Damn Brad Friedman! Beat me to the punch
, he did. But I still want to react to the outrageous statements made by Pat Robertson and Bill O'Reilly. Recently, they both screamed for the blood of citizens who dared not to vote the way the 700 Club and Fox News told them to vote.
O'Reilly said that if he were President, he would deliver this message to San Francisco (which voted against military recruitment in public schools):
"Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead."
Actually, Californians would be better off doing just that.
As I never tire of reminding people: The United States has producer states and leech states. Producer states, such as California, contribute more to the federal government than they receive in goods and services. Leech states, such as Texas, mooch more federal money than they give.
Most producer states are blue. Most leech states are red. In the past, I have exercised my right to call red staters hillbillies, hicks and superstitious morons. Arguably, funders have a duty
to insult chronic freeloaders. If the freeloaders feel sufficiently insulted, maybe they will stop being
Y'see, Bill, those debauched, espresso-swilling San Franciscans are forced to pay for a war they hate. The red states don't pay for it, yet they keep voting for pols devoted to empire and addicted to pork. After all, it's not their
O'Reilly, in full Grand Guignol mode, adds:
And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
So Bush and his hillbilly hordes should feel free to steal California's money yet ignore our needs?
People like Bill O'Reilly make me wish
Californians could sever themselves from Bush's wretched misgovernment. If my state were a sovereign nation, we would stop paying for a mad foreign policy and devote our resources to genuine
anti-terror measures, such as protection of our vulnerable harbors. We would force our leaders to focus on the task of obliterating Osama Bin Laden and his network. We would not tolerate a leader who says, as Bush said, that he no longer cares or "thinks very much" about the boss of Al Qaeda.
Rebuild Coit Tower? Sure, we can do that. Piece of cake. We wouldn't need
Bush's help, and we wouldn't need help from any state that voted
But Louisiana and Texas and the other leech states hit hard by natural disasters (disasters exacerbated by global warming) -- they
sure as hell ain't snubbing that long green from the Golden State, are they?As for Pat Robertson:
He predicts the worst for the citizens of Dover, PA, because the voters there don't want primitive myths replacing science.
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city," Robertson said on his daily television show broadcast from Virginia, "The 700 Club."
. Boogeyman's gonna get
One question, Pat: Europe is largely post
-Christian. Why don't we see any major natural disasters destroying large chunks of London, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Stockholm....?