They say there’s enough religion in the world to make men hate each other, but not enough to make them love. – Angel Heart
There’s something else I can’t wrap my head around. Back when four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 we seemed to be coming together as a people. All of us on US soil. I was in NYC one week before this happened and very much enjoyed that city and its multi-cultural diversity. After the incident people from all over the US exuded their patriotism. Even foreign taxi drivers would sport tiny US flags in their cabs. I wrote a story back then titled Part Time Patriots. It was regarding how most races in the city would boast their flags especially the Puerto Ricans. But not so much American citizens till that dreaded attack. It seemed like a new trend to support our troops and be proud of our country. What the fuck happened since? Suddenly Americans burn and stomp on the US flag as it’s now the new popular trend and to boast pride for being American aligns one with being a racist of labeled some sort of “phobic”. I don’t understand it at all. It makes no sense and the irresponsible one sided reporting by the media seemingly propagates, promote and even encourage such behavior and often take a person’s words or actions out of context and create wide spread hysteria. Social media is even worse and has helped divide us as a country.
I have a couple of friends, who are still my friends even though I’ve managed to not jump on the bandwagon, something I’ve taken great pride in never doing. Every single day it’s some sort of Anti-Trump propaganda all day multiple times. I don’t like the guy and have gone on record that I never have and I certainly did not vote for him. Many “friends” deleted me, damned and berated me online because I voted Liberation which I have occasionally because I vote with my conscience and not with the American Idol mentality so many do these days. They certainly did it with Trump. I said it many times and am going to again right now. I’m not happy with our leadership but I’m not going to spend 4 years crying about it. I’m going to try to live a productive and happy life.
Also what the fuck happened with the Freedom so Speech. It’s so hard to say or write anything without paying a price for offending everyone. Back when I was working with the No More Censorship Defense Fund our biggest beef was with the far and well funded right wing Hypochristians. Now it’s the ultra Liberal extremists who will make sure you lose your career, education and respect if anything you do or say offends somebody. Thinking it over, all of the hypersensativity climate there’s no way MK ULTRA could be published in this era. We went out of our way to dance on the edge of what mainstream society considered objectionable. Protected by a disclaimer/warning from the very first cover, we did everything but take ourselves seriously when it came to trends or pop cultures as we were praised for our satirisation of the cookie cutter generation. That was 10 years ago. Now in the age of the millennials such a publication could not exist. It was a nice run. Yes, there are many days I do miss the heyday of the success and even some of the struggle that led up to it.
Last August in the issue of Esquire Magazine which I sadly left behind in Champaign IL, Clint Eastwood said it the best.
“…… because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist. And then when I did Gran Torino, even my associate said, “This is a really good script, but it’s politically incorrect.” And I said, “Good. Let me read it tonight.” The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, “We’re starting this immediately.”
ESQ: What is the “pussy generation”?
CE: All these people that say, “Oh, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that.” I guess it’s just the times.
ESQ: What do you think Trump is onto?
CE: What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind. And sometimes it’s not so good. And sometimes it’s … I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from, but I don’t always agree with it.
ESQ: So you’re not endorsing him?
CE: I haven’t endorsed anybody. I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody. You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. And yeah, it’s a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody—the press and everybody’s going, “Oh, well, that’s racist,” and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just fucking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.
Indeed, it is a sad time in history.