I didn’t make this, but it’s funny and should be true
It is hard to say it any better than the video above says it. People at the tea bag parties around the country are full of misdirected anger and hatred. Their behavior is completely irrational, ignorant and ironic. They will be receiving one of the largest tax cuts in recent years, and they are in a fury about taxes? They are calling the President a fascist, and they do not even know what the word means. Rachel Maddow also uncovered alot of not-so-hidden racism within this bunch, including posters of President Obama as a shoe shine boy.
They make a small, yet convenient army for the rich in this nation, whom taxes will affect the most after the Bush tax cuts expire. Their anger and demonstrations will not improve their lives. Nor will their hatred towards our President, who is actually trying to pass policies that will help them.
Two of the great strengths of our President are his calm demeanor and his ability to communicate clearly and analytically what he believes and why. One reporter mentioned that this latest speech was like an Economics 101 class, in terms of its presentation. To often in politics, substance and reasoned explanations are replaced with high volume emotion and fear mongering. Take Glenn Beck for example. He might very well have some legitimate concerns and good arguments to make against some of the policies from this administration. However, his over-the-top “dooms day” rants, and ridiculously immature behavior (like pouring “gasoline” on a guest spokesman or drawing cartoon pictures of “Jesus” representing the President) prevent many independents and most mature adults from taking anything he says seriously. He just comes across as an idiotic and potentially dangerous buffoon.
While Keith Olbermann might not be as crazy as Glenn Beck, he would still add more credibility to his stories if he calmed down the mockery, the anger rants, the “worst person in the world” garbage, and just spoke plainly about the issues facing our nation. One could argue that these are media personalities, and thus a certain level of “entertainment” value is necessary to increase viewership. But the issues they are discussing are real to the American people. If they are discussing war, torture and our military, or health care or government response to natural disasters, or the record job loss, these are not “entertainment” issues, they are real and should be treated with a manner of seriousness and respect.
And as for the politicians, the Dick Cheneys, Rudy Giulianis, Michele Bachmanns and the like in both parties should remember that we are Americans first and should respect fellow Americans even if they are in the opposing party. You don’t need over-the-top rhetoric or insane fear mongering to prove your point, if you have a good point. If you have sound reasons to support the policies you do, then simply explaining them as the President has here will gain you much greater respect, attention and possibly support.
Even for those that disagree with the President’s economic policies, it cannot be denied (after hearing this speech) that he has thought through them thoroughly and has sound reasons for his beliefs. This isn’t some wild liberal idealism. It is a practical approach to restore the economy and secure America’s future.
As a kid, following your school soccer game, McDonald’s is a gift. It is almost as if you are being rewarded with McDonald’s food for playing a good game.
As a poor person, McDonald’s is a savior. Nothing is better than knowing that you only need 4 quarters + tax to get a decent sized meal (double cheese burger + a water) to survive. I suppose one could argue for Ramen soup as an even better economical choice, but McDonald’s is a close 2nd.
As a health expert, McDonald’s is the devil. You should never ever ever eat there. It will just make you fat and ruin your workouts. It just bad for you all around. It makes you feel bad, there’s way too much sodium and fat. It’s one choice that should never be in your diet.
As a McDonald’s employee, McDonald’s is a gift. I’ve had friends that say they get free meals there. They’d bring back 40 chicken nuggets, and two buckets of fries. It’s just one perk for working there, free food.
As an emotional eater, McDonald’s is a friend. Had a rough day? Boss cussed you out? Well a 10 piece chicken nugget meal, 2 apple pies and a coke will cheer you up!
And finally, as an obese person, McDonald’s is a threat. It’s a literal threat to your life. You will always be reminded that McDonald’s is KILLING YOU. Do not eat there unless you want to die.
If, ultimately, McDonald’s means death, then why doesn’t it always mean death? In other words, for the kids who just won their soccer game, why should their parents “reward” them with death? (aka McDonald’s) For the homeless person looking for a meal, why should they worsen their difficult lives with the death that McDonald’s brings? For the McDonald’s worker, they should not view a McDonald’s a free meal as free “food”, but rather a risk to their health and increase to their medical bills. For the lonely emotional eater, they should view McDonald’s as just another troublemaker to their lives, only worse.
McDonald’s will only continue to push their food as long as the public is willing to pay for it. And paying for it seems to be done twice by Americans. They pay once when they buy the food, and again when they receive the negative consequences.