I’ve noticed something lately. Racism, fear, and hate are running rampant in this country.
Well, not just lately, it’s been bubbling under the surface for years — it just seems much worse and “in your face.” I would pinpoint the escalation at or about the time of the nomination of Barack Hussein Obama for the office of President of the United States. Little by little, insinuations and fear-mongering became the order of the day for some people. “He’s a Muslim!” “He’s not an American!” He’s a Socialist!!” Cue the scary music!
Recently, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to take the place of Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor has a typical American “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” story — the kind we all love so well — and she’s totally qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court, having more experience than anyone currently sitting on that Court. But who cares about all that!? Apparently, she’s really a super-scary racist white-hating Mexican who wants to take away our guns! Eeeekkk!!!!
How about a little walk on the darker side of wingnuttia? Come on, I’ll hold your hand…just make sure you hold mine, ok?
Hal Turner, a white supremacist and anti-Semite internet radio talker/blogger, has been arrested for inciting violence against two Connecticut lawmakers, because they want to pass a bill changing how the Catholic Church operates in that state. Turner posted this on his blog:
“It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally,” the blog stated. “These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.”
He also promised to list the home addresses of the Connecticut lawmakers. I’m thinking jail is a great place for Mr Turner right now.
Next, we have Rob Williams and Arnie States of the KRXQ radio station in Sacramento, California. These organisms (I hesitate to called them men — or human) went on a sickening rampage against gender dysphoric CHILDREN, calling them “freaks” and “idiots.” States even made the claim that if his own son put on a pair of high-heeled shoes, he would beat him with the shoes and mentally degrade him. Here’s a sample:
“I’m not open-minded once I look into sumpin'” one of the two men grunted at the beginning of the segment, their voices interchangeable. “I have every right to call you a freak and judge you on that. It makes me sick. ‘Mommy, I’m a girl trapped in a boy’s body,'” he simpered, mimicking an effeminate little boy. “I want to wear a dwess.”
It’s not good enough to shred adults they deem “effeminate” or “girly,” these two creepazoids are so inadequate that they have to go after children.
Are you still with me? Ok, let’s descend a bit further into this pit of horrors…
We find the next bunch of funsters at the website “American Life League.” No, I’m not linking to it, use the Googles.
Today they’re hosting “Protest the Pill Day ’09,” and their gimmick is that birth control kills women and doesn’t just prevent pregnancy, but causes “early abortions.” Yes, in order to protest the anniversary of the famous privacy case Griswold v. Connecticut — and coincidentally (?) the day of Dr George Tiller’s funeral — these life forms will gather at family planning clinics and pharmacies all over the country, and hold up signs that read “The Pill Kills.”
So abortion is very very bad, but don’t even think of trying to prevent that pregnancy. *sigh*
Speaking of abortion, next up is Jill Stanek (again, I’m not linking to her site). She’s just not satisfied that Dr George Tiller was slaughtered in church by an anti-choice fruitcake, she’s determined to get the two remaining doctors in this country who will perform late term abortions — by posting photos of them, their clinic addresses, and photos of their clinics on her website. I’m sure that if one of Stanek’s freak followers decides to blow away one of these doctors, she will cry “Who knew!?”
Finally, we arrive at Scott Roeder, the anti-choice “pro-life” assassin who killed Dr George Tiller in church — a doctor who provided needed therapeutic abortion services to women who wanted to have babies, but where something went wrong with the fetus or the mother.
Roeder is very upset. VERY upset. In a phone call to the AP, from the county jail where Roeder is enjoying a beating heart and regular respiration, he complained:
I haven’t been convicted of anything, and I am being treated as a criminal.
My, my, my…cry me a frickin’ river.
Roeder acted as judge, jury, and executioner against Dr Tiller, but complains about being treated like the criminal he is. I guess in his tiny murderous mind, Roeder was expecting a ticker tape parade.
When we live our lives in constant fear of “the other,” and hatred for those who do not live or think the way we do, it diminishes all of us — on an individual and societal level — and none of us will live up to our potential. There are no “winners” and “losers.” Only losers.
I weep for humanity, but I have hope. What else can I do?
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
~Martin Luther King, Jr