Thursday, November 03, 2011

Trust Issues

A couple of weeks back, I wrote a piece that ran here and at the Huffington Post that decried the inevitable pandering each and every presidential candidate was going to willingly do to America's craven supplicants to Christ as election season really ramped up -- the ridiculous religious purity test they'd all eventually have to take and pass to get elected. Well, at the very least most of those people wouldn't already be in positions of real power -- simply gunning for them. They wouldn't already have the monumental responsibilities of being part of our nation's government the way, say, the current members of the House of Representatives do.

And yet, with 14 million people out of work, millions more underemployed, people taking to the streets in protest, and the United States still at war in a foreign country, what immediately pressing issue did the House debate and vote on yesterday?

Whether or not "In God We Trust" should be "reaffirmed" as our national motto.

The measure, it almost goes without saying, was floated by a southern Republican, the only kind of idiot who would really be deluded enough to firmly hold that political policy and the very good of the country flows top-down from heaven. Rep. Randy Forbes, in speaking on the floor of the House, said this:

"Unfortunately, there are a number of public officials who forget what the national motto is, whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are those who become confused as to whether or not it can still be placed on our buildings, whether it can be placed in our school classrooms."

Once the vote came, the resolution passed 396-9. Of course putting a measure like this before a U.S. lawmaker is like putting an obvious punji spike pit three steps in front of him or her -- you may as well ask Congress to vote on banning the extermination of all puppies and kittens.

Still, this thing got introduced in the first place -- so there you have it. That's what's important to our lawmakers. Not you, not me, not the real-world problems each of us is facing or the jobs millions of us don't have -- but whether or not we're paying enough tribute to God.

You know, speaking of numbers, I've got one for you: 9. That's the percentage of Americans who think Congress is doing a good job. Just 9%. A 9% approval rating. And this kind of horseshit is what they think they have the luxury to debate on company time.

If there's any justice in the universe, not even God will be able to save these assholes come election day.


Anonymous said...

While the 9% is pretty pathetic, the only statistic that really matters to Congressmen is their re-election rate: Unfortunately, the incumbent re-election rate is generally over 80%, regardless how badly they are doing their jobs or how low their approval rating goes.

As long as people mindlessly re-elect their representatives, we can expect to get crappy representation.

penni said...

and unheard were the magic words "Fails for lack of a second." We are in so much trouble.

CNNfan said...


Hey Trump has a point... How come Rick Sanchez got taken off the air for the same characteristics Jon Stewart just ranted about Herman Cain, but Stewart is not taken off the air?

That's like "The pot calling the kettle black" walnuts.


pea said...

Because theoretically Rick Sanchez and Imus are "legitimate" "serious" news commentators, and Jon Stewart is a comedian. And because doing a bad imitation of Herman Cain, much like Stewart's bad imitations of ohhhhh, just about everyone he tries to imitate, isn't racist.

Trump is a dick. Please don't reference him again. He has no point.

Riles said...

Off topic reply

CNNFan - Trump is late to the party on this one. Jon Stewart addressed this type of criticism already, months ago. He did an entire segment showing the many voices and (intentionally bad) impressions he does, which covers pretty much everybody. He even does cartoon voices...who will protect the cartoons?!

IrishGirl said...

"...not even God will be able to save these assholes come election day."

Chez, from your lips to God's ears. hehe

Anonymous said...

If you cannot distinguish the difference between CNN and Comedy Central then we can't help you.

Trump has no point.

NoxiousNan said...

ahaha, a bad impersonation is now cause for firing? That's rich. The real question is how come Rush Limbaugh, King of the bigoted remark, never ever gets any flack for what he says?

CNNfan said...

The point is that Comedy Central is centralized on news, not comedy. So, Stewart is definitely much more of a commentator who comments on news events for a large television audience, than he is a comedian who has an amusing act that makes an audience laugh.