Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As if we didn't have enough to worry about already...


Demagogic hate-mongers like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and their ilk live to spread dissension among the populace; they are tools of corporate interests - after all, who benefits when you and I don't sit down, conservative and liberal, to discuss our common interests and how to effect change to meet our needs?  Yeah, it's corporations.  Keep the peons, the common, dirty little people who pay taxes, from discovering they're all getting screwed by corporate interests (and our own government, that bastion of corporate interest-appeasing knee-pad-wearing toadies) and you can keep the people (you and me) from working together to effect real change.

Beck, along with Limbaugh and others, has been given a soap box by corporate media.  And some have bought into the message presented by this idiot to the point that they will wholeheartedly embrace his deliberate efforts to promote fear of 'the other', which is the sole basis for his success.

Despite the overwhelming historical evidence that this country is not Christian, but rather secular so that all may freely worship as they please whether Presbyterian or fundamentalist Baptist or Hindu, Buddhist, or Sikh or Muslim, Beck & Co. continue to promote the lie that this country was founded upon the Bible.  Anyone familiar with actual history know that this isn't a Christian country and that the Founding Fathers weren't 'ministers' just because they attended seminaries, nor were they all Christians, but rather a significant number were Deists who actually denied the divinity of Jesus.  Jefferson went so far as to cut up a Bible to make his own, bereft of miracles and embroidered rhetoric, but today that fact is ignored by right-wing extremists because you're either a ‘good’ Christian or one of them, the enemy of all that is good and true and white and Christian, preferably Calvinist, which philosophy posits if you're poor it's your own damn fault.

Suppose the SHTF in the near future and the only doctor willing to work in your area wasn't one of 'you' but one of 'them', someone not a devout (read: your preferred kind of) Christian but rather one of those 'godless Muslims', or a Pagan, or (God forbid) an atheist?  Kick him/her out for not being the right color or religion?   Welcome in my neighborhood, and your loss if not welcome in yours.

We don't need the Becks and Limbaughs and others to divide us.  We need to expose and then ignore them and focus on what matters, which isn't race, or white self-identification as victims, or what you wear or who you sleep with.  It's a bit bigger than all that, what with peak oil and climate change and the threat of world war hanging over our heads...

Beck's and Limbaugh's salaries outpace ours by factors of 1,000 or more and they live in neighborhoods open to only the 'right' sort of people.  Why are Americans letting the idle rich dictate to us what we should believe?  That their ranting is considered an honest day's labor is an insult to everyone who actually does work for a living.
 
preferred kind of) Christian but rather one of those 'godless Muslims', or a Pagan, or (God forbid) an atheist?  Kick him/her out for not being the right color or religion?   Welcome in my neighborhood, and your loss if not welcome in yours.
Beck is becoming well thought of on white supremacist websites like Stormfront because of his advocacy of violence and white victimization.  Is that what we want?  Do we need this constant agitating to interracial discord when we're all in the same leaky rowboat and facing the same overwhelming issues?  Why listen to the distraction Beck represents?  Does he have a plan to deal with global climate change, or peak oil, or create peace in the world, or feed the world's hungry?  Does Limbaugh?

No, they do not.  And since they have no practical solutions to the real issues we face, they are not. worth. listening. to.