Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Patton Oswalt's Facebook Message Is For Ostriches

Patton Oswalt no doubt was trying to offer some comfort, but he instead sounded like he was channeling George W. Bush, dividing things up into the "good people" and the "evil doers". We've heard this before, and seen the rotten results of processing things in this manner. You don't have to say the terrorists were good guys, in order to want to get a grip on the facts of who and what we are as Americans, and why people, even our own people, just might want to blow us the fuck up.
When shit blows up, you need to get a grip, a serious grip.

But what people, especially in America, do instead, is start pointing out why they don't deserve it, why they're good people, and the bombers were evil to do this—and also—Curse You, Evil Bomber Scum!

Yeah, it's understandable to be pissed off.

When Patton Oswalt sat down to type out his now-viral Facebook message about his feelings regarding the Boston bombing yesterday, he started out really great:

"Boston. Fucking horrible."

And you know, that's really all he needed to say. But, Patton didn't feel like going through this all again, the strain of the emotional rollercoasters people ride when terrorists come calling to the homeland.

He wanted to explain things, so we would understand there is this BIG difference between the good people, Patton called these the "vast majority", and the evil people, who blow things up.

As Patton said:

"I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet...every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness...But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers...So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

Seriously, is that much different than the silly, sentimental crap George W. Bush told us after 9/11?

Patton even employs "evil doers", even though he tells us he's trying to transcend religious differences.

It isn't the wiring inside an "insect" or the people Patton calls "viruses" that is the problem.

No, it's the wiring inside Americans, and what they propose to be "good", that is "snarled and...pointed towards darkness."

It wasn't an insect that nuked two cities. It was the United States of America. It wasn't a small group of sociopaths who built this great (and terrible) country—it was the sizable group of sociopaths we call Founders and pioneers forcing a bunch of slaves to do the work. It wasn't JUST a terrorist group that brought down the twin dicks of capitalism, and put an airplane full of humans into the war palace. It was a terrorist group fed up with US meddling in their part of the world. And the USA promptly illustrated that disgusting hubris, that 9/11 was in part a response to, by invading IRAQ!!, and slaughtering thousands of innocent people.

The fact Americans come together and start chanting about their goodness, when a few of them get blown up (most likely by some of their own right-wing nuts), just means they can get scared shitless, just like all of America's victims.

Welcome to the world the USA was mainly responsible for making.

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