I guess I don't have much to add to what the above link talks about. Racist, egotists are beginning to take over and they are the ones making the decision. As a country, we are in trouble - and I agree that it's not the politicians or the liars that are at fault, but our own population.
Benjamin Franklin said: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Yet these people would have all freedoms taken away just to protect their perceived safety. What they can't seem to understand is that the more freedoms that are taken, the more danger we are actually in. More on that in a later post, perhaps.
I am a registered Democrat, though I would say that deep down I lean more toward the old-school republican ideals (not the neo-conservative ultra-religious shit the party now peddles). I would love smaller federal government and more control for localized government to make decisions on how they want to handle things, however in the past twenty or thirty years, the biggest leaps in "Big Government" have come from the Republicans in the guise of "protection" and "safety" with no accounting for the rights of the individual.
To quote Ronald Reagan: "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."
He also said: "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
While I may disagree with the religious overtones of the quote, I also believe it is an apt quote. If we are to be a nation that survives, we must remember that we are all ONE nation. That we are ONE people regardless of our race, sexual orientation, color or religious beliefs. Right now, this is a country that's fraying along multiple seams and there is no tailor or seamstress with enough skill to patch it back together.
While somebody might say to me that the people who believe the blatant likes being told by Glenn Beck and Fox news should be felt sorry for, I just can't. These are people who, when shown the facts, choose to disbelieve what is real for the lies these fear mongering so-called news organizations are handing out like tainted candy.
We have become a country of followers, so terrified of a government that attempting to help them, that we follow the lying liars who are causing the fear an panic and we let them make our decisions for us.
I would beg people to wake up and read the truth, to seek it out and to look at their own craziness in the mirror and smash it like a bug, but I know they won't. They will continue to be afraid because that's what their trusted sources are telling them to be.
In Maine, when the marriage equality vote was on the ballot I was approached by people in the street wanting me to sign a petition to stop the rights of homosexuals to marry. They told me that this would change the definition of marriage and that soon people would be marrying their dogs.
I just stared at him for a minute and then said; "You're an idiot and a bigot."
Marriage Equality lost in Maine because of these tactics. I'm flabbergasted at the ignorance and fear of people.
"Obama said he would fix things! It's been two years and it's not fixed! We don't believe anything he says now."
Well, George W. Bush ran the country into the ground over the course of eight years. You think eight years worth of damage can be undone in two? Really? Are you that fucking stupid? Even Obama said it was going take time to repair the damage, but you had to go stick a knife in the agenda and hand power back to the yahoos who helped Mr. Bush steer the country into the muddy hole it's in today. Go you.
So you want to live in a festering stink hole of a country while the rest of the world points and laughs at us?
Go for it. It's your own damn fault.