Thursday, July 23, 2009

Half Full Of Ideological Stereotypes And The Health Care Debate

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, that are dreamt of in your philosophy" ~ William Shakespeare

Am I the only one that will make an extra effort to pull up alongside another driver to "see what a bonehead looks like"?

I do that a lot. Some would probably say too much.

Some idiot makes some nonsensical driving maneuver, and I just have to speed up to pull alongside to look at the offending driver. Invariably, the driver looks pretty much like everyone else.

So, I don't know why I bother. It serves no practical purpose at all. I guess it is a habit, because I just can't seem to resist the urge.

Anyway, a couple of days ago, I was stopped at an unbelievably long traffic light, and noticed the bumper stickers affixed to the car in front of me.

The one on the left said,
How's that hope and change working out for you now?
I've seen that one before. But the one on the right had a new, unique message. I just had to share it with my readers:
That Obama sticker on your car might as well say, "Yes, I'm stupid."
I thought that was funny, and I felt the urge to speed up after the light turned green and pull up alongside the "old, rich, white man" to look at him, possibly smile at him, and/or greet him with words of appreciation. So I sped up and pulled up. And looked.

It was an attractive young black woman.

I thought that was --well--special.

Switching gears now-- have you ever heard the expression, "Is your glass half full or half empty?"

I understand it's supposed to be good when one refers to a glass of some beverage as half full and not so good when it is referred to as being half empty. I think it's supposed to be some clever psychological test of attitude.

Yesterday, my wife inquired of me why I hadn't yet taken the garbage out. I replied, "Because the trash can isn't full yet. Its only half full". And then, an epiphany struck me, right there in the half opened (heh) front door. "Or, maybe it's half empty. What do you think?"

How does it affect your attitude when we're talking about garbage? Is a half full garbage can good or bad? Seems to me, a half full garbage can is not a good thing, which totally explodes the previous psychological theory. Right?

And then, as if that psychological dilemma weren't enough to keep me occupied for the rest of the week, this morning, I encountered a half full (or half empty) glass of unfinished cola in the kitchen sink, half suspended in dish water.

I am of the opinion that a half full glass of flat cola about to spill it's contents into a clean sink full of hot dishwater isn't necessarily a good thing. So, in this case, what does this say about your attitude if you continue to believe a half full glass is evidence of a positive attitude? Isn't it better, in this case, to refer to it as half empty? Hmmm?

Changing the subject yet again, AOL (America Online) , which is a pretty poor, but excessively Liberally-biased internet service provider, posted a poll the other day asking subscribers their opinion on Obama's health care proposal.

The result, the last time I checked, was something like 77% of AOL subscribers opposed Obamacare.


Facebook also posted a poll asking the same question. Their results were 74% opposed. I don't know whether Facebook is Liberally biased or not, but it doesn't appear to make a difference in this case.

Even Liberals can't spin this stupidity to make it look good!

One would think this would send a message to Obama, but of course, he has already proven he doesn't care what the majority of American people think about his plans.

As long as we don't interfere with his eventual coronation as King of the World.

I could go on and on all day, but I think I'll just stop here.


LoneWolfArcher said...

This is a classic post! Touche!

Krystal said...

I want that second bumper sticker!!

Our Republican headquarters has a large sign in their window stating that the Republican voter's registration is up 650% in the last 15 years.

Mark said...

I wouldn't go so far as to say if one voted for Obama they are stupid.

Although that is certainly one of the reasons, it isn't the only reason.

Other reasons include being uninformed, uneducated, naive, Socialist, Communist, Marxist, apathetic, foolish, deluded, black, other minorities with victim-hood mentalities, people with class envy, derelicts, ne'r-do-wells, Lazy people, welfare recipients, and Liberal.

Joe said...

President BO's glass is only half full and his agenda isn't even half baked.

I wonder how many of those "We're dirt poor but we won't be for long 'cause we got Obama!" blacks are beginning to wonder.

Z said...

A black girl with that amazing bumper sticker!! I LOVE HER!

Thanks for coming by..such a flattering comment's not deserved. ANYTHING you could say is a help to the conversation!

I just read your comment about Obama voters being 'stupid' and had to laugh because when I read the great bumper sticker to Mr. Z, he said "THEY ARE STUPID!" MEN!

Always On Watch said...

Here in Northern Virginia, I see mostly political bumper stickers supporting BHO. This same pattern was true before the election.

That said, I have noticed fewer bumper stickers overall. The other day, I did see a car which had scraped off -- poorly -- several bumper stickers. One of the mostly removed stickers was one for BHO and still had one small arc of his "O" remaining.