In my entire lifetime I’ve never seen our country so angry, ugly, and divided. What baffles me most is why so many people don’t see, or won’t admit, this administration’s role in the dismal mood of the country.
With 92 million Americans out of work, businesses closing, more people on food stamps than ever before, energy prices skyrocketing, and the world exploding, our president (between vacations, golfing, and fundraising) found the time, not to talk about what to do about any of these things, but to comment on the Clippers’ owner’s stupid words! He actually had the gall to tell us America is still struggling with racism! Really? While all of us readily admit there are still racists in the world, there are dramatically fewer of them now than in the past.
What might this president have said if he was trying to unite us and diffuse a rancorous situation? He could have said any number of things. That America has come a long way since the days of slavery. That America is the least racist country in the world. That his own presidency is evidence of that progress. That, in a free country, people are always going to say stupid things. Or that we are all Americans, and we need to forgive when people say stupid things and move on. After all, who among us has never said something we wish we hadn’t?
We have always had national political disagreements, and some have been very contentious, but there was never anything of this magnitude. We don’t agree to disagree anymore, we have become hateful and vengeful. Those of us on social media have experienced the vicious responses to what was previously widely accepted as traditional values. We are called “haters”, cursed at, and worse. Especially conservative minorities. Read some of the tweets Stacey Dash received when she supported Romney. Before Obama was elected I never lost a friend over political differences. Since 2008, I’ve lost many. Not because of anything I said to them, but simply because I’m a Conservative.
This contentiousness is also encouraged by the media. There is no pretense of objectivity any longer. Liberal talking heads are quick to call people racist or bigoted. The left calls the right evil. Evil? We no longer have a difference of opinion on how to solve problems, we are now evil for having an opinion that differs. And, again, if our president’s goal was to lead this country, rather than “fundamentally transform” it, he could diffuse the contentiousness.
This week HGTV cancelled “Flip It Forward”, without it ever having been aired. HGTV knew of David and Jason Benham’s Christian beliefs, but when the show was placed on the channel’s fall lineup, LGBT activists demanded the show be cancelled. What is so disturbing is that no one even puts up a fight, they just cave in to the gay bullies. The Benhams have done so much good: their show was about helping people who can’t afford a home to buy one and fix it up. Even though their show is cancelled, they plan to fulfill their commitments to the people they were helping. They will do this at their own expense. And they bear HGTV no ill will. I find this position far more admirable than the gay mafia’s brutal campaign to not just silence Christians, but to actually destroy them.
Apparently, in today’s America, if you are a person of faith, you don’t deserve a job. But notice the hypocrisy in the fact that HGTV is able to choose whom they do business with, but a Christian florist or baker isn’t.
I am very troubled by the LBGT position. I was not aware that gays were being mistreated before “gay marriage” became an issue. Every corporation I know gave gay partners the same benefits as spouses. I’m not aware of gays being denied jobs due to their sexual preferences. I’ve worked with gays at every job I’ve ever had. However, their vengeful position of complete public crucifixion of people of faith, and their desire to ruin people who believe in traditional marriage hurts, more than helps them, in my opinion. I think they would attract more people to their cause if they acknowledged that Christians don’t hate them, and emphasized that people should not be punished for their beliefs. I don’t know how you can demand tolerance from others while being totally intolerant.
People shouldn’t have their livelihoods taken from them for saying something stupid. Look at all the people who have lost their jobs over some stupid remark. Nothing else they have done in their lives matters. The mob immediately yells, “Off with their heads!” There is no discussion, no reflection, no examination of whether or not their words were a reflection of their actions. Actions speak louder than words. How have these people acted?
For example, Brendan Eich of Mozilla lost his job because he donated money to support traditional marriage. A position the majority of us hold. Did he discriminate against gays? No. Did he deny them equal benefits? No. Did he deny them jobs? No. Did he treat them differently than anyone else? No one has made that claim. So, what, exactly, was his crime? Being a man of faith?
The majority in this country are still people of faith. They believe that traditional marriage of one man and one woman is what God intended. Believing that changing the definition of marriage diminishes the sanctity of the institution is not anti-gay. I don’t believe for one second that the majority of Americans all of a sudden changed their minds about traditional marriage. We know the polls say we did, but no one I personally know has changed their mind. What has happened is that we are being intimidated into reluctant acceptance. People are afraid to say they support traditional marriage. We have every reason to be afraid because people are getting fired and persecuted for taking that position. Under the relentless whip of the media, we are being bullied into silence.
The same is true of the race-baiters. No matter what good someone has done in their life, no matter how well they have treated minorities on a daily basis, if they say anything that can be perceived as negative toward a minority, even if only in a private conversation taped without their knowledge, they must be taken down. They must be humiliated, and they must be destroyed. After Brendan Eich was fired, the LBGT leadership said they wanted to go through the list of donors to Proposition 8 (illegally given to them by the IRS) and get every person on that list fired as well.
Is this the country we want to live in? Part of me wants those vindictive individuals to find themselves in the shoes of those they condemn. But, on further reflection, I don’t ever want to stoop to their level. I don’t want to silence liberals, since they are their own worst enemies. I simply ask those who have never said or done something they regret to step forward.