Thoughts on the decline

This post might get me some hate, but in lieu of what has been happening in our country, I wanted to get my thoughts down. I believe in a person’s right to defend themselves, both in self-defense and also the capacity to overthrow tyranny if needs be.

But something has been bothering me for a while about gun culture. I am a gun owner. I know how to fire, clean, and maintain my firearms. I have even been trained and licensed to carry for self-protection. What bothers me, and has for a long time, is the fetishization of guns in this country. I usually have a problem with this if that’s all people talk about. Much the same as religion. Much the same as their politics. And many other views that people latch onto so tightly that that becomes a focus of their personality.

The bummer is that someone’s vehement ideals of Star Wars and what is cannon and what isn’t usually don’t end up killing people. Maybe beaten about the head and neck with a Jar-Jar doll, but nobody has ever gone to a school and lightsabered 21 people (Anakin doesn’t count), because that was a fucking movie. Do you see the difference?

I really don’t enjoy talking guns with gun people most of the time. I think they are a tool, much like a fire extinguisher. It’s good to have around if you need one and unless you are a hunter, you should pray to God or whatever higher power you believe in that you never have to really use one.

Why is it you don’t see a bunch of rabid fire extinguisher enthusiasts yelling “from my cold dead hands!!!”

I’ve known people who were not in a good place and they started stockpiling guns. Honestly, it scares the fuck out of me and it’s just a matter of time before I see them on the news.

I feel like the last couple of years has been signs of the decline of the American Dream. Unlike a lot of people who fetishized their hatred for Trump, I think it started long before him. Maybe after Eisenhower. Vietnam didn’t do us any favors. Neither did privatizing prisons under the Reagan administration or the War on Drugs and the War on Terror and the War on everything but private companies who have manipulated and controled the American public for many years. From the gas companies to gun lobbyists to “clean energy” mandates that have wrecked our landscape to build completely unsustainable infrastructure to sell a bunch of windmills to the public. How somehow car companies convinced the public that mass transportation is somehow un-American, while everyone sits in their cars on interstates lined up like parking lots that are not only made out of crude oil but have been provided by at least three taxes to build.

It’s all rotten and someone is at the helm and running the whole thing into the ground. I don’t even think it’s a malicious plot. I think it’s just designed and directed by greed.

Just after WW2 you could take a passenger train just about anywhere in the country, cross cities for a nickel on a streetcar, and back then we actually had stable climates. Nobody questioned someone’s patriotism for wanting to take a train back then. Rivers and reservoirs were full of water. Sure, we had segregation and State sponsored racism too, but those things were established by the State and perpetuated by people who profited from the division of people. Just like today with the divisions we have now. At people’s cores, I believe, they really don’t hate each other unless they are conditioned into it. In America, a living wage with a single income family is almost unheard of. And we’ve been bullshitted into believing it’s “SOCIALISM” to think there is a problem with that.

We love the police until they don’t go into a school to save kids. We hate the police when they uphold laws of oppression. We love the courts when we get Justice for Johnny but think nothing of how a judge can send someone to prison for years for a crime that might not even be a crime during their incarceration. (See marijuana penalties). We cry about how kids are violent criminals, but judges rip families apart and consider fathers as nothing but sperm donors and check books. The same person who will fight for the rights of the unborn will advocate for guns that will just kill them a little later.

Our last Presidential election was between a game show host and a senile old man someone has to walk with so he doesn’t get lost on the way off the helicopter.

Nobody ever stops to wonder why the main way we have to get around is prohibitively expensive to use now, while the suppliers of the fuel are making record profits. Instead, they blame someone else. For a country that fetishizes freedom, they sure are helpless to actually do anything about any of it. Unless it is to hurt people who had absolutely nothing to do with their oppression.

The “solution” to any of these problems is just more laws that financially penalize people to feed an already bloated and inept government. Tax carbon emissions. Tax gun owners. Tax car owners. We are more taxed now than the British Monarchy ever taxed us to pay for a war that they fought for the 13 Colonies. We are told healthcare has to come from a new tax, even though we are taxed at the pump, for a license, and for plates just to drive cars we bought, paying extra for compulsory insurance that is a crime to not have.

William Wallace must be screaming “Freeeeeeddoooommmm!!!” at just the thought of that. Our taxes go to other countries to control their governments and industry. Subsidized companies make profits and get government hand outs, but we get the bootstrap lecture from our leaders when talking about homeless vets.

If you break the law, there’s a fine for that. You’ll go to prison and make the prison corporations wealthy because the State pays them to give you that cold balogna sammich and fruit cup every day to live on. Then you can’t even vote the bastards out of office once you get out. Turn a blind eye to whatever the hell Wall Street is doing with everyone’s pensions. Public health care isn’t in the Constitution as a right, but I don’t remember seeing building a new aircraft carrier every year in the Bill of Rights either. Public schools aren’t a “right” either but how the hell else are we going to inculcate our youth?

Nobody reads books anymore and nobody publishes books that people might read that would put thoughts in their heads that don’t support some narrative. God forbid you bring up Irreversible Damage. People would rather you read Mein Kampf or Das Kapital. They might even prefer it.

The whole thing just makes me sad. I don’t think it’s going to last much longer at least. Then the gun nuts might get the civil war they’ve been jerking off to for 150 years.

One thought on “Thoughts on the decline

  1. “I feel like the last couple of years has been signs of the decline of the American Dream.”

    From the outside looking in, it has been longer than two years. I think the big thing that’s happened recently is it’s got bad enough that it can no longer be ignored. The American Dream was always aspirational rather than real. It was only ever true for part of the population, and that part is getting smaller & smaller.

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