A moment of what the hell.
I have been reading a lot of complaints about the Hunger Games; ranging from the casting, the story, the wardrobe, and so forth. Let me say I have neither read the book nor seen the movie, but I do know it’s FICTION. Get over it people. These complaints are as insipid as the complaints that the security soldiers in Avatar wore the same style camouflage as US Marines and therefore the movie was anti US troops. FICTION! There are so many other things to get upset over.
Which brings me to the Republican party’s love affair and sole dependence of fear and hate on which to build a platform. Stand Your Ground, SB1070, union demonization, drug testing welfare recipients, excessive imprisonments, threats to the 2nd Amendment, the Sharia boogeyman, DOMA, and so on and so on. This demagoguery and emotional pandering to the most primal of instincts of fear and hate is right out of the Nazi playbook. Yes I said Nazi playbook, sue me. I am outraged that the Party of Lincoln, the party of a man who DEFENDED the constitution and sought to keep the nation together for all its inhabitants today has sunk so deep in the muck and the mire of promoting nothing but fear and hate. Punish those we hate, arm ourselves against those we fear. The Grand Old Party, is far from Grand, but is looking very old and tired. And despicable.
And now the Supreme Court of the United States. Yes, the most hallow of our government bodies. Above the political fray, bigotry, ideology, influence, and special interests. Bull Effing Shit. I am sorry, this Court will always be tainted for me. Now there have been some tremendous and respected jurists such as Warren, Brandeis, Marshall, Brennan, Holmes, and others who have sat on this court and perhaps it is wrong of me to impugn and censure the entire history of the court. But sadly we have seen most recently the Bush v. Gore and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission rulings that have displayed how politicized the court has become.
But it’s the 1857 Dred Scott decision, the court and its Chief Justice Roger B. Taney proved above all that these allegedly enlightened and educated men were not worthy of their station. All you have to read is this passage from the esteemed Chief Justice:
“ It is difficult at this day to realize the state of public opinion in regard to that unfortunate race which prevailed in the civilized and enlightened portions of the world at the time of the Declaration of Independence, and when the Constitution of the United States was framed and adopted; but the public history of every European nation displays it in a manner too plain to be mistaken. They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far unfit that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
So now we have a Supreme Court ruling on one of the nation’s landmark legislative acts during an era of a politicized justice system, special interest controlled legislature, and an ever increasingly hateful and fear mongering political party. A party calling this landmark legislation government overreach and a threat to liberty. The same party that across the nation is pushing unnecessary and unwanted procedures on women while restricting the rights of citizens. Not Grand at all.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
I hope that is true, but the game is rigged and it’s not getting better.
A moment of what the hell.