Argentina Does It! Now Marriage Equality at Both Ends of the Hemisphere as U.S. Held Hostage by Social Stick-in-the-Muds

I’m happy for what happened in Argentina in the wee hours this morning, when that country’s senate by a vote of 33-27 voted for gay marriage, and based on earlier passage by the house and the strong support by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Senate vote was the final hurdle to be passed.

Wow! Argentina, you as a country have my respect.  It’s almost unreal, that now we have gained rights at both the southern end of the hemisphere (Argentina) and the northern end (Canada).

I’m sad too for my own country.  I used to think of the U.S. as the country of progress–in both the areas of invention and technology as well as culture and civil liberties.

But here we sit, a nation whose industrial and technological might brought an end to World Wars and put a man on the moon–here we sit, stagnant and controlled by our unfettered need for oil and all of the problems it has brought along with it, yes, and here we sit, stagnant and controlled by religious and political conservatives, who in reality want to take us back beyond the Disco 80s, the Love-in 60s, maybe even further back than the Eisenhower 50s.

These Tea Partiers, these Glenm Becks, these bible holders (yes, they really only want to hold them, for some sense of tactile security it brings them) spit out the word progress like its something dirty.  They don’t want a country that’s moving ahead in any way.  Whatever happened to being a country of forward thinkers?  The country that does it first?  The country that others want to emulate?  I really don’t believe that most Americans want to go backwards, but for whatever reason, too many in federal and local governments have given an ear to these stick-in-the-muds, who, if they had their “druthers”, would  take us back to the 1920s, when many in the country gave the same attention to another group: the Ku Klux Klan.  (Do your history homework.  The KKK didn’t just go after Blacks.  They were against unions, Jews, Catholics, and anybody else that didn’t think like they did.)

So, hurray! Argentina!  I have hope that one day soon, this country will put on its hip boots and wade through this languid river, kicking the muddy carp to the side, and follow you to the other side, then keep marching forward, only to glance back at the muck that kept trying to hold this great country back, in this world that does not stand still.

(Take a look at the celebration in the streets of Buenos Aires when the announcement of the vote was made.  Progress–it’s a good thing.)

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We Should Be Fearing the Terrorists Among Us, They Are Just as Bad as the Ones Who Don’t Speak our Language

You Kill2the owner of a legally operating business, just because you don’t like what that business does and you want to close down that business and other similar businesses. In my books, that is terrorism. That’s exactly what happened in the case of murderer Scott Roeder, who killed Dr. George Tiller. This is pure domestic terrorism. Worse yet, in Kansas, this is not a capital murder case, so the taxpayers are going to have to pay for the keep of this diabolical killer for the rest of his life. Hopefully, he will croak soon. And hopefully so will some of the wacko commenters to the article about it.

And now today, we have another killing, this time in Washington, D.C. by another right-wing extremist–the murder of an innocent guard at the Holocaust Museum.

When will it stop? Who is next? We know there will be a next because people like Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly want to keep their pots of hatred bubbling, inflaming these crazies into the “Chicken Little Syndrome”, making them think that the sky is going to fall just because the political pendulum in this country is moving in the other direction.

Some people want to blame extremists on both sides, but think about it. During the last administration, even when Bush’s popularity was at an all time low, would anyone have ever conceived of an anti-gun proponent going into an NRA meeting and shooting someone? After the Proposition 8 vote against same-sex marriage when so many people were upset at the Mormons for loading the coffers of the Prop. 8 measure, would anyone have ever thought that some gay activist would shoot the leader of that Utah-based sect? And even though many people on the left truly hated Bush’s war in Iraq and what it had done to the country, would anyone have imagined some left-leaning extremist trying to assassinate him?

I doubt that even those vile news commentators who spill out so much hatred against our President and his administration today would have expected that “lefties” would try to murder any of those they disagreed with.

But with the killings of Dr. Tiller and now the museum guard, Stephen Johns, these TV and radio inciters have to be held accountable. They are causing violence and death in this country, and it must stop! If you are one of their listeners, you must stop. Because if you are listening to them and keeping them on the air, and in your own way, you support these inciters, and , thus, support murder. Think about it, and just stop.