Monday, August 11, 2008

Why America is great... And not so great...

Last night I witnessed one of the most amazing and inspiring events in recent history. The event was the Olympic final for the mens 4x100M freestyle relays. Prior to the race, one of the French competitors had made some comments about being at the Olympics to smash the Americans. I can't do the event justice, so please click here to see the video. You may have to download a plugin, but trust me, it's worth it. I watched it at 11pm last night, the rest of the family was asleep. I ended up yelling and screaming... Perhaps not quite as much as young Michael Phelps, but there wasn't quite as much on the line for me.

Truly, truly inspiring.

I'm glad that happened because earlier in the night NBC's Bob Costa interviewed George Bush, the current US president. One question in particular stood out. Mr. Costa asked about the contrast between the problems in America, and the position of the Chinese, moving more on to the international stage. Mr Bush began his reply by emphatically stating that there are no problems in America...

OK, so the fact that the amount of money I spend on gas has doubled (and I now take the train to work), my grocery bill has doubled as have all my utility bills and yet my income has increase only 6% in the last year, which is a nice number, except when compared with a tanking economy, and horrible inflation.

Pardon me Mr Bush, but you're an asshole, and burying your head in the sand and denying the problems, doesn't mean they aren't there, and wait a second, isn't it your party that is trying to paint Mr. Obama as the overly optimistic elitist snob?

It brings to mind a rhyme from my youth... Twinkle Twinkle little star, what you say is what you are!

And by that I mean, that you, Mr. Bush, and Mr. McCain, and the rest of you fascist scum eating pieces of crap are a bunch of elitist snobs who should be thrown out like the pieces of garbage you are.

OK - feeling a little better - best go watch that video again to remind myself what the true spirit of America is all about.


  1. I couldn't agree more. Although you forgot to include the terrible PR job the present administration has done for our country around the world. As a dual citizen (American/British), I often travel with 2 passports and use the British/European one to save me from the disdain of foreigners about our governmenr.

  2. True - While the Republicans saw it otherwise, I was pretty excited to see the reception Mr. Obama got overseas. Sure he may not have as much experience as others, but as Scott Adams put it in a blog a while back... Our government is continually screwing up - why would we want someone with that kind of experience.

    I hear you on the passport thing too... I only have a US one now, but I do have enough of a messed up accent that I can decide where I want to tell people I'm from after I assess their feelings towards Africans, Americans and Kiwi's!

  3. Ha ha! Great!

    "Pardon me Mr Bush, but you're an asshole"

    I like that although you are frustrated, you remain polite.

    Oh and you are totally right.

  4. I think that lines from a movie some where... The title escapes me now.

    I have been waiting for one of my more conservative readers to point out the correlation between my "Twinkle, Twinkle" rhyme and the asshole thing - mean I'm an asshole too - and if I may make a pre-emptive strike... I encouraged my wife to vote for said asshole both times he ran, so I am indeed an asshole, albeit a recovering one...

  5. Yeah. I voted for the asshole. The second time. In fact that is the only time I have ever voted so far.

    I have to live with that.

    And try to make up for my past mistake this election.