Gentle parishioners, I come before you on this fine winter Sunday with dire news. There’s an enemy amongst us who will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of the United States of America. No, it’s not al-qaeada or radical moslems. Not the commies either. It’s the dreaded and profoundly annoying ‘Get Over Its’. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
I’m an American and not likely to be mistaken for anything else. I’m loud, ornery, and eternally optimistic in a shallowly cynical way. Put my fat ass down in most any city in the world and within a few minutes the locals will be rolling their eyes in consternation and detached bemusement. As an American my birthright includes the phrases “why” “why not” and “that’s not good enough”. Good Americans are always a little cranky and dissatisfied. It’s why we innovate, change, and progress faster than any other country in history. Most of my beloved Bill of Rights can be summed up by the phrase “Oh no you can’t”. Why do you suppose the founders of this country thought it might be important to actually codify the protections in the constitution? Because they KNEW that ruling classes would try to take them away and they were worried we might lose our edge. So they wrote shit down and hoped that we’d be as ornery as they were in order to protect it.
The ‘Get Over Its’ or GOI hate this uniquely American trait. They want us to go along and get along. They don’t want a fuss and they certainly don’t want to think about anything scary or hard. The TSA is molesting people while violating decency, common sense, and the law? Well I’m sure it’s to keep us safe, and it’s only in airports so get over it. Illegal rendition and torture in my name? Well, we are at war with terror and those people might be bad, so just get over it. The Treasury Department has been turned over to Goldman Sachs? Well I’m sure those people know what they’re doing. Get over it. The GOI are everywhere.
One of the most effective GOI tactics is divide and label. You people over there are ‘liberal’ and the rest of you are ‘conservative’. Now blame each other while the ruling class pisses all over the constitution. Worried about the corporatization of the media, marriage rights, the war on some drugs, certain kinds of free expression, or the encroachment of Christianity into the civil world? Get over it you liberal commie hippy. Wanna carry a gun, have fiscal accountability, speak without the PC police bothering you, wonder about the disadvantages of an entitlement state, or discuss the responsibilities of parenthood? Get over it you neo-nazi reactionary. We fight each other and both lose. Funny, I don’t know any liberals or conservatives. I just know Americans.
Maybe the TSA fight can be the first battle in the war against the GOI. Thousands of American troops have died and are dying for the freedoms listed in the constitution. They deserve profound honor and respect. They also deserve to have their fellow Americans fighting to keep us free in other ways. By now you’ve probably seen various TSA atrocity videos. Stop for a minute and pretend the innocent traveler being humiliated is a veteran and after fighting for their country they come home to have their rights trampled. It makes me want to throw up, not get over it. Fighting the GOI is our patriotic duty, and I won’t shirk it.
Beware the calling cards of the GOI: Be quiet, I’m tired of hearing you rant. Let’s just move on, it’s not that serious. They have our best interests at heart. There’s nothing we can do about it anyway. I don’t want to get involved or think too hard so you shouldn’t either. Just bend over and take it. Humiliation isn’t that important. Don’t be so passionate and worked up.
FUCK YOU! I, for one, am NOT going to get over it. I’m going to stay ALL PISSED OFF. And LOUD. And PERSISTENT. And if you don’t want to fight for your rights at least shut up and get the hell out of my way. So fuck you again, mister or misses get over it. Get over that. I’m an American and THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Vaya con Dios and Viva la Revolucion.
– Archbishop Angus