Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stop Over In Waco

In the free breakfast area of the motel there was a framed letter next to a signed framed photograph. Dick Cheney complimented the motel for his comfortable stay there while visiting George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford. The TVs in the breakfast area were tuned into FOX news, and the paper available at this motel chain that was normally USA Today was replace with the local Waco paper.

While I was working on a plate of excellent biscuits and gravy and sipping some pretty good coffee, I was engaged in conversation by one of the other patrons. FOX was touting the State of the Union message by President Obama that was scheduled for that evening. My new little time friend didn't have much good to say about Obama. I kept my reply comments neutral and low key. But I guess because I didn't loudly agree with him he tagged me as "not on his side".

We have lost our friggin minds. You know you should be able to eat breakfast in peace and not be given a political blood test by the others in the room. Now I know I was in Texas, and the heart of Bush country as well, but gee guys, let it alone.

By the way "truck drivers" have no qualms about saying directly what they think of having a black President and a woman Speaker of the House. There is no softening on their wording about that.

I keep thinking that we have become a nation of bullies and cowards. I see it on TV every day.
The hate of those trying to bully the nation is palatable. The cowardice of those afraid of losing their political positions is appalling.

Then there is the vultures like Roger Ailes from Fox who are intent on making a profit from the American discontent by fostering 9/12 type organizations and half truth news.

In the sum it may be Jon Stewart and the Comedy Channel that are the only winners.

One thing for sure, either I won't stay over in Waco next trip, or I will choose a different motel.

How will this end? Lord knows, fire or ice?


TStockmann said...

Colbert wins too. Monetarily, all the paid demagogues win. As to your reference, it's apoem worth repeating:

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

- R Frost

Joan said...

My husband and I have these conversations every day. I don't understand how so many people have abdicated their common sense to the likes of FOX News, Rush, Beck, and teabaggers.

In 2000-2001 we lived in Texas. I was a stay at home mom and joined up with a bunch of other moms. The election neared and much to my surprise one of these moms, a true blue Texan, looked me in the eye and said "If George Bush wins things will get really bad for this country." I was shocked she would say that because everyone else just loved him so much. Blech... Truer words were never spoken though.

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