Thursday, September 23, 2010

Coffee

It’s a shame if we see health care repealed. I am certain the voting masses will wake up. I hope though the wake up will not happen after the fact. I am trying hard to see both sides of the argument. The problem though is that cutting taxes and repealing healthcare and wanting smaller government scares me as much as rolling back to the last administrations bottom line as if the Cheney Bush years were ideal. The tea party’rs are trying hard to cloak their agenda in a “save America” rhetoric which is a thinly veiled comment on Obama and his race. Save America from the left whatever that means. I think it’s an attack on intelligence. A nationwide fear of thinking and education as if “Joe the Plummer” or Sarah Palin will save them. Cutesy wootsey slogans will drive us into the dirt and we will live to see breadlines. What I suspect is underneath all of the Tea party /Sarah Palin support besides racism is a heavy handed Christian right agenda. This country has a fundamentalist problem. Whenever I see those creepy Foundation for better life commercials I get the willies and I think domestic terrorism is a live and its thumping bibles and it’s after us. Like the plague. The creation of such cults in the guise of American values translates as white values versus decency and tolerance bothers me no end. Let’s hope most of us are smarter than this and we value our freedom of choice across the board. Yet I wonder. I know many people who rallied for the last election have turned off and have no idea what is taking place and believe you , me that is the worst case scenario for those of us who value change who welcome healthcare reform who want choice and tolerance and taxes that could help us regain our footing financially. Maybe I am being naive and should wake up like the “enemies” to choice and freedom of speech and healthcare and financial reform. Maybe like them I should call out and say “wake up” fellow Dems and “intellectual” liberals we are under attack it’s on and it’s real.

4 comments:

Dwane T. said...

Sometimes people have to have something taken away from them that’s tangible before they can see the invisible forces at work. The concept that someone is taking away “their” America is only real because they are give actual facts to back it up. The problem is, the facts they are given have nothing to do with the issues they are being related to. But when you check the facts, they are indeed facts. That opens the door for them to have lies attached to the truths. The lies apply directly to the loss of their America. The package becomes their reality. The save America rhetoric has been used for a decade, so it’s part of our daily fabric now. Remember, we were at war with people on their soil because they hated “our freedoms”. The thought of going into my neighbor’s house and beating him up because he hates my new car is crazy to me… but as a country we bought it. And now the Tea Party’ers are repackaging it and selling us the internal enemy version. That type of product can be sold to intelligent people, so you have to make people believe that anti-intellectual is cool. If it works to make poor kids in the city reject education on a personal level, why not use it to make poor adults in the country reject intelligence on a national level.

The use of religion is only to help establish a good vs. evil thing. That’s why it’s so important to them that Obama be painted as a Muslim. If he’s a Christian and he doesn’t agree with them, he takes away their moral authority. Please don’t believe the Christian Right are right Christians. Their stance is completely opposed to what Jesus taught. They are counting on the average American to be as uneducated in Christianity as they are in the impossibility of a “jobless recovery” (‘cause new jobs are being created overseas everyday). I am a Christian, and I will pay taxes to whatever extent it takes for the least of my fellow Americans to prosper as the greatest. And if folks who make millions of dollars a year pay their fare share, it would hurt folks like me a lot less. The problem is not that I get taxed too much, the problem is that they get taxed too little. I don’t get how a politician can want less government. Imagine if a teacher believed in less schooling. Don’t apply for a job and they want less responsibility.

Rae Dawn Chong said...

YOU speak the truth Dwane T. I am a big believer in spiritualitya nd I try to live by the saying "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Fundamentally at the core of all of this confusion is the sense of lack or poverty consciousness. The fear that there is a finite limit to wealth. That only some of us will get it...them that we consider the "Good ones" or the "special ones" and in America that face teh face of the upper class is WHITE...What is fascinating is that given a level playing field success is color blind. See "sports". Okay but I think we still don't fathom our interconnectedness. How if one microscopic aspect of humanity suffers eventually we will all fall down too. Many especially the uninformed think charity is "charity" when indeed it is smart thinking and selfish. We must take care when we can, we must extend a hand when we can, for our own sake.

Of course that takes the ability to think all of it through...to see the broader perspective.

Dwacon® said...

To me, the problem isn't that these people are pushing their thinly-veiled rhethoric...

The PROBLEM is that many people are hearing it and reacting to it.

Previously, Osama bin Laden was the boogie man.

Now, they are trying to make our very own president the boogie man.

YIKES!

glt said...

Sides require straight lines and corners that can be cut. Humanity has always been based on squares even tho we're all globular and mis-shapped ballons of hot air. Our essence depends on lies. I still can't help but seriously consider that we are the ultimate evil substance injected onto the face of the planet...

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