Believe in America!

I believe in America. I’ve seen it on satellite photos and heard Aaron Copland’s music. People whom I trust say they have been there. Apart from a vacuous slogan, the man most likely to come second in November has some vacuous beliefs.

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.

File:Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 3.jpgMr Romney’s own website shows that he has worked hard to oppose marriage equality. This is not a religious freedom issue. Conservatives do not have to call the union of two women a “marriage”. They do not have to make friends with those women, or let them attend their church. But they do not have the right to prevent us from celebrating and naming our unions. Your freedom to swing your fist ends at my face, and it really irks me when you start to whine that your fist hurts after hitting me. And I am perplexed that he would so badly misunderstand what judges do.

I am glad he is standing, though. Were it not for that, I would not have heard about temple garments. I have had other moments of shocked derision because the serious press is paying attention to Mormonism.

File:Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpgShocked derision is my constant reaction more generally. Newt wants a moonbase by 2020, and his supporters cheered: why bother? You’re on another planet already. I have heard various excuses for this. The President as an embodiment of the Nation has to pretend to be an ordinary man. The constitution, as a way of getting Government out of the faces of citizens, elects second raters.

What does Newt have to say about marriage equality?

[gay marriage is] a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors

Sounds reasonable. I like paganism, I have liked pagans I have met, I like their spirituality, and generally pagans are keener on equal marriage than Southern Baptists because pagans are more sane. Unfortunately, Newt continued:

but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.

Oh. So. Two perfectly nice ordinary groups of Americans, mostly friendly and pleasant enough, are named as Enemies of Civilisation. The Enemy Within. We don’t have the Commie threat any more (many of those damn commies were homosexuals) so Newt has to make do with homosexuals and pagans. Oops, don’t forget Muslims:

Remember, the Organization of Islamic Countries is dedicated to preventing anyone, anywhere in the world from commenting negatively about Islam, so they would literally eliminate our free speech and there were clearly conversations held that implied that the U.S. Justice Department would begin to enforce censorship against American citizens to protect radical Islam

I seem to remember a good news story from the Republican primaries. Wasn’t there an out gay Republican candidate? Someone more centrist and moderate? Oh yes, Fred Karger. How’s he doing, then? He has not secured a single delegate. And what does he think of the people getting involved in politics?

It’s great that we can express our political ideologies by dressing up as colonial revolutionaries and yelling about economic policies we don’t understand. But were the Tea Party and Occupy movements populist statements reflecting democratic dialogue, or did they serve only to undermine perfectly capable “establishment” candidates?

Leave it to the professionals, in other words. After all, they have done brilliantly so far…

Picture credits: Mitt. Newt. Fred.180px-David_Cameron_official

Good patriotic Americans might think that, considering I have never been West of Reykjavik, I should not involve myself in their private grief. But the Leader of the Free World affects us all, and my country has been to war twice, on his say-so, in the last ten years.

Ask you what provocation I have had?
The strong antipathy of Good to Bad.

The Googling to find this stuff took minutes. It is easy to find monstrous and vile things that these men say.

15 thoughts on “Believe in America!

  1. I am both inspired and humbled to read such eloquent expression! Thank you for so beautifully and calmly exploring the same frustrations which often drive me to – shall we politely call them “less than persuasive” outbursts.

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    • Thank you. Welcome to my blog. I think you do yourself down, though. Why less than persuasive? When someone utters a sentence which makes grammatical sense but no other kind of sense, such as “gay marriage is the end of civilisation as we know it”, a proper response is, AHHHHH! NOOOOO! You put the arguments with elegance and wit. You do need a better link, though.

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  2. Thank you for this post. I’ve been frustrated with the direction of American politics and you summed it up wonderfully. I have written about it in the past but no where near as eloquently.

    Teresa

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  3. Thank you, Clare. What saddens me most is they all claim to be Christians. I must take my cue from Søren Kierkegaard and believe them to be not followers of Christ, but only admirers.
    Those of us who hold opposing views to what the Republican party is spewing forth roll our collective eyes in amazement. Just when we think we’ve heard it all, they come up with something more abysmal. I shake my head and think, “Oh, evolve!”

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    • I am a Christian. I resent these “Christians”, I would not call them even “admirers”. I can understand disapproving of abortion, but when they require an unnecessary vaginal probe before a woman can have an abortion, I think they are more motivated by hatred of the woman, and a desire to persecute and humiliate her, than any Christian motivation. Betty Bowers skewers them.

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  4. well said. the republicans in my country have lost it. most thinking people realize this. this is why obama won in a LANDSLIDE in the last presidential election. none of these clowns will beat him. however, i MUST say, as an american who has lived in britain, that our country is MUCH larger than yours both geographically and population-wise. as a result, more nutbags per capita. more liberals as well, though. this is a fact that i think very often gets over-looked by my european friends across the pond.

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    • The problem is in the primaries, where the activists vote. We have our nut-bags, but they are limited by the parties, which compete for the voters in the middle ground in a single election for all the MPs, and then the Prime Minister is the leader of the largest party. There was very little difference between Mr Brown’s platform and Mr Cameron’s, though they tried to make them look very different. And, while we do have nutcase Evangelical Christians they are not nearly so powerful as yours.

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      • Surely not. That comment sent me to Google, and I have found my Santorum quote– he told a woman she should marry a man, and when she said she was not attracted to men he said, “Like anything in life, it is a choice. You may feel this is the way that it is supposed to be; you make decisions in life, and you choose what is right.”

        Newt says the same: Q: Do you believe that people choose to be gay?

        GINGRICH: I believe it’s a combination of genetics and environment. I think both are involved. I think people have many ranges of choices. Part of the question is, do you want a society which has a bias in one direction or another?

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  5. Reblogged this on From the mind of Del… and commented:
    I’ve been absent from my blog, for my wife and I have been moving into our new apartment. Today is an aaahhh day in which I get to catch up with current events, try and make some sense of the mess in our home,and prepare for upcoming classes. Whew! What a mouthful! I came across this article on a blog from one of my fellow bloggers and just had to share the opponents running in the presidential race. From where I’m standing it looks like we’re in a bit of a pickle!

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    • Thank you for reblogging- my first time. We would be in a bit of a pickle too, Ms Del, if any of these men got in. You know what you have to do. All I can hope is that voters in November can remember the attack ads they are excreting at each other now.

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  6. “It is easy to find monstrous and vile things that these men say.” Yes, sadly, it is. Still, thanks for believing in “my” country anyway. And thanks for your cleverness – and hope – in calling Romney “the man most likely to come second in November.” Brilliant. You are my role model for tolerance and compassion!

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