Off the Wall: My Pet Peeves

DEFINITION OF PET PEEVE: Something that is very annoying or upsetting to a person. Related to the word peeve meaning an annoyance or grievance, a pet peeve is something that an individual has adopted (like a pet) to be extra annoying or upsetting to them.

Here are my Top 10, every time I hear them I get a sudden attack of Tourette syndrome:

IN GOD WE TRUST: When Jesus wrote the Constitution, he left out every reference to his Father. In 1956 it was adopted as the nation's motto. Today we should change the legend on our money from "In God We Trust" to "In Money We Trust." Because, as a nation, we've got far more faith in money than we do in God.

GOD BLESS AMERICA: Used by every politician to induce catalepsy in the multitude.

Granted the U.S. is a very religious country. Separation of church and state is part of our credo, but that is hard to understand since our money says, "In God we trust" and every President says "God bless America." Do we really believe God has time to bless countries?

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: Standard response to mass shootings.

Some politicians' condolences in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting were criticized because the senders have a history of financial support from the NRA. After the Las Vegas shooting last October, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy called out the phrase's odd and complicated role in the cycle of mass shootings, grief and inaction : "It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic," he said in a statement. "There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference."

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: Although politicians often talk and promise a better world, especially on the campaign trail, not one of them gives evidence of having any desire to change this rotten system because it works so well to the real purpose of maintaining power for themselves, and the benefits that come with it. The people be damned. Keep them sick and poor. They are easier to control. I can almost hear them talk in the corridors of Congress saying, “We had to set an example. If we had voted the way the American People wanted us to, it would have made us nothing more than their elected representatives.”

"GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE”: Well, no shit but guns help. Protect the unborn but let a 17-year-old buy an AR-15 and mow down an entire school. If the money and energy that are spent on the Stop Smoking Campaign was also invested in making us safer from mass shootings, then America would be a better place. If the NRA’s fetish were autos they would have been screaming: “The Government wants to take your cars and put seat belts and air bags in them.” Don’t take guns away from anybody start charging $250 per bullet.

THE WALL: look back and see what little good the Berlin Wall did.

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: It creates the possibility for the loser of the popular vote to win the electoral vote. It has happened five times out of the 58 presidential elections, or more than 7 percent of the time, which is not such a small percentage, and it created a hideous mess every time. The most recent occurrence gave us Trump.

FAKE NEWS: Since the early days of his presidency, President Trump has appropriated the term "fake news" to refer to traditional news media, singling out CNN,  (and leaving out Foxymoron News),  but what it boils down to is that President Trump childishly uses the term “fake news” to describe any news, however legitimate or responsible, with which he may disagree or take offense to. 

CHOOSE LIFE TAGS: The Act authorizing the Choose Life plate causes a discriminatory treatment by allowing pro-life supporters, but not pro-choice supporters, to express their viewpoint in the license plate forum. The State should not allow the use of the license plate forum to promote one political viewpoint (pro-life) in the debate about abortion.

BLUE LAWS: According to the history books, America’s Prohibition only lasted from 1920 to 1933. Yet Sundays in 2018 tell a different story. The U.S. is still incredibly concerned about making it easy to buy guns any time any day while there are 12 states still restricting the purchase of alcohol on the “holy day. It’s been over 80 years, surely, it’s time to update laws for the 21st century.