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You've Let Us All Down ... Again

Fuck You, America

by CHRIS CHECKMAN

Dear America,

Fuck you! Fucking fuck you!

I love the land mass, and it’s place on the map. I love, for the most part, the weather.

The people? Ehh, give or take.

Beyond that stuff, I am, for the most part, glad to have been born here.

But, having said that…

You, America, can go fuck yourself until you’re red/white/blue in the face, as I am nearing the point where I am done with you.

Why?

Your priorities are totally fucked up. You cannot feed/clothe/medically look after your most vulnerable; but, somehow, those rich shits who live on the hill seem to be in line for perpetual protection.

STARVE THE POOR, BUT FEED THE RICH might as well be pressed onto our coins, as it seems to be the new American Way.

And now we have, yet again, another mass shooting.

This is where I would normally launch into an all-out assault (minus those legally protected gun rights so vital to 1775 only those powered and monied idiots still cling to) on the facts, horror and overall tragedy that befell us all in Newtown, Ct. this week…

But, why? And to what effect?

NO ONE’S FUCKING LISTENING!

Who fucking cares anymore on these shores if some gun-toting imbecile expresses his Constitutionally protected right to wail away on a school full of kids just learning to use their ABC’s; because, that 2nd Amendment is there in case the government goes all crazy on us and tries to kill us in our own homes, right?

So, if a few (dozen) kids and teachers get mowed down by some fuckwit who stole Mom’s legally owned assault rifle, and just happened to go all 2nd Amendment on her by shooting her in the face with it; before blowing the heads off toddlers and their teachers– well, that’s the price of freedom, ain’t it?!

At what point does this all reach some sort of critical mass? At what point do we elevate from stupid penny-ante bloggers like me screaming into a vacuumed void and evolve into a bloc of people who have just fucking had it with living in a society that is both technologically advanced, yet somehow still governed by a most ruinous medieval mindset that is pushed along by the gun lobby and it’s seemingly bottomless pockets?!

Can any of you gun fucks say Europe isn’t onto something far more fitting for our modern world? Sure, them holding onto their foreskins is totally weird and icky; but, they’ve nailed the bigger issue here, so the foreskins ain’t so bad in the long term.

But still, you, America; you just won’t back down, will you? I understand that it’s all part of the stance; the pose– but, at what point does the clinging to the outmoded ways stall us all from moving forward? At what point do ‘our’ powers that be begin to recognize that the Earth, and those who populate it, are evolving well beyond our Stone Age contempt toward change?

For all his gun-totin’ machismo in the movies, John Wayne died of a pedestrian case of stomach cancer. This week, 20 children and 6 teachers died from the real gunfire John Wayne NEVER faced in his movies.

Yet, he’s on stamps for his portrayal of bravery– if you consider ducking dummy bullets between lunches in air conditioned trailers to be “bravery”.

Me? I consider the acts of those teachers who tried to shield their kids from REAL gunfire to be the real definitions of bravery.

America, you’ve let us all down today.

Chris Checkman writes at the Blues Hotel.