I came across this on-line somewhere some time ago:
"Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America,” produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action. The imagined look into the future is part of an escalation in rhetoric from Christian right activists who are trying to paint Obama in the worst possible terms as the campaign heads into the final stretch and polls show the Democrat ahead."
and couldn't believe the desperation and fear these idiots were manufacturing out of the, at the time, possible election of a Democrat as president. These types of utterances are so patently silly that I don't know how anyone could give them any serious consideration. As usual, I put too much faith in The Public's ability to reason - or I failed to remember that the lowest common denominator is remarkably much lower than I realised. That is rather a surprise to me, as most of the people who are promulgating this irrational hatred towards my tribe are, in the main, co-evals or not all that much older than I. I thought that the current crop of high school graduates were achieving less than did my generation, but I was wrong. An example of this subsists in a peculiar situation I just started to read about in the blogosphere/so-called news sites. I am technically a blogger myself, and I know that the purpose of these sites is to share personal opinion or 'insight'. I try to remember little things like factual reportage and considering all the information available before making a decision, something in which I often seem to be alone. So, partisanship aside, here's the situation: a man of colour has been elected to be President of the United States, in large part because of the support, desperate hope and money of gay people around the world. This now-President-elect has chosen to invite a 52-year-old Evangelical raging narow-minded homophobe (52E) (who does not deserve to be named herein) to officiate at his Inauguration, inspite of said PresElect's rhetorical fluff prior to his election. 52E has written some bullshit books and gained one of the largest followings in California, a 'megachurch' of which Ted Swaggart or Dobson or Jim Bakker could only dream. PresElect also invited the head of one of the largest gay-rights groups in California, Michael Kors, to be officially involved in the Inauguration. Mr. Kors declined to attend, basically on the grounds that appearing with 52E would be construed as endorsing the bullshit 52E preaches. So is there a point I wish to make?
A lot of the bloggers in my tribe have been belabouring Mr. Kors' decision to death. Some are in agreement with his 'boycott', some disagree. Some of the readers of the blogs are saying that this is what you get for voting in a black (and therefore narrow-minded and overly-religious) person, which overt racism is disgusting, especially from gay people. Some are saying that all gay people should boycott the inauguration, or go and then turn their backs when 52E opens his mouth. Others think Mr. Kors should use the opportunity to denounce 52E, but I'm not sure that he would actually have the chance to speak - I don't know what these inauguration things are like. PresElect has justified his choice by saying that he is a uniter, not a divider, and that, even though he doesn't agree with everything 52E has to say, it is somehow, magically, not an endorsement to have 52E officiate at his inauguration. By that reasoning, PresElect seems to be saying that he would be honoured to have the KKK, Himmler and Hitler, and George Wallace on the dais with him. After all, they don't agree on everything but they can still be friends. So, Liberals' and gays' high hopes aside, Obama appears to be the same old same old in a new (darker) colour, and gays are still the lowest life-form in the country. President Elect Obama, mid-December, 2008: "Thanks for getting me elected, suckers!".