Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Right-Wing Utopia

While some aspects of the American conservative agenda might be attractive to some people some of the time, I doubt that most people have taken conservative positions to their logical conclusions. If they did, I think many fewer Americans would be willing to sign on.

Here's an outline of America if the conservatives had their way:

  • Abortion illegal in all cases. Women getting abortions and the doctors who perform them are charged with first degree murder; women who attempt them are charged with attempted murder.
  • Birth control outlawed.
  • Anti-sodomy laws reinstated.
  • Gay people banned by constitutional amendment from marriage, by federal law from military service, and by state laws from adoption, teaching, and any profession involving children.
  • All environmental regulation repealed.
  • Public education abolished, along with government funding of any education at any level: early childhood, student loans, etc.
  • No government funding for the arts, under any circumstances.
  • Islam not recognized as a religion, and thus stripped of all religious protections.
  • Muslims banned from elected office, government employment and military service.
  • America officially declared "a Christian nation."
  • Employers, landlords and public businesses allowed to discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, or anything else.
  • Child labor laws abolished.
  • Government surveillance on any person for any reason legal.
  • English declared official language, and governments forbidden from printing materials in any other language.
  • Unions outlawed.
I could go on and on like this. But even with just these few (real life, not exaggerated) examples, is this the nation we want to live in?

Maybe we should think about that.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I have hazel eyes.

I don't base my identity on my eye color. Having hazel eyes is just a part of me. I'm certainly not proud of having hazel eyes, but I'm not ashamed, either. Most of the time, I don't even think about it.

But if the government told me I couldn't get married to someone else with hazel eyes, or that I couldn't be in the military unless I wore blue contact lenses, or if people stood outside my eye doctor's office with signs that read "Hazel-Eyed Go To Hell!," I might start to think that my hazel eyes were pretty important. I might start to resent people who disliked me just because of my eye color. I might start spending more time than is necessarily healthy wondering what it was about my eye color that got certain people so riled up.

I might get angry when people said absurd or bizarre things, like that I shouldn't be able to teach children unless I wore sunglasses to hide my "condition."

But that would never happen, right?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy to have a job

"Brain drain? Perhaps, in the short run. But maybe Wisconsin will see new infusion of brains as younger workers step up and take those positions, happy to have the jobs even without the lavish pensions of yore."
-comment on "The Costly Brain Drain in Wisconsin," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive

One of the phrases that has "angered up my blood" the most during this Wisconsin war on the middle class has been the line: "You should be happy to have a job at all." Often followed up with some variation on "Suck it up, you lazy parasite."

This is so disturbing to me because it means that the right-wing crapweasel propaganda has seeped so deep into the psyche of the lower and middle classes that they are willing to throw their lot in with the employer and say, in effect, "I am only worth what my employer says I am. I only deserve what my employer is willing to provide, however meager. Not only am I content with ceding power to my employer, but I demand it."

That attitude is sick and wrong, and resembles nothing so much as an abused spouse telling a friend, "He wouldn't have hit me if I had just put dinner on the table on time."

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." This isn't just about taking our government back - it's about taking ourselves back. We better start now, before it's too late.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Taking a break

My outrage meter is broken. Six years in the red will do that. I just can't dedicate any more energy right now to the insanity that surrounds us.

Based on past experience, I'll probably be back at some point. Maybe not.

Monday, March 12, 2007


"Lewis Libby has now been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lies that had absolutely no legal consequence."
So begins Ann Coulter's latest column on how the Libby prosecution is (surprise!) a terrible miscarriage of justice, and how Bush just must absolutely pardon Libby, now.

Ann, sweetie, let me just suggest a minor edit to your lead paragraph:
"Lewis Libby Bill Clinton has now been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lies that had absolutely no legal consequence."
There. Much better - and more accurate!


Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley is the third high-ranking military official forced out because of the scandalous treatment of veterans at Walter Reed Hospital. Could this finally be a tipping point, where patriotic Americans begin to realize that conservatives don't care at all about the troops, no matter how much accusatory finger-pointing or heart-tugging country songs stomp through our war-infested culture?

No wait. What was I thinking? Of course, the answer is "no." The line is a dot, people.

Friday, March 09, 2007

What goes around

Unhinged eliminationist gun-obsessed perv Kim du Toit has decided that he's shutting down comments on his site, because he's tired of a few stray attacks on him and his wife, the vivacious, bombastic universal scold Connie du Toit. Up to now, his flying monkeys have pretty much toed the line, probably because they are too busy stroking their highly-polished shotguns to challenge him on anything. Well, those happy days are gone.

I must admit that one of my sharpest incidents of schadenfreude was when I learned that Kim and Connie's homeschooling database business, Did Today, collapsed because investors were horrified with the du Toits' combined online output. Who knew that years of calling for the violent death of your political enemies would have such negative consequences?

And so the withdrawal continues, as they homeschool their children and retreat into their fantasy of the 1950s America that never existed in the first place.

Go with God, you two.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Dirty Sanchez

So did you hear the one about the military guy who was the toast of the right, after speaking out about being called names on the Columbia University campus by the college's "radical anti-military students"?

Yeah - turns out his previous career was in show business. He was a star - of gay porn.

And guess what? Matt "Rod Majors" Sanchez had his picture taken at CPAC with Ann Coulter, just as she was making the "faggot" comment about John Edwards. He was at CPAC to accept the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award.

You can't make this stuff up, people.

Of course, the crapweasels are rallying around him. Because let's face it: he may be a (self-denying ex-porn-star ex-manwhore) faggot, but he's *their* faggot. It's also sad and tragic that Sanchez has pledged his undying support to a movement that doesn't think he should have been allowed into the military in the first place.

My favorite part of his whining display of victimhood on Salon was his contention that lefty blogs were "prying into his private life." Personally, I think if your naked ass is displayed on video racks in every porn shop in the U.S., your "film career" isn't part of your "private life."