I was again going through the news tonight, reading different stuff from all kinds of stuff, mostly further researching for the upcoming series on health care. I ran across this video of Chris Matthews on MSNBC. It seems that his segment focused on the idea that the people who are against the health care reform offered by Obama are doing so because they are racists. You all know how much I hate that term being thrown around these days. He was interviewing a woman from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (a true biased rag of a paper). And she made a comment that just completely threw me for a loop. First because her conclusion is so faulty and unsubstantiated, and second because I think that the left may possibly be completely misunderstanding the position of the average American today.
Let me address the claim of racism first because it isn’t the real purpose of this article, but I think, given yesterday’s topic and discussion, I should comment on it. Matthews, who I personally put at the same level of journalism as Alan Colmes, Rush Limbaugh, or Ann Coulter, was discussing the different movements that have moved against President Obama in one form or another. I was surprised to hear him come right out and insinuate that the reason for this is Racism. No other reason given. The “birther” movement is doing so because they are racists. How ridiculous a claim is that to make? VERY ridiculous in my opinion. The “birthers” feel the way they do because they don’t like his policies and because, in their opinion, he is not a citizen and therefore is not eligible to be President. As I have said, I disagree and believe he is a citizen from what I have read, but to claim that the entire movement is based on nothing but racial hatred… that is low class and yet another example of the MSM attempting to attack the character of those on the right rather than attacking their position.
He also stated that the health care reform protesters we are seeing are doing so because of race as well. He brought in Cynthia Tucker from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She started out by saying there is “no way to prove what is in people’s hearts and minds.”
But the real dumbass statement made by Miss Tucker, the true show of her ability to see racism in every statement or action a white person makes came when she stated that “When I hear these tea party protesters say ‘This is America. This is no longer the country that I grew up in. This country is changing.’ Well that suggests to me that race is part of this. Can I prove it? Absolutely not. Do I believe it? Absolutely.” Isn’t that a convenient little way to disparage and, therefore, marginalize the people opposed to health care. Just come out on MSNBC and say they are doing it because they are racists. Matthews then asked if all these people could be strapped down and given “truth serum”, how many are opposed because they are racists. She then stated, “I’m just guessing. This is just off the cuff. I think 45%-65% of the people who appear at these groups are people who will never be comfortable with the idea of a black President.”
WHAT? Let me tell you something. Racism is not dead in this country. It just isn’t. Despite the fact that there is a black man in the white house, racism still exists. I personally believe that it is less pervasive than the far reaches of each party. I say 10-15% of the people on each side of the aisle are far right or far left loons. I would say about the same percentage of Americans are still ANTI-BLACK racists (I believe a higher percentage of blacks in America are anti-white racists than vice versa). I will end the racist debate there. Cynthia Tucker will see race in every obstacle for the rest of her life. Her claim was baseless, racist itself, and the fact that Matthews and MSNBC aired it as a legitimate claim further shows what a freak show that network has become.
What I want to address is the statement she made about people stating that this is no longer the country that they grew up in. She was wrong to think this is a racist statement. Because I feel this way all the time. Almost every person that I talk to feels that way. And most, whether from the left or the right, agree that this country is not the same country that we grew up in and they agree that the change has not been for the better.
Sure we have improved some things. Racism and equal rights have come a long way, thankfully. People live longer and better today than in the past, despite the bleeding hearts that claim otherwise. For example a good number of those who the left claim have no health care, do in fact have plasma TV’s, XBox gaming systems, and drive a better car than many Americans. But I digress.
I have talked about the change in America before. And it disgusts me. As a country, we have lost every bit of personal responsibility, personal pride, and self sufficiency that were the standards that made the country great in the first place. I have written about this extensively in the past. In an article from February, I discussed the first three steps we needed to take in order to get our country back from the a-holes in Washington DC. I stated:
Step 3 is that we have to become self sufficient and personally responsible. that doesn’t mean we have to live off the land and be able to live as hermits for 20 years. It means that we take control of our finances so that we aren’t in a position where the government can pass legislation to bail us out (because let’s face it, they passed the “stimulus” bill under the guise of bailing out US citizens).
Becoming self sufficient isn’t easy, but it isn’t that hard either. Ask Kent, he has worked very hard to get there. We don’t need the federal government to do 95% of the things they are doing. But we give up our power and let them do those things because we can’t be bothered to make it happen on our own. It isn’t that we can’t, it is that we won’t. That has to change. No more welfare, no more government “gimme” programs. We can do most of this stuff on our own. And when we realize that, the government is not nearly as powerful any more. They have worked hard to make us dependent on them. We will have to work just as hard to turn that around.
This article was in addition to others that I had written previously. A personal favorite was the article that I wrote on personal responsibility. It was a bit narrowly focused, as it really only addressed fiscal personal responsibility, but I have to say that my take on the stimulus bill in this article was quite humorous! You can go read the entire article HERE . In the mean time, one of the important points I made in the article was this:
And this points right back to the number one problem in America (hint: this is the turn I warned you about). No personal accountability. We live in a land of credit and living above our means. And we think that it is OK to not live up to the financial obligations we have. That it is morally just to tell those that loaned us money that we don’t have to pay them back.
We have lost control of ourselves financially. We spend more than we can afford to pay back. We buy things we don’t need. We take big risks with our money, like figuring out that if we cut this bill we can afford to add that one, instead of operating with a personal financial safety net.
America is changing. This is NOT the America that I grew up in. I grew up in an America that still had a majority of people who took pride in their work. They did a good job because it never occurred to them that anything less was acceptable. You felt good about yourself because you earned everything you had through hard work. Now, these younger folks think they are doing us a favor by working for us. They consistently look for ways to NOT work hard. If you try to hold them accountable for doing their job, you can bet their first call will be to the HR department to lodge a complaint against you. They think a raise in their pay is a right they are entitled to for simply showing up to work on a regular basis for 6 months. They have no loyalty, no pride in their work, and have never even contemplated the concept of an actual “work ethic”.
People lived more within their means. They did not expect that government’s job was to rescue them when they couldn’t pay their bills. That just wasn’t the mentality. Yes we had a small number of people who felt that way, but they were a vast minority. And they were shunned, and looked down upon, and rightfully so. They were not contributors to society. They were the drains on society. And they were viewed as such. Now there are vast amounts of people who believe that it is up to society to provide for them. They are full of excuses as to why life wasn’t fair to them and they should, therefore, be provided for by those folks who have done well.
Businesses were a part of the community. And community was a part of our lives. You knew who your neighbors were and you could depend on them to watch your house, help you with a project, and to attend the BBQ you had on Sunday afternoon. Your kids could play in the neighborhood because you knew that the eyes of every parent in the neighborhood were as diligent as your own in looking out for danger. If your car broke down, people stopped to help. If you found yourself down on your luck, the community took care of you. Break your leg, neighbors brought food. Tree falls on your house, the neighborhood all shows up with chain saws and wheelbarrows. Now you can get hit by a car or stabbed on the sidewalk and people will just keep walking by and watch you die.
Kids respected their parents and they showed respect to adults or people they came into contact with. I called adults sir or ma’am. I knew talking back to my parents would result in the belt or a switch being brought out. I also knew that a friends parents had the authority and willingness to take me over their knee if I acted up at their house as well. Parents taught respect and the value of an education. They taught the value of a firm handshake. If you wanted a job, you put on your good clothes and went out and attempted to impress employers. Now 13 year olds tell a woman with two small children to “watch where the f**k they’re going” when they bump into them. Kids cuss at their parents, tell police officers to go f**k themselves (I wonder where they learn that from Professor Gates), and show no respect to their elders. They show up for interviews with pants below their ass and an attitude.
In general sports stars attempted to act as the heroes that kids saw them as. Now they are habitual cheaters who treat their fans as though they are a lower class of people. Hollywood was filled with talent and an air of glamour. Now those same stars go out and show off their shaved hoo ha to the paparazzi, they have reality shows that reward outrageous behavior instead of principled behavior. Kids spent their afternoons outside, playing baseball or football, playing house with their friends, or building a fort. Now they sit in front of the TV playing killing cops in Grand Theft Auto and working their way to being overweight before college.
Even the bullies had honor. If you got into a fight, you could expect to fight with your fists and find out who the tougher SOB was. Now they simply pull a gun and shoot you. They place no value on human life. They will kill you for a pair of sneakers or a fur lined coat.
Most importantly, your word was your bond. If you said you would do something, you did it because you gave your word. A handshake was a sufficient contract. You did the right thing because it was the right thing to do. You didn’t hit women. If you did, you were shunned, and rightly so. Criminals were criminals. Now they are Rap stars.
The news was the news. If you saw something on the news, it was the facts and nothing but. No bias, no attempting to use the news as a weapon. And politics was a debate. People came to the table with ideas, they discussed the consequences and the obstacles. And they decided on the best course of action and went with it. The motive was to solve a problem. Now the media is a tool, and there is no unbiased media at all. The motive is not problem solving. The motive has become control; who can get it and who can keep it and use it.
Yes, my friends, America is changing. It is NOT the country that I grew up in. And there are VERY few ways in which the changes have been for the better. I don’t feel this way because I am a racist. It has nothing to do with race at all. It has to do with the complete loss of values, principles, morals, self sufficiency, personal responsibility, and determination that made this country great at one time. It has to do with the loss of the true American spirit. It has to do with my feeling more alone than I ever have before because I still operate with values, principles, and determination.
America is changing.
And I don’t like it one bit.