Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The only thing the Republicans are ready to play, as usual, is roulette, with the cocked gun against the country’s temple, unfortunately, and not their own. It’s worth taking a moment in this context to consider: Never have the priorities for survival and success of a major party’s Washington politicians been so utterly at odds with the priorities required for the country’s survival and success. These Washington Republicans represent the one-third of the country that hates government, despises Obama, and considers obstruction victory.

 

A lot of ink has been used in recent month examining the change in the Republican party. My take is a little different.

The R’s have become the home of the Evangelical wing of Christian churches and the former John Birchers’. The John Birchers are the most interesting additions to the party. They were the first to migrate to the party when President Nixon embarked on his southern strategy to win re-election. The John Birchers’ were previously the dixicrats or southern democrats that Nixon and the Republicans targeted.  The John Birch Society is a political advocacy group that, in their words, supports anti-communism, limited government, a constitutional republic and personal freedom. The society upholds an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, which it identifies with fundamental Christian principles, seeks to limit governmental powers, and opposes wealth redistribution, and economic interventionism. It not only opposes the practices it terms collectivism, totalitarianism, and communism, but socialism and fascism as well, which it asserts is infiltrating US governmental administration. Congressman Larry McDonald (D-Georgia), (who I worked for in 1978) then its newly appointed president, characterized the society as belonging to the Old Right rather than the New Right.

The society opposed aspects of the 1960s civil rights movement and claimed the movement had communists in important positions. The Society produced a flyer titled “What’s Wrong With Civil Rights?,” which was used as a newspaper advertisement. The group is Anti-Semitic, racist, anti-Mormon, anti-Masonic, and filled with a paranoid fervor. They are against the trilateral commission and at one time tried to tie the Queen of England to an international drug cartel. The UN’s role in the Gulf War and President George H.W. Bush’s call for a ‘New World Order’ appeared to many society members to validate their claims about a ”One World Government” conspiracy. It should surprise no one that Chuck Colson, convicted White House Aide to Nixon, (found Jesus in jail) was an architect of the Southern Strategy for Republicans as well as a supporter and leader of the Family. The “Family” is the secretive evangelical group responsible for the National Prayer Breakfast and the infamous “C Street House”. I lived in another one of their houses while in college. Sen Brownback (R-KA) in 1999, joined together with fellow Family members, Senators Strom Thurmond and Don Nickles to demand a criminal investigation of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. They run a convert operation and have a burnt earth policy against those who challenge them.

What do these two groups have in common? Both need to feed upon people with low analytical skills and suffer some form of paranoia. The average member of each group is less educated then average and believe the world to be seen in terms of black and white, us against them. There is no room for nuance. In one group there is a constant undertone of conspiracies set to undermine their lives. The others group has that plus a belief that there are invisible forces at work that only they understand because of their special calling. There is an invisible force that created the universe and they have a special intimate relationship with. Because of this relationship they get special treasures after they die. While alive they are give a special insight into the universe. They need to see the world in terms of black and white. The Devil is out to destroy them and their way of life with temptation. This is why they eschew facts and reality because there is no proof to substitute their belief patterns in both cases. Therefore evidence base science directly challenges their belief and cause them to lash out.

(Part 2 – Why they hate education)

THis weekend St. Petersburg with host the opening party for the Republican National Convention. In an effort to make sure the elected politicians do not have to meet the voters the City has received a million dollar grant to help with security. This is NO financial benefit to the City from this party. and the city is investing hundreds of hours in “sprucing up the City for visitors who will be kept away form the local by an extensive security Labyrinth. I stop today to take a few pictures of the barricaded and was stopped by two police with in three min. questioned and asked for ID. Along with my driver’s license I presented them with my Florida Bar card and that made things go MUCH SMOOTHER. 

Here are a couple of the pictures I took today.

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About 98% of the people are missing the point on Chik-fil-A. IT IS NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE. The founder/CEO can have his medieval opinions and say what he wants. It is not about religion (unless your religion allows for the killing of people they do not like). It is about murder and torture.

Chik fil-A donated FIVE MILLION DOLLARS to two groups. One group is the spearhead behind the kill the gays bill in Uganda and several other African Nations which would obligate the government to KILL homosexuals and other sexual minorities within their borders. The other group funds the Gay Reparative Therapy programs. The program that uses physical pain in an attempt to make gays straight. A program that the American Psychological Association has rejected as without merit. A program whose left citing its’ total lack of success. A program that leaves physical and mental scars that last a lifetime.

If you want to eat at Chic Fil-A do it. Just remember a few cents from every sandwich goes to support efforts to kill and torture me and people like me around the world. If you are ok with that then clearly you don’t give a crap about me.

A friend had the perfect response.

It was a poem by an anti nazi activist Martin Niemöller that explains eloquently the need for people to stand up and say NO, that’s not right.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me

This week Lincoln Nebraska debated GLBT protections. As usual in times like this the christian bigots come out in full bloom. Laying bare all their true hatred and stupidity. He we have a prime example of this Magnificent Fuckery.

“P- E- N- I- S goes into the anus to rupture intestines. The more a man does this the more he’ll be a fatality or a homicider…”

“A huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don’t have AIDS yet…”

“Hillary Clinton’s roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms… A college woman is seduced with illegal Rohypnol to go gay.”

“Candida fungus grows hugely on a corpse. AIDS is a candida fungus disease…”

“Roman senators went to Roman baths to be promiscuous gays, bis, and orgiers then went to the Coliseum to watch Christians get mauled and perish. Do gays become this sadistic? Yes. They cuss after coupling, don’t like the land they lay on, and 80% of those that did treason by the year 2000 are gays.”

“Gays can transform to be celibate to live to be 80 years old.”

“Read the book Nijinsky to understand that bisexuals always become insane.”

“A wedding dress is for a woman not a man.”

“Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus’ kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!”

Ya just can’t make this up.

What the F*ck has happened to the gay world. Every one is jumping with joy over the table scraps that the President gave today in support of gay marriage. Every gay organization from the National Human Right Campaign, Victory Fund and others are patting themselves on their back about what a wonderful job they did moving the President – Now send us money!

Did no one watch the entire interview or did their heads just explode at another fundraising opportunity? The president went on to say that he still believes that it is a state issue. The headline for tomorrow should read;

OBAMA AFFIRMS NORTH CAROLINA’S RIGHT

TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST GAYS!

That is what he said. That it should be up to the states. Can you imagine an America today if Lincoln had said the he is personally against slavery, but he thinks it is an issue best left up to the states? He realized that Americans should be afforded the same rights in each and every state. Including the right to be legally protected in love.

We have no cause to celebrate today any more then we did when President Reagan finally used the word AIDS. Words can hurt but seldom amount to anything substantial. It is actions that count. Today we got a half ass endorsement and a pat on the head. The President and the gay organizations got a new fundraising tool. And today I got squat! I got no protection for my marriage and told once again that I am a second class citizen in my own country.

A guilty pleasure is the Texts from Hillary. This is the best so far!

A guilty pleasure is the Texts from Hillary.