“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity.”—― John F. Kennedy
Republicans: Their ‘Elegant Disguise For Hatred Of The Human Race’
Republicans: Their ‘Elegant Disguise For Hatred Of The Human Race’
October 6, 2011
‘Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race’ - Bertrand Russell
So that’s it – that’s what the Republicans are all about. It’s pure misanthropy: We knew it was contempt for poor people, for women, for minorities, for the “have-nots” versus the “haves.” But when I read this quote, it hit me: It’s simply contempt for happiness, and a not-very-elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. When Bertrand Russell said this, when he used the word “elegant,” he hadn’t met the teabaggers.
The Republican Party is the Party of Misanthropes.
Republicans/teabaggers are concentrated, fully focused, on making the top 1% of this country happy – which leaves a sheer 99% of the country that Republicans have zero interest in.
As Bertrand Russell noted in his article, In Praise of Idleness: ”In the past, there was a small leisure class and a larger working class. The leisure class enjoyed advantages for which there was no basis in social justice; this necessarily made it oppressive, limited its sympathies, and caused it to invent theories by which to justify its privileges.”
The theories of the day, wholly invented by Republicans to justify their ilk’s privileges, are clever and publicly palatable - ”deficit reduction,” “voter fraud,” “pay as you go,” “offset spending,” “small government,” and the like - even while they attempt to circumvent any form of social justice, eliminate any sort of social safety nets, engage in strict discrimination, and dismantle garden-variety American rights. Republicans seek to convince the sheeple that it’s all about economics … but how can we be fooled by that thinly-veiled defense to justify a multitude of discriminatory practices when, under a white, Republican president, those same issues went unmentioned?
Republicans seek to beat us down, make us weak, reduce our strength, strip us of power and, ultimately, force us to resort, in frustration, to actions and behavior that makes progressives and liberals appear to be the unreasonable ones, the irrational ones, the ones who are in need of a good, strict, right-wing hand. The tea party, under strict control of that right-wing hand, hopped in their RVs and sped around the country, while the right-wing powers-that-be looked on benevolently at their accommodating soldier ants; progressives march on Wall Street and, suddenly, we’re crazy, loons, out of control, and dangerous.
Said Bertrand Russell, “Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle.” They’re trying, in a canny PR move, to rid us of our good nature, to strip us of sunny optimism; they ignore the life of arduous struggle that we, average Americans, are leading, bask in their own ease and security, and thumb their noses at our energy and efforts to make fairness and justice a benchmark for all Americans.
No FEMA aid to distressed parts of the country, to suffering victims of natural disasters, unless offset by spending cuts; nationwide, Republican governments are instituting severe voter suppression laws to handicap largely Democratic voters; attacks on Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio are ongoing; Republican efforts to repeal healthcare reform - ongoing; no efforts to create jobs, while blocking the President’s efforts … the party of destruction, not building. And yes, contempt for Americans.
“If asking a millionaire to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher makes me a class warrior, a warrior for the middle class, I will accept that; I’ll wear that as a badge of honor. Because the only class warfare I’ve seen is the battle that’s been waged against the middle class in this country for a decade now.”— President Barack Obama
A pertinent question from a Christian, and a Liberal: When, exactly, did the American civility and compassion train completely jump the tracks?
At Monday night’s Republican presidential ‘debate’ the crowd cheered a hypothetical question posed to candidate Ron Paul: What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t have health insurance? Who pays for his coverage? “Are you saying society should just let him die?” Wolf Blitzer asked.
"Yeah!" several members of the crowd yelled out, followed by cheering and encouraging applause.
Although I was disappointed with his lack of response to the crowds behavior, I have no qualms with Paul’s answer to the question, even though I don’t agree with it. What I object to is the lack of any sort of response from the candidates as a group giving the crowd some comeuppance for their behavior in these past two debates.
Especially from those candidates who have continually touted their ‘Christian’ credentials. Once again, it is hard to believe that they and I are working from the same Bible.
From my post in this spot last Thursday, following last week’s Republican ‘debate:
“It was announced that Gov. Perry of Texas had presided over 234 executions, and the crowd cheered lustily.
And yet, they will call us ‘Godless Liberals’.
I’m not sure God is real impressed with any of it.”
Last night’s incident only reinforces my feelings from last week, and it also confirmed one other thought that has been rattling around in my head about our current political scene: It is apt that the Tea Party is front and center of all of this, because it sure seems like we’ve fallen into the rabbit hole.
If the American political scene ever resembled Alice’s Wonderland more acutely, I’m glad I wasn’t around to see it.
Unlike Alice, I’m sadly sure this isn’t a dream I’ll wake up from anytime soon.
I am wary of the Tea Party and its politics – not just because I believe that a lot of their thinking and ideology is extremist and out of touch - but in large part because the look like me: middle aged and white.
That’s not a very representative view of America.
Every news story I see on the Tea Party, every bit of footage on line, is wall-to-wall middle aged and older white people. There are very few persons of color to be found. This visual evidence leads me to believe that this particular group really has little to offer people of color, or younger, which bothers me tremendously.
Their angry faces and vitriolic signage proclaiming their God-adhering ways don’t do much for me either. Thats not the God I see and worship.
My children are growing up in a very diverse world far different from the one I grew up in - for the better, in my opinion. When I see the Tea Party I see the angry, white faces of an American past; I don’t see the America of today, and I don’t see much that bodes well for the American future – if indeed this is who and what the Tea Party really is. Theirs is not the world my children are growing up in.
Admittedly, short bursts of television footage isn’t necessarily a true gauge of what an organization really is.
That’s why I always have the sound on.
Seeing may not always be believing, but hearing and seeing usually is. This is Tea I simply cannot see even wanting to take a sip of
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The problem is this - the Tea Party has simply steeped too long. Like any other tea that has been left to ferment, the Tea Party has become bitter and unpalatable, losing all nuance of flavor in its sheer, shrill, over-steeped bitterness.
This is an article from the Red Wing, Minnesota Republican Eagle newspaper. The writer was once my daughters English teacher, and as I am an English teacher, my daughter passed this along. I am not in total agreement with his perspective, but certainly most of what he says hits home. Worth a read if you care about education and educating. And yes, there is a big difference,
Full article via link above. But the comment that is creating the controversy is this:
"I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending."
We could debate all week the biblical merits and logic of Ms. Bachman’s interpretation (or presumption) that God is speaking to the United States via recent natural disasters, but I think that, even when jesting as a national prediential candidate, Bachman needs to decide who or what she is quoting. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
So what Bachman is saying that God is saying ‘“Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now.”
My faith leads me to believe that if God wants me to listen to anyone, it would be Him - and only Him.
If God wants me to listen to ‘the American people’ - I’ll have to hear that from Him. And only Him.