MAMAS, DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE REPUBLICANS: I have been deluged with political email about the horrors of Dubya and his crooked shenanigans while in office. My pal Kim Freeman forwarded this list on to me. I don't know who created this, but these points are so right on target, that I was compelled to post it:

Things You Must Believe To Be A Republican in 2004:

1) Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

2) Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

3) A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

4) Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

5) The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

6) If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

7) Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

8) HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

9) Global warming is junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

10) A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

11) Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

12) The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's cocaine conviction is none of our business.

13) Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.

14) You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

15) What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.


Anonymous said…
Drink some more Kool Aid you Kool AId Kerry drinker.
Teamaster said…
(in reply to an email correspondence about the latest blog entry)

The person who relentlessly uses the Kool-Aid gag is obviously devoid of any other barbs with which to assail your opinions. Rather than even dare into ankle-deep water, he/she prefers to give you the finger from the safe shore.

(in regard to conservative Republicans being likened to Nazis)
Don't get me started on Nazis! :) Though I get your use of the term, I'm seriously careful to remind folks what Nazism really was based on and what it did. Being National Socialists, they appealed to the mass, particularly under the explosive exploitation of class warfare. Their prescription for humanity was collectivist, obedience to the general will, the good-for-all cause - under guidance/coercion of the State, of course. Like all fundamentally evil causes that evoke class warfare, exertion of the masses, and cheerleading for equality and fraternity *without* regard for metaphysical standards and sanctity of individuals, Nazism dehumanized the very folks they *claimed* to champion.

(I never use "class" warfare anymore. I call human conflict MOB warfare. Whatever mob is elected or kicks its way in is the "right" of the moment. The very activists who claim to champion the peasants end up slaughtering the peasants once their mob takes power. Everyone bashes the prez they disagree with, but forgives above and beyond *their* frat's guy.)

Hitler plainly said: "True idealism is to subordinate the life and interests of the individual to the group." Sound familiar? Roussaeu, that misunderstood imp of philosophy, recognized the necessity of a dictatorship to *force* "freedom". Likewise, B.F. Skinner (who disbelieved in any free will or morals or significance of humanity) admitted that man's perfectibility demanded cessation of man AS man. In other words, to escape suffering, etc., man must negate humanity, must surrender *being* man. Skinner's ideas were evil, as far as I'm concerned.

The forced installation of "happiness" requires elimination of free will - and hence freedom. Dostoyevsky spent his entire writing life emphasizing this. Once man is considered nothing more than a mechanistic bundle of instincts, as a mere natural process, then everything is permissable - and nothing can be called right or wrong or unjust or unfair.

So many Republicans indeed behave in concert with Nazi notions - but so do many Dems ("it takes a village", etc.). The corrupted religious folks defy the very essence of religion (particularly Christianity) when they give ultimate credence to the State, coercive power, and Constitutional interference. God-belief is basically averse to Statism and tyrants, because it asserts humanity's innate importance and worth, raising ALL people as beings with basic rights/freedom - that NO government should be allowed to subvert. Once humankind is reduced to nothing but raw material, cosmic accident, then justification for outrageous treatment ignites. OR, if religions replace God and establish a soul-killing structure of power here on earth that is no better than fascism, communism, etc.

Teamaster said…
An afterthought...

On the abortion matter and corporations. Aside from some finagling of privacy rights, the abortion legalization was also based on the definition of fetuses as non-persons - therefore not protected by the Constitution (similar to the past dehumanization of blacks).

Weird and sad that a corporation is treated AS a person and protected thus. And back when draft cards were around, the cards were also preotected from destruction as if they were persons! So here are two examples of truly non-persons being protected more than an arguably living human is.
Teamaster said…
Oh, the afterthought is mine, by the way. :)

-David (again)

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