The Easter Bunny Lays An Egg
As you may or may not know, I’m not a Big Fan of Memes. Yes, it’s nice to be recognized by others in Blogtopia, and Yes, such, and such, and so on, and so forth, and Razzmatazz, but-
One of the Guiding Principles behind Jonestown (Ha, bet you didn’t know we had any “Principles” did you?) is,
What does that mean?
Jonestown (The Name) is a Metaphor for American Society.
Everywhere you turn it’s, “Buy This, Don’t Buy That, Think This, Don’t Think That, Act This Way, Stop Acting Like That, Follow, Assimilate, Conform, Give In, Give Up…”
In Other Words-
“Drink Up Bitches”
I have, and have always had, a Deep Aversion to Kool-Aid.
I don’t want to Follow, and I don’t want to Lead.
I just want to Live My Life without the Incessant Interference.
Maybe I’m Anti-Social, although, in my Defense, Anti-Socials rarely spend much time “Wondering” why they are the way they are.
They Don’t Give a Shit.
Some of it is Attributable to ADHD.
As anyone with ADHD can tell you, feeling Disconnected is a Constant Companion.
It’s difficult to Engage in the World, when all the Fucking Flashing Lights, and Loud Noises are pushing your Mind to the Brink of Overload.
But I’m not going to put the Blame Squarely on the Shoulders of ADHD.
I think, for the most part, it’s simply my Personality.
I’m Intelligent, Individualistic, Questioning/Challenging, and I tend to be more of an Observer than a Participant.
And what I Observe, often times, makes little sense.
I just don’t get the “Drink Up Bitches” Mentality, and I find myself Resistant (Sometimes out of Sheer Defiance) to the “Join Us” Meme that is, American Society.
If I join, it will be on my Terms, and the Option for Leaving is Always on the Table.
I’m not saying/claiming I should be able to do whatever I Damn Well Please, and if you really Knew Me, you’d Know I’m actually a Fairly Conservative Person (Possibly “Nerdy”).
I drive a Civic Hybrid for Christ’s Sake.
But what I see in this Country, despite the Endless Propaganda, is, we, as a Society, are Hostile Toward the Individual.
Sure, we say We Love Independence/Individuality, but We Don’t Mean It.
This “Philosophy” is our way of Paying Lip Service to some Romanticized Yesteryear when America was Founded by “Staunch Individualists.”
I’ve experienced this Reality, Firsthand, here in Blogtopia (The Last Bastion of Free Thought).
“Think What You Want, but Don’t Disagree with, or Upset Me.”
I can’t tell you (Because I Lost Count) how many people who, at one time visited here on a regular basis, no longer Visit.
Some of them have Legitimate Reasons (I Guess), and some just moved on, as have I, because they’re into different Subject Matter.
But, the Majority (In my Opinion), are nothing but Cowards.
“It’s Hilarious when fairlane Annihilates the Wingnuts, but it’s not so Hilarious when he does the same to Liberals.”
Forget that I’ve gone out of my Fucking Way to Remind People,
“I am not a Liberal. I am not a Democrat. Everyone is Fair Game. I am a Writer/Observer, and Bullshit is Bullshit regardless of what Color Dress It’s Wearing.”
Now, of course I Lean to the Left (Socially), but that’s more out of Self-Centeredness than some Egalitarian Fantasy I have about living in a Care Bear inspired Nightmare.
I’ll do what I do, you do the same.
And of course, I’m not always Even Handed or Open Minded.
But, so the Fuck What?
At least, I don’t pretend.
“I’m not Open Minded. I Think/Believe what I Think/Believe because I’m Right. You Are WRONG. If you were not Wrong, I’d Agree.”
“I’m also Arrogant, and Self-Righteous, but again, So the Fuck What? So are you. Why else Would You Spend the Countless Hours It Takes to Maintain a Blog? You too, must think you have something Very Important to Say or you’d spend your time Elsewhere.”
Johnny Wingnut, and I have this ongoing Conversation (Among Many) concerning, “How can you Claim to Oppose Immorality, while Simultaneously Ignoring It in Those You Support?”
I mean, any Democrat in the World can tell you Every Single One of Chimpy’s Fault (And Fuck, there are Too Many to Count), and a Republican can do the Same with Clinton.
But, can they see those same Faults in the Eyes of Those They Support?
In my Experience, I must say, the Majority Cannot.
Or more Accurately, They Can, but They Ignore It because they “Drank Up,” and now they are Bound to those They Chose to Follow.
“If I criticize Clinton/Democrats, I’m, by Default, Criticizing Myself, and there’s no Fucking Way I’m going to Look at Myself. Fuck That!!!”
How many of you have heard this-
“I don’t care who the Democrats/Republicans select as their Candidate because I’m voting for them No Matter What?”
That is, Fucking Stupid!!!!!
Why Vote at All?
Why Even Make Such a Statement?
Instead, why not say-
“I’m a Fucktard, and I’ll do whatever you tell me to do because I gave up thinking for myself years ago?”
I may be Arrogant, Self-Righteous, and even an Asshole, but at least I’m an Honest Asshole.
If you have a piece of Spinach on your Teeth, I’ll say, “Hey Dude/Dudette, you have a piece of Spinach stuck to your teeth.”
By not speaking up, you’re allowing that person/friend to look Foolish, and that’s Not Fucking Cool.
I’d hope my Friends would do the Same.
(Don’t even ask how we got from there to here. I haven’t a Fucking Clue)
So, here we go-
I decided to come up with my own “Meme/Award,” in honor of those who are not afraid to Be Honest, to Speak Out (With words, pictures or both), and who are even willing to Lose “Friends” if keeping them means Compromising what They Believe.
There are no Rules, other than what I made up about Fifteen Minutes Ago-
1) You do not have to hang said Award on your Sidebar
2) You do not have to pass this award to Five, Six, or even Ten other people. Keep it for yourself.
Sharing is not always the right thing to do.
3) You do not have to write some Self-Deprecating Post about how “Honored” you are, or how you don’t really “Deserve” such Acknowledgment.
4) If you want to ignore any of the previous three rules, that is fine as well.
Drum Roll Please-
The Semi-Annual “Drink Up Bitches” Award Goes to the Following Person/Persons-
(In no Specific Order)
1) The Jonestown Super Team-
All I can say is, Thanks For Being a Part of this Madness, and Drink Up Bitches!
2) Samurai Frog– Dude, you are a Frog after my own Heart.
Keep Railing, Keep Ranting.
No one is going to ever listen, but what else can we do?
3) Kelso’s Nuts– You may be the only person in our Little Circle who’s Pissed Off more People than I.
Quite an Admirable Trait Indeed.
4) Little Country Lost– Jen, quite possibly, wrote the best post during the Iraq War Blogswarm.
If you have not read it, you should.
5) Tengrain– Despite the occasional Crybaby, Ten refuses to Cave Into Peer Pressure.
And, he let me have the keys to the Bentley this past Weekend!!
6) Mary Ellen– Mary has dealt with a Ton of Bullshit because she’s a Hillary Supporter.
But despite the Withering Criticism, she Stood Her Ground, and said, “No, Fuck You!!”
(I know, I know, I’ll get around to your Meme, I promise).
7) Progressive Traditionalist– Not only has PT had his comments deleted, he’s actually been Banned from other Blogs because he has this Crazy Idea he should be able to have his own Opinions.
What a Maroon!
8) Scarlet– Yes, she’s my Empress, and I know I’m always giving her some kind of Award Thinga-Ma-Jig, but-
She’s my Empress.
And I wouldn’t select just anyone to hold that Honor, regardless of how Hot they are.
If you’re not on the list, either- you need to spit out the Kool-Aid, or, more likely, I’m saving you for another day because I have to go be with My Family Now.
Apparently, even in Hell, they celebrate Easter.
Until Next Time-