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The Tentacle


May 31, 2010

Is it just me?

Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Is it just me, or do you also wonder how a Mexican can argue logically that America’s borders should be open while you’d be jailed for up to 10 years if you entered Mexico illegally?

 

Is it just me, or do you also wonder why it’s mostly the people who live in cul-de-sac subdivisions built in the last 10 years who argue that we shouldn’t build any more houses in Frederick?

 

Is it just me, or do you also wonder why somebody feels compelled to say “Let me be honest with you,” as though everything else they’ve said is a lie?

 

Is it just me, or do our current crop of federal and state elected officials, save one or two, just not measure up to the statesmen/women of the past?

 

Is it just me, or are you also sick of 20-something punks with bad attitudes and even worse vocabulary skate-boarding and impeding pedestrians along Carroll Creek?

 

Is it just me, or do you also think that anyone who wants to preserve a family farm in Frederick County ought to just shut up and buy the damned farm?

 

Is it just me, or do you also think that any politician who stands on the side of the road holding a sign with their name on it and waves at passing cars seems equal parts desperate and lacking common sense?

 

Is it just me, or are you also sick of tree-hugging dipsticks who seem determined to alter our way of life by recycling, reusing, and reducing our consumption to the point that we’re as miserable and self-absorbed as they are?

 

Is it just me, or do you also see a correlation between how complex our governing documents have become and the fact that more and more lawyers are being elected to office?

 

Is it just me, or do you also wonder why our leaders don’t authorize open-carry handgun laws as a way to reduce violent crime as they have in 14 western states, none of which has seen so much as an armed robbery since even Granny can pack a .45?

 

Is it just me, or do you also understand that those who accuse others of racism (Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, even our local NAACP rep) depend on racist behavior to preserve their identity and validity?

 

Is it just me, or do you also want to yell SHUT UP to anyone who buys a home and then complains about the farm/business/fill-in-the-blank that is located next door?

 

Is it just me, or you as sick as I am of people who tell you everything that they’re against before they ever tell you what they’re for?

 

Is it just me, or do you also see the hypocrisy in doctors arguing that they don’t get paid enough, insurance companies arguing that they have to pay too much, and lawyers arguing for AND against the other two groups, all in the name of reducing healthcare costs?

 

Is it just me, or do you also want to use the banned items from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG) annual dangerous toys list to kill all of the researchers at MaryPIRG?

 

Is it just me, or do you think there’s a problem when a non-profit executive director makes $100K and appears before the local government to argue for more taxpayer investment in their agency?

 

Is it just me, or have you also noticed that the people who drive through Frederick County (PA/VA/WV) on their way to somewhere else all seem to leave their basic driving skills at whatever state line they cross to get here?

 

Is it just me, or do you also want to rush out to 7-11 for 64oz Big Gulp every time some health nut rails against soda consumption?

 

One of my favorite comedians is Denis Leary from Boston. Youngsters will know Denis from the TV show Rescue Me or as the voice of the Ford F-150 pickup truck ads. Mr. Leary has made a career as an angry and bitter reactionary to everything that is politically correct and proper.

 

I wholeheartedly agree. I want every know-it-all, pompous jackrabbit who thinks they know what’s better for someone else to have their tongue tied in a knot and their mouths sewn shut. With a few weeks of peace and quiet, it might just be possible to restore some sanity and sensibility to our society.

 

It won’t happen, though, not when our president, Congress, state legislatures and even some of our county-elected leaders fall into one or more of the observations listed above. Too bad the mute button doesn’t have a real-life application!

 

So, is it just me?

 



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