This article caught my eye in the Times today: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/
It was written back in 1991, 18 years ago if you can believe (I certainly am a little incredulous). In 18 years, almost nothing has changed in America. Through three presidents, we're almost in exactly the same mess. Now certainly, the world is always changing slightly, but essentially we're in the very same mess now that we were 18 years ago. We're in a recession, we've got folks stuck in Iraq, and America is more or less lost in the sauce.
Right there in the last few months of the presidential campaign last year, there seemed to be the kind of activism, the desire for a better world, the understanding that a common effort could result in common good coming from both side of the political spectrum. People started playing those old songs form the 60's again, started playing them un-ironically. For a moment there were people marching the in the street, the fortunate sons were out in mass, and the times, they were a'changing. Then, a year later, we're really in pretty much the same place we were a year ago. We're still struggling with that same basic moral questions, not even about what's right, but rather, "Is it ok to say something's wrong, or is it un-American to hope for a better world? Is it un-American to be afraid of moving? Can right be done under the sun?"
Obama's acting 99% exactly like Bush. The election didn't mean anything, really (except maybe it kept things from getting worse, maybe. And maybe it changed what could be done in the future). So, the kind of frustration the writer of that article feels, I get that.
But I love this country, as screwy as it can be. It's full of people, and Christ is working on them day by day, and maybe that means something too.
But you know what hope looks like? http://www.nytimes.com/2009/
Whatever else you can say about that guy, he's not giving up, and he doesn't care he's doing it alone. There's a guy I'd like to talk to.
So Arlen Specter turned coat on the Republicans.
So, the governor of Texas reached out to the Right Wing extremists last week, talking about how what Texas really, really needed was to maybe secede. And oh, oh, dear reader, just let me let you know how much I appreciate hearing good fine patriots back home talk about how they want to destroy the country that I'm on my way to the sand box to fight for. I can't tell you how awesome it is to hear a bunch of damned civilians acting like they know what's best because their doddering, cancer ridden old man didn't win the race for the white house.
Goodness, this stuff pisses me off a whole good bunch. Chuck Norris, yeah you know all the jokes, he also came out this week talking about how he couldn't wait to run for President of Texas.
He seems to think that because the government is working to end the economic cluster-fuck that Bush & Friends got us into, that means the government has become “oppressive.” “Oppressive?” These secessionists don't really know what the word means, but they have a vague idea that it has something to do with their not getting their way 100% of the time.
Watching those idiotic “tea-bagging(their word, not mine) rallies,” I noticed a lot of chanting of the old standard “taxation without representation.” That threw me for a loop for a second. What did these people mean, “without representation?” Didn't we just have an election? Didn't the vast majority of non-felons have the right to vote? Isn't the idea of a Democracy that when you have a vote, the fellow who gets the larger number of votes win, and then does the best he can to act for the interest of all of his constituents (And yes, I'm just male pronouns, but this is America. Sadly, the majority of politicians still tend to be male)?
And then it hit me. The Gov'ner of Texas, Chuck Norris, the tea-baggers, it's not Democracy they're interested in. It's not the old mob rule that so often got Athens in trouble that they want. The only time they can even pretend to stand Democracy is when they happen to win. What they want is a dictatorship where someone who looks and acts and thinks like of them is in absolute control forever and ever.
They aren't rallying against “taxation without representation,” they are rallying for “taxation without representation.” They just want to make sure that it's queers and liberals like me who are forced to go unrepresented.
So see Dear Reader, that's why these folks are trying to break away from America. For all their jingoist bullshit about patriotism, that hate America. They want to see lady liberty pull down out of New York Harbor, beaten, raped, put in her place. They want to replace Lady Liberty with the cruel, smirking face of some self-righteous Patriarch, some bastard who thinks that freedom is his freedom to be privileged, to be honored above all the women, darkies, and weirdos.
That's what's going on in the Right right now. That's what we've all got to look out for.
Oh, and my very own special comment:
So yeah, fuck you Chuck Norris. If you're so big and bad, why don't you come down and enlist in Army like I did. Are you afraid that without a stunt double it might be a little hard to take on the bad guys over in Kandahar? Are you scare of those big bad fire crackers that keep falling on Anaconda? Are you scared of taking a little ol' convoy around?
'Cause it sounds like it. It sounds me, a simple queer, is willing to do more for this country than you ever could, you big bad movie actor.
I was really touched by the comments and emails from folks who thought I was ending the blog. I found it a little ironic that people began to praise my writing but of a poorly worded sentence of nebulous meaning.
Oh. My. God.
So, Millard Fuller's dead. He founded Habitat For Humanity, and was a big part of Koinonia Farm down in Americus, Georgia.