Debunking McDonald

RECEIVED Wed., Jan. 16, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Uh-oh. Vance McDonald’s padded cell is blocking transmission again [“Postmarks” online, Jan. 14]. May I assist? Here we are with more anemic thinking from another member of the Republican marshmallow brigade. Reality check: In many places in the world, America is considered to be one of "the dark forces of tyranny." It’s complicated when you try to identify an entire people as evil, isn’t it? That’s thinking like a fundamentalist Muslim terrorist. Anyone half-literate who views our recent foreign policy prudently would vote for a Democrat at this point. Vance can keep his head buried in the sand, but the fact is we’ve been meddling in Middle East affairs so much over the years, we’re experiencing the backlash. McDonald wants to make it about ideological clashes (while accusing Democrats of the same). It’s unsurprising that he’s so lost in space he doesn’t even realize that the Democrats could win if they nominated a used tampon. People are backing Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton because they are different from Republicans, not because they’re black or female. Furthermore, for McDonald, of all people, to grumble about people placing ideology above the "issues" is so beyond ridiculous, it's mystifying. As for big government, yes, Democrats will raise taxes, but I'm sorry, it's a drop in the Grand Canyon compared to, for instance, the grievous mess of GOP-sponsored military spending on antiquated weaponry. The halls of Congress smell like the inside of a pig’s ass, thanks to Bush and the GOP. Way to keep government small, guys! And much of the funding has gone to pre-9/11 programs, so just secure that bullshit. Tragically, the spike in Pentagon spending doesn’t denote technological advancements. These half-wits are buying the same shit they did during the Reagan era; we’re just paying more. And while Lockheed Martin/Boeing/Halliburton execs soil their pants with delight, no one notices (cares?) the corporate monster eating itself, along with the citizens who are forced to subsidize its outlandish profits. All in the name of “freedom” and “dynamic economic opportunity,” eh? As for the Republican version of freedom, which laughs in the face of humanism and denies children health care and an education, I ain’t interested. Step aside, old-timers. It’s nice if you’ve learned something, but we haven’t come to teach you. We’ve come to take your place. That means you, Vance.
Sincerely,
Teighlor Darr
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle