Monday, February 07, 2005
Resistance is Futile
From Daily Kos:
I attended a meeting where in listening to the republicans bash the democrats on vouchers, abortion, gay marriage, etc while talking about how much republicans love their faith and how democrats are trying to "Kick God out of everything."
... Then I said "Senator you've been holding state office for 10 years, the same amount of time republicans have had control of both houses of goverment. You were term limited from the House as majority party whip and now you're a senator. During that 10 years of talking about how you're against abortion the abortion rate has not only remained legal, but has actually increased. During that 10 years you have never put forth a bill to ban abortion, ban gay marriage, or provide school vouchers on demand. These are issues important to Christian conservatives but in all this time nothing has been done. Again, Senator, why should Christian conservatives continue to support republicans since the only time they talk about these issues is when they're trying to get elected to office?"
I was expecting to be at the very least pelted with rotting vegetables but to my surprise there was dead silence in the crowd as they awaited his answer. He mumbled something about democrats creating the problems and it taking time to undo it, but while I was listening to his answer two men took me aside and asked me to leave or they would have me arrested for disturbing the peace and trying to incite a riot. I laughed saying I found out what I wanted to know and that I would leave on my own.
Disturbing the peace and inciting to riot. I read Dave Neiwert's Orcinus wherein America's slide toward fascism is relentlessly documented. I also read various blogs that dismiss Dave's warnings.
The freedom of speech, the right to protest, the act of speaking out against or calling to question the deeds of elected government officials. The freedoms and rights we've taken for granted for so long are slowly whittled away. I fear the scare-mongering of Communism that America witnessed in the fifties will be compared as a lesser evil against the repression that will soon be upon us.