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30 May 2010 @ 04:26 pm
Just fucking nuke the goddamn thing already!  
Okay, I don't often post political rants, but I really need to get this out of my system. (Btw, when I refer to "we" I mean the U.S., and not really so much myself...)

The Russians have suggested that the best way to stop the oil flow in the Gulf is to detonate a nuclear bomb, and it works to do something to stop it (I really don't know all the mechanics--I'm a historian, not a scientist!) Apparently they've done it several times before. Finally, a way that nuclear technology has helped us.

But the U.S. refuses to do so. While I'm sure that part of it is that we don't like nuclear weapons, I somehow get the impression that a portion of the population hasn't let the Cold War end. I'm just waiting for some ignorant idiot to come up on the news and say, "Yeah, but Russia's a third-world country, they don't know what they're talking about." Thus causing a the rest of us to cringe at the harm being done to our reputation and the Russians to splutter indignantly.

The thing is, the un-war that we can't let go of (the History Channel has started showing Stalin again; coincidence?) has probably made Russia the country with the best nuclear technology outside the U.S.--and that's only because we have the money to pour into testing. Of course, doing this would be admitting that we never dismantled the warheads, despite the fact that Russia's as good as openly said they haven't either.

Really, I think that we're just bitter that we lost the Space Race.

In the meantime, people are saying "BP and Obama have destroyed our lives." How is this Obama's fault? Despite what a mass majority of the population think, the president is really not that powerful. He can be overridden by both the Supreme Court and Congress, even if he does veto a bill.

It's this obsession with father-figures that we discussed in my colonies class, really; the president is the father of our country, and he's supposed to protect and take care of us. The thing is, we go through this every goddamn election. We go and fall in love with him, and every time he breaks our hearts!

This has been happening since before our country was even founded--no matter what pseudo-history like Schoolhouse Rock wants to teach us, we were more in love with George than the British: he was our father, and he failed to protect us. So eventually we replaced King George with President George (the only U.S. president to be unanimously elected) and give parades as he passes through the streets, generally treating him like a god. Then he gets into office, and every mistake is his fault. And out of the goodness of his heart, he agreed to stay a second term, because he loved his country, upon which we love him then drag his name through the dirt AGAIN. Unlike Pericles, though--the ultimate patriot--he did not give up all his land to feed his people; instead, at the end of his second term he says "Screw you people, I'm going home."

And it's been a horrible cycle, happening for 219 years now. And I ask again, how is this Obama's fault?

There's a game called "When I'm King..." (which people aren't always sure they're playing, btw) during which you say "if I ran [insert organization], I would [insert policy]." I've been doing quite a bit of this recently

Current Music: Gliere - Russian Sailor's Dance; Moussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
See you later, instigator: Ocelot - Meow for Backupoudeteron on May 30th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Geez, I'm sick of seeing all the Obama-related oil news as well. Hello, people, he's not one of the guys in charge of the oil rig who fucked it up so badly it's triggered an environmental catastrophe! Why not blame the oil company for being clearly unable to keep its own goddamn technology in shape? No, wait, that would actually make sense.
I think you're right that people always want to blame whoever's in power at the time, whether said person is actually responsible for the problem or not.
MissTeacakes: zoisitemissteacakes on May 30th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I feel bad for Obama, actually. First he inherited a bad economy and an illegal war, now this shit. There's no way BP (oil company) is going to make it out of this one alive, though. Apparently they've spent over $940,000,000 just trying fix it (never mind how much they've lost in oil.)

It's not even "in power," because our president really doesn't have power. But most people don't actually know the name of their state representatives/senators, and Obama is the name everyone knows...
See you later, instigator: Evgeni Plushenko - greyscaleoudeteron on May 31st, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. At least that oil company's going to get what it had coming.

Seriously, sometimes it makes me wonder if the primary function of Obama's presidency is to Shoulder the Blame. Again, I feel bad for him too.