The Big Ideas of 2012

The American Dream

I have no deviant desires.
The American Dream
Brent Humphreys

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I am married and I live in the suburbs.

My street looks like every street you have seen in every commercial since 1957.Ever since I first came here, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.

I have two children – both bright – a girl and a boy. I can’t wait to watch them grow up.

I love my car. My impeccable home. I love being fit, and I love a good day’s work. I love being straight and never confused about my sexual identity. I love my wife. I love being monogamous.

I love my neighbors who come out on Saturday mornings and cut their grass, and chitchat to me while we washdown our cars and driveways.

Every second Saturday, after the kids are safely off to bed, I take a Viagra. My wife and I will then finish watching our Saturday night crime drama, and then for the next 20 or so minutes I remind my wife of why she really married me in the first place. After which she usually takes a Sleep Eze-type product because she says she likes getting a good Saturday night sleep.

The kids are always up early on Sunday mornings, diligently doing their homework at the kitchen table, while Mom bakes cookies and makes bread in her new breadmaker. That’s when the kitchen really shines. We don’t go to church, except for the high holidays, but we still know we are blessed.

My wife booked us a trip to the Caribbean. She said we could get double airmiles if we put the entire trip on our VISA card.

When our neighbors ask how the trip was I tell them it was brilliant, just as theirs had been. It’s not a lie.

Sure, we all comb our hair the same way, and we are a little obsessed with dandelions and flossing our teeth. And so what if we all like to go to the same movies, watch the same TV, and eat the same popcorn. It’s a good life here.

Uncomplicated.

I’m not a complicated man.

I have no deviant desires.

—Sherwood Hinze

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Reality Check

I was watching an interview and the Occupy person was asked, "what is the real purpose of Occupy"? The 60 something person replied, " the youth of today are afraid of the future!. My advise to these youth is get an education, get a job, start at the bottom of the ladder, work your up with pride, enjoy your success and achievments, retire. Get off your spoiled asses and become part of society. You are all pathetic and imature.

Reality Check

I was watching an interview and the Occupy person was asked, "what is the real purpose of Occupy"? The 60 something person replied, " the youth of today are afraid of the future!. My advise to these youth is get an education, get a job, start at the bottom of the ladder, work your up with pride, enjoy your success and achievments, retire. Get off your spoiled asses and become part of society. You are all pathetic and imature.

Anonymous

...says the generation of over weight middle aged assholes who's ignorance and passivity led to a future so bleek, its youth must now choose between dissociation and fear.

Anonymous

...says the generation of over weight middle aged assholes who's ignorance and passivity led to a future so bleek, its youth must now choose between dissociation and fear.

.fRITZ

I HAVE A JOB AND AN EDUCATION. STILL I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE LITTLE PLACE IN THE CURRENT ORDER OF THINGS AND WHILE I CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO HAVE MY DEGREE AND MY INCOME- A ROOF OVER MY HEAD AND LITTLE DEBT- THIS IS NOT A COMMON REALITY FOR PEOPLE OF MY AGE GROUP. AND THERE ARE FAR MORE FACTORS THAN IMMATURITY PLAYING INTO EFFECT. FURTHERMORE- I HAVE ZERO FAITH IN THE IDEA THAT THIS CURRENT PARADIGM IS SUSTAINABLE ENOUGH TO ENSURE ANY SUCH COMFORTS FOR MY FUTURE CHILDREN. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD GET OFF YOUR HIGH ASSUMPTIVE HORSE AND REALIZE THAT THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF RESONS THAT TODAYS YOUTH FIND THEMSELVES IN THE SITUATIONS THAT THEY DO- AND SIMPLY GETTING A JOB OR "CLIMBING THE LADDER" IS NOT AS FESABLE OR DESIERABLE AS YOU SEEM TO BELIEVE IT TO BE. WE ARE PROMISED LITTLE MORE THAN YOUR COAT TAILS. FOR ME.. THIS SIMPLY WILL NOT BE ENOUGH. I AM HERE TO RETHINK THE AMERICAN DREAM- TO SAVE OUR RIGHTS AND TO REMIND AMERICA OF WHAT IT STOOD FOR. CLASS WAR AND WEALTH GAPS WERE NOT PART OF OUR "GOD GIVEN RIGHTS". AND THIS CURRENT SITUATION AMERICA FINDS ITSELF SLIPPING INTO IS A NIGHTMARE- NOT A THE DREAM.

.fRITZ

I HAVE A JOB AND AN EDUCATION. STILL I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE LITTLE PLACE IN THE CURRENT ORDER OF THINGS AND WHILE I CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO HAVE MY DEGREE AND MY INCOME- A ROOF OVER MY HEAD AND LITTLE DEBT- THIS IS NOT A COMMON REALITY FOR PEOPLE OF MY AGE GROUP. AND THERE ARE FAR MORE FACTORS THAN IMMATURITY PLAYING INTO EFFECT. FURTHERMORE- I HAVE ZERO FAITH IN THE IDEA THAT THIS CURRENT PARADIGM IS SUSTAINABLE ENOUGH TO ENSURE ANY SUCH COMFORTS FOR MY FUTURE CHILDREN. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD GET OFF YOUR HIGH ASSUMPTIVE HORSE AND REALIZE THAT THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF RESONS THAT TODAYS YOUTH FIND THEMSELVES IN THE SITUATIONS THAT THEY DO- AND SIMPLY GETTING A JOB OR "CLIMBING THE LADDER" IS NOT AS FESABLE OR DESIERABLE AS YOU SEEM TO BELIEVE IT TO BE. WE ARE PROMISED LITTLE MORE THAN YOUR COAT TAILS. FOR ME.. THIS SIMPLY WILL NOT BE ENOUGH. I AM HERE TO RETHINK THE AMERICAN DREAM- TO SAVE OUR RIGHTS AND TO REMIND AMERICA OF WHAT IT STOOD FOR. CLASS WAR AND WEALTH GAPS WERE NOT PART OF OUR "GOD GIVEN RIGHTS". AND THIS CURRENT SITUATION AMERICA FINDS ITSELF SLIPPING INTO IS A NIGHTMARE- NOT A THE DREAM.

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