Friday, January 11, 2008

I need to stop reading YouTube video comments

This is also not related to Asia or English, but it will be written in English so it qualifies. Also I hate people who write million-word notes on Facebook and I need to say this.

I think most of my rage problems would be readily solved if I simply stopped reading both the descriptions of and comments posted on YouTube videos. Today, after watching a series of old school rap videos (Kris Kross - Jump inclusive), I accidentally clicked on a video of Hilary Clinton's most recent emotional break-down.

I've been hearing a lot about the stupid American politics on the news lately and frankly, I'm sick of it. But it was the description of this video that really made me cross, it's dripping with ignorance and anyone who knows me knows that is something I cannot stand:

"Tears do not buy votes. Your message, your vision for the country
and hard work do. Socialism doesn't work. It was tried in the 1600's when
the pilgrims landed in America. It failed then and will continue to
fail. Conservatism and Capitalism works every time it is tried."

Aside from the fact that Marx' Communist Manifesto was published sometime around 1848, I'm not looking to argue too much about the historical relevance of Socialism in the 1600's. My history classes are few and far between, but from what I recall the majority of government was some permutation of the feudal system. Anyway, that's only the tip of the iceberg in what annoys me about this passage.

Isn't the US currently both a conservative and capitalist country? How would the average person say that's been working for them so far? Running a nice deficit budget in the trillions of dollars? That's what I thought.
But wait! The USA is the best country in the world; if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

More and more I weep for what will happen in this upcoming election. Another mindless twit will be elected, nothing will change and everything will get worse for the rest of the world while the US continues to sit on its pedestal and appoint itself reigning power over all the earth.

Adding fuel to my fire is a NewScientist article from a couple of weeks ago detailing how upset the US defence secretary was when China launched a ballistic missile to destroy one of their OWN defunct satellites in orbit. Interestingly, China and Russia are backing a new convention banning space weapons to follow up the 1966 Outer Space Treaty. The best part is that the US refuses to sign up, saying that agreeing to such a convention 'ties its hands in dealing with a future threat', much like the threat of dwindling oil reserves they're currently dealing with. Good thing the UN wasn't tying their hands with anything about the WMD's in Iraq...

Even as I'm writing this, I've received a number of replies to my youtube comments.
"When we want the unsolicted[sic] opinions of the queen's subjects we'll yank your chain. Otherwise shut up eh? "

Unsolicited? I believe the individual that posted this video included "Feel free to comment on this video below..." in their "About This Video" section. That aside, one could argue all comments on any video are unsolicited, including yours. Turn down the hypocrisy and try adding some intelligence to your unnecessarily hostile outbursts.

"Keep your unsolicited comments about our political system to yourself. Opinions from the quuen's[sic] subjects aren't relevant. "

You must be American, so busy appointing yourself censor and arbitrator of all other nationalities. Lessons from the fools you elect into government, no doubt.

"At least I can vote for my President. Who elected the queen? "

I'm quite certain no one elected her, but I'm not too concerned about it being that I live in CANADA and she has absolutely no power. Read a book.

I hate humans. Anyway, this is way better and less likely to enrage me in any way:

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