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July 4th, 2006

On this 4th of July, buy cialis cheap I’ve decided to exercise my freedom to light a few fuses and blow some stuff up.

So, levitra in no particular order, here are the 10 things I hate most about America.

1.) That our Constitution has become filled with rights that aren’t there (the right to an abortion, the right not to be bothered by religion).

2.) That our Constitution has been stripped of the rights that are there (freedom of speech is gutted by hate crime laws and restrictions on commercial and political speech, and the second amendment may as well not even be there.)

3.) That the “melting pot” has been replaced with that half-assed “salad” metaphor.

4.) That the last thing in the world I would want for a child of mine is for them to become a public servant…or, God forbid, a U.S. senator.

5.) That cheap or common is more valued by most Americans than good: Walmart vs. Target, Windows vs. Macintosh, etc…

6.) That American cars are still utter crap.

7.) That 99% of the bullshit the federal government does has nothing to do regulating interstate commerce.

8.) That our politicians don’t have the courage to address the real issues: entitlement programs, the growing deficit, government unions, etc…

9.) That the teachers unions all seem to care more about themselves than the kids they’re responsible for teaching.

10.) That no lawsuit is ever considered to be too senseless, greedy, or unfair.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wm. Clement  |  July 4th, 2006 at 6:47 am

    I agree with most of your list. However, the 2nd amendment isn’t dead yet. When it ends, so does America. Why the angst against Windows? I’ve never understood the Gates as Emperor Palpatine bit. Wal-Mart and Target both have their redeeming qualities. “American” cars are not all crap. I like My Malibu Maxx. I liked my Durango quite a bit, just hated $75.00 to fill up.

    As for politicians, we, as a nation, are too polarized by ideology to come together and start putting different people in there EVERY election cycle. It’s too much work(heavy sarcasm). It will only get worse, until finally, it implodes.

  • 2. Administrator  |  July 4th, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Happy 4th, William!

    Oddly enough, I figured the two points you cited would be the controversial ones among people who would generally agree with me.

    For my entire adult lifetime American cars have been (on the whole) inferior to most imports in fit, finish, realiability, quality, engineering and even design.

    While American cars have improved in recent years, I think it’s shameful that 30 years after the imports delivered a wake-up call to Detroit nobody today would call the best of something the “cadillac” of its type.

    And now to Windows:

    The main reasons people say they choose Windows over Macintosh are:

    1.) Windows PCs are cheaper.

    2.) More people use PCs.

    Virturally no one claims that they choose Windows because it’s less bug-ridden, looks better, is more user-friendly, or has fewer viruses, worms, or spyware.

    All of which support my contention in point five, that people value cheap and common over quality.

  • 3. Kate  |  July 4th, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Excellent list! The last decent American made car I had was a 1949 Mercury…. made like a Sherman tank! :) Although, I do like my PT, it doesn’t compare.

  • 4. Tim  |  July 4th, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    I do not understand how freedom of speech is gutted by hate crime laws. Can you explain it?

  • 5. Administrator  |  July 4th, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    Kate,

    The first automobile love of my life was my parent’s 1977 T-top Chevy Monte Carlo.

    I’ll never forget the day I had it up on two wheels.

    Now THAT was a car.

  • 6. Administrator  |  July 4th, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    Hey Tim,

    One man kills another man.

    How do you prove it was a hate crime?

    By criminalizing what the killer said.

    How far a step is it from giving a man an extra penalty for what he said, to penalizing a man simply for what he said?

    Though, I will admit, I didn’t mean to imply that hate crime laws were the biggest problem.

    The weight in that sentence should have fallen more heavily on the restrictions on commercial and political speech.

  • 7. Wm. Clement  |  July 5th, 2006 at 6:27 am

    Elliot, the problem I have with hate crimes laws is this. Most violent crimes are based on one form of hate, or another. To say one is worse than another because of bigotry or skin color is nuts.

    As to pc vs mac, price, as well as availability of certain games was the kicker for me. On my budget, a Mac isn’t an option. Had I more disposable income, yes, I’d choose a Mac. My 3+ year old hp laptom still works just fine, btw.

    Hope you enjoyed your 4th!!

  • 8. fanny  |  July 5th, 2006 at 11:06 am

    Not sure how I got here…I moved from doing pesticide research, to breaking news, and…and…I must have blacked out. But I love your list. Living where I do (really rural South) the second amendement is alive and well; but amendment or not, it wouldn’t matter. I agree with the rest of them though. Illegal immigration is a way bigger problem here where I live than you’d think (don’t get me started) and the only thing that sucks louder than an American-made car is an American-made truck. I drive one, but I refer to is as “the other four-letter ‘F’ word”. I wish there were more people who thought like you do, and weren’t afraid to say it.

  • 9. Tim  |  July 5th, 2006 at 11:10 am

    Wm.Clement. I disagree with you assertion that most crimes are based on hate. In most cases, the person is not targeted because of their race, religion, and ethnicity. When a hate crime is committed, the crime is committed against the whole community rather than the one person. Do you really believe that the firefighter in Waukesha who threatened the black fisherman should only be charged with regular crime? Or is their anything different about that crime that our society should punish him differently?

  • 10. Administrator  |  July 5th, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks, Fanny. Feel free to stop by any time.

    (Oops, I just put “feel” right up against “Fanny.” I’m betting that’s gonna come back to haunt me.) ;)

  • 11. Wm. Clement  |  July 6th, 2006 at 7:12 am

    Tim, the point is, it’s already a crime! I also said most VIOLENT crimes are based on hate. What does it matter if some white man called a black man a n****r, or a gay man a f*g, before he murdered him? Is he any less dead? Also, why does it seem most hate crime modifiers are put on whites? Does this not insinuate that only whites are racist? Enforce the LAW evenly, not some feel good modifier that is applied unevenly.

  • 12. Tim  |  July 6th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Wm.Clement

    So let me offer you a different scenario. Let’s say that a terrorist open fires on a bunch of people on busy street and yells “Allah is great” while he is shooting. In another case, an evil person just shoots people on street for fun. So would you argue that they both should receive the same punishment. Shouldn’t the first be charged with terrorism and the second with regular murder. In both cases, the victims are equally dead. By your standard, we would have to treat terrorists the same way as criminals.

  • 13. Administrator  |  July 6th, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    Great discussion guys!

    I liked your point, Tim. Although a lot of folks on the right would want both guys to get the death penalty either way…which sort of makes your point moot. ;)

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