Thursday, February 03, 2005

the links and a bit of commentary

Only a Slovak man I tell ya. :)

Man peed way out of avalanche
"A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it."

Don't touch the little red button!!!

False Alarm, Connecticut Not Being Evacuated
"Connecticut emergency management officials have apologized for an erroneous message sent to state broadcasters today saying an evacuation of the state had been ordered."

Looks like our U.S. border security

I'm going to break out from the usual link parade to rant about the President's "State of the Union Address ". I found much of material hard to disagree with - had it been said by anyone else. But, this is Dubya and how much can we really believe? There was something in the speech really got to me though. It forced me think hard about today's American culture and who we are as a people. My comments after the speech snippet found below.


"America's immigration system is also outdated -- unsuited to the needs of our economy and to the values of our country. We should not be content with laws that punish hardworking people who want only to provide for their families, and deny businesses willing workers, and invite chaos at our border. It is time for an immigration policy that permits temporary guest workers to fill jobs Americans will not take, that rejects amnesty, that tells us who is entering and leaving our country, and that closes the border to drug dealers and terrorists (Applause.)"

When he finished this paragraph and after ensuring applause, I was actually upset. And I rarely get upset at television. I was upset because his statements ran completely contrary to my view of the American Dream and "AMERICA". The dream that says no matter who you are, or what your current situation, you can start at the bottom and work your way up. The fundamental belief that there is opportunity to work your ass off for a better life for your family and decedents. This life won't be easy and the results aren't guaranteed. But, you have a chance and this is all we ask. My parents did it this way and they're parents before them. A lot of others did it this way too.

Then I wondered if Bush could actually be right! Obviously he won the election based on his beliefs and not mine. So then I thought to myself...."Has American culture arrived to the point where we are so fat, lazy, and arrogant that there are jobs even the most disadvantaged among us won't take?" As a culture, do we now believe its better to collect a welfare check than be subjected to hard manual labor such as fruit picking and meat packing? Is manual labor embarrassing? Did he just say we need we NEED illegal aliens because we're dependent on a 2nd class type form of people?

The truth is I'm not prepared to call Dubya a fool. He may very well right and I'm the one thats wrong. I just have to believe if he is correct, America is destined to get its ass kicked by whomever/wherever because we're no long hungry enough to work hard. Isn't this exactly how other empires have fallen throughout history. For most American's I guess its better to drink beer, watch TV, and collect the welfare check. Maybe Bush is right and this is the new American Dream.

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