Posted April 24, 2015on:
Hello Widdershins. Happy Friday! I hope your week has been a good one and your weekend is even better.
My ego wants to believe you might have questions as to where I’ve been, but realistically, if I have an ounce of self-awareness, you probably never missed my specious ramblings. Beginning around the first of February, I started to have some health problems. In fact, not since I finished my very first ski lesson on the bunny slope and decided to make a run on one marked by pretty black diamonds have I gone downhill so quickly. In addition to my health issues, my old computer had issues of its own where it burped, belched, farted, and failed on its way to that frozen blue screen in the sky.
The good news, at least for me, is I’m doing much better and getting stronger each day. I am now the proud and frustrated owner of a new computer with Windows 8 that has set my technical knowledge back to just beyond cave drawings.
I want to thank Chat, MB, and Fredster for covering for me during these last couple of months. I really appreciate their long-suffering patience.
On this my first day back, I’m going to touch on a variety of topics without delving too deeply beyond my usual fleeting superficiality.
Redemption From Reality Act (RFRA)
The story from Indiana or as Governor Steve Pence calls it, the “Land of the Friendliest Bigots,” was illustrative of a larger truth no matter upon which side of the debate you might find yourself. Remarkably, the RFRA debate was one of those issues where both sides can find the resolution equally repugnant. Let me explain.
The argument surrounding this issue proceeded headlong without so much as a cursory thought as to the implications to the people and families it touched. The people directly affected weren’t referred to as fellow Americans, they weren’t called family, friends, or neighbors, and for that matter they weren’t even called humans. They were merely dismissed as sinning, leftie libruls bent on destroying the Hoosier way of life — whatever that is.
Not until these folks, whose only transgression is loving someone and wanting to take the conservative step of marriage, were referred to as potential “customers” did any argument find purchase in the media or with politicians. In fact, for those against same sex marriage, once the “customer” label was introduced, the theretofore stalwart pandering politicians trumpeting their religiosity folded like cheap suits.
Here’s why I think this is important. If we have devolved to the point where the way we treat other humans is only relevant to the extent of the economic benefit they represent, then our ethics have no meaning. If our values don’t aspire beyond the bottom line on a spreadsheet, we have lost any goodness of our humanity. If doing the right thing is contingent upon the dollars gained or lost, then our morality is nothing more than a math problem. No debate is ever necessary. The Constitution can be replaced by a calculator. That is wrong. In fact, it couldn’t be wronger.
Same Sex Coupling
While we are on the subject of same sex marriage, something has caught my attention as it relates to the herd of Republican presidential candidates. While they are opposed to same sex marriage, they are coupling up with billionaires like it is closing time at the Manhole bar.
In the wake of Citizen United, it seems the well-dressed presidential candidate must have at least one billionaire on his or her sleeve. Marco Rubio has Sheldon Adelson. Scott Walker seems to have the Brothers Koch. Ted Cruz has $6.0 Billion in back taxes owing Robert Mercer. Of course, Rick Santorum has his old main squeeze Foster Friess. Jeb Bush has any number of billionaire suitors.
I guess cash green is this year’s new black. Like that is something new.
The Height of Hypocrisy
Do you think America is ready for a president who is half-white, Harvard educated, a first-term Senator who pulled himself up by the bootstraps, who, by all reports, is a good husband and father of two girls, is a gifted orator, and has an ego considerably larger than Texas. Add to these aspects, significant questions about his qualifications for president based upon his nation of birth.
You might think these questions have been answered with President Obama, but they are the same exact questions being asked about the uncanny McCarthy-esque reincarnation, Ted Cruz.
According to the Underwood standard, that is one mighty thick layer of hypocrisy.
I’ve noticed in the comments the talk about the early arrival of Clinton Derangement Syndrome. Here’s my take.
When you have 100% name recognition it is difficult to significantly drive favorability one way or another. In the current political climate, the exceptions are the millennial voters who were born after 1990 and therefore, have limited exposure to the Clinton years of peace and unprecedented prosperity.
The Republicans have learned their lessons from 2008 and 2012 – you can’t wait too long to influence the first impression. Accordingly, the Rupert Murdoch published book, Clinton Cash, and the incessant coverage on Murdoch’s Faux News is directed primarily at the millennials. Trouble is — we will all suffer through it for the next seventeen months.
One last observation: There will be a miraculous event coming to pass the day after the 2016 election. It will be the day when about 11 million bigoted racists are miraculously transformed into rabid, unrelenting neanderthal sexists. One step forward – two steps back and there you have the conservative shuffle.
What’s on your minds? It’s good to be back. Thanks again to MB, Chat, and Fredster.
Take the conversation in any direction you might desire.
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