Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Follow Up To The Follow Up On . . .

The spoof email making the rounds regarding The Enlightened States Of America that I reproduced on this blog is gaining a life of its own around the globe!  It has surpassed, on my blog count, the Crabby Old Man spoof email that has been circulating for several years now and which I also reproduced on this blog.

It seems to me that these phenomena indicate a deep need in all of us to find something that truly sparks our emotional connection to our world.  Reality has overwhelmed us.  We know more about The Housewives of (fill in the blanks), Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Bachelor (Bachelorette), Survivor, ad nauseam than most of us ever cared about.  So it is no surprise to me that we respond to these two very different appeals to our sentiments:  loving and caring about our seniors as with Crabby Old Man (Woman), and our political frustrations as with The Enlightened States of America.

There is something sad about a society that is more invested in “reality” TV than in reality.  There has always been escapism, a desire to get away from it all. It seems easier to escape into mock reality than to actually deal with what is going on in our lives that needs positive attention.  Certainly, there is nothing wrong with realizing one needs a break from the turmoil and frustrations that seem ever present.  But for anything to change we must eventually come back to our real world and apply ourselves to working through the problems.

I read just this morning in The Daily Kos about the citizens of Texas signing petitions to the White House asking for the right to secede from the United States! The White House apparently has a standard of agreeing to submit any petition with over 25,000  signatures in 30 days to the appropriate committee/person for an official response.  Talk about fantasy Vs reality!    I am not sure whether this represents the fantasy world or the real world where some think they are working through the problems.  Personally, I say let them secede, but that’s another whole issue!

I do not have the answer, other than the foregoing comments, which are not deeply reasoned out.  I am simply making an observation from my point of view.  I am guessing that because it is easier to take out our frustrations by angrily taking to task those with opinions (observations) different from our own that there will be reactions to this article.  I also guess that only demonstrates that someone has read it, which, after all, is one of the reasons I am writing it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Follow Up To The Enlightened States of America

Well, I certainly hit a nerve when I posted this article!  I have had well over 200 hits on it so far from all over the world and still counting.  I also had a long comment in response that took the opposite position.  I did not post the comment because I am reluctant to post anonymous comments (a personal preference).  I do not post to anyone’s blog or web pages anonymously because I am willing to stand behind what I believe and say, and to correct my writing if I am proven to misrepresent facts.  (We each have a right to our beliefs, but not to our own FACTS.)

It should be understood that the article is not original with me.  It has been around for quite awhile on other web sites and emails circulating.  As I said, that is how it came to me.  I did research its source before I reformatted and posted it on this blog.  It is obviously a caricature of the way things seem to be today in our political parties.  For the record, I am a registered Independent and for the most part don’t give a hoot about what the platforms of the Republican or Democratic parties are.  I AM concerned about the way politicians behave, however.  There is plenty of impropriety, ignorance and failure to represent constituents to go around.

I posted a response comment on my blog to the anonymously made comment and invited the person to identify the comment, which I would then post.

I for one hoped that once the election was over we could rally around the flag, so to speak, and try to get at solving the problems we face.  The sun had hardly risen before the obstructionist talk began again with Republicans.  What is it with you folks?  Is this country no longer worth working on to continue its excellence as “representative” government?  Even though each party has its own philosophy and priorities, our issues are not party oriented and should not be handled as if they were.  The problems are the economy, the social structure and the well-being of our citizens.  Positions can be stated and then the conversation can begin. Give and take is the only way we can successfully address these issues, and we better get at it NOW!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Enlightened States of America

I received the following item in an email from my friend and co-host of this blog, Lloyd Agte.  He received it from another friend.  While I have not independently verified the percentages quoted in the statements in this article, my gut response is that they closely approximate the facts as they are known. [1]  You can check the footnote for additional references.

Subject: Dear Red States (From New York forming a new country with the Blue States)

Dear Red States:

We're ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we've decided we're leaving.  "Legitimate rape" is almost reason enough!

We in New York intend to form our own country and we're taking the other Blue States with us.

In case you aren't aware that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.

We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).

To sum up briefly:

You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states.
We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren.
You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.
We get the Statue of Liberty.
You get OpryLand.
We get Intel and Microsoft.
You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard.
You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs.
You get Alabama.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue.
You get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families.

Please be aware that the E.S.A. will be pro choice and anti war and we're going to want all our citizens back from Afghanistan at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home.

We wish you success in Afghanistan, and possibly Iran as well, but we're not willing to spend our resources in these sorts of pursuits.

With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water;
more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce;
92% of the nation's fresh fruit;
95% of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners);
90% of all cheese;
90 percent of the high tech industry;
most of the US low sulfur coal;
all living redwoods, sequoias and condors;
all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs;
92% of all US mosquitoes;
nearly 100% of the tornadoes;
90% of the hurricanes;
99% of all Southern Baptists;
virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson
and the University of Georgia.

We get Hollywood and Yosemite. Thank you.

Some 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale;
62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws;
44% say that evolution is only a theory;
53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

We're taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.


Citizens of the Enlightened States of America