Friday, November 30, 2012
And the two seem to be intimately linked, because there can be no democracy without a well educated voter majority.
This problem of our country celebrating ignorance has been in the works for decades, but it has now taken an accelerated increased pace as politicians exploit this need to peddle to the gullible, ignorant segments of our population.
This odd anomaly happens right under our noses, we, the country that for so long celebrated meritocracy and intellectual excellence, scientific research and the pursuit of facts and solutions to our problems.
It is easy to understand how somebody like Sarah Palin could actually rise to the level of being nominated to the Vice-President spot, how the Tele-Evangelicals continue to feed their audiences all kinds of snake oil and urge them to drink the Kool-Aid while they totally milk them dry of their hard earned dollars.
While there are many, so many that would much rather wallow in a mud puddle of ignorance and superstition and let the fat cats make the decisions for them, there are just as many who reject this kind of stupidity as was proven in the last Presidential elections.
My impression after all the attempts to disenfranchise voters and to rig the election on the part of the Republicans is that they don’t really like…or should I say…they actually hate the democratic process because it is no longer possible for them to dupe people no matter how much unlimited, anonymous treasure can be at their disposal for this purpose; we might ask ourselves the question: How much larger would Obama’s victory have been if all these anti-democratic measures had not been enacted?
Does anyone out there have even an estimate of how many more votes would the President had received if all these odious voter suppression laws had not been in place?
There is however one significant ray of hope: with the advent of computer technology and the ever increasing number of computer oriented, literate and well informed younger set of Americans, unwilling to accept the proposition of ignorance, stupidity and superstition as well as getting away with lies and calculated misinformation They are here to stay and this group is growing.
It is no longer possible to make some asinine statement that is obviously false and not have fact checkers immediately denounce it and debunk it. This of course hurts the credibility of those who opt to run their radical right wing agendas based on lies and misinformation…the American people are no longer mislead so easily, the younger bunch is our hope for the future and we have them to thank for their vigilance and intelligence.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
"I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people"
I’m tired of your foolish rhetoric about the “homosexual agenda” and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny. My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade. He was physically and verbally abused from first grade straight through high school because he was perceived to be gay. He never professed to be gay or had any association with anything gay, but he had the misfortune not to walk or have gestures like the other boys. He was called “fag” incessantly, starting when he was 6.
In high school, while your children were doing what kids that age should be doing, mine labored over a suicide note, drafting and redrafting it to be sure his family knew how much he loved them. My sobbing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn't bear to continue living any longer, that he didn't want to be gay and that he couldn't face a life without dignity.
You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don’t know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn’t put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it’s about time you started doing that.
At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen to join. The fact is that if it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours, and you won't get to choose. Whether it is genetic or whether something occurs during a critical time of fetal development, I don’t know. I can only tell you with an absolute certainty that it is inborn.
If you want to tout your own morality, you’d best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing your story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a character issue, a bad habit or something that can be changed by a 10-step program, I’m puzzled. Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will? If that's not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?
A popular theme in your letters is that Vermont has been infiltrated by outsiders. Both sides of my family have lived in Vermont for generations. I am heart and soul a Vermonter, so I'll thank you to stop saying that you are speaking for “true Vermonters.
You invoke the memory of the brave people who have fought on the battlefield for this great country, saying that they didn't give their lives so that the “homosexual agenda” could tear down the principles they died defending. My 83-year-old father fought in some of the most horrific battles of World War II, was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.
He shakes his head in sadness at the life his grandson has had to live. He says he fought alongside homosexuals in those battles, that they did their part and bothered no one. One of his best friends in the service was gay, and he never knew it until the end, and when he did find out, it mattered not at all. That wasn't the measure of the man.
You religious folk just can't bear the thought that as my son emerges from the hell that was his childhood he might like to find a lifelong companion and have a measure of happiness. It offends your sensibilities that he should request the right to visit that companion in the hospital, to make medical decisions for him or to benefit from tax laws governing inheritance. How dare he? you say. These outrageous requests would threaten the very existence of your family, would undermine the sanctity of marriage.
You use religion to abdicate your responsibility to be thinking human beings. There are vast numbers of religious people who find your attitudes repugnant. God is not for the privileged majority, and God knows my son has committed no sin. The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about “those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing” asks: “What ever happened to the idea of striving … to be better human beings than we are?”
Indeed, sir, what ever happened to that?
The piece itself was written by Sharon Underwood, White River Junction, Vermont, USA, and published in April 2000 in the Valley News. Her feelings are very well expressed, and were in response to the many letters that had been sent to the Valley News concerning the “homosexual menace” in Vermont.
I invite you to go to anothercountry blog and read the open letter to Gay, Bi, and Transgender Teens by Dave Navarro.
Though the night be dark and full of despair and pain
The sun will rise and a new day will dawn
Bringing a new life full of new possibilities for love and joy.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
If you believe that Reagan talking point, then why are you running for office? Are you willing to be part of the problem or are you hell-bent on proving the point?
That is one question that has been stirring about Republicans running for office. Obviously, the ones who do run hold some very perverse views of what government is and what government should do; but the preponderance of evidence also points at their resolute effort to sabotage anything and everything in order to discredit and render government useless.
It becomes clear that the Republicans have turned into the prophets of doom by actually starving the government of revenue, by bringing paralisis of government functions, legislative gridlock, economic sabotage, division and the spread of hatred as well as abandoning civility.
There is also this kind of theme running through some religions…those who are awaiting Armageddon, the second coming, judgment day or the end of times…why would anyone who embraces these ideas run for office? Could it be that they don’t really believe…their faith is faltering, that they doubt the world is about to end the day after tomorrow? You can see it in their faces every time there is some kind of natural catastrophe, some terrorist attack…because it makes them think that they are on the right track about the end of times and these seem to be more frequent and more severe…they rejoice and gloat!. While this may be the case, we also have to consider that there are more humans living on this planet now than when these prophetic end of the world crap was being sold to the ignorant masses…and we also have to deal with the problem of overpopulation, hunger and yes…man made climate change which also seems to contribute to these natural occurrences to be more frequent and more severe.
But most importantly, if we the people elect such crackpots to office, then what could you expect from them? Would you await some or a lot of progress and improvements in the economy or education, or infrastructure? I should think not; if you think the world is near the end what use is it to build roads and bridges, educate our children or promote economic prosperity if it is all going to be for naught?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It is not a question of threatening your faith or taking away your rights. It simply boils down to this: you can still believe in little green unicorns from Tasmania and hang from the chandelier to worship them, but it is not incumbent upon the government to put the seal of approval on your faith nor is government obligated to force others to believe in unicorns.You will always have the right to marry anybody you choose and you should respect the rights of others to do the same even if they appear different than you.As for taking your rights away…how does it affect you what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms?As far as children is concerned, you still have the opportunity to instill stupid hatred on your offspring, we can’t dictate that you do not, but beware, those same children will eventually be exposed to other ideas and other people different than yours and different than you and they will realize you were teaching them hatred and stupidity.
Monday, November 26, 2012
And yet, here in our own backyard we still have homophobic human phlegm applauding Uganda’s law.
The similarities are uncanny and repugnant, in Germany some seventy years ago there was an article that appeared in the Volkischer Beobachter best known as one of the most anti-Semitic and anti-gay publications of the times saying that Jews threatened German children and society as a whole.
It is difficult to understand the rationale behind this homophobia. At times it appears so illogical and so absurd that if it wasn’t so tragic it would be laughable. Seriously, where do these assholes get the idea that the decline of the United Sates because we allow other human beings to have equal rights when we see what it did to Germany when they had all these anti Semitic and anti-gay laws?
Somebody please, hit one of these douche nozzles in the face with a 2 X 4 and tell them that gays are also part of God’s creation, not one of the devil’s or a conspiracy to destroy civilization.
If you are in agreement with these hatemonger homophobes, don’t come back and give me the lame excuse that it is their right of free speech or their faith being threatened…nowhere in our laws are people allowed to incite riots, cause chaos and misery or in this case abdicate death and their faith is ill-conceived when Jesus never uttered anything against gays.
I have said it many times before, some of these Christianists would be perfectly content to allow gays to be executed like they do in some Muslim countries and the Uganda debacle reinforces this with the pronouncements made by the likes of Scott Lively and other crackpots that America should be like Uganda or face decline and eventual destruction…it is just outrageous, it is immoral, it is un-Christian.
Gay activist David Kato murdered in Uganda
Christianists are ok with this
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Please don’t tell them this, but the Republicans insist that it was a poorly run campaign with a flawed candidate and not far enough to the radical right that made them lose the elections.
However, as most of us are aware, particularly those of us who are members of a minority group…in my case four of them (Senior, Hispanic, Agnostic and gay) that the reasons for the defeat of the Republicans become crystal clear: It is not just the demographics…it is the kind of people who are a dwindling minority that supports this ultra radical right wing agenda.
We know, we see it, Republicans have always shown a bit of disdain for minorities and as long as they had enough money and could buy politicians, the WASPHROMS (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, heterosexual old men) had no problem holding on to power and wealth, but the situation has changed dramatically with the increase of minorities not just in numbers but in the participation of the democratic process.
Fortunately, the angry white man that formed part of that exclusive club is no longer angry, those who are keep insisting in holding on to their power but defections are overwhelming because racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny have lost popularity.
The general attitude of disbelief and shock is not going away soon enough…it will linger and continue to hurt America and the middle class as well as those minorities they hold such disdain for, but believe me, they are going to have to come up with some brilliant idea to attract those whom they threw under the bus all these years…or the Republican Party will die a painful death on its way to irrelevancy.
“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
--Washington Post, August 29, 2012
--Washington Post, August 29, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Did you question why half of all heterosexual marriages end up in divorce?
Oh, sure, you may hear all these crackpot religious fanatics mouthing off about the sanctity of marriage and how civilization would end if gays are allowed to marry…the foam coming from their mouths is enough to get a decent shave out of it…but make no mistake about it, most straight men are not all that eager to enter into a binding contract that is so disadvantageous to them.
The thought of monogamy till death do us part scares the shit out of a great many straights and the idea of putting up with the female quirks and maladjustments is a big deterrent.
This video kind of explains how some of these guys feel about it: