Tuesday, February 7, 2012

OpenLinkNight: Patriot Games



Tom Brady is not to blame for losing the Super Bowl game,
just ask his wife, you "can't expect him to F'n pass & catch"
while those who don't just stand and watch, much less drop

oh i bet that was an interesting ride home after

as she stroked him, like women do men, husbands
with wives, coaches and pats on the butt, or buddies
around a campfire, 'it's not your fault, if only'---

all well intentioned of course, wanting to soothe turn
of the worm where stomach meets intestines,
he'll feel with each pause, rewind, play, pause, rewind
his eyes taking in each mis-step, missed ball, blown call,
thrown pass, safety, sack, SportsCenter's top ten play

And when he hears the sound bite once more, her absolving
him and turning on his team, will he Clint Eastwood or MIA?
slip them the finger surreptitiously or carpe the day---

Yeah, it's halftime America, and only the ego can answer
which to please and depending  on which way he leans,
it could make him a prime candidate for the presidency,
only turning political means less interesting commercials

As for me, i'd rather the humbling of reality,
than the pop---
                                     of an over inflated fantasy
and another four years of it's all about me.

It's OpenLinkNight, and my turn behind the bar @ dVerse Poets, so write something poetic and come join me and a whole bunch of friends as we sling verse. I will be opening the doors at 3 pm EST. See you there.

134 comments:

Anne said...

It is halftime indeed America, but this game isn't over yet, it's barely been played and the outcome will effect not an individual, not a country, but a globe. The self-recriminations that occur after the final scrimmage in November will be far worse than the ones that occurred on Sunday.

Daniel said...

Brian, she sounds like a class act huh? Well, I guess that I have no right to judge anyone on anything at any time. All that aside, your message is spot on my brother.

JANU said...

I don't understand American Football or the hype around Superbowl...Oops! But, the hype is the same around here with cricket in India...and the excuses given are the same...
enjoyed reading this.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

indeed, pop!

Sandi McBride said...

Yeah, but will he respect her in the morning?
Sandi

The Silver Fox said...

I always thought it was odd that one person would be credited with winning or losing a game. There were two teams on the field, correct?

And I think it's nice, but almost nostalgic, to see someone stand up for her husband like that.

Having said that, I was there for the commercials.

Barbara said...

Too funny. Reading (and hearing) all the takes on the game, halftime events and ads is worth the price of admission.
(Brady's wife sound like a piece of work.)

Pat Hatt said...

Good luck with the all about me
I doubt you'll be rid of him/it come November at your sea
And yeah it's dumb to blame one guy for a lose when there is a team
Unless he blatantly went loose at the seam
Or pulled a Pete Rose
As we all know how that goes

DJan said...

I am not a football fan, but I did watch this game, and I thought it was a good one. I wanted the Patriots to win but only because of Tom... he's one talented dude. I enjoyed the game because of Tom and Eli. And I enjoyed this soliloquy by Brian, too... :-)

G-Man said...

It's a lucky guy to have a wife support him so vociferously...
Eh Son?

Manicddaily said...

I confess to not being so involved in football, but I know enough to dislike the Patriots. (I'm also a New Yorker!) I'm not quite sure of the message when you move on from Brady. 'It's all about me' seems to be built in to the culture to some degree; to me, not particular to this administration. k.

Heaven said...

"As for me, i'd rather the humbling of reality,
than the pop---
of an over inflated fantasy
and another four years of it's all about me. "

I like your ending lines which I think says more about that football game. It's always the last seconds and minutes that counts in the deciding game ~ But do we remember in the next 4 years?

AmyLK said...

I didn't watch the game or hear what she said. But she shouldn't have dissed his teammates in public. That's poor sportsmanship in my book.

I love how you incorporate the game and politics into one story. :)

Magpie said...

I'm like a lot of America..."Was there a game Sunday?" :)

CiCi said...

You have a great way of writing about something and with your incredible talent leading your readers to using their minds to open to other meanings. Long sentence to say that your writing rocks.

Anyes said...

Sports and politics, are the games of life...Or are they?

SueAnn said...

Yes it is the "all about me" time for sure.
Hugs
SUeAnn

Laurie Kolp said...

Oh, wow, Brian... one of my favorites. I love the metaphor here b/t his wife blaming the teams and we Americans blaming Congress.

Valerie said...

It's all about me... applies wherever you happen to live.

I cut off when it comes to sport because, as others have said, no one man is responsible for losing a game. But the lynch mobs will find an excuse to pull the man down.

Enjoyed your take on it, though.

happygirl said...

And WORLD PEACE begins with Madonna being sucked down into a hole. I can't wait.

Lorraine said...

Carpe Diem m'dear we're on the verge of catastrophe, I know I'll pick you as one of my people :)

Teri M said...

The radio station I listen to in the morning spent most of yesterday morning dissecting Gisele's comment.

tera said...

Wow. You got a lot in there, my friend. "I only watched the game for the commercials." :) Too bad you can't say the same about politics.
Although, I think that's how a lot of people view it...

william said...

I know how you guys take your sport seriously lol, great coverage of a great game..

Sue said...

Still chuckling over happygirls's comment.

=D

Steve E said...

Dammmit Brian, it's lines like this which set you way above others:

"...soothe turn
of the worm where stomach meets intestines..."

WOW! and anyone might KNOW I'd like this line true, so true:

"..i'd rather the humbling of reality" (and sometimes it reeelly IS-grin!)

Thanks for your seeming endless contributions to lifting spirits of so many Peeps!

ayala said...

It's been non stop in the evening news shows...love your spin on this and your ending is awesome!

Rae said...

Kinda like getting walloped up side the head and it's gonna leave a mark on the whole team. The woman needs to keep her mouth shut.

Ginny Brannan said...

Just heard that 'lovely' quote yesterday. No class and no clue, she's a model, 'nuff said! I am a New England girl, through and through. The Giants played hard, were all over the Pats, and obviously out-played them Sunday. Sadly Gronkowski, our best catcher, was off his usual brilliant play from his ankle injury. If we had caught that Hail Mary pass at the end, everyone would be singing a different tune now, wouldn't they?!!

Interesting little switch off from football to politics there, Brian. Like the last stanza. Well played!

Claudia said...

we're always so quick with finding excuses for ourselves and the ones we love..but think a good dose of truth and realism is what really brings us into the next half and gives us the possibility to win..whatever it is..writing-wise i esp. love the intensity of stanza three with missed ball, blown call, thrown pass...tight!

Dolly@ Soul Stops said...

hmm, 2 different playing fields, but all play out a drama to differing endings/ effects...thanks, Brian.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I only watch for commercials, and now you can see them repayed on every morning show, so ...... I didn't watch. The wife lacks class.

wayside word garden said...

"another four years of it's all about me" -- creative integration of football or sports and politics.

freeclarke said...

You have a unique way of putting a heart and a rhythm to the current life experience that is *our experience....I don't care for Brady, but I love how you put a lens on it..Nice.

somewhere a melody said...

I'm not a sports fan but I'm a good poetry fan :) This was wonderful!

kellie said...

and he makes football become poetry! wow man... you are brilliant. You really do turn anything into a piece of art! bravo! :)

my offering
http://kellieelmore.com/2012/02/02/in-the-haze-of-knowing/

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Topical and right on.

Quirina said...

I don't know much about American football, but the sense of suspense in this poem is brilliant.

Fred Rutherford said...

Brian, really nice job tying in the Super Bowl and politics. I didn't actually see the Eastwood spot but heard it on the radio, always liked Clint. So glad Brady and the Patriots lost the game too. Great job here, loved the way you moved from the singular to the plural here, from Brady to government. Thanks.

Andrea said...

This is my first visit, after seeing your name in the comments forever over at Amy's Awesome Nest.

I had to laugh at the superbowl verse. We dvr'd the game and fast forwarded through most of it. Obviously I fell asleep before the good parts!

Stu mcp ( hate & hope) said...

Being British - I'm not sure I get all the football related detail. I always found it strange that you couldn't play football without 2 tons of pads, 400 cheerleaders, a pitch divided into 14 different segments, 5 mascots, 12 coaches and a 24 piece marching Souza band. Im thinking this piece might say something about blame culture- about cause and effect, about hopes and dreams and disappointment. A commentary on politics maybe? Politics being 'the game'?

Daydreamertoo said...

Hehehe... LOVE it.

I don't understand your american football. To me Rugby is the REAL game, or real football.
I'd better quickly rush off now before I upset too many of your good folks.
Great piece, well said! ;)

Jerry said...

The political game is played on wet natural grass turned mud flinging dropped verbal passes and slide-off hip-hugging half ***** tackles.
I must say though, in the end it might end up like a back yard hail Mary with a bunch of guys jumpin' for the ball while looking at Madonna.

poemblaze said...

Interesting write. One thing I envy the brits is how short their election campaigns are. Much less painful for the electorate.

adan said...

half time america, that's for sure

but that should mean there's another half to play ;-)

as for four more years of whatever, naw, me too, i'm with you on that -

besides, who wants a term limit on their life?

thanks brian ;-)

Vernon Wildy Jr. said...

I liked how you captured that moment of the Super Bowl and the reality around it. We use sports to escape it but we really can't, and not even Brady can escape the finality of what happened to him. And we can't escape what is lingering for us to face.

rumoursofrhyme said...

If only our election campaigns were short. It seems to me that our politicians mever stop campaigning.

Nice poem Brian - interesting parallel between team sports and politics. Victory is a team matter, a defeat must be pinned on an individual. It's a hard world we live in.

Tina said...

Hmm...seems I missed something as significant as a wardrobe malfunction after the game was over...will now have to go find quote. However, from your spot-on piece, I'm thinking she's probably not a very nice person.

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Tara Miller said...

When our pride is hurt we're quick to blame. When we don't live up to others expectations we're quick to blame. Rather than dissecting actions for blame, let's learn and be better from our mistakes, trying not to repeat the offense. Easier said than done, I know. Easier to apply to sports than in politics....ha

Lady Nyo said...

Brian, I don't understand football, but I sure 'get' your poem. It's broad enough to encompass so much in America, and particular enough to give a sting of guilt, but this issue of "four more years all about me"...is exactly the issue in America today: rampant narcissism.

You rock, Brian. Your voice has become my barometer on these issues.

Lady Nyo

wolfsrosebud said...

nice ending... wonderful "if you where there piece"

Andrew Kreider said...

Good for Gisele. At least she called it like she saw it! You make some really nice sideshifts from sports to politics - made me squirm, in a good way. Great wrtie, as always.

Natasha Head said...

That's what we girls do...pamper bruised egos...and some girls are lucky enough to have a world listen to the words (one could hope, eh?) I don't get the football/super bowl obsession...but I paid enough attention to hear of the supermodel who casts blame (there's another poem in that statement alone) Poor boy...bad timing is almost always the reason...and I think that goes for the world in general.

The Linnet said...

Well you got me Brian...

I don't do football UK style let alone USA Superbowl.

I love this political twister :)

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I of course did not watch the Superbowl, and do not understand American football - but now I feel as though I did see the game!

I do watch from afar that other game you refer to, though, and have my hopes as to the outcome. (Lesser of two evils, perhaps? From out here, the home team has been a disappointment in some respects — but the alternative? *Shudder!*)

kez said...

Makes you wonder what happened to the sense of team ! great write though I know nothing of American Football or politics but I could sense the atmosphere in this and seems much the same in the UK ...thank you x x

Divalounger said...

I don't understand football, but I understand failure and how we slip slide away from it--and try to make it better for ourselves---and I understand when consoling words just make your gut churn more--great write--it brings back many failures---and the diminishing of my over-involved ego--

@AudreyHowitt

sage said...

Good job! I laughed at your insights but some of them aren't really funny, they're serious, but I still laughed. My favorite of my least favorite teams won!

S.E. Ingraham said...

great kick-off to "your" poem night at the pub ... kinda sorry to see Brady's wife taking it in the neck so badly (being a super-model doesn't necessarily make you dumb ... that's just mean) - lots of us speak without thinking; it's hard to remember these days that your words will immediately become enshrined on YouTube and/or Twitter and zoomed around the planet ... sorry for the rant ... loved your poem Brian - it's a metaphoric marvel, truly

Rachana Shakyawar said...

@Brian
Oh the match you are referring I guess I was watching it just a couple of days back on the airport..one tv was surrounded by bunch of sports lovers, now when I'm reading this post I can relate myself completely how it feels like!!!
Very well written!!!!

Marousia said...

Nice writing - I love the way you have set up the layers for an allegory

kd sullivan said...

I wonder if her words encouraged, or made him want to run and hide..

Mary said...

So glad the Giants won even if they DID beat the Packers. I heard this game was the most heavily watched television program in the history of American television. Next year: Packers. LOL.

Nick Rolynd said...

Aha. I knew there would be something about the super bowl today. Nice one!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Very well done. And I love the way you tied it into the halftime in America ad.

Deidra said...

The good 'ole blame game - enjoyed reading!

mrs mediocrity said...

nice.... it's all a big game these days, big bucks, big egos, big stakes, big politics.

and don't get me started on those commercials...

great analogy here, point well taken.

wurdz said...

Yup! *leans back and loosens belt buckle* ya fed me well with this! The thought of her evokes visions of Yoko O-oops! almost said it. Halftime? Hell it's 4th quarter, 4th and inches with 25 clicks on the clock! If we truly want to score...we need to stop the back biting. Great work!

Laura said...

My favorite part "Yeah, it's halftime America, and only the ego can answer
which to please and depending on which way he leans,
it could make him a prime candidate for the presidency,
only turning political means less interesting commercials"

well played by you my friend!

Charles Miller said...

I love how you take The American pasttime and turn it into a political message, laying the body at the doorstep of the people's apathy. You really paint a picture of the narcissistic bulge that bloats the will to do the right thing. Now, I know you love football as much as I do (and hate the Pats too!) but the time, money, creative energy that goes into making it hype is astonishing. Not to mention, as you do, the moral torpor with which it grips the soul of many, maybe me the most.

Zouxzoux said...

Insightful social commentary in this. I'm trying to decide if our politics coincide as you've cleverly cloaked your preference.

As for the game, I only care about it when the Saints play. Next year: Two Dat! :)

jackie dick said...

Oh, crap...now I have to reveal yet another fatal flaw. I don't do football...I do politics somewhat..and oh, so learning to hate that. Mebbe if I read this a couple o times I wouldn't feel so nekkid. I'm gonna chalk this one up. *gap-toothed smile*

hedgewitch said...

Jeez brian--can't believe i haven't been by till number 72--I love the attitude in this, and the down home truth--too much is all about me for too many me's.

Teri said...

there sure has been a lot of talk about all of this, hasn't there! The "finger", the wife, the "global effort" you speak of. Great thought provoker here, how you take the global approach on something that was in the minds of many for just a few hours. How we "play the game" is of the utmost importance.

Beachanny said...

a) I'm late to this party
b) I did not see the superbowl as I have no tv here
c) I don't know who these people are because all the people who loved football in my life have moved on
d) I get that it's way cool you could say two things about similar but different aspects of American life, and you always do that so unbelievably well.
e) I read everyone else's and apparently I didn't have anything to say except about myself..I guess like those people I made it all about "me" (smile)
f) Always love your work Brian and am in awe.

William Claybrook said...

The message of blind loyalty and allegiance.I find so many sights in your work. I love the wife on the way home from the game.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I think one of the reasons I don't like watching sports is that I figure most of the folks agonizing over a poor performance in a game couldn't actually do better. And, besides, it's called a game for a reason. That's all it is.

tracy said...

You got pretty much the whole game and all the in betweens in that little poem, Brian. I don't know how you keep doing that and then it saying so much, too.

Mama Zen said...

Sharp write, Brian!

Myrna R. said...

Nice how you matched these two "games". Sadly, in one of these, we're the losers.

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Great write, Brian! I agree; especially with the last part!

Christine said...

Turned the TV off before the comments, I barley understand Canadian football, but did enjoy the close call of the game, wonder if your election will be the same?

Caty said...

Guess I've been out of the loop being at work all weekend; I haven't heard anything about Brady's wife. Looks like I'll be Google-ing it...

On the other hand, this was a great write, especially the last little bit :)...

"As for me, i'd rather the humbling of reality,
than the pop---
of an over inflated fantasy
and another four years of it's all about me. "

KB said...

I saw the clip earlier today and didn't see what the big deal was. Just a girl speaking her mind.

Arron Shilling said...

now that was a game though huh? - what an ending man - i was going nuts - like what you did here though brian - neat footwork - i'm open! all the best bro - sorry if this makes no sense i'm still wearing my massive foam hand lol

flaubert said...

Brian, I didn't see the halftime commercials, but I did read about them. I wonder what is happening to the fine country I grew up in. There was a scathing write-up on TB by the Boston Globe, that my husband brought to my attention. Only you could combine football and poetry. Touche`

Pamela

pandamoniumcat said...

I don't understand American football but over here with rugby league and Aussie rules it's the same...sport all over really that one person can turn a game for the better or sometimes the worse. I feel for these players sometimes, having to watch their faux pas replayed time and time again and analysed..."why on earth didn't he just..." Anyway great poem as usual!

TALON said...

I feel sorry for him when he's in the locker room, Brian. I couldn't help thinking how my hubby would feel if I showed up at his office and started running down his co-workers - lol!

sharplittlepencil said...

"Slip them the finger or... carpe the day"! Man, have I missed you, Brian. Just think how Aaron Rogers feels here in Wisconsin after that season.

As far as Halftime America, you can either say it's time to crash back onto the field and score by making real social change... or admit that half-time (part-time) is about the only job available for too many folks, thanks to corporate greed.

Just too much to say. Loved it. Amy Is Back. http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/emotional-dyslexic/

emily wierenga said...

ha! so clever... yes, the stroking of the ego is never as good as it feels.

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Sports :) You never run out of topics, do you? :)

tony said...

Seems,These Days,Politics has become what Sport always was....The Individual Over The Team.We Dont See Systems Anymore...just personalities.

Dave King said...

More sense and conviction in that than in the total of all the sports reviews I've read this week! It just also happens to be a damned fine poem.

Semaphore said...

Yes! You can turn anything into a poem, even the ephemeral sound bite from a post-game analysis that doesn't do justice to Walt Whitman's motherland, let alone the grandstanding, reality-show carnival that cable tries to pass off as America.

Lilu said...

Haha. I have never watched Super Bowl in my lifetime, and have only watched some American Football because my girlfriend adores it but... Hell, I enjoyed reading this. I'll have to forward it to her...

Kudos on being able to write poetry on something like football, I'd never ever achieve such a thing!

And when it comes to all games with two TEAMS and not individual players, I suppose it is natural to seek a scapegoat within your own team. Individuals are part of the team, and everyone's scared shitless the rest of the team will turn against him/her... Don't you think?

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"As for me, i'd rather the humbling of reality,
than the pop---of an over inflated fantasy
and another four years of it's all about me..."


Hi! Brian...I think some Of your commenter got it [Wink, Wink,]
and I hope that I get it...too!
[Wink, Wink...I think it much bigger than futbol...lol]
Tks, for sharing!
deedee :-P

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

MAN this is CHOCK full of goodness Brian! Sports AND politics. Huh. Good one.

Heather said...

ha! Love this - you should hear all of the songs all over the radio up here about her and Tommy - love the political references, too!
hope you are well!

joanna said...

feel like i'm late to the party here... :)

love how you take something so current and make it your canvas for a much broader message... oh, and some damn fine wordsmithing, too! kudos, brian.

C Rose said...

Loved how you brought this all into weave Brian, fantastic words as always my friend ~ Rose

Lizzy said...

I know how this works, having tried to take the blame away from someone I loved...They became very defensive and refused to shift the cause from themselves. I'm thinking he did the same...unless he is not an honourable man away from the camera.
I hope the Amercan people can find a man who will make them proud.
Good luck from Canada.
Nice take Brian.

johnallenrichter said...

Hahahah.... But it's truly not Brady's fault Bri... How could he ever expect to beat one of the Manning brothers????????? And you can't blame her for standing behind her man really.... It would just help if she had an inkling of common sense to go along with those incredible looks. I'm convinced he didn't marry her for her prowess in football. And it's all mute anyway because the really important thing that we should take away from this, as we should every year, is that if we took all of the TV advertising income, hotel, restaurant, and travel income from people going to the game, and combine that money with all of the salaries and income from just one NFL franchise team each year, then we would have enough money to end world hunger completely. We all have our priorities...... Apparently, like Rome, ours is to watch the gladiators instead....

sheila said...

yeah, this isn't the first time she's thrown a hissy fit in public. I actually feel sorry for the guy!

Christi Moon said...

Well you certainly didn’t drop the ball with this oval-shaped metaphor my friend. This member of your captive audience completely enjoyed the game. nicely played.

Adam said...

I knew the Giants would win

Friko said...

So it's all about politics, is it?
The politics of me . . . .

Joanne said...

Saw some of the game and most of the commercials, as well as the half-time show. So glad I read your poem, Brian, a) because it was a great synopsis of this stomach-churning experience for Brady and the interesting connections to the half time in America commercial, and b) because I got a great laugh out of happygirl's comment:
And WORLD PEACE begins with Madonna being sucked down into a hole. I can't wait.

Chuckle. Ah, American entertainment...:)

beckykilsby said...

Maybe you should have a SuperBowl in carpe ego... plenty around and not just in the US. Great combo of sport and politics Brian... but your own voice is the chord of sanity.

Blue Flute said...

Great use of alliteration, internal rhymes, and partial rhymes! "turn / of the worm," "stand and watch, much less drop,"each mis-step, missed ball, blown call"

Victoria said...

This is so very clever in many ways. Who else but you would imagine the dialogue between Brady and his missus?

Kerry O'Connor said...

I know nothing about the Superbowl, but i know a lesson in hubris when I see one!

drybottomgirl said...

Thinking before speaking...I've eaten my share of shoe leather :-0 And since my beloved Packers weren't in the Superbowl I couldn't care too much who won.....

Lolamouse said...

It's always up to us women to sooth the fragile egos of men. Oh, the burden...

Vicki Lane said...

Nicely topical, Brian!

Ed Pilolla said...

the best roundup of the superbowl i have read. funny spin through the official celebs and storylines to get to what matters.

darsden said...

It was actually my fault because I didn't pray when asked. I instead said one for the Mississippi Boy Eli.... and well... :-)

Luke Prater said...

Indeed. I didn't really think it was about football. ha!

Reena Walkling said...

Brian, had to give you a shout out on my blog ... love your words. Hope that was ok.

Teresa said...

Would be so nice if people could just take responsibility for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Manning to Manningham, best play of the game...

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Ok, I have to admit that my eyes glaze over at the mere mention of sports so I've been ignoring all mentions of this drama.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Great brain, Thank you so much for your advice at dVerse poets pub. it really was some sound advise. Thanks again.

Joanna Jenkins said...

"Only the ego can answer...." Love that. And yes, I'd hate to have been around for the replay of the soundbites. Sheesh.

And Brian, your writing rom your time in DC is stunning. Thank you.

jj

LadyFi said...

I read this as very metaphorical. Beautifully written.

aidz said...

I missed the game.. damm having to work .. enjoyed the write nearly make sup for not seeing it...nearly ;)

James Rainsford said...

Even though I don't understand American football, I do appreciate this very perceptive poem.

Zuzana said...

I recall watching Superbowl in the US, it was like this universal feeling settled all across the states on that particular Sunday.;)
Toady I am oblivious to the game and the teams, but I guess your piece here speaks of how any kind of national sports and the heroes within influence our daily life - both positively and negatively.;)
Here in Denmark it is Handball.;)
Have a great week dear Brian,
xoxo

Mrsupole said...

I think you make a good point about why there should be term limits and mostly one term limits. They get voted in and then just turn around and start campaigning again. That is why nothing really gets accomplished.

Honestly, sometimes cannot see what separates one side from the other. We just need them to stop taking our money and using it like a free checking account. And to stop giving it away for free to everyone but us. Imagine if they took all the money and just paid off a portion of everyone's mortgages instead of giving it directly to the banks then we would have at least gotten something for them robbing us to pay the banks and the banks would have still gotten money. But nooooooo Oh you know who just gave it to the banks directly and they kept it and are just hoarding it all. And the car companies took our money and still overcharge us for their piece of crap cars that break down after 5 years. I think we need to get rid of BIG Gobment controlling and telling us what we do and do not need or want in our lives and go back to no fed income tax, or just enough to pay for a military for defense nor offense unless needed. I am not sure why I have to pay for a bridge to no where when I live in another state and will probably never use that bridge. Let the people in that state pay for it if they want it.

I do not think we were meant to have a central government take over our lives and watch those government officials become rich while taking more and more from those that work hard to earn their money. I think if they think everyone should pay more taxes then let them pay more taxes. So here I go wondering why we the people do not fight to get a flat tax system instituted that has everyone paying the same amount for every dollar earned no matter how you earn it. And if we had a government who spent less than it stole from it citizens then maybe we would get out of this freaking hole that we let them put us into. We have turned into sheep that are just walking over a cliff each day into an abyss that has no bottom.

Someday our great-great grandchildren are going to ask us, "What were you people thinking?, and the truth will be that we were not thinking at all and just blindly followed those who cannot even give a speech without a freaking teleprompter. And what is with that anyway? Seriously we need more independent minds to get us through this than someone backed by either money hungry establishment.

I love this country, but I do not want to change it to a government runs everything country as some seem to think is needed.

Funny how so many run around wondering what they can get for free from the government and do not see that they are not getting anything free from the "government" but are actually taking things from those who work hard and pay their taxes. They are getting "free" money from their neighbors and family and people they do not even know. I really have a hard time understanding why others are entitled to that which we have worked our butts off to earn. And maybe I have an even harder time understanding why we blindly let our government take it away.

Sometimes these things just boggle ones mind.

God bless.

Mrsupole said...

Sorry Brian,

Just got carried away. You can delete it if you want to. Just irks me when tax season comes around and then see articles about 6 generations of one family that has been on welfare since it started. And what really irks me is that they are proud of it. Should they not be prouder if some of them got an education and actually got the family off of the system. And what the hell is wrong with our news to glorify this family as if they have done something special. Is not a family of 6 generations that have worked their arses off to provide for their families and never took money from other hard working people a little more special?

Okay, sorry, as you can see this bugs me to no end. And seeing how much we had to pay in taxes to pay for things like this irks me almost as much as paying for a thieving politician.

I think I need a break and to get out of this corner or funk I have entered.

GBA

Leo said...

I'll have to agree with Janu ji on this. I do watch it when I can over here, but I don't really understand the game much..

Carys said...

Love the way you pivot between the play and politics here Brian. Excellent piece.

PattiKen said...

Oh, harsh, Brian. I'm not a football fan, and nothing that comes out of the mouths of those who are surprises me. But that said, I wish she'd delivered her support of her husband with less testosterone. It's so unbecoming.

Pastor Sharon said...

Well done.

I'm just glad the Giants won.

After all they were in Manning's house,
playing the game with his little brother.

Whew! It was close though!

Goofball said...

glad we escape the entire Super Bowl madness in Europe...I don't get football anyway, aren't they always lining up rather than playing? so it seems to me.

Also glad we are not in an election race for a change. 2 months of stable government in Belgium, how refreshing ;)