Plug Me Back into the Matrix, Please

March 23, 2010

A few months back, someone slipped a pill in my drink, while I wasn’t looking.

No, nothing as scandalous as a ruffie, nor even as trippy as ecstasy. Instead, someone slipped me the Red Pill, and I began to wake up and see what was going in our government.

In case you’re not familiar with the pill I am referring to, allow me to share a quote from The Matrix:

You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Obamacare, wake up!

OK, so nobody really physically slipped me a pill. Nevertheless, I have been driven of late to stay abreast of political goings-on, and obsessed with researching and understanding the inexplicable push by Democrats to force through a Healthcare Bill that is rife with controversy, encompasses one-sixth of the U.S. economy, and provides healthcare to…well, I haven’t figured that out yet.

The reason I use the Matrix metaphor is because the majority of my fellow citizens seem to still be asleep. The deeper I look into this bill, the more disgusted and sickened I become. I try to shake those near me awake, to no avail. They either don’t see the problem, or refuse to. They have become so desensitized to government corruption that they don’t realize how severe our plight has become.

Equally disconcerting is when people are aware of what the current administration is doing, they shrug it off, or try to justify it by pointing out the indiscretions and wrong-doings of past administrations (namely, President Bush). I seem to remember learning a  lesson as a child, a lesson like: “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

By this logic, I guess the next administration can just come in and do whatever it pleases. Then again, why wait for the next administration? Obama has two years left. Will we give him a blank check to continue unraveling our country?

I saw a similar defeated attitude in Iraq. When patrolling the villages around Fallujah, as elections were drawing near, I had the opportunity to ask the Iraqis of Al-Anbar how they felt about the upcoming elections. The prevailing theme was, “They’re all liars, and what we think won’t make a difference, anyway.”

There were some exceptions, where people were excited about the elections, but they were in the minority. I did what I could to encourage the people of Iraq to stay motivated. After all, this is what my fellow Marines and I had fought for. The right for Iraqis to have free elections, and liberate themselves. Had it been for nothing?

The lesson I took away from my time in Iraq in 2008 was a painful one. You can’t help those that won’t help themselves. If you believe you are beaten before you even begin, you will surely be defeated.

Now, here I am back home, 18 months later, seeing some disturbing similarities. People believe that the government will do whatever it wants, and that all politicians are liars. A people so discouraged in their leadership that they are convinced that resistance is futile. (Yes, I spent too much time watching Sci-Fi movies in my younger days.)

President Obama, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid and their party have managed to bull through H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act. The Act was passed and signed into law today by President Obama in spite of the objections of the American people. Numerous polls indicated that this was not healthcare reform that the American people want.

There are plenty of sources to cite that claim this is because of misinformation propagated by the Republican Party. The GOP has been accused of fear mongering and spreading lies about the bill. Allow me to toss my chips in with the GOP on this one. I have spent hours reading the bill, and have found nothing in it that convinces me otherwise.

On the contrary, I have found it much easier to debunk the supposed benefits the Democrats claim are being provided. It’s been said that we need some true Bi-Partisan effort to achieve heath care reform, yet the only thing Bi-Partisan about this bill has been the opposition to it. Not one single Republican voted for this bill, but several Democrats voted AGAINST it.

President Obama has made claims that the Republicans are fighting the bill just to be stubborn, labeling them “The Party of No.” In fact, in an attempt to make an appearance of bipartisanship, the Democrats tacked on some Republican amendments to the bill. They refused, however, to address the problems that Republicans had with what was already in the bill. When the Republicans held their ground on the issues, and refused to vote for a flawed bill, they were again accused of being “The Party of No”.

I’m so sorry, Mr. President, that the Republican Party wasn’t as easy to buy off as some of your Democratic colleagues in Nebraska, Louisiana, and Northern Michigan (Yes, YOU, Mr. Stupak!). The Republican Party was on the right side, this time. The side of the people.

In conclusion, I ask that my fellow Americans do one of two things: Either wake up and get involved, or have the decency to plug me back into the Matrix. I’m getting too old to fight these battles alone.

Besides, I can’t pull off the leather trench coat look like Keanu Reeves, and I would damn sure look ridiculous in leather pants.

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24 Responses to “Plug Me Back into the Matrix, Please”

  1. me Says:

    I wonder if there is a way we can get hippies/liberals registered as a hate group?
    They are the most hateful, dangerous, and intolerant people in our country, and they are destroying it from within.
    The founding fathers knew this and wrote that the enemy of freedom would come from within. Not an invading foreign power.

    If the majority do “take the blue pill” and Obama has another term, then we may not survive as a nation.
    This is probably the most dangerous turning point in U.S. history.

  2. Rod Says:

    Live long enough, and you will be looking for that blue pill.

  3. ianganderson Says:

    Deleting comments again? I could make a comment about U.S. troops being unable to fight fairly, and instead using overwhelming technological advantages to cause hundreds of thousands of casualties while suffering only thousands yourself just like you delete posts because they offend you, but I think you know where you stand.


    • Ian, I don’t think there’s ever been a question of where I stand. I told you from get-go that if you can’t stay on topic, which in this case is Healthcare, and continue to spread your ridiculous propaganda, that I would delete your posts.

      Now, I do find it interesting that you, being the son of a Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War, have such an intense hatred of your own country. I’m guessing that when your dad died a few years ago you and he had some issues that went unresolved. Get over it, grow up, and show some common decency.

      My blog will not be used by you to promote your anti-military agenda. I suggest you stay in your little hole in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and stick to feeding your garbage to people who may be ignorant enough to believe it.

      • Dylan Says:

        I am anti-military. If we abolished a few military programs we could pay for Health Care. I think everyone can agree that we already have enough machines to kill people!

        The Matrix is a metaphor for Buddhism. In the beginning you think that Morpheus is referring to capitalism and the prison industrial and military industrial complex. You then realize he means REALITY is a prison.

        So the red pill would be to detach from aversion/craving and transcend this mortal coil.

        Keep it up though you are smart I like your blog.


      • Dylan –

        Fair enough. While I disagree with you about the priority of National Defense and Healthcare, I respect the fact that you are respectful. Nothing wrong with a little difference of opinion.

        The Matrix thing was borrowed to be used as my own metaphor. So many people in our country are “asleep” when it comes to being involved in the governance of our communities, states, and country. We were designed to be a Country led by the people, for the people, but “The People” aren’t really shouldering their share of the responsibility.

        Thanks for the kind words about the blog. I hope to free up more time this weekend to post something new.

  4. hippieprof Says:

    leavemealonegov said: Yep a liberal hippie who lives off government funds would say the government programs are great.

    I just love the way stereotypes fly….. on what basis are you assuming that I am living off government funds? I teach at a private college that receives very little government funding. My salary is largely paid by the parents of my student. Sure, there is some financial aid involved – but of that relatively little actually comes from the government.

    Postal service…..broke.

    This one always amazes me.

    Tell you what – why don’t you try to set up a profitable business that is required to deliver mail to every address in the country, six days a week, for the federally set price of 44 cents per letter. Good luck with that. The similar service offered by FedEx costs how much? About 10 bucks for 4 business days. Imagine the uproar if the post office actually tried to charge a rate that would allow them to be profitable.

    — hp

  5. nonplussed Says:

    @ianganderson

    Citing an ambiguous news article is bush league stuff. And the refuge of the purposefully ignorant. The political and social landscape has changed drastically since 2006. The PIPA poll also does not state WHERE it conducted the poll. If it was in Fallujah or Ramadi, 6 out of 10 approving attacks during that period in time would be incorrect in that 6 out of 10 would be too many that disapprove of attacks on US forces.

    The State Department poll in the article was conducted in Baghdad. With the level of violence in Baghdad in 2006, 2/3 favoring withdrawal of US forces seems in line with what was going on at the time. Again, that was 2006.

    This is 2010. Control of Al Anbar has been turned over to the Iraqis and Marines are pulling out of Iraq. Get with the times. Levels of violence dropped drastically from mid 2007 to 2009 in Al Anbar. If you polled Iraqis during that period, you would have seen much different results.

    http://northshorejournal.org/habbaniyah-tourist-village-hot-spot-of-al-anbar-vacations

    Poll of Iraqis in 2008

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/14_03_08iraqpollmarch2008.pdf

    Read Page 18

    “This is probably because you and your cronies bombed their infrastructure to pieces and created millions of refugees and orphans. Do you think the same thing when a homeless person asks you for change? “Oh, this person must be absolutely grateful for everything our society has done for them!” Jesus.”

    If you can’t cite personal experience or a recent legitimate study, your opinion is just that; an opinion. There is no reason behind it save your seething hatred and overwhelming ignorance. And I am afraid that does not count for much.


  6. From Ian’s own cited USA Today article:

    Last week, Iraqi President Jalal Talibani told the United Nations that coalition forces should remain in Iraq until Iraqi security forces are “capable of putting an end to terrorism and maintaining stability and security.

    Ian is notorious for hacking out bits and pieces of articles, taking them out of context, and skewing them to support his own agenda.

    Just thought I’d offer a counterpoint to that one.

  7. ianganderson Says:

    USA Today is a socialist rag, huh? Haha


  8. @ian – Nice, you continue to dig up your links from the Socialist sites you plagiarize on your blog. Again, get out of your box, see the world, and try to form your own opinions. You are the most bitter and resentful 25 year old I have ever seen.

    • Lord Bitememan Says:

      Tim, don’t bother with him. You’ll notice he used a flimsy pivot to turn a blog entry about the health care bill into a diatribe about Iraq. Deviating from the subject as such is proof enough that he lacks the capacity to discuss anything else intelligently. So, don’t waste your time. You talked about the health care bill, and if he won’t, don’t dignify it with a response.

  9. ianganderson Says:

    “Social Security…..going broke. Medicare….broke..”

    This is because of Republican meddling…you know what? Never mind. If you’re of the intellectual caliber to think that the imminent collapse of social security is because the government just can’t do anything right, you aren’t worth responding to.

    • keepyourgovikeepmycash Says:

      We lose everytime the government gets involved.

      On a side note I checked out your site. You sound like a racist and a anti-semite

  10. ianganderson Says:

    Here’s how much the Iraqis appreciate what you’ve done for them: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-27-iraqi-opinion_x.htm

    “About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, a poll finds.” (2006)

    I think we can assume that the actual numbers are higher, given the fact that polling of this kind generally only picks up the opinions of relatively well off Iraqis. And of course the million+ dead can’t speak for themselves anymore. Shame isn’t it? But go ahead and toss some water bottles around if it makes you feel better.

  11. ianganderson Says:

    “This must be why every time I went on patrol, the Iraqis asked me for water, money, protection, and whatever else we would give them. I walked that sand, talked to those people.”

    This is probably because you and your cronies bombed their infrastructure to pieces and created millions of refugees and orphans. Do you think the same thing when a homeless person asks you for change? “Oh, this person must be absolutely grateful for everything our society has done for them!” Jesus.


  12. Oh Goody, Ianganderson, the anti-military blog troll is back. I don’t know why I bother engaging in dialog with you, but I will answer one of your naively ignorant comments:

    “The Iraqis didn’t want your largesse, and the occupation has been mismanaged so badly that any attempts to blame them for their own problems makes my skin crawl. Shameful.”

    This must be why every time I went on patrol, the Iraqis asked me for water, money, protection, and whatever else we would give them. I walked that sand, talked to those people. What is your basis for your statement? Another military hating article you read in the internet between rounds of World of Warcraft?

    When you have some real world, first hand experience to back your claims, come back to my blog. Otherwise, prepare to be blocked, again.


  13. @hippieprof – I guess it depends what polls you’re looking at, which is why I did not say “all” polls.

    While I appreciate differing views, I disagree with your statement that I “mischaracterized” any data of any sort. I did not assign a belief structure to the poll data. That would be interpreting the data, rather than reporting. I further disagree that you can conclusively claim “that a majority of Americans support the bill passed OR SOMETHING MORE LIBERAL.”

    I think your reading into it your own opinion, which I could do as well, but have refrained from doing so.

    I think the common ground we really need to acknowledge here is that this bill failed to provide any meaningful healthcare reform. It was in essence an expansion of Medicaid, Medicare, and, unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Service.

    In closing, you are correct about one thing: It is bad form to pimp one’s own blog. 🙂

    I will read it nonetheless, out of courtesy for your taking the time to comment on mine.

    • hippieprof Says:

      I guess it depends what polls you’re looking at, which is why I did not say “all” polls.

      As you have probably seen, I already made a longer response over on my own blog – and yes – I am sorry about the pimping – I typically don’t do that, but in this case I had just written a long post directly related to what you posted here.

      As I mentioned in my other reply, this isn’t something you only find in one poll. In fact, recent polls by Gallup and Kaiser even show a majority of Americans supporting the reform bill – this without having to subtract out the opposition from the left.

      You say: I think the common ground we really need to acknowledge here is that this bill failed to provide any meaningful healthcare reform.

      I don’t think we will find common ground on that one. Coverage of pre-existing conditions is huge, as is regulation of an insurance industry all too happy to drop you when you actually get sick.

      I will continue to drop by an comment here. This seems like a place where rational dialogue is encouraged. I value that.

      — hp


      • Glad you feel welcome Prof.

        Regarding the pimping, I’m glad you did. I wouldn’t have been aware of yours otherwise.

        We can agree to disagree, and hopefully set an example for others to follow. The vitriolic tendencies of these blogs needs to end. We’re getting nowhere, and a nation divided is sure to fall.

        You work on your side to reign in the crazies, and I’ll do the same on mine. Lord knows we have enough of them.

        Semper Fidelis

  14. Leavemealonegov Says:

    Yep a liberal hippie who lives off government funds would say the government programs are great. What government program has ever worked well? Postal service…..broke. Social Security…..going broke. Medicare….broke..but we will just raise taxes to cover it. Public school system…some good but over all children are getting worse educations then private. So name me a government program that works.

  15. ianganderson Says:

    You’re correct, Hippieprof. In fact nearly 60% of Americans support single payer healthcare.

    Also, this: “After all, this is what my fellow Marines and I had fought for. The right for Iraqis to have free elections, and liberate themselves. Had it been for nothing?

    The lesson I took away from my time in Iraq in 2008 was a painful one. You can’t help those that won’t help themselves.”

    Is just offensively ignorant. The Iraqis didn’t want your largesse, and the occupation has been mismanaged so badly that any attempts to blame them for their own problems makes my skin crawl. Shameful.

  16. hippieprof Says:

    I am on a mission today…..

    You say: The Act was passed and signed into law today by President Obama in spite of the objections of the American people. Numerous polls indicated that this was not healthcare reform that the American people want.

    That is a real misrepresentation of the data from the polls. If you actually take a look at the polls you will find that a majority of Americans support the bill passed OR SOMETHING MORE LIBERAL.

    It is a grave mis-characterization to claim that the American people wanted something more conservative – something more Republican.

    I wrote a long piece on this earlier today on my blog. I know it is bad form to pimp one’s own blog – but the post is directly relevant to yours.

    http://hippieprofessor.com/2010/03/23/what-the-american-people-really-want/

    I am interested in your response.

    — hippieprof


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