So for the past week I was in Florida enjoying a week's vacation at Walt Disney World. Somewhere in the middle of all of that, I got a phone call from my cousin about Texas gubernatorial hopeful Debra Medina's appearance on the Glenn Beck radio program.
I honestly don't like Glenn Beck. I thought he was somewhat of a scumbag before this, now I know for sure. He claims to be a "libertarian at heart", and a "conservative". He is nothing of the sort.
Instead of focusing on the issue at hand, namely ISSUES CONCERNING THE STATE SHE IS CAMPAIGNING IN, he brings up some issue about her supposedly being a "9/11 Truther". Interestingly enough, I could find no such references to 9/11 on her campaign website.
So, instead of sticking to the Texas-oriented issues at hand, Beck decides to go off about 9/11, writes her off as being some sort of kook, and then all but praises Hutchison and Perry. He even derides Medina for refusing to disavow members of her staff who might POSSIBLY be of the persuasion that our government was involved in 9/11.
First and foremost, let's point out that Ms. Medina NEVER ONCE stated that our government was in any way responsible for 9/11.
My take on the 9/11 thing? I don't believe that our government was directly responsible for it, in any manner of official capacity. I watched the second plane crash live, as it happened. I was as close to actually being there as a 22 year old man in Texas could possibly be.
However, it's simply and utterly retarded to think our government played no role in the 9/11 attacks whatsoever. First and foremost, it is universally accepted that "Al Qaeda" is responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It is also universally accepted that Al Qaeda grew out of the Mujaheddin, which were financed heavily by our own CIA to combat the spread of Soviet communism in Afghanistan (I mean, Rambo III, anyone? The History Channel? Hello!).
Regardless of whether our government's role was direct or indirect, there are still several questions about the 9/11 attacks that remain unanswered to this day.
Why did several people report hearing explosions coming from below the building that morning?
How did we manage to find intact passports of the alleged (I say "alleged", because they are assumed to have died, and therefore not tried in a court of law) hijackers amongst the rubble, yet the jet fuel is supposed to have burned so hotly that it melted the steel support beams?
Why did at least four (that I'm aware of, there may be more) of the alleged hijackers later surface in foreign countries after they supposedly died in suicide attacks involving hijacked and crashed airplanes?
Why was the debris from flight 93 unlike that found at any other jetliner crash in the history of man?
Why was there never any security film footage of the Pentagon attacks?
The fact remains that we will likely never know the answers to these questions. However, to suggest that we (the general public) know everything about anything concerning 9/11 is the same as suggesting that the Warren Commission was right about Kennedy and Oswald really did shoot alone. It's just stupid. There's no fault on anyone, in my book, for not immediately denouncing someone for not buying in to the idea that our government isn't telling us everything.
To call Medina a "kook", because she accepts the fact that our government is notorious for lying to us, and for failing to involve herself in policing the thoughts and opinions of those who support her candidacy, is typical. If memory serves, the same smear tactics were used on Dr. Ron Paul when he didn't support mainstream Republican ideas of warmongering. Remember how Fox News, and Sean Hannity in particular, accused him of saying "America is responsible for 9/11"? Sounds quite a bit like what is happening here with Ms. Medina.
Now, moving right along to the TEA Party movement. Does anyone else remember the origins of the TEA Party? "TEA" supposedly stands for "Taxed Enough Already". I know, because I was a part of it during its infancy...before it became nothing more than the activism arm of the Republican party.
In the days since its inception, it has gone from being strictly about lower taxes, to the point where it now chooses statist scumbags like Sarah Palin and Tom Tancredo as its representatives.
Let's start with Sarah Palin. If I'm not mistaken, she has publicly endorsed Rick Perry for the governor's race. That, in and of itself, should be enough of a reason to shun her like the plague. On top of that, she decided to denounce Obama's $780bil bailout...but had no problem supporting Bush's $700bil bailout. Bailing out businesses with taxpayer funds is being friendly to taxpayers? Look at her voting record concerning crime, and tell me that isn't a massive waste of tax dollars. Now that it's illegal in her home state, she doesn't smoke marijuana anymore (even though it was always illegal under federal law for her to smoke it)...but wasn't afraid to spend your money on fighting marijuana as governor of Alaska, because marijuana "threatens families". Did I mention she also supports the never-ending wars this nation appears to be in, as opposed to saving money and protecting our way of life by ACTUALLY DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY?
Then there's Tom Tancredo...I honestly don't even know where to start with this guy. He's against the legalization of drugs, for unending foreign wars against bumpersticker slogans, and is against a separation of the church and state...which are, either directly or indirectly, the three leading wasteful expenditures of tax dollars.
The TEA Party has been hijacked by the mainstream GOP. With people like Tancredo and Palin leading the way, who can honestly take them seriously? They obviously don't want to lower our taxes, they would rather just steal from us and piss it away on their own ideas of what our society should be.
Of course, the mainstream media has latched on to this, and has associated people who initially supported the idea of lower taxation with racist scumbags like Tancredo (who advocated a return to Jim Crow at the TEA Party Convention, and got a standing ovation for it) and idiots like Sarah Palin (who advocates "abstinence-only" sex ed, even as her teenage daughter is getting knocked up by the unemployed boyfriend).
Sorry, but I can't align myself with hockey-moms and klansmen, just because they have co-opted a historical reference. Let 'em teabag each other, I'll continue to vote my conscience...