It’s a Brave New World …

Posted on 2014 June 5

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— It’s a brave new world when democracy is not about solving problems with our fellow citizens but about vanquishing them as an enemy.

— It’s a brave new world when the felony rate drops but people think there’s a crime wave.

— It’s a brave new world when cigarettes are banned and marijuana is legal.

— It’s a brave new world when the U.S. foments dissent overseas, then helps a foreign government quell those protests.

— It’s a brave new world when a CEO can be shamed into resigning because he supported the wrong political cause.

— It’s a brave new world when conservatives and liberals alike believe huge deficits are business as usual.

— It’s a brave new world when women dress in provocative clothing and then berate men for staring.

— It’s a brave new world when police can take all your property for themselves on mere suspicion you’re a drug dealer.

— It’s a brave new world when anyone who disagrees with the president’s policies is called a racist.

— It’s a brave new world when we send our troops into harm’s way over and over, beyond their limits, and when they get home the VA makes them wait months for medical care.

— It’s a brave new world when all Americans must purchase a product or face a penalty.

— It’s a brave new world when one 20-ounce soft drink is bad while two 10-ounce sodas are perfectly fine.

— It’s a brave new world when the more we spend on a public problem, the worse the problem gets.

— It’s a brave new world when bookstores disappear and casinos proliferate.

— It’s a brave new world when kids dress in gang-banger clothes and then protest when adults cross the street to avoid them.

— It’s a brave new world when it once took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol but now Congress can prohibit any product of which it disapproves.

— It’s a brave new world when universities must censor the classics with “trigger warnings” lest someone feel hurt or offended.

— It’s a brave new world when it is unlawful to serve food prepared in incorrect cooking oil.

— It’s a brave new world when politicians think they can prevent mass-murder-suicides by passing laws against them.

— It’s a brave new world when the science of climate change is vigorously defended while the science of genetically modified foods is angrily denied.

— It’s a brave new world when we’re more concerned about companies gathering information on us (so they can offer us tailored products) than we are about governments spying on us (so they can arrest us for suspicious behaviors).

— It’s a brave new world when incandescent bulbs are unlawful but their fluorescent replacements are filled with hazmat.

— It’s a brave new world when Americans have every lifestyle option and yet one third of them are obese.

— It’s a brave new world when the Fed pumps up the housing market, then blames Wall Street when the bubble bursts.

— It’s a brave new world when corporations are too big to fail and the rest of us must pay the bill.

— It’s a brave new world when senators support unchecked spying on their own constituents but are shocked, shocked to find the government spies on them, too.

— It’s a brave new world when an anti-prostitution governor gets caught hiring hookers.

— It’s a brave new world when an anti-gun legislator is arrested for gunrunning.

— It’s a brave new world when politicians post images of their genitalia.

— It’s a brave new world when the best way to deal with a brave new world … is to lose ourselves in the pageantry of the latest Kardashian wedding.

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