There’s no such thing as mistakes

Every kid, whether it be when they ride their bike right into a shrub, fail to hit a baseball off of a tee or decide that bagel bites belong in the DVD player, is told by their parents that they need to learn from their mistakes. There’s a reason you don’t see many people in their thirties prodding electrical outlets with forks and CEOs don’t put on Superman underoos and think they can fly. It’s the simple idea that if you do something wrong, you admit to it and move on with your life, knowing one more thing you shouldn’t repeat.

It’s a bit easy to pick on Sarah Palin. She’s a maddening combination of brainless populism and tawdry politics, who inspires people for all of the wrong reasons. And she never fails to disappoint. Let’s take a look at what she said in her home town during her goodbye tour (which brings to mind Cher’s persistent departure and re-emergence).

“Let us continue to love our country, be proud of our country, never apologize for our country.”

If taken step by step, her sentence starts out fine. Love our country? Right on. Be proud of it? Can do. Never apologize? Wait a second…

What odd compulsion makes people believe that one cannot be proud of an ideal and at the same time admit that said ideal has, at times, been tarnished? It’s akin to a startling case of overcompesation, of pride built up over the paranoia of being exposed as less-then-perfect. It’s the same mentality that drives middle-aged yuppies to take secretaries into the supply closet and then drive home in unnecessary sports cars, turns parents into manic obsessives who pour their fails dreams into their kids and ultimately creates a completely false fantasy world where no one did anything wrong.

Let’s go over all of the wonderful things America has done that we should feel no guilt over, shall we?

The Trail of Tears: Serves Native Americans right for crossing over the land bridge in prehistoric times, knowing full well that they were tresspassing on America.

The Trail of Tears: Serves Native Americans right for crossing over the land bridge in prehistoric times, knowing full well that they were tresspassing on America.

Slavery: Geez, that was like a majillion years ago.

Slavery: Geez, that was like a majillion years ago. Who cares?

Japanese Internment Camps: It was a neccesity brought on by war, not by blind racism! We treated the Germans and Italians the same way...right?

Japanese Internment Camps: They were a neccesity brought on by war, not by blind racism! We treated the Germans and Italians the same way...right?

Compulsory Sterilization: You can't spell fun without Supreme Court-endorsed eugenics, now can you?

Compulsory Sterilization: You can't spell fun without Supreme Court-endorsed eugenics, now can you?

Nope, there’s nothing regrettable there. We really have been perfect for hundreds of years, haven’t we?

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6 responses to “There’s no such thing as mistakes

  1. K.Jinkine

    You have an interest yet unbelivable approach on things. I find it immiture and sencible at the same time.

    • Jessica

      I’m proud that you appreciate and openly use your right to Free Speech, but I’m Cherokee and from Oklahoma. I find your comment on the Trail of Tears photo completely not funny, insensitive and just plain ignorant. Yes, the Trail of Tears was a VERY wrong thing that America did, but some of us actually had relatives who were on the Trail, and there is nothing funny about it. Were you being sarcastic or do you really feel what you wrote?

      • hailey

        Yes, he seems to have a very sarcastic caption under every picture. You are rightfully offended but i do believe he was being sarcastic.

  2. Jake

    Hello,
    I was wondering if I could use an image that is on your website. Please e-mail me.

    Thanks,
    Jake

  3. rube

    u have some really messed up opinions under those pics

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