28
Apr
11

WALK HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

It’s not every day that I look at the third world and say “Holy shit, those people are awesome!” But, stranger things have happened. Like the time I made a series of drunken and obscene phone calls to my old 2nd grade teacher. Even though I disguised my voice the cops were on my doorstep the next day. Weird, huh?

The other day it cost me around $60 to fill up my gas tank. Once again gas prices are soaring. And of course people are bitching and moaning but otherwise putting up with it. Which is what they always do in this country. The oil companies could anally rape your family pet in front of the Christmas tree and then set fire to your house. You’ll still put up with the prices at the pump because walking anywhere is just too much work for Mr. and Mrs. Tubby. And bicycles are for Communists. Or something like that. I don’t know.

If you ask me (and you’re going to, so just do it already) this is how you protest higher gas costs:

“Being hauled up before courts and jailed just because you have chosen to walk to work as a form of protest is something unimaginable in many countries. But in Uganda it happens. Security forces are harassing and have been locking up opposition politicians and their supporters who are taking part in a protest against spiralling food and fuel prices by walking to work.

The walk-to-work protest, as it is called, began on April 11. A group calling itself Activists for Change (A4C) organised the demonstration and opposition politicians – keen to show they are concerned about people’s discontent over rising prices – heeded the call to take part. But the protest got off to a stuttering start as the leading opposition figure, Kizza Besigye, was promptly intercepted by security forces when he was leaving his home in Kasangati near Kampala, the capital. Another politician, Nobert Mao, head of the Democratic Party, and an opposition MP were also picked up.

Besigye, who was arrested for a fourth time on Thursday a day after he was freed on bail on condition that he does not stage more protests, had been given three options: To return to his house or be driven to work in a police vehicle or send for his personal car and drive to work. He chose none.” – AL JAZEERA

I wish we had the guts to do shit like this in America. But, we don’t. Our fast food, consumer mentality limits us to bitching and moaning that “someone” should do something about this while we eat McDonald’s and shop at WalMart. And get fat. Too fat to walk. So we need more gas for our cars which is why oil companies can pretty much charge us whatever the hell they feel like. Then we elect Republicans out of some childish tantrum. And then things get worse because the Republican Party is basically the political arm of the oil industry. That’s kind of like dealing with your porn addiction by electing Ron Jeremy to city hall.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. And I’m engaging in all kinds of unfounded hyperbole and conspiracy theory by saying such a thing. Perhaps I should just suck it up and retract that wildly outlandish statement I just made.

There is no such thing as porn addiction. And there never will be.

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