We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now…
“This war’s a Mother Fucker, how many sons will we kill today?”
Recently, I involved myself in a “debate” with another participant of the Blogswarm Against Theocracy. The debate centered on this person’s claim that some of the posts in the BAT were “Offensive” to Christians.
Originally, I planned on not commenting any further because I didn’t want to give this person more attention, which I’m convinced is part of their motive, and because I wanted it to go away. However, I decided that’s very unlike me, and it’s not going away whether I respond or not.
I’m not going to explain myself nor am I going to make any excuses. I said what I wanted to say, and I felt it was something that needed to be said.
There seems to be a misconception among many people that no one has the right to “Offend us.” If someone says something we find “Offensive” then we demand retribution and/or reparation.
It’s nice to dream of a world where everyone says the right thing, and we all skip down the streets singing “I love you, you love me.” (Actually that sounds like a fucking nightmare).
Utopia is a fantasy, and if people thought about it for longer than a minute they’d realize they really don’t want Utopia. Humanity ceases to exist in Utopia.
The only way to bring Utopia into existence is to stifle all of humanity: thought, art, music, literature, science, virtually every human behavior must be controlled.
The idea of a “Perfect” or Utopian society implies a society that rests on a razor’s edge, and even the slightest tremor threatens to bring it toppling down.
What if we eliminated everything we find “Offensive” in the world. What the fuck is left? Every person involved in BAT would have to censor their blogs. Personally, I’d have to delete half of my posts, at least. But it’s not just me or the “blunt” people or the people who “don’t hold back.” We all write posts “Offensive” to someone somewhere and those must be censored as well. It’s completely subjective, and it’s fucking Fascist.
No one is guaranteed the right to go through life without being offended, and anyone who expects such a thing needs to grow a pair. Straight outta Fuckin’ Compton!
Utopia, “Perfection”, is anti-thetical to our very nature. We are flawed, imperfect, moronic, selfish, lazy, rude, arrogant and we have a propensity to smell bad. (Yes, I’m talking about the French). We are incapable of perfection, and it is our flaws that make us human. Suffering is what forces us to change and to grow.
What does art look like in Shangri-La for instance?
And what about Prose?
“I found another pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and then Halle Berry and I went for a drive in my Platinum Plated Rolls Royce. Life is so great I think I might fucking shoot myself.”
Sure there are people who severely piss me off, and they know who they are. That’s why I write. This is my vent, my release and I enjoy it. I deal with those who “Offend” me on my own, and never would I ask that they be silenced or censored. (They give me something to write about, such as now). However, this is exactly what happened with BAT whether the person acknowledges it or not. They even threatened to take their ball and go home.
When I look at our “Blogroll”, there’s not one person who’s the same as the others. (Well, except for the few “wingnuts” we have). This is the advantage “Liberals” (And I use this word very loosely) have over La Cosa Bushstra. But it’s rarely used as an advantage.
The Republican Party, on the otherhand, is about as diverse as a glass of milk. No matter what you add to change its color or taste it still comes from a cow’s titty.
Of course, there are advantages being homogeneous.
Hate radio is a great example. The Right can easily file their message into a very fine point and reach a large audience because their base, for the most part, is uniform. (If you’ve read one “Conservative” Blog you’ve read them all). And over the past 25 years or so the Right has whipped its base into a rabid, ill-informed mob bent on undoing centuries of human progress. But there are disadvantages to uniformity as well.
The Right is very adept at making itself appear larger than it really is. Cons know they lack universal appeal so they create the illusion they are the “Majority”(Majority of the Fools) trying to channel the Lemming lurking within us all.
The truth however, is that the majority of Americans have no desire to live in the land “Little Jack Fundy” built. Nor do they support Republican “Scorch the Poor Poor; Save the Poor Rich” policies. President Bush’s popularity is at a historical nadir for good reason. Americans are fed up.
The Right forever teeters on the brink dependent on their big mouths and fear mongering to keep us from pushing them over the edge. But the edge is eroding, and the time is now for Americans, from all walks of life, to put the Party “Lincoln Logs Built” in its place; at the bottom of a dark, lonely bottomless pit.
But is that happening? Nope.
“Liberals” are waiting for the stars to align in such a way that all our hearts meld and beat as One. Unfortunately, they’ll wait forever and while they do Captain Nuculur and Nosferatu are busy dry fucking our Constitution, and date Raping Lady Liberty all over the planet.
This is a fucking war!
These people are dangerous. What don’t we get?
Instead of using diversity and the obvious advantage it gives them, Liberals turn it into a hindrance. “We need to respect everyone’s feelings.” It’s never going to fucking happen.
There are too many people within the Progressive Movement. Too many people with different agendas, varied reasons for participating etc. And let’s not forget many Republicans, Libertarians, and Moderates voted Democrat in 2006. They are every bit as pissed about this war and the uncompromising knob polishing of the Religious Right. But do you think a Libertarian is going to agree with a “Liberal” when the topic turns to Social Programs? Fuck no! Does that really matter at this point?
There are many historical examples that fly in the face of this “We have to all get along and respect one another.” What about WWII? You think Blacks enjoyed fighting alongside Racists? I’m going to say, No.
But do you think when the Nazis or Japanese came over the Hill they didn’t fight with all their might possibly even dying to save the Cracker?
What do people expect when you bring Religion into the mix? At what point in human history have the “Religious” even gotten along with one another, much less the Non-Religious?
I’m sorry some people got their feelings hurt during the Blogswarm. It’s unfortunate. And I’m not saying people have no right to be Offended. But let’s keep some fucking perspective.
Am I to believe that an adult did not take into account a “Blogswarm Against Theocracy” may have a post or two written by Atheists, and that maybe, just maybe, one of those Atheists might hate Christians? (Many Atheists are hostile toward Religion). Seriously? I find that impossible to believe. I think some people simply like to be “Offended” and search for ways to be “Offended.” (Like those “Liberals” who listen to Rush Limbaugh. What the fuck is wrong with those idiots?)
What happens next year? Do people think about what they’re going to write? Do they censor themselves out of the fear their posts may be labeled “Offensive?” Do they refuse to participate altogether?
As I said, I could easily go back over every single post from BAT and find something “Offensive” in them all.
Of course all people deserve respect, but the BIG PICTURE is more important right now. The nuances can be worked out after we rip our Government from the grip of Lunatics. But even then people will still be “Offensive”, people will still act like fools, and do/say things they shouldn’t (Yours truly) and anyone who expects otherwise is deluded.
Liberals spend as much time attacking one another as they do attacking Bush, completely ridiculous. It is not necessary to have a movement that is perfectly in sync, we all have one Monumental Goal bringing us together.
I just want to raise my daughter, make a few bucks, write, paint, get laid, drink a couple of beers and generally live like a human being (whatever that means for me).
When I look at the current GOP, I see a Party vehemently opposed to anything even resembling humanity. To quote Grandfather from “Little Big Man”:
“Do you see this fine thing? Do you admire the humanity of it? Because the human beings, my son, they believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals. But also water, earth, stone. And also the things from them… like that hair. The man from whom this hair came, he’s bald on the other side, because I now own his scalp! That is the way things are. But the white man, they believe EVERYTHING is dead. Stone, earth, animals. And people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, white man will rub them out. That is the difference.”
This is the Republican Party. This is the enemy we all face.
This is the priority.
(I love this song, it reminds me of being a young shit instead of being an “Older Shit.” Anyone who thinks Punk music is only 3 chords and a bunch of noise, never heard the Dead Kennedys)