Friday, January 18, 2008

hippies go home, and other assorted rants

This blog will either be really shitty, or the best thing I have written in a few years.
There are a few topics I want to touch upon, and as always, I will probably end up hurting someones feelings or offending somebody. In either case, that is too bad. You can grow up, take the criticism or click the time little x in the upper right hand corner of your web browser.
I don't care if you agree with me or not.

About four years ago there was this big hoopla on the net and around the country that a change was needed. We needed a new leader to head our country because the current had driven us into the sea. Rock the Vote persuaded, advertised, and even went so far as to enlist the help of music stars to encourage young voters to get out and let their voice be heard. You could smell the winds of change in the air, and then when the election came up... A.D.D. set in and less than 50% of registered voters from 18+ voted. (I don't know where the age cutoff began, so go google it) All these protesters, college kids, and young hippies ready for change stayed home and watched the world fall apart on television.
And I see it happening again today. I hear the same shit spouted from the same mouths. I see the same college hippies (who have NOTHING in common with the original hippie movement. They stood for something and actually brought about a change. Today's "hippies" as we call them are nothing more than pot smoking college kids just waiting to graduate and become the next big entrepreneur.) spouting off the change line. Hell, even the damn politicians are jumping on the change bandwagon.
I do believe we need a change in this country, but how dumb are we to actually think that someone is going to be voted in that will bring about that change?

Am I saying that your vote is a waste? yes.
and no.
I'm pretty sure that all our votes are a waste of time before we even put them in the machine. There is a higher power controlling this company and they decide who runs for office. (don't believe me? Known people who have seen ballots tossed out for opposing candidates...and didn't Kerry win the popular vote? fucked up system we have here)
At the same time, NO your vote is not a waste. At least to yourself you would be true. If I know that a candidate doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning the election should I vote for another even though I disagree with what they stand for? Fuck you. Most people know who I am voting for this year, and yes he doesn't stand much of a chance, but when all the older voters elect in another puppet I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I did not contribute to that cause.
That brings up my next point. Until all the conservative, 40+ year old voters get out voted by the 18-30 crowd, there will never be a change. Until the youth of a generation stand up for themselves and declare "Enough is a-fucking-nuff," this country will run further and further into the sinkhole.

I know a few people who are getting "tired" of having certain candidates "shoved down their throats." Why? Would you rather your friends not give a shit about your country? Not give a shit about your civil liberties? I would find it a blessing if all my friends were as passionate about this election as my wife and few select others. I don't care WHO you vote for, just that you wake up and fucking try to make a change.
This is the first year that I have really given a shit enough to try and make a change. Maybe it's because I have a family now and am looking out for the future of my child, who knows. I used to not care and not vote. I used to bitch about the government (all sides, I didn't play favorites) but did nothing to change it. Well... if I am getting rilled up over this, that says something. I am 27 almost 28 and this is my first year registered. Whether the candidate I vote for wins or not, at least I know that I made a choice, and spoke my voice.

Enough about politics...on to religion. oh boy!

Everyone I know, they know that I no longer follow any religion, or any defined belief process. I have been guilty of in the past bashing the Christian religion (more so their followers than anything)but in general, I don't care what you believe. I don't want anyone to force their beliefs on me, because well... I have none. But even so, when I was a practicing Christian I did not go around slamming on people for not being of the same faith. Recently I have begun to detest any and all things religious. Keep in mind that religion is the following of a set of rules and definitions. This doesn't just pertain to your deity beliefs. I have seen how sects of each religion bash, judge, condemn and otherwise belittle other sects. I have watched Christians bash Muslims, Muslims bash Christians, Christians bash Pagans (catholicism anyone?), and Pagans bash Christians. Double You Tee Eff?
Oh...and atheists get it from all sides. Kind of like an invisible friends beat-down party. If this is the way you treat others beliefs, I'd rather be an atheist.
My beliefs in a nutshell? We are all energy compressed to a slow vibration. We are all connected. There is no spirit world, there are no ghosts. Energy can leave traces of itself, it can be broken down and formed into new things. I believe science is getting it right, no proofs, just theories.
Keep your judgment to yourself, I have no problem killing you... after all, there is no afterlife.

And now, to a different subject: music

If you watch Adult Swim at all, you will know who this band is. The impressive thing about them is that it is the creator of the television shows band that performs all the music on it.
Click for some really good metal

Well folks, that is all for right now. This has to be the longest rant I have had in forever.
Carry on my wayward sons.


BethyBoo said...

Oh c'mon you see through the smoke screen? Nuh uh!
You've got
A. Waste your vote
B. Don't vote at all
C. Vote and get involved in the one and only means our government allows us the chance to spout our opinions on things and vote for who you think represents what you want.

I'm gonna go with C.

Anonymous said...

We all have our ignorant rants babe. Most of the Pagans I know that go on Christian hate rants have been seriously burned and carry a deep seeded pain in their hearts because of it. Some bash other religious groups out of fear or ignorance or both... some just don't know any better. I know that sounds like an excuse, but it's the Truth. How many Christians have I met who seriously don't know anything about other religions except what they've been told which is that they are "bad"? I couldn't even count... but it makes me wonder... how is it not okay to bash people of other religions but it is okay to bash "fags" and "emo guy"s? I'm just saying.

Anonymous said...

Oh and I registered to vote the when fucking George W stepped up to bat the first time. I voted against that bastard both times he ran... needless to say, I'm a little bitter about it. But I'll be there this November, voting my little fag Pagan heart out ; )


dropout said...

These comments make me snicker.