THE CONSTITUTION IS LOSING GROUND AND WE “SHRUG IT OFF”
Posted May 15, 2012on:
The idea that the introduction of religious attitudes and values has become an integral part of our political discourse is now considered the ultimate litmus test in choosing our leaders.
Three hundred years after the Founding Fathers created a document that has been held up worldwide as a bastion to democracy and freedom has slowly been torn asunder by factions of the population who would prefer to ignore the civil and human rights of others by intuiting “god’s will”.
What emerged from this latest nominating process for President of the United States are candidates with personal opinions who mocked this document as they vowed to restrict, deny, and overturn any measure of equality this nation was founded upon.
The current resident of the Oval Office was reluctant to express his views about marriage equality but was unable to ignore the voices that begged for a statement. Though he declared his support of the right to marry whomever one chose, he then lobbied it back to the states for approval. Not exactly a courageous move since only the day before the state of North Carolina voted down this measure of equality.
The GOP appears to be solidly in “lockstep” judging by their outbursts in opposition, citing “biblical” renderings along with specious arguments in underscoring their bigotry and it is troubling.
Refusing to defend and protect the rights of one group suggests that all other groups will eventually face the same contempt.
This weekend alone was an opportunity for black pastors to exhort their flocks against gay rights. This is a group that has suffered untold discrimination over the past 400 years and for whom blood was shed in their fight for equality under the law. If there is one singular group out there that knows firsthand the evil of inequality it is the black community. Yet its pastors, and many of its spokespersons, prefer to deny the same rights and benefits to others by interpreting the bible as the source of their opposition. Ridiculous.
The atmosphere in this nation is being driven by fanatical fundamentalists who deny evolution and science. It is a backward approach to governance. While none are being denied the right to believe whatever they choose as their moral compass, they would impose these beliefs on others by the stroke of a pen. The rights of women and gays are being battered around for the sake of the ignorant and this alone signals a change in the laws designed to protect the minority against the whims of the majority as the separation of church and state slowly fades away.
Theology belongs within the confines of churches, synagogues, and mosques, not on the floors of congress. Democracy, as we know it, is being bargained away in the face of intolerance.
Why are we not angrier? Why are we so complacent? Why are we “giving in” to these foolish and dangerous tactics that claw at the very fabric of who we are as a nation?
Is it too fantastic to suggest that we are leaning toward a “nazification” by lawmakers who seek to instill some of the very same laws that were introduced over 80 years ago when a regime of nazi fanatics abolished abortion and sought out members of the gay community for punishment? It is best to understand that these proposals became common law in a country that prided itself on its intellectualism. The nation bowed in unison.
Are we on the same pathway? History has shown that there were many opportunities for the German people to rise up in protest but they preferred to ignore the insidious role of the government at a time when it counted by shrugging off the evil being done in their name.
Could it happen here? Am I way off base in my thinking? Are we ourselves on the same path of self destruction by sitting in silence in tolerating these horrific displays of discrimination?
Take a look at the crop of politicians who have risen up over the last 10 years and tell me that you are not troubled by the vision of America they wish to impose on the rest. Take a closer look at the state legislatures that have recently enacted laws against women and collective bargaining then tell me you feel “safe” in the hands of these people. Take a closer look at the mindsets of these people who look to “serve” and tell me you approve. Tell me you are not alarmed.
Scary stuff? You bet. This is not the time to sit back and hope this stuff just goes away on its own. It won’t.
The reality suggests that we are hanging on by a tread.
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