Hang Up and Drive

Disrespect is fostered within the citizenry by irresponsible government and law enforcement. At it’s best, it is mere disrespect for one’s fellow man. At the worst, it is blatant disrespect for the law. One need only look to the roads to find anarchy in America.

Living in a major Metropolitan area on the east coast for the last 15 years has made me an expert on traffic and disrespect. The roads are an arena, where tin-horn gladiators vie for pole position. Our irresolute decision to defend our lane from offending and intrusive vehicles has led to a perfect model of our self-serving society. We aggressively assert ourselves on the highways, and will do almost anything to stay one car length ahead of the next guy. We will run you off of the road, or drive on the shoulder when you are too slow. We will not merge peacefully. We will change lanes in a frenzy to get ahead. We will cut you off, and then curse and flip the bird when it happens to us. Other traffic is the enemy.

I have been the victim of road rage, and I have suffered in it’s grip myself. More recently I have tried to relax on the roads, and as a result have become fascinated with people’s behavior as they drive. They read books or newspapers while whizzing down the highway at high rates of speed. I have even seen several people shaving on their morning commute. And then there are the phones.

It used to be, that when I saw somebody driving like an idiot, I assumed they were drunk or stupid. Now I assume that they have one of those annoying little phones screwed to their ear. Everyone knows that it is dangerous to talk on these things and drive, but everybody does it. Do they realize that their speed drops by 20 mph the second they dial, that they swerve, veer, and generally just drive worse than they did during driver’s ed sophomore year? When did it become necessary to be constantly in communication with everyone we know at all times, anyway? Does our right to free speech entitle us to endanger others while exercising that right?


The Clinton Legacy

People love Bill Clinton. A lot of people. Why?

Ask them. They’ll tell you. The economy was great. There was no war. The economy was great. No war.

I’ll grant you those two, but what about the rest of it? Ask them about Mark Rich, and you will get one of two responses…a blank stare, or they will change the subject. Ask about Monica Lewinski and you will only get one response…yeah! he got a $%#& #!* Why not?

Because he was supposed to be watching the country, is why not. Was it on auto-pilot while he was getting a “Monica?” Yeah, good job, Bill! way to go!

Maybe Clinton did have good economic policy. I’ll give him that. But the man himself? He is like the Mike Tyson of politics: the champ, but not really championship caliber. Here’s why:

1 Waco.

2 Pardoned Mark Rich, the largest tax cheat in U.S. history. Rich, a billionaire, was on the FBI’s most wanted list when Clinton pardoned him shortly after receiving a $150,000 contribution to the Clinton Library Fund from Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich.

3 All the other pardons.

4 Monica. Disgusting. Do your job.

5 Clinton lost the nuclear codes during the Paula Jones incident. That particular set was never retrieved.

6 Black Hawk Down. Bin Laden specifically mentioned this as the primary example of American cowardice that spurred him to his final decision on whether or not to launch the 9-11 attack.

7 Decimated our military.

8 Stole furniture from the White House. This was the Clintons’ grand departure, they took the stuff. They later brought it back.

Love him or hate him, he just won’t seem to go away!