This comes ultimately from FreeThinke, cross posted at Rational National USA, and captures the paradigm that we’ve allowed ourselves to hoist to political primacy….not moving the country forward, but gaining and maintaining political power for it’s own sake. Party over country.
There’s an old saying that has always resonated well with this 72-year-old conservative-libertarian:
American politics always boils down to a contest between The EVIL Party and the STUPID Party.
I’ll give everyone three guesses as to which is which.
“Straining out gnats while swallowing camels” is what The Stupid Party tends to do. If you don’t know who they are, you are probably a member in good standing.
“In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.”
~ Voltaire (1694-1778)
I agree with Voltaire. Politics is all about money and acquiring enough power to be able push people around and bend them to your will, and that’s ALL it ever has been or will be in my never humble opinion.
Issues like Abortion, Right to Die and Gay Marriage should have NO PLACE WHATSOEVER in the political arena. They are PERSONAL and RELIGIOUS matters that function only as three large — and very smelly — red herrings that give the D’Rats a TREMENDOUS advantage, because harping on these things makes Republicans look foolish, naive, out of touch with reality, and potentially tyrannical.
Concentrating on Abortion and Homosexuality makes it LOOK as though Republicans are eager to establish a THEOCRACY. That frightens the hell out of people — as well it should.
I’m a Christian, certainly a fiscal conservative, but probably a social liberal. There are far more people like me than there are of the crowd who wants to micromanage the inner-workings of every woman’s vagina along with the direction and purpose of every man’s penis.
The Conservative Movement is DOOMED if it continues to cater to the radical beliefs of Backwoods Bible Thumpers and Mediaeval Papists.
Many are rightly scared to death of permitting SHARIA to be established within our borders. So am I! But everyone should be EQUALLY terrified at the thought of the reemergence of a Christofascist State.
The United States of America my have been partially founded by strait-laced, iron-mouthed, agate-eyed Puritans, but it was also partially founded at the same time by Soldiers of Fortune, deported criminals, and worldly, sensual, materialistic members of The Church of England.
Those groups were highly pragmatic because they had to be in order to survive, but they had little in common. And yet, they managed to forge an alliance that defied — and finally defeated — the then-most powerful nation in the world.
If ever a miracle has occurred, surely the American Revolution was it. What we are doing to ourselves today is not only moronic, it is shameful and degrading.
Fools like this Akin character from The State of MISERY ought to be FORCIBLY EJECTED from the political arena. He wouldn’t have survived ten minutes after displaying his idiocy if we had men like Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys around today.
We’ve allowed ourselves become a nation of PUSSY-WHIPPED COWARDS who’ve abandoned COMMON SENSE in favor of pusillanimity.