When I grew up in the Mojave Desert of California, a loud and intimidating political factor injected more thorns to an already thorny environment. That was the John Birch Society. My politically active and devoted Catholic family did not think highly of these people. I suppose it influenced me.
My Catholic Catechism influenced me more. When a military-esqe nun stood under a bleeding man crucified to a wooden cross, there was an unspoken level of authority and resultant compliance. Consequently, I attempt life within “moral virtues” as taught in my Catechism: prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance as harkened by the eight beatitudes. Note: “attempt” not mastered.
Patriotism, along with obedience, veracity, liberality, patience, humility, and chastity (I still dress like a Catholic girl) are also moral virtues.
So back when, the John Birchers were not considered, by my influences, holders of moral virtues. Well, those ol’ boys are pussycats compared to what I hear today when it comes to the distain against President Barack Obama. It is as though the politically far right has jumped off the edge of the planet into some stinking sewer of hate.
I cut slack on the recent health care debate. It’s complicated. We have all experienced some pretty lousy government employees. However, in fairness, I’ve wrestled with equally incompetent non-governmental employees, if not more. After five-years in the medical system, as a non-insured person (because of a pre-existing condition) in cancer treatment, believe me, don’t buy into any alleged superior competency of medical industry staffers over governmental staffers. I had to watch everything—from appointments, to reminding professionals of the who, whats, and wheres; to watch-dogging what treatments I received as opposed to what was billed, and to running interference as to what I paid and did not pay. It became my job.
But when the chairman of the Florida Republican Party, Jim Greer, sneered that Obama was going to “indoctrinate” school children with “socialist ideology,” it stunned me. Click here for the speech’s transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/
Educate me. Where is the socialist ideology indoctrination?
Maybe because Greer’s earlier statements like, “What are the differences between Republicans and Democrats? Republicans get up and go to work. Democrats get up and go down to the mailbox to get their checks,” paints the picture of one who laughs in the face of truth and fairness.
The opposite non-virtues of lies, hate, and anger, I was taught in parochial school, “…are the chief sins against charity…” This study was all within a lesson on the First Commandment.
Today’s epidemic of non-truths and misinformation colored with absolute distain for a human willing to take on this task of running a messed up country, and anyone who might see good in this person’s work, seems, to my way of thinking, a road that borders the dark side. It is anything but patriotic. What I smell is the stink of racism. Those far-right pundits and zombie followers will not admit it, but when it sounds, looks, and acts like a racist duck, it probably is a racist duck. Racism, naked or cloaked, is a sin.
Here’s an email response: saw that you were online and just needed to vent. That BS last night with the obstructionist republicans just got to the boiling point!! and the idiot that yelled you lie!!! This whole health care thing with all their brazen lies !!!!! I read your piece about the school speech and I agree it’s racially motivated. Some right wing, holier than thou, rush limbaugh fans just can’t handle that this black guy is actually going to talk to their kids. I mean, he a Muslim, to boot. If i gave a sh..t about them, I’d feel sorry for these people who are really like sheep, who think the sun shines out of Sarah Palin’s orifice. These are the ones just happen to forget that the defecit was inherited.
I’m SO FED up with this type of American!!!!! I’m now on the verge of needing a news fast. This doesn’t happen to me all that often but I think now might be one of those times. CT.