Conservatives Shift Attacks2February 18th, 2012Uncategorized
“The world will not be destroyed by people doing evil. It will be destroyed by people watching them do it and doing nothing about it” – Albert Einstein
When we are children many of the images that are presented to us have friendly hippopotamuses gamboling placidly with people and other animals. The facts are far different however. These huge animals are responsible for more deaths on the African Continent than any other animal. Fiercely territorial these animals attack and kill with impunity. The same applies to chimpanzees. These primates, that bear such a striking resemblance to men, are portrayed in movies and on television as small, lovable animals when the fact is that they often engage in long bloody feuds and a full grown chimp is fully capable of killing a man in seconds. The lessons we can take from this is that the image we are presented with might not be entirely accurate.
The Neoconservative movement in the United States presents an image of people who want small, nearly invisible government and place themselves on a high moral platform. When we compare how they appear and the reality of their agenda however a far different picture appears, and the events of the past few years remind us that images can be deceiving. The Republican Party has always been anti-gay rights, but until the last three decades both Parties held these opinions. When public opinion began to shift however, the largest part of the Democratic Party shifted with it, but because of a decision made by the Reagan Presidential campaign in 1980, the Republicans, instead of following the will of the people, elected to put all of its eggs in a basket belonging to Christian Fundamentalists, led by the late Jerry Falwell. It does not take someone enrolled in a Political Science degree program to trace the real beginnings of this movement toward theocracy.
While this group regularly talks about the limited role of government in the lives of citizens, in practice they sponsor legislation that attempts to control every aspect of human behavior and to force the people to adhere only to the rules laid down in one religious belief. The Defense of Marriage Act is an excellent example. According to proponents of this draconian legislation say that marriage is “traditionally” between a man and woman, they are referring to Christian marriage. They submit the ludicrous proposition that if same sex couples are legally able to say that they are married that the entire institution of marriage will be destroyed, while completely ignoring the fact that Massachusetts, the first State to legalize gay marriage, has seen a rise in the number of marriages of heterosexual couples and an overall drop in the divorce rate State wide.
Now we have Rick Santorum. Santorum is an open opponent of not only gay marriage (he compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia) but abortion for any reason, including to save the life of the mother and even wants to make birth control illegal. Nearly 10% of the American people are openly gay and nearly 40% admits to at least one gay or bisexual experience in their lives and 95% of American women regularly use birth control. But while over 60% of Republican voters are in favor of contraception and an increasing number favor gay marriage, Santorum continues to win State after State in the primary contest, clearly winning nearly half of the States that have already voted.
Native Americans tell a story about a man who climbed a high mountain, far beyond the treeline and into the snows. He finds a rattlesnake who begs him to bring him back to the warm lowlands. The Indian rightfully fears the deadly viper and says so but the snake promises not to harm him. The man agrees, tucks the snake into the warmth of his clothing and brings him down to the warmth of the forest. When the Indian tries to remove the snake however, the asp bites him. When he asks why the snake tells him clearly, “Why are you surprised? You knew what I was when you picked me up.” Rick Santorum is very clear about who and what he is. Like that rattlesnake however, if we do end up putting him into the Oval Office, we should not be surprised when we lose even more of the few “rights” that Americans are so proud of. The time has come to talk about the Hippo in the room.
I think you hit the nail on the head with, “While this group regularly talks about the limited role of government in the lives of citizens, in practice they sponsor legislation that attempts to control every aspect of human behavior and to force the people to adhere only to the rules laid down in one religious belief.”
It’s not that they want limited government, they just wanted government involved on their terms — like a child who always want things their own way. It’s all very hypocritical, yet I find that many things associated with religion are.
I still think hippos are cute – deadly or not.