Tags: hate let me tell you

Dear Library Haters: I am writing to inform you that we are privatizing your beloved war.

Check out this article about a particularly vile person who is waging war against his community’s public library. I’ll wait until you return.

Ok. Well, obviously this guy is scumbag, but what really gets me about this particular case is that it’s such a blatant example of the attitude so prevalent among right-wing assholes that they should get to pick and choose what “their” tax money supports and attempt to impose their self-righteous, stunningly selfish and patently incorrect ideas of what’s worth spending money.  Wake up, fuckers: people don’t get to pick what the government spends money on other than by means electing representatives to make those decisions or the occasional vote on a sales tax increase or school bond issue and other such things.  And then, once the decision is made, whether it’s by the voters directly or by the vote of a legislature, then that’s just how it fucking is until the next election or the next action by an elected body.  It’s not your tax money. It’s the general public’s tax money, and it needs to be used in ways that are of benefit to a broad and diverse public. (And you know it’s these same assholes who have their fingers ready to dial the publicly-funded 911 system to summon the publicly-funded cops every time they see a black person in the neighborhood).

But let me play the role of a Satanic, devilish advocate here for a moment and apply their idea of the proper role of government and the proper use of tax money to some of my ideals.   Yesterday on the Diane Rehm Show, they conducted a tedious discussion about the dumb abortion debate vis a vis the impending health insurance reform legislation. One of the guests was Stephen Schneck, a douche who opposes not just abortion but also all contraception. You know the drill: Boohooohooo! I don’t want my tax money funding abortions! Waaaaah! I don’t want people using condoms!

Well, guess what?  I don’t like war, yet I am a citizen of a country that has been in some sort of state of war pretty much continuously for most of the last century, with a very serious flare-up of it that’s been in progress for the last eight years. Why don’t the war-lovers—and let’s face it, this country is full of wealthy profiteers who love war and are not going to let it stop while the dollars keep flowing to their coffers—find a free market solution?  If you want war, then you fucking pay for it! Get charities to fund it. Get unpaid volunteers to go into Holy Christian combat for you. See how well that fucking works!  Hmm. Does the lunatic fringe perhaps think that this could be a good role for government? Of course they do, and they readily admit it. Why? Because their beloved bogus free enterprise system would never support a military operation on the scale of the current war.  The money goes one way in their system: from the public treasury to private coffers.  That’s the kind of free market they like, a market where public money is used to make rich war profiteers like Halliburton and Blackwater.

I don’t much like churches either, and I wonder why they do not have to chip into the public fund. Why don’t they have to pay normal taxes like a regular business?  They are a business, after all, peddling a product and hitting up their members to pay for it. Hmm. Could it be that the free market might fail here, too, if churches were left to function in the “real” economy? Within a five-minute walk from my home, there are at least a dozen churches. They don’t all look to be very wealthy either. Yeah, there is a huge and lavish enclave of the Roman Catholic Church up on the next street, but there is also another one that is a cinder block shack with spray-painted signage and another one in a decroded store front, and also some typical Plain-Jane Protestant joints that are neither nice like the Catholic church nor totally shabby like the lower end ones. But it’s an awful lot of religious venues within a very small area of the city, far more than any other single kind of business in the area. Could they all keep their doors open if they didn’t have their religious organization tax breaks? Would the market support it?  Some of the enemies of the public libraries might concede that maybe one library per dozen towns might be reasonable, but certainly not one in every town. Well, what about one church per dozen towns? Do we really need all of these denominations all meeting in their own little buildings? If taxes were imposed and some of these little churches couldn’t afford it, then too damned bad.  If people want the brand of religion being sold by the “Holy Nazarene Church of Christ the Lord” (or whatever the fuck that one in the run-down house over there is called), then maybe they need to open their wallets a little wider and start paying market rates for it. But what about the low-income people who can’t afford to contribute much? Two words: free market. In the American ideal of capitalism, the people who are too poor to pay, say fifty to a hundred bucks a head for admission to a proper free market church, would be shit out of luck. They should have worked harder and gotten rich.  Just get rich. George W. Bush did. And you know what else?  America-Jesus hates poor people anyway. So fuck off, you freeloaders.

And so, in conclusion, the enemies of public libraries and public schools and public money to help poor people can kiss my ass. If they can show me a way to make their pet projects (war and churches) function profitably under a free market model with no public support, then I will reconsider their arguments about libraries and eat my words (but I expect I’ll be having something else for dinner for a long time to come).

Ok, one more health insurance post

I mostly just want to link here  to Brandon Bell's post "Enough is Enough" a fine, fine retaliation against the madness of the day, which will in turn direct the reader to an earlier post on the same subject. And I also wanted to quote here my own comment on his post, because it sums up what I have finally concluded about current affairs. It is just a summary, but I will be happy to expand upon it and defend it as needed:

mbranesf said...

The elephant in the room that many good fair-minded people seem unable to bring themselves to acknowledge is the fact that these angry movements--the teabaggers, the birthers, these town hall turds--are shot through and through with racism. The more I examine it, the more clear it becomes. I wanted to think we had moved past that after the election, but the country immediately re-polarized and the extreme right has devised a whole new shroud of code words and behaviors that, at best, thinly disguise the truth that they are a bunch of racists who can't hack it that the culture has moved on. In a very few years from now, white people will be perhaps the single biggest ethnic group but will be in an overall minority of total population. These people see the face of our nation as a black man in the form of Obama, and they simply can't sit still for it. When I say this to anyone, I get told that I am being a kneejerk jerk: "Just cuz I don't like how Obama is RUINING AMERIKA that don't mean I'm a racist!" And then they proceed to say that my argument is simply to call any criticism of the Obama administration a form of racism. Well...that IS basically what I'm saying, and I make no apology for it. The evidence before my eyes and bleeding ears suggests this: The teabaggers ARE a bunch of racists, and it's evident from their rabid behavior, anti-intellectualism, deep sickly pallor, and--now--their casual use of the swastika as their emblem. 

Indeed, enough is enough.

Frank confronts willful, deliberate evil

I was hoping to never return to the topic of health care reform after my recent post about it (the one about the "I'll-go-back-to-Nazi-Germany" piece of shit from Obama's New Hampshire town hall). But I wanted to bring it up again now because I have seen the faintest glimmerings of hope: 1) the media seems to be using more openly terms like "rude" and "loud" to describe these rude, loud dumbasses who go to the town hall meetings to shout at their congress people; 2) the White House is signaling that they may soon say "fuck off" to Congressional Republicans, quit all this bi-partisan nonsense and go ahead with a Democrat-only piece of legislation as they should have from day one when the GOP indicated that they would never work with the White House on anything; and 3) a member of Congress, the well-known Barney Frank, finally called out one of these Nazi-analogizing fuckwits at one of his town halls.  Here's a link to a website where people can thank Mr. Frank for retaliating and also watch the video of it. As I noted earlier on Twitter, it figures that it would take a gay dude to have big enough balls to finally squash one of these creeps.

When I see and (more importantly) hear someone like the woman in that video, I am inclined to be quite mean and uncharitable and wish just a little bit that she and her ilk were correct in their fantasy about Obama and FEMA erecting a nationwide network of death camps to exterminate her people. That way she could find out first hand what the word "Nazi" actually means and maybe live (just barely) to regret having thrown it around so casually.