It’s only a few more days till Halloween, but it’s also a few more days till election day, and this year has been… interesting, to say the least. I’m fairly liberal in my politics, but this isn’t a political blog, and I don’t like going on political rants. I have to say, however, that this year I have honestly started to feel like the world is beginning to slip down the drain.
The new rising force in American politics is the Tea Party, also known as the Teabaggers (a name they chose, despite claims to the contrary). These people exhibit a lot of the signs of mental illness. They can glibly hold up signs saying “Keep Government Out of My Medicare” without even a hint of understanding. Beyond the misspelled signs and idiotic rhetoric about slashing taxes that are already at a historic low, there is an undercurrent of violence and hatred.
This party, which is really a re-branding of the ultra-right wing Republicans, appeals to the racists and bigots in our culture. It’s become a magnet for these types who suddenly find a national stage upon which to spew their bile. Every time one of them crosses the line, it becomes an “isolated incident”, every racist remark or bigoted comment is “taken out of context”. Apologies come in the form of backhanded attacks on the enemies of the Tea Party. I don’t use the word “enemies” lightly – to the Tea Party, their political rivals are not opponents worthy of respect, but rather are dangerous enemies who are trying to destroy America.
The right-wing media, consisting mostly of Fox “News” and AM radio, consistently fuels this fire, and I fear it will lead to violence if these people find their candidates are not elected in a few days. One, Sharron Angle of Nevada, already spoke of “second amendment remedies” if she fails to win. How that isn’t considered a terrorist threat is beyond me. Now there is video of a teabagger and his cronies holding a woman on the ground and stomping on her shoulders, neck and head. Fortunately, the police are bringing him in on assault charges, but his response? She owes him an apology. I guess he hurt his foot while he stomped on her.
This is sickening, folks. This is how the world comes to an end, the world we know now. This is how the Nazis came to power in the 1930s and it’s happening right here in our country. That seems like an exaggeration, but it’s not. These people and the media empire that is constantly egging them on, are pushing towards armed insurrection. I don’t believe they would ever get enough support to carry out their coup, but I do believe some innocent people could be killed in the process. These folks have to be stopped.
It’s time to stop turning the other cheek. It’s time to stop letting these idiots control the national discourse. People need to stand up to them and call them out for their stupidity and bigotry. People need to argue. I know we’re all taught at an early age to “get along”, but we have to make a stand. We cannot allow this to blossom into another Oklahoma City bombing.
So stand up. Stand up to your parents or relatives or co-workers who spout lies and right-wing propaganda. Stand up and argue. Don’t back down. Don’t “see it from their side”. There is nothing to see. Just as you cannot see things from the point of view of someone who thinks the sky is red when it’s a nice brilliant blue day, or someone who argues a circle is a square, you cannot concede any point to these people. They will get angry. They may get violent. Let them… as harsh as it sounds, let them be the ones to throw the punches, and make sure everyone knows what they did. Shame is how you can stop them, shame and standing up for what is right in the face of their overwhelming bull.
Sanity folks, this country needs a dose.