Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

One more thing…

Ok…I said I wouldn’t do anymore political talk until after tomorrow but I succumbed to it.  Anybody that knows me, knows that I’m an information junkie.  I read people’s blogs and I read their comments.  I read CNN’s blog, HuffPo, The Cafferty File and watch Rachel Maddow.  I’m addicted!

I admit it but I guess that means I only have 11 more steps to go right?

Here’s my beef…I just read an article off the CNN Political Ticker that to paraphrase, said that Senator Obama believes that some of the attacks on his wife Michelle have been out of line.  I agree with him.  However, I also feel that when you’re in the public spotlight, you have to be able to deal with the sometimes unwanted possibility that the people closest to you will also have to face publicity, even negative.

It’s so not the article that made me jump on my now extended body part called WordPress, it was the comments that followed the article.  There are people that agreed with Senator Obama, and people that didn’t agree with Senator Obama.  I’m ok with both of those types.

It’s these self-righteous, hypocritical jerks that have been so vocal about their ignorance and hatred for others and are too big of a coward to admit why they don’t like him, his family, or the thought of him leading our country.

I’ll admit that I’ve taken ‘pot-shots’ at McCain, his wife and Palin and have said very little negatively toward Obama and Biden.  But the reality is that I’ve not seen them try to scare anybody into believing the way that they do.

It’s no surprise to me that the ultra-conservative right is religious and in many cases, Republican.  Religious extremists have used fear to garner and maintain membership for years (i.e. hell).  **NOTE** For any Rep’s out there that want to tear this apart, note the emphasis placed on certain words – don’t take it out of context.  Better yet, if you don’t fit the mold that I’m talking about, don’t take it personally – doesn’t apply to you.

Hell.  There is not one single, documented eyewitness account of a burning place where people are tortured, yet millions of people believe in its existence.  Why have we been so conditioned to just accept something that is speculative because it’s in the bible?

Most people don’t live other aspects of their lives based on speculation, they base it on experience.  Think about it…boys are told speculative things like don’t masturbate because you’ll get hair on your palms or you’ll go to hell.  Lo and behold, most boys/men masturbate and not one of them has the hairy palms or reward points for their suite in hell to show for it.  And guess what?  Once they figure out that the whole hairy palms thing is bull shitake, and that the hell thing is at least not immediate, they still masturbate!

My point is this: we have seen and heard several ultra-conservative, right wing individuals make statements about Senator Obama that are simply not true like he’s a terrorist, a socialist, he doesn’t love this country, or he’s going to break everybody’s bank by raising taxes and spending.  It’s all speculation designed to scare the weak into voting for the other guy.  Fear!

We’ve also heard the ultra-conservative, right wing individuals make statements that gay people shouldn’t have marrying rights because it affects the sanctity of their own sacred institution.  Again speculation.  I would challenge any one of those people making such statements to prove their theory.

What has been observed is that marriages don’t last because the people that get into them sometimes do so for a variety of wrong reasons, the least of which is because gay people would like the same human and civil rights that every human being deserves.  Really…I would bet that the people who frown on gays don’t even know any gay people.  So please tell me how the flying fu#k gay marriage affects them?  But it’s fear.  Fear keeps people in line.  Fear

So, in closing, just to make it clear…I’m getting this off my chest so I’ll sleep tonight.  I just couldn’t take it anymore:

To the people who have made such hateful, negative comments about the Obama’s, gays, or any other pet project that they’ve come up with – Stop being a coward and say what you really feel!!!  Then, we can move on.

If you don’t like the idea of a black man as President, or better yet if you just don’t like a black man – get over it because even if it doesn’t happen tomorrow, there will be a black man as President someday and no matter how many times you click your ruby heeled slippers to wish them away, there will always be Americans that happen to be black.  Leave the fear to Stephen King.

If you don’t like the idea of gays being in your midst – get over it because they are in your midst and they always will be.  They don’t want anything to do with your damn marriage!  If your marriage is sacred today, it will still be sacred tomorrow unless you get divorced for which no gay person can claim responsibility.  Oh, and the day you stop believing that it’s a choice and understand that it’s all in the wiring, you’ll feel better.  Leave the fear to Friday the 13th.

And last but not least, if you don’t want to defend yourself against claims of being a racist, homophobe, or just plain asshole, stop talking so loudly, find your inside voice, and become one with your God – the one you claim to be acting like.  Because here’s the deal, if it looks like cabbage, and it smells like cabbage, well dammit, it’s probably cabbage.

Wow…I feel so much better.


November 3, 2008 - Posted by | Life In General, Politics, Really? | , , , , , , ,


  1. Aye Dios mio hermano… I couldn’t have said it better nor will I try. I’ve been called an equal opportunity racist and overall people hater mainly because I call them as I see them. The major difference is that people can’t argue with the comments I make unless they just want to argue because unlike the ultra conservative Bible thumping diversity haters I only comment on the people I’ve had experience with. I don’t lump everybody into one lump sum and say “See they’re all like that”. I find it funny that the majority of people I’ve heard make the Obama’s a terrorsit comments are Christians yet Christ ate with the Gentiles and whores and treated a woman with as much respect as he did his Apostles… things that make you go Hmm.

    Comment by AL | November 3, 2008

  2. Again Derek, another well said Blog. It is so sad that fear grips so many people and plays such a roll on their decision making process. Its these weakness that the right has prayed on for years. First it was women… then Jim Crow laws.. And now this. Which to me is just a modern day version of the Jim Crow laws. Keep the disenfranchised deaf, Dumb and Blind. We all know this is just another case of the wrong people trying to prevent the “right” IDEAS from coming to light. Tomorrow will be a momentous day.. one of which I am waiting on breathe that’s baited and hope that when I wake up on the 5th, I can start to feel like a proud American again.

    We shall see. Thank you again Derek for this…


    Comment by Dana | November 3, 2008

  3. It’s good to be able to vent. It’s commendable to offer dialog that offers multiple views. It’s saintly to listen to that dialog.

    I’m going to sign you up for sainthood.

    I’m ineligible – I’m neither offering dialog nor saintly.

    Comment by Sideon | November 4, 2008

  4. Sideon – I’ve been called a lot of things before, but rarely a saint…I’ll take it where I can get it though. As far as your eligibility, my vote for you is brilliance anyway…whole new category.

    Comment by deek1973 | November 6, 2008

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