By David A. Franklin, Jr.
It was back in 1994 when James Inhofe (Republican of Oklahoma) coined the phrase “God, Guns and Gays!” as the theme for his U.S. Senatorial campaign. This has been a constant nauseating GOP mantra to this day.
The Republicans have been obsessed with these topics ever since.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating Same Sex Marriage. Great! As a straight man, I hope that gays are allowed to marry and have the same rights as straight married couples? This nation is absolutely not a one-religion (Christian) nation and nobody, especially Democrats, wants to take away anybody’s guns. Americans simply want gun owners to be more responsible and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, children and the mentally unstable. Is that too much to ask? Why fight against stronger gun control laws? Haven’t we learned anything from the rash of school shootings in recent years? Logics would dictate that it would be the decent thing to pursue. It seems not. What will it take for common sense to finally prevail? Are Republicans that afraid of the National Rifle Association? (rhetorical question).
I find it hilarious, but at the same time somewhat deeply disturbing, that right wingers and Christians think that America was founded, and is built on Christian principles. If we care to analyze history we will see that America was founded on genocide, murder and mayhem. Just ask the Native American Indians who were on the land way before Europeans arrived? When
the European settlers arrived, they came with diseases, murdered people who were here before them, looked different than them and others died because of genocide through evil enslavement. The same applies to African-Americans who went through hell for hundreds of years because of slavery. We saw a near total annihilation of a people due to greed, hate and xenophobia. Sadly, it is human nature to destroy when we are not educated on a particular subject. Kill now, ask questions later. That is, and has always been, the “American Way” for some - whether it is the refusal to educate themselves about cultural customs, or demeaning a race because of the color of their skin which amounts to sheer ignorance and idiocy.Regrettably, some in America up to this day, swim in the cesspool of ignorance, intolerance and bigotry. And to put the cream on the
top of all this folly, enter the Republican Party and the sycophants of the Tea Party – Republicans who are nothing but fawning flatterers of the Tea Party, they ingest the Tea Party’s madness for no other reason but for personal gain - it has nothing to do with “good of country”. And this nightmare refuses to end.
Prior to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it was the Democratic Party who harbored such ills that permeated society. Some hated the idea of inter-racial marriage, the black person’s right to vote, a woman’s right to vote, and the long list goes on. Because of the courageous stance by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the landscape of the American electorate changed drastically and forever. The Dixiecrats, or the old time Democrats, switched to the Republican Party in droves. The “New” South was born and the “Southern Strategy” employed by Republicans from Richard Nixon to Mitt Romney. Sadly it has taken 45 years for America to wake up and strike that thinking down. The demography and ethnic build of America has over time experienced dramatic change, yet the GOP refuses to change with the times. Good for them! Only a fool refuses to
learn from his/her errors. The Republicans’ actions can only be defined as lunacy. Whenever one keeps employing a strategy which fails time and time again and in the case of the GOP, refusing to recognize the obvious – demography and the all important distinction of each group (women, young voters, gays, people of color). Republicans have seemingly adopted the “Back to the Future” fiction and have jumped head-long into Doc Holliday’s Delorean; they keep going back to 1968. Mitt Romney tried to employ the “Southern Strategy” and failed embarrassingly. After all, this is the same GOP who makes stuff up as they go along. They are out of touch, outclassed and out of their minds when it comes to reality, and seem not to be within earshot of what Barack Obama and the real America is about today. They have failed to come to grips with the new and evolving American electorate soon to be dominated by the “Minority Majority”.It makes them mad to a point where they say they will change but persist in doing the same ridiculous nonsense that causes them to humiliate themselves daily. It is the new norm and their stupidity, their hate and tantrum shine through their transparent hypocrisy.
The godfather of conservatism, Newt Gingrich, has been married three times. Reality star Kim Kardashian was married for 72 days. Pop princess Britney Spears was married once for a whopping 55 hours. Their patron saint, Rush Limbaugh, has been married four times. Other straight Republicans who have been married multiple times are Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and, as statistics show, that there are most divorces in the Bible Belt of America than anywhere else. Mark Sanford eloped from his wife and family to go his sweetheart and is now representing himself as candidate. But… “The Belt” is where the bastion, the fortress of Family Values emanates. In this region there are many people who fit into that country/western and aggressively prejudice stereotype. They swear up and down that they are Christians (and most are Republican) yet their lifestyles are hardly consistent with the "conservative" or Godly ideal.
They need to get off their high horse and get with the times – times are a-changing. Who are they to question someone else’s lifestyle when theirs is so imperfect? Stop with the hating of gay people! If gays want to get married let them be. If we couple Christianity with some true interpretation of its doctrines we see God the Almighty could have mandated mankind to do all good but didn’t. He gave us the option to choose between good and bad. How dare Christians then to dictate that gays are society’s outcasts while the doctrines of the Bible plainly show that condemnation is reserved for and should be between the sinner and his/her God? The Christ in Christian said to the condemning crowd “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Unlike the crowd in Jesus’ time, this Christian crowd is casting the first, second and third stones and any other missile it can find or create at these groups they have so self-righteously condemned!
Conservatives should worry about their lives and not what others want to do with theirs - gay or straight. There are more pressing things of importance in the here-and-now; these people need to wake up and come from the 1800s. Americans need more jobs, more opportunities for prosperity to live and realize their “American Dream”.
And there is the gun debate that absorbs so much precious time to be used in fixing the economy, for example, providing more jobs, addressing education, climate change, the poverty rate, prisons and crime, women’s rights,…… The obvious thing for Republicans to do is to listen to the people. Why is it so hard to hear that the American people cry for universal background check, limiting/reducing clip capabilities, closing all loopholes for the sale of guns at gun shows and private sales and a ban on all assault weapons.
I know Republicans are dumb but are they also deaf. Both qualities add up to being a mute.
The time for “God, Guns and Gays!” is over. Let us do what is right by providing good American jobs, eliminating Corporate tax loopholes, making laws protecting women, the environment, gun control,
comprehensive immigration reform, proper infrastructure, education, etc. The time to act is now! Let us stop the foolishness and get cooking with what is necessary to compete globally in the 21st Century. America deserves better… No deserves the best!
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