Fascism?

Thanks to Rubenfor this.

via Media Matters – Gingrich: “[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us”

Grinch said:

Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank — for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.

Pardon me while I ramble.

And the “traditional values” that you believe in, sir, are not an attempt to establish strict controls on the population? Actually, ignore that for a moment. In what way are two consenting adults, who want to share the same rights as everyone else, a threat to Christianity?

I didn’t go to Sunday school, I went to Catholic school. I learned their that 1) God loves everyone, even if you don’t believe in him. 2) That Jesus taught us to love, not to hate. 3) That as Catholics, we are supposed to work for those who need a hand. “And what you do unto the least of your brothers, you do unto me.” I’ve turned away from the church not just because of the scientific improbabilities of religion, but because these traditional Christian values have been replaced by the rhetoric of fear, hate and separation.

Gingrich, O’Reilly, Hannity and others are so concerned with the government “leaving them alone,” yet they are awfully concerned with interrupting the rights of individuals.

I don’t understand what traditional values are. The most vocal proponents of this term have a tendency to engage in the behaviors they decry. For instance, we have Gingrich’s divorce of his dying wife to marry his mistress, Giuliani’s multiple marriages, and the pastors of mega churches use meth and engage in extramarital (frequently homosexual) affairs. The same behaviors they denounce in their pulpits. Then we have so called Christians selectively quoting the Old Testament to cancel out Christ’s most important message. Let’s be honest, the term “Traditional values” is code for, “white, heterosexual male power structure.”

I’m not opposed to Marriage–I think anyone who wants to get married should get married. What’s the cost to me? Nothing. What’s the benefit? The removal of inequality. The idea that two people who love each other can’t get married because of gender is outrageous. We dismissed the idea of “Separate but equal” two generations ago. What’s traditional about supply side economics, or Mega Churches raising millions of dollars? Jesus fed the multitudes with loaves and fishes–and He chased the money lenders out of the temple. He did the last part with violence. He chased them out with whips, remember? That isn’t traditional–that’s revolutionary. These two behaviors are a rejection of Roman authority and the traditional religious power structure. Being crucified was not just the fulfillment of prophecy–it was punishment for revolutionary actions and thought. It was the Status Quo establishing itself in the face of a movement.

It happens with every revolutionary thought. There is revolution and counter-revolution. It happened with the Reformation, the American Revolution (Washington to Adams, specifically), the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Liberation. What Gingrich and the rest of the Wingnutterosphere are doing is keeping up the rhetoric of fear in the face of a changing demographic. Again, that’s all they have. This is why the use the term “fascism.”

The last “good war” was the war against Fascism. By invoking Hilter and Mussolini, they’re trying to get the soldiers of the culture war to keep fighting, “the great evil.” What they, and their ilk, don’t seem to understand is that they are the aggressors in this case. When you limit the rights of citizens because they do not fit your national mode, you are perpetrating the social stratification that is essential to Fascism.

“Fascism a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”

It is the refusal to acknowledge the basic rights of LGBT individuals that is “fascist.” The struggle to bring about basic civil rights to our fellow citizens is revolutionary. It is, also, inevitable. It may not happen in my lifetime, but as we’ve noticed, progress does have a liberal bias.

I don’t hate America. I Don’t hate….

I just really dislike you.  The you, in this case, being the ignorant and divisive people who continue to put on this notion that Liberal’s hate America.  People described here:

The comments came at a McCain rally in Concord, North Carolina Saturday before the Arizona senator or members of his staff had arrived at the event. As first reported by the New York Observer, Hayes said, “Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.”

And

Hayes’ comments echo those of other Republicans in recent days that have drawn fire from Democratic circles. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said late last week she’s concerned Barack Obama “may have anti-American views,” and suggested other liberal members of Congress also may be anti-American.

“The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look,” she said. “I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?”

And

“Country First”

Look, Hayes, Bachmann and McCain have the same rights of free speech as everyone else.  I just wish they would actually think about what they were saying before they said it. Two of the three individuals flat out say that the left doesn’t care about America. This is news to me. As a student of history, I can readily point out a number of instances where Liberals did something GOOD for the country: 40-hour work week, Child Labor Laws, Miranda Protections, The New Deal, Juvenile Justice Courts, the FDA and Food Saftey inspections. Can we please move on from the idea that Liberals, or Democrats, hate America?

One does not need to believe in God to do good things for the country. One does not need to vote for McCain to be County Firs. Hell Kennedy said it better, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” McCain’s statement is not just a less-poetic version of Kennedy’s vision, it is a completely different statement.

McCain, and by extension, the Republican Party, are saying that they have always put their Country First. The implication is that “those other guys” haven’t. So, when Obama turned down Wall Street to work on the South Side, and Joe Biden kept his senate seat AFTER the tragic loss of his wife, they were putting themselves first? Please. This type of rhetoric only serves to divide. Then again, it’s the only rhetoric McCain and his cronies have left. If they stick to the issues–the economy, education, defense, health care–they lose. So to ensure their victory, they put their ambitions first and the state of the Country second. They use divisive, cynical rhetoric and then say that Liberals “hate America.”

I am not blindly loyal to this country, but I do not hate it. I love my country: And I am, by far, more Liberal than Obama. I am disgusted to see our leaders throw everything we stood for, and strived for, away. I would hate to see my country vote against itself this year, based on the wrong-headed idea that people like me hate our country.

Stay on Facts People

There are reports of Teleprompter malfunctions at the convention last night.

According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Governor Palin was in the speech. The malfunction also occurred during Rudy Giuliani’s speech, explaining his significant deviations from his speech. [see the update below on this part]

Unfazed, Governor Palin continued, from memory [and relying on her printed text, clearly looking down occasionally at the printed page], to deliver her speech without the teleprompter cued to the appropriate point in her speech.

According to Politico, that’s bull:

Perhaps there were moments where it scrolled slightly past her exact point in the speech. But I was sitting in the press section next to the stage, within easy eyeshot of the Teleprompter. I frequently looked up at the machine, and there was no serious malfunction. A top convention planner confirms this morning that there were no major problems.

(emphasis mine)

Neither side seems to be linking any evidence regarding the prompter one way or the other. There is always the desire to talk up a candidate’s ability to think on their feet–but this is five ways from crazy.

Personally, I think the best tests are going to be the debates. I have an idea in mind…but I need a partner who thinks differently.

When the Smeared Hire the Smear Merchants

I am currently working on a post about attitudes and behaviors in regards to the presidential campaign (and politics in general). I came across this article, courtesy of Crooks and Liars, and my draft has to take the back seat.

What caught my eye was this:

When then-Gov. Bush called upon Eskew, Tompkins and Rhodes to help him during the Florida recount, a senior McCain adviser told me that “when the going gets tough for Governor Bush, he turns to the darker side of our party. We saw that in South Carolina, and we see that today.”

Eight years later, with a tough fight of his own, McCain has turned to one of the same men. Asked if the McCain campaign would have a comment about hiring one of the South Carolina strategists the senator and his 2000 campaign team once held responsible for smears against him, McCain 2008 spokesman Brian Rogers emailed, “No.”

The going gets tough, McCain hires the same people he condemned to hell. This is not integrity and honor, this is desperation and Rove-tactics. If McCain really wanted to keep the campaign above board, would he have hired the same smear merchants who sank his 2000 campaign? Has Republican RealPolitik replaced his Maverick sensibilities.

Ed Brubaker asked in a tweet, “Has MINO been coined for McCain yet? Maverick In Name Only.” With this recent addition to his campaign, I believe McCain has provided the best evidence to date that he has no longer the Maverick he claimed to be.