Doldrums

Revolting

I don’t usually mind calling someone out when he serves no purpose to me or my life or my job—this is why I call my friends by pseudonyms whenever they say something I don’t agree with (and that’s only the Lizard King). However, the main subject of this post is kin to a friend (and not just a friend of a friend because I see no importance in my friend’s friends unless they’re my friends, as well) so I decided that it is in my best interest to remain “diplomatic” and address the subject by only his initials, TM.

English: Washington, D.C. - Photo of Tea Party...
English: Washington, D.C. – Photo of Tea Party Protests at the Capitol Building September 12, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The government decided to shut down earlier this week and the onslaught of tweets and status updates dared anyone to ignore it. And, of course, no one did. Both sides blamed the other, even though it’s blatant that this is the fault of the Lord and Savior, Ted Cruz (by the way the Tea Party hoists this guy, you’d think Jesus came back). My Facebook timeline has become a clusterfuck of news articles that are misguided, slanted, or just fabricated (with the exception of The Onion posts, because if you can’t trust The Onion, who can you trust?).

Among my left-wing friends, X stated how the Republican shutdown is hurting the American people. His cousin, TM, made the snide remark, “[I’]m not hurt.” (Note: For own sanity, I have corrected his spelling and capitalization—housed in brackets—but not his grammar or syntax or his backward ideology.)

“I guess [it’s] always the [R]epublican[‘s] fault to you, [X],” he added.

X goes on to explain, “Not always…but there’s no denying that they bear the brunt of the blame for the last eight years. This is not the same Republican Party from the days of Reagan.”

But TM is having none of it, and his speech goes from Republican to downright bigotry:

“I have to tell you, and [I] hear that from every one person that is a [D]emocrat, because they attach them[selves] to that party bec[au]se they are homosexuals, lesbians, abort[ionists], or lazy people that think the gover[n]ment owes them something bec[au]se their grandpa was a slave and [I] have more to say but [I’]m working right now and can[‘t] be on [F]acebook. Lol.”

It’s a near verbatim comment that all Republican candidates give when speaking in front of the elitist or the stupid (who’s to say they’re a different bunch?). It was Mitt Romney’s downfall, anyway. And the incompetent Tea Party members slurp it up like Sasha Grey slurps up frappuccinos—what?! What were you thinking I’d say?

Judging by his profile picture, TM is a red-blooded, gun-toting, deer-slaying American man. He’s a man’s man who likes to hang out and knock back a few beers, making the occasional racist joke or two with his buddies who are also red-blooded, gun-toting, deer-slaying American men (no homo!).

X is disheartened, and so am I—but not for the same reason. We live in a world filled with information at our disposal, but if it’s not pressed between the covers a King James or a Rush Limbaugh, it’s not true or worth acknowledging.

“…you really believe that [TM]?” asked X.

“Yeah [they’re] (meaning homosexuals) humans like everyone but you don[‘t] tell me that you were born that way,” TM goes on. “Or think that because the color of your skin or bec[au]se [you’re] a homsexual need special right[s] to be protected from new law hate crime. There is a constitution for everyone in this nation and it covers every [A]merican. I have children and they are having their minds fill with garbage every day and night telling them or even us that it[‘s] okay. It[‘s] not ok.”

I weep for his children, but question what garbage he’s talking about. As a parent, he can control what information his children hear. He can’t complain about school because teachers aren’t supposed to discuss politics outside of class lessons (or religion, for that matter, but that doesn’t stop several Valley teachers from abusing their power). So what I’m trying to convey here is that the only garbage his kids may hear on a day and night basis is the hate-filled sort that spews from his mouth and fingertips. And he speaks of a constitution as if he understands it—which he doesn’t, otherwise he would know that rights that it’s supposed to protect are being violated in several states when it comes to homosexuals.

In his eyes, hate crimes are a special privilege bestowed upon the lazy (are I use the ‘n’ and ‘f’ words?) Democrats. They apparently choose to feel persecuted and demand the government solve all their problems. I felt I had to weigh in on this:

“I’m pretty sure lesbians are homosexuals, but that’s just me. And I’m neither. Nor am I an “abortionist.” When it comes to abortions, you can say that I would never have one (if I could, anyway). But I don’t believe that if something offends me, makes me cringe or cry at night (it does neither) then no one should be allowed to get one. My grandfather wasn’t a slave. He was a self-made man, granted that he was never rich. He taught me the best things in life are made by your own two hands (which is why I write, I suppose). I vote Republican when I feel the candidate can do a better job than “my party,” but level headed Republicans have been drinking the tea lately and they’re not so level headed. Which is funny that you say we feel the government owes us something because isn’t that the ideological beliefs of the Tea Party?”

His response? “You are not a rep and you probably never will be.”

He makes it sound like it’s a bad thing that I’m a considerate person and that’s the only reason I will never be a Republican. But he goes on, “And if you would see the [truth] you would think [differently].”

What truth, though? Because it seems that TM lives in a world of fantasy where no one judges a person by the color of their skin or who they fall in love with. A world where hate crimes are unnecessary because they only give special rights to minorities instead of protecting them from being mistreated by assholes with a similar mindset as his. He’s a part of an ever growing league of morons who believe a person willing chooses a life of hardship and persecution because it gets them special treatment. I tried to reason with him:

“So you’re saying “hate crimes” are a gift from the government? So it should be okay if we, say, beat someone to death because [they’re]* gay and we’re not? [Or] lynch a black guy for being, say, black. Or maybe something not that extreme. How about we just don’t give them housing. I mean we have a place to rent (hypothetically), but only for white, straight Americans. Because anything else is sub-par.”

“You didn’t see what I wrote or you just see what you want,” talk about the pot and kettle, hu? “We have a constitution and that’s all you need to see.”

Republicans don’t do irony, apparently. The Constitution is the central argument in his farce of knowing much about anything. A historical document that gave birth to our country (well, sort of) written by a bunch of slave-owning white guys is all we need to protect our rights—so fuck new laws, right? Only no one imagined the freedom of slaves and how these former slaves may want equal rights. Or how women may want the same opportunities, control over their own bodies, and equal pay. Those wig-toting bastards should have predicted the future when they signed it, goddamnit!

“I’m afraid that just saying we have a constitution doesn’t mean you understand the Constitution. Or the times it was written in,” I replied. “I probably missed the lecture in government when our founding fathers discussed the possibility that two guys may want to get married.”

Of course, the irony of the last sentence soared over his head as he read it that I believe homosexuality is a choice, and we shouldn’t grant them any equality—or rather, continue to exist in a fog of delusion believing that the Constitution will do its job. But it doesn’t, because the Constitution is just a document (an important document, granted, but a non-breathing, non-living document that doesn’t pass laws or shouts out when discrimination happens). I wonder if he knows that Texas still allows to employers to fire someone for being gay. Or how this state also doesn’t allow an Atheist to hold office. I’m going to sit here and wait until the Constitution wakes up and does it’s bloody job. I may be here awhile. Better call into work.

Doldrums

No Hope in a Dope

You might have believed in America, but America didn’t believe in you.

Last night, the country elected to continue forward. And while I want to slap the faces of all my Republican friends, it’s hard not to feel sorry for them. There they are, all their morals and picket signs, wondering how their golden boy failed them miserably. All that money collected and spent, and still this country is under a Democratic president. The Democrats took the Senate, as well. One of the highlights of the night being that the first openly gay Senator was elected last night. So what went wrong? If you buy into Ann Coulter, then the party was doomed the moment they elected Romney to lead them into victory, though I doubt that Chris Christie would have done any better. Perhaps if Ron Paul were chosen? Doubtful. What about the bigot, Santorum? I think the bodies of pro-life, pro-rape gentlemen ensures us that American women are a vigilant bunch.The only person who had a shred of integrity in the GOP primaries this last season was the most often ignored. If anyone had a good chance to prove that the Republican Party aren’t divorced from the rest of the country, it would have been Jon Huntsman. Yet, he was ignored. Even Ron Paul made fun of him.

So, Republicans, what happened? And I’m talking to real Republicans. Republicans that I’m beginning to believe on exist in television shows these days. Why did your party lose so drastically last night?

To put it simply, your party has lost all reason and rational thought.

Whoa, LiberalNo need for insults.

Hear me out. What year is it? That’s right, 2012. So why is Roe v. Wade still an issue? Why are we still talking about Women’s Rights? Why are we still talking about marriage equality? Why are we still discussing religion? Why are we still debating education? Why are we debating universal heath care?

I understand that you’re pro-life due to some misguided sense of morality based on your faith. And you have every right to be pro-life. You have every right to have the unpopular opinion. Go ahead, ask me what I think about abortion.

Uh…what do you think about abortion?

I don’t think I could ever consider abortion a natural process, but that doesn’t mean I have the right to say that you can’t have one. I’m not a religion person, so my reasons are humanistic – abortion steals a life that could potentially better us as a people. But it’s not my place to tell what others can do with their own bodies. That stating, as Republicans you have every right not to agree with abortion for whatever reason. You just don’t get a say in other people’s decisions. What does that mean for the GOP? Strong stance against abortions aren’t going to win you brownie points with women. You can be pro-life, just don’t make pro-life laws.

The same thing goes with same-sex marriage. Your beliefs are based on an archaic doctrine. The Bible is filled with all sorts of wacky shit, and we don’t even listen to most of them anymore (show of hands, how many of you eat meat on Fridays? how many of you take a shit without praying first? how many of you wear polyester or have enjoyed a luscious lobster dinner?). It’s a saying that’s been circulating for a while, if you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get one.

This country has proven we’re ready to accept everyone by voting for same-sex marriage and voting against a ban on it in four states. The first openly gay senator will attest to the fact that times are achangin’, and if you want to continue to be relevant in this brave new world, then I suggest you adapt (evolve?).

I understand religion is important to people who have it. I also understand that anything that “threatens” it is seen as a violation of religion freedoms. However, you’re free to believe in a god in the sky or a spaghetti monster. That’s your right. What isn’t consider a religious freedom is by passing laws that favor your religious beliefs (see previous two).

Homosexuals and atheists aren’t out to steal away your rights, they just want you to shut the fuck about them in the public forum.

Education stems from this adaptation. Science trumps religion no matter what. You can still keep your religion, and science will never replace it. However, you can’t say that natural disasters happen because two guys kissed in public or adopted or women aren’t in kitchens by a certain time. You don’t seriously believe that, do you? You can’t state that there is no real facts to back global warming, but state that a book written by several authors is all the proof you need that god exists. You can’t have it both ways, I’m sorry.

What killed the election for you this year, of course, is the extremists and the Tea Party. Distance yourselves from these people. Donald Trump? Fire him as your PR guy. Ted Nugent? Stop inviting him to things or state to the public what he says doesn’t reflect on your party’s beliefs. Rush Limbaugh? Turn the radio off. The Tea Party? Well, I’ve never seen a pack of “moochers” in my life disguised as Republicans.

I think Will McAvoy said it best:

Granted that Will McAvoy is a fictional character, it’s becoming a brutal fact that all the good Republicans are something of a myth these days. If they’re not saying that rape is a gift from god or argue whether a rape is legitimate, then they’re calling 47% of Americans lazy.

In short? Be pro-life, but don’t make it your platform. Don’t make laws that affect other people’s freedom. Your religion isn’t who you are, it’s just a part of you. Rich people may have the money, but the middle class has the vote. This country isn’t at war with itself, and education should be improved, not discarded. Teachers are heroes, they shouldn’t be punished for not making do with the little you’ve given them. Empirical data over Big Oil. Grass roots means people who actually know what the hell’s going on in this world, not people who think taxes are unconstitutional. Remove the extremist and disavow the Tea Party. Rape already has a definition, don’t try to improve on it. Women are people, too. Using Latinos to garner the Latino vote is insulting, especially when you’re assuming we’re just going to side with him just because we’re the “same.” You can’t say fair share and give the wealthiest a tax-cut. And for fucksake, Universal Health Care isn’t a tax, or just another scam to allow people not to improve themselves. Of the thirty-three “developed” countries, we’re the only ones without some form of it.

Or you can stay the course. What do I know? I’m just some liberal.