I haven't been blogging here lately because everytime I start a blog post it quickly drifts from something about Paganism or related topics to some sort of political rant. Well, the gloves are off, it is time for political rants. The narrow minded, bigoted, fearful, arrogant, self righteous, ignorant assholes in this country are openly on the march to do away with everyone who isn't exactly like them. If this followed the projected course there would end up being only one person left, but even the beginning stages of this insanity can damage the rest of us.
If you were thinking of not supporting Obama because you are disappointed in him or a policy or what he has been able to do with a lock-step Congress opposing him..... think again. Do you want an arrogant whack job like his opponents running your life? Smaller government? Get real, they want government in your bedroom and counting how many times you go to church.
There have always been people in this country (and everywhere) who see any chance to impose their beliefs, make a profit, dominate others as some sort of victory. Generally public perceptions and reactions keep a lot of these people from acting out like crazy people and keep the society in balance.
The restrictions seem to be off and for those of us who have a live and let live attitude and a subconscious belief that things will only tip a little out of balance and then swing the other way.... we need to wake up.
The election of a black man to the office of President of the US seems to have tipped a number of people over into craziness and IMO there is way too much public shrugging at what they are hearing.
Three years of the claims that 'it's not racist, we just dislike his policies' have deteriorated into open racist hostility. And this seems to have unleashed other hatreds and hostilities.
According to the active right wingers...
-if you are not Christian (the right brand of Christian, of course) you don't belong in this country
-if you are female, shut up and let men make good decisions for you
-if you are disabled or unemployed you must have screwed up somewhere
-if you support labor unions you are trying to destroy jobs
-if you make less than 6 figures - who the hell are you? EVERYBODY make more than that (unless of course you are an unemployed bad person
-the 'poor' are well taken care of in this country
-Social Security is a government gift (entitlement) that no one should get
-public education is unnecessary
-you should be able to afford health care, or do without
-Monsanto is helping supply healthy food (I have to throw up here)
-if you are gay you are bad
-if you think gays should have the same rights as everyone, you are bad
-teaching abstinence in schools would stop sex outside of marriage if the government would just stop handing out birth control pills
-petroleum companies need to make bigger and bigger profits each year or they will shut down
-workers should be happy to get minimum wage and shut up
-the EPA is bad, always, no reasons needed
-corporations are people (this one is now law)
Ok I will stop here. None of these beliefs are new, there are idiots and fearful people seeking a scapegoat everywhere. What is new is that these things are shaping public policy, people are running for office promising to concentrate on these evils in society. This week a congressional panel discussing government and birth control was composed of MEN, the input of women was not welcome.
We are on a fast track to being a third world theocracy and if you think Pagans will be welcome - ask Ricky Santorum.