11/15/2005

John Cusack for President!

An AMAZING post by John Cusack (yes, the actor) on the Huffington Post. It's heartrending, gut-wrenching, and parts of it almost made me me cry.

Quoting Hunter S. Thompson:

"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world -- a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you. "Well, shit on that dumbness, George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn't vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today -- and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. "Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush? "They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. "And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them."

Quoting Bill Moyers:

"One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts."

As Dr. King says and as John emphasizes:

"A time comes when silence is betrayal...We must speak out with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak."

My thoughts-

We'd be wise to remember that as Americans our history is rooted not in establishing tyranny in other lands or even in our own country, but seeking freedom from tyranny. We are a great people who are capable of great things. Why are we determined to destroy America with tyranny, bloodshed, and hate?

"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of the Republic to abdicate his responsibility."

Edward R. Murrow

10 Comments:

At 10:48, Blogger lovin' it said...

Wow! You're really that scared of little old grandmas sitting in their church pews? Sad.

 
At 12:29, Blogger RedStateExile said...

If you get "grandmas in church pews" out of that, then you are the scary one. No, grandmas in church pews are the nicest little ol' live and let live folks I've ever known. It's the ones that trample the good Lord into the ground with phony family values that scare the crap out of me.

 
At 17:42, Blogger dorsano said...

the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe

Boy that's truth - we've got a White House and 1/2 of congress full of John Birchers

It claims to strenuously defend what it sees as the original intention of the U. S. Constitution. The group promotes the idea that America is founded on Christian principles, and supports a strong Christian influence in culture and government. It is anti-collectivist, which collectivism includes any form of wealth distribution and economic control such as socialism, fascism, and communism. It also recognizes the influence and power of conspiracies throughout the history of the world and it seeks to expose and elliminate their control in government in the modern era. It is also anti-globalization and seeks restrictive immigration reform. JBS advocates the abolition of income tax and the repeal of civil rights legislation, which it sees as being communist in inspiration. Some opponents characterize it as a racist (and perhaps quasi-fascist) society. However, the John Birch Society has always been open to people of all races and religions.

Anyone interested in learning more might want to check the origins of The Cato Institute and The Heritage Foundation.

 
At 19:12, Blogger dorsano said...

Say Callie, have you seen this?

That homosexuals are the group most targeted by violent hate criminals is no secret to those who study such matters. Nor is it a surprise that many such criminals have reacted to things like gay civil unions and the striking down of state sodomy statutes with fury. But recent evidence from New York City suggests that anti-gay hate crimes may now be even more widespread and vicious than before.

I got it off of Jenny's Blog. This president is/was largely adored by his base. What a difference he and Cheney could have made if they had encouraged people to be tolerant instead of empowering hatred.

 
At 20:05, Anonymous GiG said...

{{{Callie}}} I love your blog, great posts and insight!

As you might remember from the DNC, I don't post much, but I'm a master lurker :)

Thanks & Hugs
Andrea

 
At 06:18, Blogger lovin' it said...

"If you get "grandmas in church pews" out of that, then you are the scary one. No, grandmas in church pews are the nicest little ol' live and let live folks I've ever known. It's the ones that trample the good Lord into the ground with phony family values that scare the crap out of me."

Oh? The most reliable supporters for James Dobson's Focus on the Family Action PAC are church ladies between the ages of 50 and 70. Isn't this the group you're so concerned about?

 
At 06:43, Blogger RedStateExile said...

That 50-70 age group is also targeted by scammers...which are not a whole lot different from Dobson.

They actually think Dobson gives a flying terd about about their SS and Medicare so they send him money. He plays to those fears. I know because I've heard my own mother and my partner's mother say it.

 
At 06:45, Blogger RedStateExile said...

Andrea!!! Long time, no "hear" from you! Come back and visit more often. It gets a little heated here from time to time, but it's fun.

 
At 07:09, Blogger RedStateExile said...

Dorsano-

Ah, the John Birchers, yes. That sounds like a different name for the extremist end of the Republican party. Yeah, they're "big tent" all right as long as you forget who and what you are and buy into their scary vision of society.

It's why I don't understand minorities buying into that mentality. It's an unrealistic world. In the real world there is hate and discrimination, but there they want minorities to forget it and support the big agenda, an agenda that doesn't include them.

I've heard gay Republicans say that being gay isn't an issue for Republicans. Probably because it's never discussed. They're life is not a part of the big agenda so it's never discussed and for those uncomfortable with themselves this is probably a safe feeling. They can be gay with no one ever talking about being gay or gay issues. Sure they can take their partner to events, but they are introduced as a friend. It's a cozy and comfortable world for someone insecure with themselves.

As for blacks and women, I can't imagine what in the world they must be thinking.

No, I take that back. I can talk from a woman's perspective. Historically and socially, women have had to compete amongst themselves to succeed. They've had to "marry up" to excel. A woman is an animal just like a man and she'll do what it takes to stay on top. If that means marrying the jock redneck that happens to be CEO or the next state Senator, then by God she'll do it. Some women have dignity and character, just like some men. And some don't.

Unfortunately, this world is driven lately by those who don't want to work for anything, who don't want to find their way on their own, so they find the short route to glory (big house, big cars and social status). They marry to it.

I truly believe that is why so many women are flocking to the Republican party. It's not about belief systems, but about social status and survival. Some of us have the guts to do survive on our own and others take the easy road.

 
At 08:17, Blogger RedStateExile said...

Dorsano-

I posted to this thought back on Jenny's blog, but the gist is that anti-gay hate crimes ARE more vicious than many other hate crimes. A report yesterday from the FBI shows that blacks have the highest rate of hate crimes, but you have to consider that there are:

1) larger numbers of blacks than gays
2) blacks are more likely to report a crime against them than a gay person is
3) there are no laws to protect gays against crimes because of their sexual orientation on a widespread or national level

Therefore, police are less likely to acknowledge or identify that sexual orientation was a factor in a crime and because of fear a gay person is less likely to report it as well.

Also, look at many of the recent crimes that have been reported against gay people and they have resulted in death. How can that be reported? The only person left to speak to the reason for the crime is the perpetrator and the odds are they won't admit to hate as a factor. It's usually robbery or something else that will get a lower sentence.

 

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