The nonsense deepens...Check out
what Bush is planning on doing to shore up "conservative" support:
Administration officials say they are planning an extensive election-year initiative to promote marriage...For months, administration officials have worked with conservative groups on the proposal, which would provide at least $1.5 billion for training to help couples develop interpersonal skills that sustain "healthy marriages."
Lemme get this straight. As a sop to alleged conservatives, his plan is to insert DC into our lives even more by creating a government program to "train" people in marriage, something that human beings have been figuring out on their own throughout time up until now & is in terms of granting such authority to the federal government, let alone being relevant
to running a country, nill.
So, this is the new "conservatism" in america. Not even the usual bit of lip service
to limits on government power or a starting point of not assuming unending wisdom of buerecrats, just the same old moralizing that was worthless to begin with, connected with the kind of technocratic, cynical social engineering that if it came from a democrat would be attacked with everything including the kitchen sink. Time was, if your marriage failed it was your fault, now it's being considered the fault of Big Brother for not having force-fed you in the beginning what experience
and learning from one's mistakes provided in the long run.
Is this what we've really had to come to? We're so fragile & spoiled as a people that we think we have the power to legislate away human flaws? We screw up at the slightest of things & it's off to cry to the government? "My spouse is banging our neighbor!" "my cousin is on the pipe!" "I'm getting too much junk email!" "I did nothing but eat at McDonald's & watch porn for a month, and now I'm fat!" "people are looking at me funny!"
That isn't America. I know it's not.
That is the collective whine of a land of grown-ass babies, oversensative basket cases that shrivle up & blow in the wind at the slightest sign of difficulty.
Well goddammit, that is LIFE. No one ever said life would be easy. We just live our lives & make our decisions the best we can muster, and you know what? Sometimes we lose. Sometimes, we gather up our resources, play our hand, and lose. That does not mean we don't try, it doesn't mean that our lives are permanently ruined. You get back up, you get back into the game, and eventually we have our moments. You win some, you lose some, if everyone won all the time what would be the point?
Y'know, I've had my low times. There's been times where I've thought the worst. I've even spent nights where I didn't know if I'd have a roof over my head the next day. Did I blame society for not carrying my load for me?
I blamed myself. And whenever I've been down, I've gotten back up. Do you know why
I got back up?
Because I have too much damned respect for myself to let each downfall be permanent. I know that if I'm the one that fell, then I'm the one that will rise. No one is taking that from me as long as I draw breath. I am not some special person endowed with some sort of otherworldly power, I am flesh and blood like the rest of us. Like you. We must not fall into this hole and stay there. We WILL not.
If I criticize you, it is only because I love you and want you to succeed. I want US to succeed. I want an america that can look the rest of the world in the eyes with pride, and say that we stand
for something, and I will do all that is in my power to make that a reality.
Thank you for your time, whoever is out there reading this.