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mcgrew's Journal: Out Of Touch 18

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Is there a single federal level politician who isn't utterly and completely out of touch with the real America, the America that 99% of Americans live in? One must wonder of these people are clueless, or shameless liars. Maybe both.

Rick Santorum says there are no classes in America. Maybe he should meet Neil Coulon, who was barred from seeing his premature newborns in the neonatal unit of the hospital by Beyonce's bodyguards.

No classes, my ass. If the law applied equally to everyone, Beyonce's bodyguards would be in jail.

Mr Coulson, from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (where Jay-Z hails from) said he was appalled at the double standard.

'I know they spent $1.3million and I'm just a contractor from Bed-Stuy but the treatment we received was not okay.

'My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins. She is sore. Nobody needs this.

'This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you're a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children. To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.'

The triple standards exist in the American caste system. The upper class can get away with damned near anything -- how many millionaires go to prison for cocaine? Yet they're the only ones who can afford it.

Meanwhile, the poor are shunned, especially by the upper class who insist that America has no classes.

Santorum says that since it's possible for a poor man to become rich we are a classless society and have no royalty. Yeah? I'd say Beyonce is nobility and Coulson is a commoner. Yes, a poor man can become rich here -- my grandparents were poor all their lives, but my uncle Dan became rich. But it's rare; he was already gifted with intelligence, loving parents, eye-hand coordination, creativity, and a shitload of good luck. It's rare.

And why are the poor poor? Because Mitt Romney likes to fire people. He said so. And he's fired a lot of them. He says he's been fired so he knows what it's like. Well, no, he doesn't. Nobody with his kind of money ever needs to worry about losing their job. When a real American loses his or her job, it's economic disaster that none of the Republican (and few Democrats as well) can ever understand.

Remeber when Bush shopped at WalMart and was amazed at the laser scanners? Out of touch; they have no clue how normal people live, or how desperate the unemployed are.

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  • It's another one of those stories about Bush that's quite believable considering the other things he's said, but isn't true:

    http://www.snopes.com/history/american/bushscan.asp [snopes.com]

    Not that it negates the point that these politicians are so wealthy that they have to study the average joe using telescopes from the tops of their ivory towers, and understand their issues about as well as astronomers understand the surface conditions on extrasolar planets.

    The only US politician I've heard of who seems to consistently

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      Regardless of what Snopes said, they showed footage on the evening news of the incident when it happened. They can put things on snopes, they can 1984 it out of existance, but damn it, I saw the video.

      But again, he's not alone, and it isn't just the GOP.

      • by gmhowell (26755)

        Read the snopes link. They clearly put their finger on the scale in calling that one 'false'. Not the first time they've done it. They were much better debunking mass mails, not so much with political things.

  • Blame nature. Everything in this universe operates under the same premise. You, me, the birds and the bees... from atoms to super clusters of galaxies and beyond. You either dominate, or perish.

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      That only goes for entire species, not individual organisms. Much, maybe most, of nature is symbiotic. The bird eats the berry, then shits fifteen miles away and another berry tree sprouts. Worker bees don't dominate, but take them away and the hive dies. If an herbivore loses its carnivores, it quickly overpopulates and strips all the vegetation, killing its own species. Without the dominant creatures that eat it it will die as a species. Sounds paradoxical, but it really isn't.

      As to galaxies, if two of th

      • That's because the universe is actually very simple. It's the mystics who like to layer on unnecessary complexities that we simpletons 'can't understand' in their attempt to dominate the lowly masses. I see no contradiction or paradox in your post. I said it somewhere else that everything will grow as big as it can until it runs into a brick wall, so to speak.

        • by mcgrew (92797) *

          That's because the universe is actually very simple.

          Compared to what? If it's so simple, explain sentience. And tell me what causes gravity?

          I said it somewhere else that everything will grow as big as it can until it runs into a brick wall, so to speak.

          Well, that I can agree on. But will the universe end in a big rip or a big crunch?

  • "This is the year when author Robert Heinlein forecast that the U.S. would tumble into a vicious theocracy led by a fundamentalist, rabble-rousing preacher. Which leads us to this year’s tastiest piece of rebel propaganda that you could possibly put on the bumper of your car. "
    http://www.cafepress.com/+nehemiah_scudder_for_president,16449167 [cafepress.com]

    http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/01/whither-goest-capitalism-fading.html?spref=tw [blogspot.com]

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