The Well of Uncomfortable Political Truths

As you have no doubt noticed, The Ryanarium has relocated to its gemutlich new home on WordPress. The phase-out of Live Spaces gave me an opportunity to declare the Ryanarium obsolete. Let’s face it, most everything I write is either related to my meatspace life and belongs on FaceBook, or is realted to gaming and belongs at BoardGameGeek. If you want to follow my realtime or gaming life, you should probably go looking at one of those destinations. So what does that leave behind for the Ryanarium?

But now you’re looking at today’s headline “political truths” and wondering if I’m about to declare the Ryanarium a political blog. Rest assured, I have no intention of doing that. However, with the mid-term Congressional elections coming up tomorrow, political thoughts are coming easily to me, and I will take this opportunity to write down an assorted bunch of my own political slogans and maxims as I think them up. This stream-of-consciousness political screed is by no means representative of all future Ryanarium content. Just keep these things in mind while you’re standing in line tomorrow.

We cannot afford our good intentions. The road to bankruptcy is paved with good intentions. As beneficial as welfare programs and social spending might be, the economic toll of unsustainable government debt will undo all of those gains, and more. if you care about the poor and downtrodden in our society and believe that government is the only agency that can help them, then be aware that the first priority is to sustain and protect the longevity of said government. It cannot help the poor if it cannot itself survive.

Talk radio is poison, especially if it is named after one individual.

All media is biased. There is no such thing as an unbiased media outfit. Recognize the bias in each and every media source, and think critically about anything it tells you. It is your duty and obligation as a citizen of this republic to feed from as many DIFFERENT troughs as possible. That is the only way you can be an informed citizen.

I agree with Republicans that abortion should not happen. I agree with the Democrats that it should not be illegal.

Technically, we only need two traffic laws… Dangerous Driving and Inconsiderate Parking. This covers all sources of vehicular stupidity, be it caused by drink, age, distraction, or incompetence. I understand that this would be difficult to enforce.

I can no longer justify the electoral college, but I don’t think our voting public in general is any more informed than it was 200 years ago, so maybe we still need it.

Why is it illegal to not wear a seat belt? Laws are written to protect victims, not criminals. Who is the victim of not wearing a seat belt, and who is the criminal?

Legalize pot and tax the crap out of it. Prohibition was stupid in 1919, and it’s still stupid now. Expensive, too.

Per capita, America is one of the biggest jailers among the nations. Either we are doing something wrong, or we are one of the most evil people on earth.

We need a border policy that makes it fast and easy to cross legally, especially for people from parts of the world where documentation doesn’t exist. However, full citizenship should be a thing that must be earned.

Your government will never truly represent you, since it must also represent the people who disagree with you.

Making English the official language of the United States will do nothing to stem immigration or keep immigrants from speaking other languages.

If stem cell research is all that great, then its development won’t depend on federal funding.

All the federal funding in the world will not get Johnny to learn to read as long as Johnny doesn’t want to learn to read.

Student debt is doing more the prevent couples from having kids than abortion and gay marriage. I am not opposed to college, but to the lifetime burden it imposes.

Financial default will do more to bring America to its knees than foreign terrorism could ever do.

The biggest thing that the family values camp can do to promote the American family is to bring down the cost of living.

American jobs will come back home from Asia when Americans are willing to work for Asian wages. Pay attention, unions.

Remember that the Taliban and Iran’s “Mad Dinner Jacket” were elected into power. Remember that the United States once supported Saddam Hussein and the Afghan Muhajadeen.

Either Social Security will die, the US government will die, or the Baby Boomers will die. Pick one.

I as a college trained engineer cannot understand my tax forms. If the majority of us must pay an expert to comprehend our tax forms for us, then our tax code is fundamentally screwy.

I cannot say with confidence that there are absolutely no crimes that merit the death penalty. Would you jail Osama bin Laden for life?

No nation has survived the loss of its middle class.

America’s best strength as model of world democracy is the frequent peaceful transition of power from one party to another. Our harsh words for the opposition rarely translate to violence. That is awesome.

Resource conservation is good for everybody. Waste is in nobody’s interest.

Each species is a unique solution to a unique problem. There is nothing sacrosanct about the number of species on Earth. Extinction and invasive species are nature’s way of promoting capitalism. Maybe pandas are supposed to be extinct.

Climate change is supposed to happen. The sun has more influence on the Earth’s climate than we humans ever will. The Earth’s temperature is not supposed to stay constant indefinitely.

You leave your religion out of my government, and I will leave my government out of your religion.

If America is a Christian nation, than we have failed to live up to the American ideal of being a home for all.

The economy is too complex and too transient for any person or group of persons to control it. The economy cannot be controlled any more so than the weather can.

Las Vegas is a stupid place to put a city. Like a patient on dialysis, its survival depends on the pumps to keep turning. This strikes me as unwise. Same goes for Phoenix.

Attitudes about abortion and homosexuality are directly proportional to local population density. Thus the solution to both issues must be regional.

If the North Koreans can make a $100 bill as realistic as one the Bureau of Printing and Engraving can and for less money, aren’t they doing the BEP a favor?

If race doesn’t matter, then stop collecting statistics on it.

At heart, all political arguments are about money.

Immigration from Mexico will stop when America and Mexico are on equal economic footing. Note the stability of the Canadian border.

If you bust a man whose only crime is to cross the border illegally, even if he was a model taxpaying citizen, you’ve made him an ex-con for life. Convicted criminals are the unspoken third class citizen.

Government help should be available, but the least attractive option, only used as a last resort.

One of the greatest sins a nation can commit is to prevent its people from freely leaving it.

When we think our political opponents are deliberately sabotaging our country, America dies a little.

The Star Spangled Banner hails this nation as the “home of the BRAVE”. Keep that in mind the next time you’re standing in line at a TSA checkpoint.

Nifty Wikipedia Thing: Horse musicals

Movies I’ve Seen:

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) ~ The ending wasn’t that funny.

A Hard Day’s Night (1963) ~ prototypical and trendsetting music video

The Mack (1973) ~ Made entirely of unimportant dialogue.

Liberty Heights (1999) ~ Mighty drama sprinkled with burlesque.

The Producers (2005) ~ Good musical numbers, sans LSD!

What I’m Reading:

“The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde


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