Tuesday, May 18, 2010

the apple and the tree

My dad emailed this to me today after I sent him a link bemoaning the screwed-up-ed-ness of Cali and our government:

Civil rights used to be a value in this country. Then 9/11 happened and our leaders decided we couldn't afford those values.
Equal treatment under the law used to be a value. Then the State of Arizona decided we couldn't afford that so long as desperately poor people continued to come across the border in order to feed their families.
Bi-partisanship, a spirit of "we're all in this together" used to be a value in this country. Then extremists hijacked the political process and we had to lay that value aside, too.
Common decency used to be a value in this country. Then a person of color got elected.
Paying our bills used to be seen as personal responsibility, a value in this country. Then any tax increase became "socialism" and we couldn't afford to pay for public services anymore.
Get in line, Arnold. The pile of broken values is just over there. Lay the needs of children on top of the stack before it gets any higher.

He's such a bad ass, my dad.

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Magpie said...

Yup. Apple/Tree. Badasses.

Anonymous said...

Shit, I'll second that.

lagata said...

and I'll third it. Bad ass indeed.

Tabba said...

Love it.

alejna said...

That was brilliant.

TZT said...

Go dad! Go apple!

Gwen said...

That made me smile.

krista said...

my tree consists of predominantly conservative branches of i don't know what fruit. maybe peaches or avocados. then there's me. i look and smell like the rest of the fruit but if you take a bite, i'm all apple. fallen from a non-apple tree.