They say this is the year. I say we have it coming. This article was composed by your truly, shortly after witnessing an anti-war demonstration months ago...When I think of the war in Iraq, I often play the song "War Pigs" and slam my fist into the air... Nemo me impune lacessit...
To my Republican and Democrat friends.Please remember that I am as Bi-partisan as they get. I call myself a member of neither of these tribes. I am proud to call myself Independent. Please don't stain that word by associating it with politics...
I imagine that once upon a time, people voted for a candidate because they admired and respected him/her. Voted for them to get something they wanted instead of to get rid of something they didn't want. I would be willing to wager that probably twenty five of the almost fifty percent of the people that voted for Kerry, did so not because they loved what he stood for, but to get Bush out of office. A truly sad commentary...
The Media Brain Washing Machine tells me that it is beginning to look as though we are a nation divided almost exactly in half. The Democrats bitch about the Republicans and Vice Versa. A petty little war in and of itself, accented with labels for our system of belief and our ideas. To some, I appear as "Right Wing" as they get. Maybe I collect and carry guns. Maybe I do approve of the war in Iraq. I do believe that you take an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth. Lest we forget, what motivated this war in Iraq. I am not in favor of oil in lieu of American lives lost during 9/11/01
I'll tell you one thing. If George Bush ever condescends to call me a member of his capitalist tribe, I'll take off my glove, slap his face with it, and challenge him to a duel at twenty paces at dawn.
------"I carry big guns and shoot little cans off of big posts." I carry the truth...--------
This war in Iraq is all George Bush's fault, right?...So "The Democrats" tell me, anyway. Starting this war in Iraq to get the oil, right? Absolutely! Who is he to invade another country, simply to fatten our oil supplies. Who does he think he is?. Who, What, Where, When, Why and How are important questions to address when concerning this war in Iraq, but being the free thinker I am, I'll begin this rant by asking the really scary question, "How many?"
Let's throw Republican and Democrat right out the window for the time being, open our eyes and have a look at some math. Math is as left brained and un-debatable as it gets. Let's look at some "mean" numbers.
Q: How many Sport Utility Vehicles are on the road in America?
A: According to this http://www.cnn.com/US/9910/19/suv.survey/
There were 13.8 Million of these miracles of modern transportation on US roads in 1997. We all know that number has grown dramatically, but for our purposes we'll just use that number and year so that no one might dare call my numbers skewed. We all know it's higher than that by now.
Let's view the average fuel economy of these wasteful behemoths that
clog my roads and endanger my safety on a daily basis. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/FEG2005_GasolineVehicles.pdf
Scroll on down to page 8 to get to the SUV Fuel economy ratings. Let's just call the average an (overly) optimistic number like 20 MPG. If we take the number of miles traveled and divide it by the average MPG rating, we achieve a resultant number of gallons of fuel consumed in America, in a one year period. ONE YEAR. Recent statistics have shown that the average American drives an average of 15,000 miles per year. Now let's do the math on that: 13.8 Million SUV's multiplied by 150000 equals 207,000,000,000 That's Two Hundred Seven Billion Miles, in one year, in
America alone. So if we take the number of mile traveled (207,000,000,000) and divide it by 20(MPG) we get 10,350,000,000 Ten billion three hundred fifty million gallons for the year 1997 alone, including only America and only Sport Utility Vehicles. "But Rom, George Bush is such an ass..." Shut up, I aint done yet...
Using the same numbers in the survey above, we see that in 1997, Sport Utility vehicles accounted for just under a mere 50%
of vehicles sold in the US. One barrel of oil, which contains roughly 42 Gallons of oil produces roughly 20 gallons of Gasoline. You do the math on the rest. I don't want to. It makes me want to ask Yelladog
if I may borrow the mop from his mop bucket so that I might beat myself to death with the handle.
"Bush's war for oil"..? My fucking ass it is. We as Americans, (Or shall I say, "We the people") have been gobbling down oil since the 1950's the way a whore gobbles cock for money. No restraint and no moral qualms about doing it. For years we have chosen to ignore the fact that maybe the supply was finite. Plenty to go 'round, right? Wrong. Blame it on Bush, that's much more convenient than maybe doing a little introspection as to why we are currently running in short supply.
No one likes a dirt road except maybe me and a few others. Most people prefer to drive their cars an asphalt, park on asphalt, etc... Pave that driveway baby, cuz the dirt requires maintenance. Dirt driveways wash out when it rains. They get muddy etc...I got a news flash for you. Asphalt requires crude, among other things which are, crayons, plastics (I know we love our plastics), heating oil, jet fuel, ( Gotta fly somewhere? A 757 consumes enormous amounts of (What?) ________ on takeoff ) Synthetic fibers and tires, just to name a few.
If you wish to point an indicting finger for the war in Iraq, point it at Bush, but while you're at it, point it in the mirror. Point it at me and your family tree. Point it at Henry
Ford. Point it at the radical Muslims and their Jihad. Point your finger straight up in the air and sit on it and wiggle for all I give a shit, but remember... Until you're ready to ween yourself from the teat, give up the crude, Gasoline and other products that come with, or at least show a little self restraint when consuming, suck it up.
"Bush's Economy" Here is another snappy little catch phrase the Democrats and press adore. Again, bullshit. Economists were predicting an economic downturn LONG before Bush got in office. Read this article written in September of 2000. It is one among many predicting our economic fate : http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2000/Sep-14-Thu-2000/business/14383652.html
More on this later...
Is Bush mentally challenged? In my opinion, yes. Did he go about straightening out this 9/11/01 shit in the best way possible? In my opinion, no. Is he handling the economic downturn as well some might? No. Is he cutting my taxes as an employer the way he promised? No. Is he doing what amounts to be an impossible job trying to straighten out what we have been fucking up for decades? Absolutely. Is he doing it well? No.
You want to change it? Don't whine about Bush and his war for oil. Scream at your local County and State officials and tell them you want Mass Transit that works. Biodiesel buses, Hybrid trains, with a real Schedule that runs late into the night. If you get it, use it. Sell that Glaxie 500 and buy a hybrid. Start car-pooling. Walk the
three blocks to the store to get that 16 OZ Coke. Ride a motorcyle for tansportataion, or better still, ride a bicycle. When I see some real effort from Americans to cut back on their use of products derived from the crude, then and only then, may you whine about the war in Iraq.
Upon the next completion of your real or imagined civic duty to verbalize on how terrible George Bush and this war in Iraq is, hop right in that beast you call a car or even worse a truck and go suck up a few more barrels of crude. You consume it and George Bush is Buyin a round for ya! Drive around and think about it. Winter is almost upon us. As you stand inside your warm cozy house and wait for the ice to begin to melt off the windows of your running car, think about our people in Iraq. As you watch the thin white plumes of exhaust stir genly in the air, know that the Deserts and cities of the Middle East can be a terrifying place to be.