Why I Can No Longer Pull The R Lever
Without any revolutionary ideas to contribute to solving problems, the GOP has focused on becoming a wall of solidarity where social issues are concerned. Before, I could go along for the ride and keep my feelings about social issues under my hat, and often pulled the lever for pols with -R next to their name.
I can’t do that any more. I feel like I owe my fellow human beings more than that. One one hand, there’s economics, and on the other there are very real human issues. While the GOP would like to pretend they are the cure for the nation’s economic problems, despite a less than stellar track record the previous two terms, they have collectively decided to assert themselves all over the rights of individuals to supposedly correct the ills of society and put America “back on track.”
If you’re GLBT, you’re defective, in spite of God’s “perfect plan”; you don’t share the same legal rights as heterosexuals. At best you might be tolerated, or your wretched and confused soul prayed for, but you shouldn’t count on acceptance, nor shall you be treated as an equal legally or socially.
If you are a religious or ethnic minority, at best you will be treated with suspicion, and at worst blamed for the downfall of the entire country; discriminated against, and possibly find yourself on the receiving end of lethal violence. You are imperfect, a flaw, a boil on the ass of the baby-smooth buttocks of a country that be otherwise thriving, save for supporting your worthless kind. New age history will marginalize you, defame you, and conveniently attribute qualities to you and your kind that prove beyond any doubt you have little value as a human being. Not to mention, you are a constant source of wink wink insider jokes and impolite political cartoons, shared among the white Christian defenders of our great nation. Face it: You’re shit.
If you care about the world around you, you are Satan’s lap dog, a tree hugger, a bleeding heart. You’ve been blinded by science, and it’s up to the people who leave the planet’s future “in God’s hands” to put things in perspective. Global warming, overpopulation, deforestation, environmental pollution - those are simply tools of Those Without Faith to make you cart your fat ass out to the recycle bin and buy really expensive light bulbs. Given the GOP’s views on human rights, the animals of the world fare no better, and a cruel flavor of entitlement and dominionism prevails under the guise of “responsible management” by those godly salt-of-the-earthers that have the guts to make those “hard decisions” the bleeding hearts cannot. It’s high time America stopped accommodating some obscure salamander or owl, and stopped crying about factory farming. It’s time butch up, cut some damned trees, drill baby drill, and provide hardworking families with all the red meat they can consume. (And, BTW, screw that “wookie” black elitist Michelle Obama and her sissy liberal concerns about obesity, and just buy bigger clothes from Wal-Mart. Like, how hard is that?)
If you’re a woman, you’re doubly screwed. The GOP wants to limit your access to birth control, rescind legal abortion, and crawl up your snatch with instruments to demonstrate how they can best regulate your reproductive future. You’re a whore if you like sex, and a bigger whore if you choose not to give birth. You should be married to a man, have sex, and have children, in that order. God’s plan should be your plan, too, and since the GOP behaves as though they have a 1-800 line to God, they know what’s best. Jesus loves all babies; the starving ones in underdeveloped impoverished countries, the severely handicapped ones, the ones with fatal birth defects, and the ones whose mothers die before giving birth. Above that, Jesus loves sperm, and they’re all sacred. A rapist’s sperm is no different than that of a loving husband, abusive boyfriend, or freaky relative; it’s all precious. Possibly, God’s greatest gift was allowing women to get pregnant, and you should rejoice, no matter. God’s plan is perfect, so stop your whining and murdering, and make lemons out of lemonade, you selfish godless murderous bitches.
If you’re poor, it’s your own fault. You have no right to burden others with your poor planning, lack of earnest prayer to change your circumstances, not depositing enough in your weekly savings account, or the fact you missed attending that last Joel Osteen hallelujahfest. Don’t look to your neighbor or government for a helping hand, or medical assistance, just shut the hell up, because the din of your whining has become annoying to the rest of us. Get your ass in church, get right with God, and watch your world turn around. Do I hear an Amen?
This isn’t even the full socon agenda, and that’s why it’s so terrifying. We have been in the crosshairs of terrorism and economic collapse for so long, it’s given the de-humanists an opportunity to railroad what is must basic: the rights of individuals. In my world view, we’re all particles in a cosmic game of dodgeball. Besides food, clothing, and shelter, we also require compassion and curious minds to insure our very existence, yet the GOP collectively denies the latter.
The GOP is poised to assert itself all over my fellow Americans, and is doing so incrementally. So, no, it’s no longer a case where I can ignore the social issues, and only concentrate on the economic. In every town across America there’s an Angle, a Palin, a Bachmann, a Jindal, and Rand Paul, a Ron Paul, a Ken Buck, a Huckabee - voting for them only helps advance their oppressive social agenda. I have pulled the R lever for the last time. Humans of all stripes deserve better.