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Frustation with the Lack of Frustration

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In February, I wrote an article entitled Confessions of Frustration.

Not that it was particularly wonderful writing, but I wonder why more people didn't comment.  

Is it because they believe that I was merely venting?   Does it contain too many personal issues?

I'm an assistant editor here at OEN and proud of that.   I've read many articles since I published that one and most of them say much of what I said in the article, just not all of it all at once.

I admit, there's some catharsis which I gained from writing a little about almost everything, but I wish more people would have agreed with my assessment of the citizens of The FUSA (The Formerly United States of America).   Many Americans spite themselves just to keep others from obtaining what they need.   As mentioned in the rant, people "absolutely know" that anyone can pick him or herself up by bootstraps and get a job and stop leaching off of the "good guys".   They never stop to think that some may not even have boots.

Of course, even if they thought that through, they'd still absolutely know that those people don't have boots because they'd rather collect from "the state" than to cover their feet in the winter time.

Americans feel they know everyone's situation/condition.

A couple of friends and I, acquaintances, really, discussed this very issue.   When I said that jobs were being moved to third world countries, they didn't even use the normal argument.   That's the argument that says that, if we didn't regulate them and tax them, they wouldn't move to where the wage expectation is low, to understate the case.   No, these guys challenged me to go and look at the want ads in my local newspaper.   I'd see that there are "plenty" of good jobs to be had, but "these people" just want to stay home and have babies.   They outright said that "these women" like having seven or eight kids running around their Section 8 s**tholes and get "free" money from the government.   These guys said that they prefer it; they actually choose it over having a decent paying job and a better place to live.   ""These women" intentionally go through multi pregnancies and births to "live off of the hard earned money that we make"".

I'd already been looking at the want ads because, unlike the two guys who were talking at me and many like them, I want to be as personally familiar with the opposing view as possible before I conclude that it is, indeed, an opposing view.   There aren't plenty of good jobs from which "these people" can easily choose.   Of course, one irony is, if there were good jobs and the guys to whom I was listening had anything at all to do with hiring for those jobs, they would try as hard as possible not to hire "these people".

I think that I didn't get more responses because Americans, even Americans who consider themselves progressive, don't want to admit that The FUSA is sick and that sickness has made it a very disgraceful, dastardly and disgusting nation.   Even progressives like to think that Americans, for the most part, are good people and just need to be educated.   There's too much O'Reilly or Limbaugh or Hannity around.   Let's just tell Americans "the truth" and we'll all become accepting of everyone and anyone.   We'll become tolerant.   We'll understand that we're being manipulated by people who want us angry with one another so that we don't see what they're doing -- what they're doing to us.

However, in my humble opinion, people who listen to Limbaugh or O'Reilly listen to those creeps because they confirm what those listeners what to hear.   They merely vindicate what the listeners already believe.

And, yes, it happens on the left as well.   However, from what I see, people on the left are just as unrealistic as those on the right, but they're unrealistic in believing that the words of Rachel Maddow, for example, if inadvertently heard by a right leaning American, will magically convince that person that an untaxed society is an uncivil society.

Those who listen to right leaning mouth movers start at a lower point than left leaning mouth movers.   "If you don't look like me, you're lesser than I am.   If you don't speak like me, you're lesser than I am."

Peoples' hues mean more than peoples' views.   Under this premise, an African American, for example, who's in his third month of going from what places are left to what places are left, almost begging for work, is lazy while Caucasian mortgage thieves and pension thieves are philanthropically spilling some of their billions and that money is morphing magically into places of employment as angels guide it from above.   The government shouldn't look into how the thieves obtained the billions to begin with, but it should send "those (other) people" back whence they came.   Put "those people" in charge of anything and, boom there goes the neighborhood, city, state or, as we've seen since 2009, country.

Of course, the more money the thieves obtain, the more difficult it is for them to hold and, consequently, more spills and is morphed into good jobs for those who actually "want to work".  

Meanwhile, if those who are going from place to place were smart, they'd merely need to look at the want ads in my local newspaper.

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He is also a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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