by Beth Brillon
I once heard a middle-aged white man say that he's proud
to be a "typical, mean-spirited, Bush supporting conservative."
He went on to say that liberals are awfully pessimistic.
I don't know how he has come to the conclusion that liberals
have one single mission in life and that's to complain about
how conservatives are ruining their lives. Apparently, we
would live in a perfect world if we somehow went back to the
freedom loving wonderful USA of the 1950's.
Even at the risk of sounding realistic, I had to say something.
If you really are looking for the silver lining in the cloud
and consider yourself a happy-go-lucky optimistic person,
why do you label yourself as a "typical, mean-spirited" person?
You may pride yourself on being a typical person who goes
along with the status quo; it only qualifies you to be labeled
as a gung-ho conservative who thinks that the answer to everything
is to go back to the 50's.
I suppose that we can all sit around dismissing the situation
of the poor in this country because there are poorer people
out there. Or we can all sit around saying that they're all
on welfare taking our hard earned money. Maybe we should all
sit around complaining about how you lost your IT job and
maybe you should have worked harder or just didn't want the
job enough. It's all about fear. The conservatives in power
in this country are good about that.
It's very interesting that you should make the observation
that liberals do nothing but complain about how bad conservatives
are, and yet you go on whining about how liberals are ruining
I suppose that going back to the 1950's could solve all of
our problems. There's nothing like being made to feel a king
when a hard working black woman has to give up her seat for
you in the bus. A time when there was no problem with women
and blacks because they all knew their rightful place in society,
There's nothing like rallying behind senator McCarthy and
reliving the embarrassing communist witch hunt of anyone and
everyone who so much as had an individual thought.
Well, I suppose since I got my glorified tax cut, I'm living
large. I guess I have to give it more time to let it "trickle
down" to those that need it more. We all know how American
Airlines, Enron, Motorola, and countless other companies love
their workers. Rather than their workers "trickling-up" the
money by actually designing, assembling, marketing, and even
selling the products, the genius of the companies really are
the CEOs. That's the kind of impersonal, uncompassionate touch
we should all expect from our bosses. After all, we're expendable!
While you're searching for that silver lining in the clouds
of the 1950's yesteryears, I'll be looking forward to the
realistic progress and change that truly makes this country
I suppose that I could enjoy life in this country, if I were
white. I guess I ought to be happy that I'm not from the Middle
Oh, well. Since my family is well off, I live in a country
that hides its discrimination through ignorance so that I
could pretend that I'm equal, and can exercise my right to
free speech, I will be having a great Christmas.
If only it could be the same for everyone else.