperor.
Sound somewhat familiar?
Now, I'm no conspiracy theorist, but it itches me when the United States gave millions of dollars to Osama Bin Laden and Muslim guerrillas, called the mujahideen, in Afghanistan, who were fighting against the Soviet Union. Not only that, the United States gave support to Saddam Hussein. Saddam was our government's golden boy in the Middle East.
Bill Hicks said it best: "I'm so sick of arming the world, then sending troops over to destroy the f**king arms, you know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries, then we go and blow the shit out of them. We're like the bullies of the world, y'know. We're like Jack Palance in the movie Shane, throwing the pistol at the sheepherder's feet."
Well said, Bill. Well said.
Red vs. Blue? I'm not sure it's as simple as that, once you go beyond the constant rhetoric of "HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE IS AN ABOMINATION!" and "THOSE POOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, WE NEED TO GIVE THEM MORE JOBS AND MORE MONEY!" Bull-f**king-shit. That's the kind of rhetoric I'm talking about. And once you get past all of that, it's more like Black vs. White (no, I'm not talking about skin color here, since blacks are more like burnt ember or chestnut and whites are more like creamy yellow-pink, or something like that).
Instead of, "What do I think is right in terms of what party I'm affiliated with?", you should ask yourself, "What I think is right period?" Morality, they say, is relative. But 99.9% of us know murder is wrong (unless it's in proper self defense), rape is wrong (though you can't rape the willing), stealing is wrong (in certain situations), etc. We all know the definite morals of society. So when taking a step back and looking at things, like war, like government, like society, don't look at it through red and blue 3D goggles, look at it by taking off those dark sunglasses and seeing the light. What is right, and what is wrong? Where is the line in the sand, and how willing are you to stand your ground when somebody steps over that line?
Remember: Both major political parties have members who profit from war, Hillary Clinton being one of the best examples. Why would she be against war, when it puts money into her pocket?
Think about it.