Monday, April 13, 2009

What is best in life?

To crush your enemies, to drive them before you, to hear the lamentations of the losers.

With apologies to conservative screenwriter and director John Milius for paraphrasing his version Conan the Barbarian, the conservatives who see the difference in the parties as a culture war are currently taking a decades long ass whupping, and this week the disarray in their lines was nothing short of remarkable.

Make no mistake. Though the phrase "culture war" was made famous by Pat Buchanan in his speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, just before George Herbert Walker Bush lost, the culture war has been raging for much longer than that. The side that believes they must deny basic rights to other American citizens they consider "the enemy" are losing, and have been losing for a very long time.

Several decades ago, many but not all on the conservative side fought the battle over race, trying to deny rights to anyone who was a racial or religious minority. They failed. Now, they see the need to deny basic human rights to gays. They are failing there as well, though with votes like Proposition 8 in California, they can claim some victories.

But look where the battle is being fought. Thirty years ago, the Briggs Initiative in California wanted to deny gays the right to teach in California public schools and was defeated. Now, the battle line is over whether committed gay couples can have the same legal rights as enjoyed by heterosexual couples who want the state to recognize their union and gain the legal benefits granted to married couples.

This week, three of the most openly and happily bigoted people in our country made startling admissions.

Look at those pleasant smiles from happier times. Currently, all three are mid-ass whuppings, and their outlooks are not so cheerful.

On Larry King's show last week, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who in the past has called homosexuality a biological error, called committed gay couples "a beautiful and very healthy thing." The rumor is that Dr. Laura got involved with the ex-gay movement recently, and saw just how bat guano crazy those people are and had a conversion.

Also on Larry King last week, purpose-driven homophobe Rick Warren asserted that "during the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never -- never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going."

He's lying, of course. The You Tubes are a pesky thing, and there's a recorded announcement of his support, but look at how he backs away from it now. If I may get all biblical on his fat behind, he has been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

He was supposed to be on one of the Sunday talk shows yesterday, but moments before airtime, he claimed exhaustion and backed out.

He's right. Lying is hard work. No wonder he's so tuckered out.

It would be too much to ask dyed in the wool bigot Dr. James Dobson to be seen doing 180 degree turns in public. Instead, he gave a whiny little screed of a going away speech to his group Focus on the Family, claiming that his side has lost the culture war, which of course in his world view means we are "awash in evil".

We aren't awash in evil, doctor. You're leaving the stage, which means there's a little less evil now that there was the day before. The evil is denying people the freedoms you take for granted, the right of freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion, the rights to equal protection under the law for all our citizens.

It's not over. It's never over. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. But just as gravity is objects taking the simplest paths in curved space, so will citizens of a society that prizes freedom continue to demand that basic human rights should be enjoyed by all citizens, not the few who think of their citizenship as better than the franchise offered others.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

They'll never stop trying to turn us into them.

Matty Boy said...

We have many things in common, Doc, but we live in alternate universes. I can assure you no one is trying to turn me into them.

dguzman said...

I don't think they're trying to turn us into them as much as they're trying to shut us up, jail us, shame us, outlaw us, damn us to hell, and anything else they can think of.

But we just keep on keepin' on.