“If you don’t want people to be angry and say hateful things to you, maybe you shouldn’t be so combative.”
“Why are you so bitter? You’ve never been physically assaulted.”
“Stop with the treasonous hate speak toward our President…the best one we’ve EVER had.”
Yeah…statements and others like these have been tossed my way. I don’t know whether to scream, laugh, or give them a good dose of historic reality. Maybe a little of all.
The problem? The truth could reach up and slap them in their pie holes and they’d deny it. If Hair Furor said the night sky is salmon pink with eggplant purple stars, chartreuse moon, and burnt orange clouds, these cro-magnon mouth breathers would believe it and one would be wasting one’s breath to convince them otherwise.
So…why am I angry? The same reason you all are. I’m at my wits’ end watching the devolution of society from almost 60 years of progress, despite a lot of that being fought by the regressive GOP.
I will speak, mostly, experientally.
I get the privilege, on a daily basis, of hearing that, as a gay man, I have little to no right to have rights. Because…Jesus. In whom I have no belief, yet, agree with the teachings attributed to him.
I get to endure comments that I should be happy that I don’t live in a Muslim country where I could be thrown off the roof of a tall building. Instead, I get to live in the Land of the Free where I can live very happily…more so if I conform to *19%* of the Nation’s religious zealots working toward a Christian Sharia State, and simply marry a woman and deny who I am.
I get to watch as my rights are threatened daily by an idiot who can barely string four comprehensive words together. If not him, then any number of his homophobic, thoughtless, brainless sycophants who believe it is their personal mission from the Great Genie in the Sky to force everyone into living THEIR. LIFE. CHOICE.
I got to live through that idiot reality tv actor consistently accuse President Obama of being a Kenyan born Muslim, hellbent on destroying the Constitution he swore to uphold and knows better than most having graduated summa cum laude from Harvard’s Constitutional Law program for EIGHT. FUCKING. YEARS.
So…when I refute idiocy and hate and disdain I am simply responding in kind. Or…I’m speaking out of frustration at the helplessness I feel at the 180° turn our once-great nation is making.
These wastes of carbon-based lifeforms are systematically reversing every bit of progress ever made. They are NOT “making America great again’. They are making America grate against every bit of progressive world leadership. They are creating a hostile world environment that will thrust us into economic, environmental, and evolutionary collapse.
There is much about which to be angry.
I point now to the example of their own supposed Lord and Savior as he was allegedly going through the Temple watching the money-changers take advantage of the poor in the temple. It is written that Jesus made a whip of cords and overturned their tables and chased them out. Saying they were defiling the very House of G-d. It is written that Jesus called the religious leaders of the day “…hypocrites, den of vipers, white washed sepulchres filled with dead men’s bones. The children of their father, Satan, the father of lies…”
If their Lord and Savior endured no hypocrisy and hate, why should we? Especially from those VERY FEW who claim to follow him and the teachings attributed to him?