Scream Therapy

I was poised to write what I hoped would be a powerful post detailing my frustration with current events.  The anti-Reagan is about to undo a thirty-year American consensus on taxes and economic growth; socialized medicine is arriving at a brisk march; and the never-waste-a-crisis team, safely past the election, is capitalizing on human tragedy to once again assault the Second Amendment.  

And this is still President Obama’s first term.

I’m just too knackered to deal with all this in prose, so I’ll let the dialogue in the nearby Super Bowl ad express the emotions I’m experiencing this evening.

  1. Indaba

    Why is it that people want to vote their country into oblivion? I spoke to a top Canadian entrepreneur yesterday, also an immigrant from Zambia, like myself. Immigrants take risks because we are more desperate and we have nothing to lose, back thirty years. But now, even immigrants are cossetted.

    we talked about how we mortgaged our homes to take our risks. Today, who wants to do that? Fewer people. Tech is the easier route as fewer staff are needed and the upside might happen.

    The anti capitalism, anti materialism views of the teachers, the CBC, the culture have taken grip of the next generation. We both thought that the luxury brands like Porsche have had their peak cycle here. They will find their best markets in the developing world. Our grown children are content with $10 ripped jeans. The anti consumerism has won but it is bad for the economy. We joked about why they should go to Zambia where they can really be anti consumer as there were no shops.

  2. Tommy De Seno
    C

    That’s not a scream.

    This is a scream:

  3. Sandy

    How about an order of the leadership platter:  hard work with a side of anger, hold the screaming.

  4. Fricosis Guy

    The one quibble with your post: socialized medicine, banking, etc. arrived years ago.

  5. Israel P.

    Will anyone care when Sirhan Sirhan walks?

  6. George Savage
    C
    Tommy De Seno: That’s not a scream.

    This is a scream: · 6 hours ago

    Tommy, that’s it!  You have provided the audible essence of the emotion I was feeling last night.  Fortunately, a sound sleep under a warm comforter has restored me to myself.

  7. George Savage
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    Fricosis Guy: The one quibble with your post: socialized medicine, banking, etc. arrived years ago. · 6 hours ago

    FG, true enough.  I guess the “tipping point”–to use another formulation much overused nowadays–is the predictable lurch to strip citizens of their rights under cover of “doing something” about a heinous criminal act.

    We are told we must have an urgent “national discussion” about murderous mass violence committed by young male loners with mental health issues.  But the only permissible topic is completely within the confines of liberal conventional wisdom: restricting gun possession by the law-abiding.

    The immediate policy prescription is to restore a law–the “assault weapons ban”–that did nothing to reduce crime; a policy whose expiration in 2004, it was prophesied by chief sponsor Senator Feinstein, would lead to markedly increased mayhem.  But it didn’t.  Violent crime post expiration continued its slow downward trajectory despite the restoration of this class of gun rights to the citizenry.

    Meanwhile, stories like Duane Oyen’s, and my own are ignored.  Why don’t we stop this class of crime by helping the seriously mentally disturbed individuals responsible?

  8. Fricosis Guy

    BTW, good to hear that you’re past the knacker’s gate.

    Call me Mr. Sunshine, but IMO, the anti-gun zealots overplayed their hand.  Obama’s handoff to Biden is an attempt to run off the clock.  Also, I think the mental health discussion is more honest this time around.  Even NPR noted that mental health advocates were the ones who stopped disclosure of treatment history.

    George Savage [snip]The immediate policy prescription is to restore a law–the “assault weapons ban”–that did nothing to reduce crime; a policy whose expiration in 2004, it was prophesied by chief sponsor Senator Feinstein, would lead to markedly increased mayhem.  But it didn’t.  Violent crime post expiration continued its slow downward trajectory despite the restoration of this class of gun rights to the citizenry.

    Meanwhile, stories like Duane Oyen’s, and my own are ignored.  Why don’t we stop this class of crime by helping the seriously mentally disturbed individuals responsible? · 5 hours ago

  9. Tommy De Seno
    C
    George Savage

    Tommy De Seno: That’s not a scream.

    This is a scream: · 6 hours ago

    Tommy, that’s it!  You have provided the audible essence of the emotion I was feeling last night.  Fortunately, a sound sleep under a warm comforter has restored me to myself. · 18 hours ago

    Edited 18 hours ago

    My son played me that clip the other night and I can’t make it through the whole video.  I laugh so hard at every scream I have to shut it off.

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