There’s a person I work with that’s very nice.
This person is a conservative, and that suits them just fine.
This person isn’t what I would call stupid, exactly.. This person is open to believing (due to a mixture of insecurity and blind faith) other people are naturally “smarter” than they are. ‘Cause like, duh, after all, they’re on _television_ and everything, so they *MUST* be right.
I mention this person because I “caught” them using a significant amount of bandwidth the other day to watch TV show.
Yes, at work.
Yup, this person was watching TV at work. Odd. Sure. But whatever. I mean, we all read the news or check our bank accounts or post tweets or update our blogs.
I think watching TV is a bit over the top, though. I heard the audio playing, recognized it as something that wasn’t all that work appropriate, so I knocked on this persons door and asked them what they were laughing at.
This person told me that they were watching “Glenn Beck”. This person then looked at me like I had three heads when I didn’t recognize the name. eh….right. I’ll admit that I was so dumbfounded at this persons blatant disregard for the rules that I didn’t say anything about it. She did mention that she was now a member of his “extreme insider” mail list, or something else that I didn’t pay attention to. At that point, I was just wondering how this person justified ignoring what was is a pretty simple rule that says “Don’t watch streaming video via the state network.”
So I left without engaging them in any sort of argument or reprimand. Now, I’m glad I handled it that way, because I realized later that the people that watch this guy are fucking batshit insane.
I went and looked this “Glenn Beck” person up. Evidently, he’s some FOX News(?) talk show host. Sort of like Palin is now, I guess? I guess FOX is out to hire those kind of people? I don’t know. I don’t have a TV. Anyway, he’s one of those people that says the same things over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over in hopes that if he says it enough, somebody will believe him.
Evidently, there are people just that stupid.
One of the things I found while looking up this person was their idea that we should all think and act on 9/12/2001.
Ya know, like, when nobody knew anything.
He’s got this list of things that he claims all “good” Americans should think.
1. America is good.
No, America isn’t good.
America is country, and therefore can’t be “good” or “bad”
Forgiving your stupidity for a moment, I realize what you’re really trying to say is that “Americans are good!”
Which I also don’t agree with. By and large, they’re selfish, greedy, egocentric, materialistic, and generally poorly educated about anything that goes on outside their own borders.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
Um. No. Sorry, I don’t believe that.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
This is only an issue with people who are innately dishonest.
Look, you are either honest, or you’re not.
You can’t be “more dead”. You’re either dead, or not.
You can’t be “more wrong” Again, you’re either wrong or not.
One cannot be “more honest”
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
I’m not married. Does this exclude me?
More importantly, I only ask this because I know something of your claimed “religion”, is your god supposed to be your ultimate authority?
(edit 09/15/10: I also note that you say “spouse”. Nice jab there, considering that you wouldn’t consider two lesbians to be “spouses”)
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
That’s a great idea. But the last time I checked, (which was about 2 minutes ago) if you’re rich, you don’t go to jail no matter what you do. Seems to me you’re not in jail, even though you’re a totally cokehead.
Great way to get the “common” people to rally together, though!
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal rights.
Are you fucking kidding me?
No guarantee of equal rights?
Oh, only white people get rights?
“Gosh darn it, those people don’t look like me or talk like me, so they must be evil. I heard that them people that wear those towel things on their heads and talk in that jibber jabber are evil and mean. Oh, oh, and get this, they don’t believe in God, neither. Must be some of them terrorists.”
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Can someone please explain to me how you can force someone to be charitable? If it’s forced, it’s not charity, dumbass. But that’s OK, you’re not really interested in facts and definitions. You’re rallying people behind you….for what? To make yourself richer? The sad thing is that the people that follow you aren’t smart enough to see that you’re an entertainer. Like Chuck Norris, minus the awesomeness.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
OK. I can go with this one. The problem is that you won’t agree with this when the machine swings to the right. Then, all of a sudden, it’ll be unamerican to disagree. Like, say, when I said “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are nothing more than a man with a small dick proving that he can keep up with Daddy.”
Seems to me that your conservative friends didn’t have a problem with killing people then….
Why? Because stupid fucks like you had them convinced that those conflicts were retaliatory for 9/11.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
That’s all well and good. Don’t pay taxes for a year or two. We’ll see who answers to who then.
That’s as far as I got. There’s more, but at this point I no longer cared.
Person at work wastes my bandwidth at work listening to Glenn Beck, who is batshit fucking insane.