Cutting Through The Crap

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Freedom Is Tyranny; War Is Peace



Predictably, RWS™ are aghast. It's tyranny. TYRANNY!!

It's a perfect lens through which to view the current state of conservatism, as manifested in teabaggRs: when anything happens with which they disagree, for whatever reason, no matter what it is or how it happened, it's tyranny. It's evil. So it has been since the election of that black guy. Not to get their way, in a democracy, is the same as living in North Korea. Seriously. That's how they see it. (I do recognize the relatively lonely voice of reason among today's conservatives. It's just that they have virtually no influence over what constitutes the Republican party any more.)

Okay, let's think for a minute. If straight people were forced to marry someone of the same sex, that would be tyranny. If only gay marriage were allowed, if churches were forced to allow gay marriages, that would be tyranny. And, by golly, by the same reasoning, when gay couples are prevented by the state from marrying, that's tyranny, too.

But when duly elected representatives, after years of public debate, pass a law which broadens freedom and which has no effect whatsoever on anyone not previously prevented from enjoying that freedom, takes nothing away from the majority while allowing a minority to share in a freedom previously denied -- what ever the hell that is, it sure as hell is NOT tyranny.

That anyone who lives in our democracy and claims to be a patriot could see it as such says everything you need to know about person and the movement of which he or she is a part. In short, it tells you that person, that movement, absolutely does not believe in American democracy. Or minority rights. Or compromise. Period. No counter argument to be made. This isn't even hard: allowing same-sex marriage has a positive effect on many, and a negative effect on none. No one. My son still plans on marrying his girlfriend. I do not plan on getting divorced. Churches are free to open their doors to gay marriages, or keep them closed. Followers of Jesus and his message of love can still hate to their hearts' content.

Nothing bad happened to anyone, no one's will got imposed on the unwilling, no person became forced to do something they don't want to do. Nothing was taken away from anyone, by anyone.

Tyranny, they call it. With such people, there's no reasoning; and they're the ones in charge of our House of Representatives and state houses across the land, stamping their feet and saying no to anything at all which is not 100% to their liking. They insist on imposing their entire agenda on every person, unchanged, unyielding, unconcerned about anyone who objects or is adversely affected, for any reason at all.

Some would call that tyranny.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sid, it's been awhile since someones thrown me some Batting Practice...
and the whole SSM reminds me of the time I almost picked up my Cousin(XX) at a Drackman family reunion...
and BTW, whats with the Mariners starting there games at 10pm??? Whats wrong with 7 or 7:30 like we do on the east coast??? I work for a living...
1:"Election of that Black Guy?"
Oh you mean the Black Guy who said
"I do not support Gay Marriage. Marriage has religious and social conotations, and I consider marriage to be between a Man and a Woman"(Human Rights Campaign August 2008)
B:"Duly Elected Represenatives pass a law..."????
Oh, like the Defense of Marriage Act? Signed by a Democrat President and still the law of the land? despite 4 years of a Democrat Congress,4+ years of a Democrat Senate, and 2+ years of a Black Guy in the Oval Orifice???
Oh yeah, Blacks hate Homos almost as much as they hate Asians...
And its the DOMA that makes SSM even more of a token than Herman Kane, REAL Marriages are valid in all 57 States, just like my Blockbuster Card...

3:"My Son still plans on marrying his Girlfriend"....
OK, I married my Girlfriend, I HAD to, Nome Sayin?
Well I didn't HAVE to, but if I'm gonna pay child support, I want a little Sum-Sum for my Somalians...

4:"Followers of Jesus can still hate to there hearts content"??
Can't argue there...I think I was in 8th grade before I realized my name wasn't "Christ Killer"...
and wasn't Hey-Zeuss dying/coming back the whole point of Christianity???

and you'll like this one...
When they released the report proving the Shroud of Turin was a bigger fraud than Global Warming I waved my NY Times in front of my Dad's nose and said "IN YO FACE OLD MAN!!!"(He believes in frauds like Christianity and Global Warming)

OK, it was just a Photo of my Dad, I don't have a death wish...

Frank

Sid Schwab said...

You're welcome, Frankie. Anything I can do to help relieve that nameless pressure in your head.

The post was about considering the NY decision tyranny, by the way. But, hey, as long as it lets you get through the day... I'm here to help.

Anonymous said...

Marriage/Schmarriage...
as long as "Men who've had sex with Men(Even Once!)since December 31st 1976"
and side bar, don't you like how they add the "!" after "Even Once" as if you'd forget something that horrible and disgusting even if it was 34 years ago...
can't legally donate blood, its cool...
actually, I've been tryin to steer my daughters into Lesbo-ism since like, umm birth, you know, the softball/Girl Scout summer camps/Lillith Fair etc etc..

Last thang I want's some jackleg cracker son-in-law swappin my Viagra for Psuedofed...(Saw that on a "Law & Order" episode once.)..

and if I accidently bust in on my daughter and her GF makin out, that'd be sorta....
Hot, instead of raising my ST segments when its some Asian punk with a "Fast & Spurious" haircut...


Frank

Cory said...

Frank's got a real weakness for that Mighty Whitey shtick...