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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Point Not Taken

I haven’t blogged in a while. In fact, I took a break from it because there was so much going on I felt overloaded with information. Some of it I wasn’t even sure how I felt about the goings on we were witnessing. The oil spill in the Gulf, our troops ending combat missions in Iraq, the GOP and the Democrats wrestling for control of congress, gay marriage bans declared unconstitutional but still not allowed to proceed because of conservative rhetoric; you name it, I felt like I couldn’t get enough of a grasp on everything to make a logical, considered opinion on any one thing long enough to finish one piece before moving on to another.

I’m going to try and wade back into the fray a bit because there is so much going on right now that we have to get out there and have our voices be heard or we won’t ever have our fair say in anything. America in the 21st Century certainly is far advanced from what I expected but it still isn’t where I want us to be, and I expect my view on this is one that is shared by many.

Case in point: This ding a ling preacher down in Florida who wants to declare September 11 International Burn a Koran Day. Bullshit. I saw this dope on TV this morning calling the Koran an “evil” book. Books are not evil. The people who read them can most certainly be, but the books themselves are not. This guy also proves the point that Christians, for the most part, are judgmental, self righteous and hypocritical people. He obviously hasn’t read the Koran, nor has he really read the Bible, or he would be more concerned with setting a positive example through his actions than making a mockery of himself and his religion by carrying out an act of hatred that will most surely inflame the Muslim world.

Which leads me to my next point. I am getting really tired of people spreading the false information that President Obama is a Muslim. He is not a Muslim. This has been proven again and again, but the damned Tea Party Republicans won’t give it up because they have nothing to defame him with otherwise. Just like they keep harping on his not having been born in this country. He was indeed born in this country. He is an American just the same as any other American. People don’t realize how ridiculous they look and sound when they continue trying to propagate these untrue rumors.

I am convinced that very few people look at themselves in the mirror and see what they really look like to others. They tend to congregate with those of their own persuasions and then they feel shielded from scrutiny because it’s easier to disappear into a mass than it is to stand out as an individual. So they get together and talk all this nonsense and feel vindicated and righteous and empowered by it. Yet when they get off to themselves they don’t sing the same tune because they haven’t the protection of their “crowd.” They see themselves as good Americans but in truth they are hypocritical bigots who justify their prejudices by telling themselves the same untruths that they spread with their cohorts. It’s a shame, really. A damn shame.

Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are caricatures of real people. They are performers. Keeping themselves in the public eye by saying and doing almost anything that serves the present cause they happen to be in is all they have to keep people interested in what they have to say in the first place. They go on TV and spout all this inane garbage and are then applauded by people who don’t have the gumption to get up and read the facts for themselves, because then they’d have to think and one thing about Republicans that I have witnessed firsthand, and that really makes me sad, is that most of them don’t think for themselves at all. They listen to intellectually bankrupt people like Palin and Beck and believe what they’re told. Someone recently told me that ninety-nine percent of Democrats make their party look bad while less than two percent of Republicans do the same. The person who told me this obviously has his figures backward. Republicans are constantly undermining their own platforms because they can’t practice what they preach, and then they run out and vote for the very ones who’ve behaved the worst!

Okay, my rant is about over. For now. But to allow me a moment to return to the topic I had in mind at the beginning of this writing, publicly burning copies of the Koran is just plain insanity. It is nothing more than a means of sparking reprisals from fanatical Muslims who will view this as an act of war. We have troops in Islamic nations who will undoubtedly be the first to pay the price for this kind of stupidity. This planned activity will be a point not taken at all.

And that is my sole focus for now.