I’d like to preface this post by saying that I was asked by Ken Moyes to write a post which might give a different perspective than his, from someone much younger than him. The views and opinions I express are in no way indicative of his views and opinions, although he might agree with some. As you will see, I have a much different style of writing and, while my intention is not to offend, some people may be offended. My post in no way reflects the views of Ken Moyes. With that said, I hope you enjoy or at least have your eyes opened by my 30-something (getting close to 40) point of view.
To Hell in a Handbasket….
Have you ever just felt so overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, helpless and full of despair that you just want to throw your hands up, yell, “f**k this s**t!”, dig a hole somewhere, climb in and hibernate until s**t blows over or the world ends, whichever comes first – and it’s looking like that will be the latter? Yea, that is kind of how I’m feeling these days.
Where once our melting pot was a beautiful blending of different cultures, religions, cuisine and those wanting to live the American dream, it is now a stew of hubris, ignorance, stupidity (yes, there is a difference), and apathy. At no time has this become more obvious to me than as of late. With so many hot-button issues in today’s world – terrorism, an economy almost as depressed as I am, immigration and more, a spotlight seems to be on the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election more than any prior election. That’s why it terrifies me when I see that so many citizens – the ones that actually plan on voting – are basing there decisions on nothing more than the information they receive from the mainstream media.
I remember very clearly the year I turned 18. I was so excited because I was able to vote in the 1996 Presidential Election; and I could finally open my own checking account. Yes, I’m well aware I was a nerd. Anyway, I was excited because I had a voice. I could make a difference. It seems like eons ago that I felt that way about any election in this country. Fast forward to now and, in the place of excitement, is despair, disillusionment and a feeling of powerlessness. I am one in billions; realistically speaking, can my voice really be heard? Especially over the din of those devoid of common sense and reason?
In my opinion, those able to vote in this country can be divided into the following categories:
Let’s look at them in a little more depth, shall we?
- Honey badgers: To put it bluntly, these people don’t give a f**k. They are content to just live their lives without a care or concern for anything going on in the world, as long as it doesn’t affect them personally.
- Ignoramus: You might think that the ignoramus should fall into either the “flaming idiots” or “delusional” categories, but that is not so. These people quite simply have no clue. There is a saying that goes, “There are three types of people in this world: 1. Those who know, and know they know; 2. Those who don’t know, and know they don’t know; and 3. Those who don’t know, and don’t know they don’t know.” Number threes are the most dangerous. Case in point (credit: https://www.youtube.com/user/markdice):
- Flaming idiots: There is a lot of crossover between this group and the “delusional” group, but I think the “flaming idiots” are worse because these people are adamant even in the face of evidence proving them wrong!
- Sheep: The best example are those women who are going to vote for Hilary Clinton solely because she is a woman and they recognize her name. Everybody else is doing it, so why not? And she knows best so I’ll just support whatever she wants. Yea, ladies, great plan. It kind of make me want to turn my ovaries back in. (credit: https://www.youtube.com/user/markdice)
- Delusional – I’m pretty sure these people have been smoking a little too much Mary Jane for their glaucoma because they have just lost touch with reality. The best example I can find is this guy, who truly believes that climate change is to blame for radical Islam.
- Good old intelligent folks: My favorite 2% but, sadly, on the endangered species list. They are informed, though levels may vary. And many are afraid to step forward because they are outnumbered and considered “Chicken Little” simply for trying to warn everyone else that the sky is indeed falling…and it has nothing to do with climate change.
After discussing these groups, I can’t help but think, “No wonder the radical Islamists want to blast us to kingdom come. It might not be such a bad idea to demolish and rebuild, get Darwinian and thin the heard.” But then I think back to when I cast my vote in that election so long ago and remember that feeling of excitement, and I feel a small spark of that fire I used to have inside – the one that made me want to make a difference; the one that made me proud to be an American – and I want to fight for the ideals this country once stood for, which did not include an epidemic of laziness and entitlement. If you are one of the 2%, I encourage you to join me.