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alexcat ([personal profile] alexcat) wrote2017-07-04 03:16 pm

On the day

It’s the 4th of July and I do not feel like celebrating. Our democracy has been hijacked by a reality tv host and a group of men who have no real wish for anyone to succeed but themselves. The reason this has happened is that the American public is both stupid and ignorant. Many of the people here in our county slept through history class, have read maybe one book in their entire lives and think FOX news tells them the truth. So they voted for a man who has no morals, ethics and cares absolutely nothing for this country and its citizens. They fly their flags and say “Make America Great Again” like trained parrots.

I have to conclude that the Christian faith these politicians and my neighbors who voted for this atrocity profess is profoundly different from the Christian doctrine put forth by Jesus Christ. I would say I am confused but I am not. Every nitwit in a pulpit thinks he’s an expert on politics AND religion with his 4th grade reading level and his 10th grade education.

I’ve got some advice for all of you.

Read a few books and historic documents.

Begin with your Bible. Read about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It’s not like Paul and the Old Testament. Stop disregarding the teaching of Jesus because they don’t fit your bigotry, sexism and stupidity. READ the Sermon on the Mount.

READ The Constitution of the United States of America. Make sure to READ The Bill of Rights, added to protect the rights of every American. Hint: The 2nd Amendment is not the most important one.

Buy some history books about the founding of the country (or go to the library). Get to know the founding fathers, warts and all. Read about the presidents, good and bad, and what they left us. Read about the wars. Read about the Civil War. Read about Abraham Lincoln. Read about the Roosevelts and their legacy.

Read this poem: The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus.
(I’ll help you by putting an excerpt here)
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

When you’ve done those things, tell me again why someone who has done nothing at all for our country or its people is fit to wipe the feet of the men and women who HAVE made sacrifices to make us free and keep us free, not only in war but in the fight for human rights for all Americans and believe it or not, all people.

I will celebrate when America is free again.
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[personal profile] dawn_felagund 2017-07-05 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I so totally 100% agree with all of this.

I am not a Christian, but I have read parts of the Bible and sometimes wonder if there's a different version out there with a different, sociopathic, capitalist Jesus that I missed.

I also sometimes wonder if I read a different Bill of Rights--even a different Second Amendment since I see the words "well regulated" pretty prominent, and that seems quite cut-and-dried to me--than a lot of my fellow citizens. I wonder at the hatred lobbed at me and my friends, for instance, when we went to the Women's March by people who otherwise venerate "the Founding Fathers," and I wonder if these people somehow missed the fact that our country was founded on protest, and of a much more strident variety than that demonstrated by the tame millions in their pussy hats?

I also wonder where I missed the part in the Constitution about free-market capitalism as the most important guiding principle. Maybe that was in the Alternate First Amendment, where I read stuff about speech and the press and assembly and religion but there's actually things about how if you can make money doing it, then that makes it okay? People sure act like it belongs there.

I watched them fall lockstep behind Bush and Cheney for eight years and am watching them fall lockstep behind Trump now, and listen to them scream about how "un-American" those of us are who want to question sending poor kids to war or depriving millions of healthcare or investigating possible meddling with our elections by the Russians, and I wonder if maybe I define free speech differently or if I somehow understood that a key to making democracy work is using your brain.

I spent yesterday with a bunch of fellow libtards and snowflakes, shooting fireworks off over a lake in Vermont and making ironic commentary that had a certain desperate note to it despite the hilarity. I know that I am sometimes very glad that I could cross the border with less than a day's walk.
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[personal profile] weepingnaiad 2017-07-06 08:47 am (UTC)(link)
Part of me despairs, but I have to hold onto some hope or I couldn't get up each day.

Everything you said is so true. These RWNJs are incredibly ignorant, so much so they freaked out when NPR posted the Declaration of Independence. How sad is it that they claim to be patriots, scream it loudly from the rooftops, bang their chests and wave their flags yet don't recognize the document that started the country they claim to love?

It's a cult. That's the only thing that can explain how down is up and up is down now. Everything they screamed and railed about has been tossed to the wayside now that Hair Fuhrer is doing those things and far worse. It's maddening.

I didn't celebrate. It was just me and the dogs, one of which was terrified by the fireworks, so I took the day off to factory reset my phone.