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I’ve been thinking, and that can occasionally be a bit of a bad thing. I recently read this post from Warren Ellis, and tonight read this post from Susie Bright. The notions that these posts got going in my brain have me a touch riled up. Specifically, the posts got me thinking about: the politics of sex in America, the different rules there are for the rich/famous, and the attitude towards Atheism.

America is being hobbled by this Abstinence Only bullshit and fear of homosexuals and people who are even remotely off the beaten path sexually. Truth is we’re careening towards more freedom, variety, and acceptance as regards sex in our country. That’s where it’s going and that’s a good thing. Freedom, variety, and acceptance are inherently good things. Always. Still, there’s this very loud obnoxious contingent that gets into political office and passes legislation and makes speeches and is trying desperately to hold us all back. It boggles my damn mind. On top of that the sensible people (including myself) don’t speak loud enough, organize large enough, and stick to their guns. It’s easy for the nuts to push absurd Abstinence programs when those of us who know they’re bullshit keep voting them into office or keep supporting people who offer no real opposition.

This kind of leads me to thinking of politics. People have a lot of wrong ideas about how to fix the political system in America. Generally, people want to put a band aid on a gaping wound. The root of the problem with the government in our country is what we let happen politically. We tolerate liars, bigots, and spineless pussies. The “fringe” candidates in our Presidential Election are still pretty mainstream. They’re still members of the two party system (AKA the root of evil). We’ve allowed for a pair of private clubs that represent pretty much exactly the same constituency (i.e. not the best interests of the American people) to take complete control of our government. The Democrats and Republicans do everything they can to stifle democracy in our country. Any independent or third party candidate has to jump through so many absurd hoops just to get on the ballot that it effectively eliminates them as competition. On top of that they spend government money and resources to organize their “primary elections,” which effectively turns them into the state sponsored political parties. State sponsored political parties doesn’t sound much like democracy to me. The way to fix this is to open up politics in this country. Let’s the out of date two party system,  set up rules that are fair to anyone seeking political office regardless of socio-economic status or sanity.

So, similarly the rich and famous sure have it awful nice in this country don’t they? They get their very own special status that means the rules don’t count for them and the rest of us don’t even pay it any mind. Jamie Lynn Spears gets knocked up, almost definitely by some rich old producer and I bet not one damn person is even going to get arrested for statutory rape (she ain’t legal). Paris Hilton gets released from being incarcerated because it was so terribly hard on her skinny obnoxious rich bitch ass. Lindsay Lohan and lord knows how many others are pretty well documented as drunks. They go to clubs and get plastered in public. Where are the repercussions for them and the clubs that are so publicly violating the law? Why are we letting this stuff slide? The rules and laws are there for everyone and if these people are supposed to be damn role models they should be responsible and do their time. That’s what role models do: the right thing. So, as to set an example for the wee ones.

In addition to all this, I’m a member of one of the most universally maligned groups in this country. I’m an Atheist. I’m not one of the ones who hems and haws either. There’s no proof for God, an afterlife or any of that New Age bullshit either. Therefore, it doesn’t exist. I’ll believe it when you show me some evidence I can’t think of other explanations. In addition, I refuse to accept that the wonders of our Universe, which are truly magnificent, could be explained with such dull notions as are proposed by religion and those New Age hippies. The Universe is fantastic and complex, please stop trying to dumb it down with your half-assed notions and over-simplifications. Now, this isn’t to say that you’re stupid for buying into religion or that New Age bullshit. You’re not stupid. What you believe is stupid. Oops, shit am I not being a polite Atheist who just sits quietly in the corner and lets you blame me for the problems of the world? Sorry. My bad.

So, I’m kind of annoyed tonight. It seems like our country, if not the world, could do with a kick in the ass. It’s time to move forward. Changes are in order people. It’s time we stopped putting up with the bullshit of the rich and famous, time we started embracing sex as being a healthy normal part of being human, and gave up on the dull notions proposed by the religious and spiritual communities and started exploring the wonders of the universe as it exists. As I indicate in the title I’m thinking there needs to be a bit of a revolution. Wasn’t it Jefferson who said a country ought to have one every few decades? Nothing violent mind you, but can we at least all agree that anyone who votes in the Primary Election should be arrested for treason? It just feels like we need a surge against the bullshit we’ve allowed to go on in this country. Something comparable (but again not violent) to the storming of the Bastille. A statement that it’s time for the clinging geriatrics to step aside, so we can move on to the future.

Funny, as I finish this post I have just poured myself a glass of Wrath from the Midnight Sun Brewery. It’s a tasty Belgian-style Double IPA.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey, I finally did the RSS thing so I’ll actually read your blog regularly. I totally agree, the one arguments I’ve heard for a party system is that it allows collective bargaining so the government can actually function and pass laws. This is an interesting notion considering that the passage of laws generally restricts someone’s rights, so by that logic the government would be less free as more laws are passed in a two party system.

    What really bothers me the most is that when I got to the polls I have a choice between D or R. The D will pretend to care about my rights and not my money. The R will pretend to care about money and not my rights. Any other party will actually pretend to care about both issues, money and rights, they may even truly care, but they won’t get elected they lack the sponsorship of the government and because people are lazy and would rather vote for a party then for each person.

    What really pisses me off is that when I go to vote during the primary is that I have to declare in PUBLIC, OUTLOUD, in a RELIGIOUS school, which ballot I want, D, R, or Other…

  2. Okay, in the interest of public discourse, I’m gonna play a little devil’s advocate here.

    ‘Abstinence only’ is bullshit, sure. How prevalent is it, really? I don’t just mean in schools, but society at large; because people learn things outside of schools, you know. Outside of a few Amish communities, who doesn’t know about condoms? Our culture is so permeated with sexuality and general acceptance of underage relations that I couldn’t name a seventh grader who doesn’t know about the importance of condoms. Any preteen with half a brain knows to put a condom on their cock if they’re gonna fuck. So why do so many kids get pregnant or contract STD’s? The problem isn’t lack of education, the problem is laziness and stupidity. They know better, but they either don’t want to take the time, or they are just freaking idiots with idiot parents who didn’t ingrain it into them. This links into what you were saying about the Spears’s and Lohan’s: our culture has glorified brain dead oversexed teen princesses to the point that it is not just acceptable but expected to be stupid and loose. And you don’t want to admit it, but the best way to not get pregnant or sick is to not have sex in the first place. That is a biological fact, and needs to be pointed out. That isn’t to say people shouldn’t know about condoms and birth control, of course, just that balance is usually the best way to approach any subject.

    That said, acceptance and freedom are NOT intrinsically super awesome. By definition, any freedom you enjoy will restrict the freedom of another, i.e. your freedom not to be shot restricts my freedom to shoot you. Freedom is GENERALLY a good thing, not UNIVERSALLY.

    Things are changing. Sure, 90 year old Baptist ministers keep getting elected to congress and slowing the process, but they’re gonna die out a lot sooner than we are. Change is constant, it has happened, it will continue to happen. History show that you can not go back, so don’t worry about that. We don’t need a revolution to stop them from teaching abstinence only in school, or to allow homosexuals to marry. Those changes are already happening, just not as fast as you’d like.

    I won’t try to defend the two-party system. There is no defending it. It is fundementally flawed, undemocratic, and every thing you said about it is right on. Working and voting for third parties and independants is about all you can do about that, even if they won’t win. It will take time, but change will happen. We’re the only democracy in the world with only two parties. If you want to hurry change along in this don’t write off fringe candidates, help them.

    Maybe it’s because I’m not an Atheist, but I just don’t see this discrimination you keep on about. Actually, the most popular religion in this country is “None Particular”. I’ve never seen or heard of Atheist discrimination. I actually see the opposite. No offense, but the angriest, most judgmental group I’ve seen outside the Westboro Church and the National Democratic Party are those militant, anti-organized religion nuts who insist that anybody who believes in a God and want to get together with likeminded people and celebrate their belief is evil incarnate and specifically out to destroy happiness and tolerance, and probably sacrifices puppies to their ‘god’ while brainwashing kids to hate everyone who doesn’t agree with them. Most religious people in this country are very accepting: As evidence of this fact, I point to the fact that every other block has it’s own non-denominational Christian sect, and predominantly they get along with their community and neighboring churches and non-theist neighbors just fine. As I said, change happens, is happening, and acceptance grows more with each generation. Give it time, and help it along by being accepting yourself. And by the way (this isn’t for Sean, but other people who I think read this blog) ascribing to a narrow, extreme form of liberalism that rejects and belittles anything traditional, religious, or old-fashioned is not accepting; it’s being just as bigoted, only on the other side. It does not facilitate the change that we all seem to want so very badly in this country.

    Lastly, Diane, “RELIGIOUS school”? What are you talking about? I think its a good point about declaring your party outloud in public is pretty undemocratic. But we’ve already established the parties and primaries are undemocratic. Changing the “declare outloud” rule would be a bit like putting make-up on a pig. But again, religious school…what are you talking about? Is your polling place at Anchorage Christian School? Or are you just talking about the teaching of Intelligence Design in science classes? Because that’s only required to be taught in Kansas. And while it is ultimately unscientific for its appeal to an unverifiable cosmic designer, it is a useful lens for examining some sticking points in the theory of evolution. It’s not the trojan horse for creationism that the previously mentioned militant atheists would have you believe.

    By the way, just so nobody accuses me of judging atheists the way Sean is complaining about, I realize that not all atheists are “militant” and extremely judgmental against all things remotely religious, just as most religious people are not extremely judgmental against anyone who expresses doubt or denial of a higher power. We’re talking about fringes here, people with an agenda that generally has to do with inpunging the freedom of worship, or freedom not to worship, we are guaranteed in the constitution.


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