It could be funny. Well — it isn’t.

Actually, it would be easy trying to ridicule the current contestants for the American elections. Alas, the longer I try to keep up with the events, the more uncomfortable I become. Maybe it is because I am German, and — against the cliché spread in Hollywood movies – we are on the contrary very sensitive when it comes to the limitations of civil rights and to bias.

Just to avoid any bias: Mrs. Merkel shows you how it is done…

Since the 1970’s there has been a steady evolution towards equal rights, and a more open, and more liberal society. Even if the German conservatives still hold up “traditional” family values, they are on the whole in favour of gay rights. The political quarrels are marginal, compared to other countries, e.g., if gay marriage should be called “marriage” or just “registered relationship,” as it is the case right at the moment.

I am frankly creeped-out to see that especially the U.S. seem to be heading the opposite way.  To illustrate, I will add a quote by Rick Perry.

Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.

I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.

Rick Perry, on President Obama’s recent memorandum directing Executive Departments and Agencies abroad to advance and protect the rights of LGBT people.

I grew up in general sympathy for the U.S.A., and in deep gratitude for what they did for Germany, even if I see some things critically, in WW2 as well as later on during the cold war. For us, the U.S. used to be synonymous with freedom. Now, this image is more than crumbling; it is inverted.

I am scared, truly scared by the turn American politics take right at the moment. What’s there left to say? Maybe, I will try to give an outlook concerning the next logical step:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Wise words you say? Be careful with the quote, though. The man who said it was a bigot and a PR-genius, the man who helped H*tler to power — Joseph Göbbels.

Cold-blooded politics without a trace of respect for individuality, civil rights or freedom — It rings a bell, yes.

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2 thoughts on “It could be funny. Well — it isn’t.

  1. I didn’t know you were interested in politics! Although it makes sense, given your background.

    The United States has always had a mean streak. I was alive for the Joseph McCarthy period http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McCarthy , when most of the rest of the world was very afraid for the fate of the American system. It took a lot of courage to get rid of that weasel. He planted the fear of communism, and any form of socialism, so deeply that it is difficult to get a minimal level of health care implemented.

    As you know, we don’t have a regulation against hate speech, and anyone can say anything at all. Usually, the volume of noise swallows up the vipers and their opinions. But at this time, the availability of money from malefactors, and the prevalence of television advertising, and the general lack of education among the populace, combine to make the threats more real.

    Rick Perry is just a lump of lard from the lumpen state of Texas, where they have more money than brains. The last time we had someone like that, he became President — TWICE! It is sometimes embarrassing to be an American, and sometimes really terrifying.

    It is very brave for the current administration to advance the rights of gay people worldwide. We are just gradually starting to do that here. “People of faith”, also known as religious bigots, have been keeping us from using foreign aid for BIRTH CONTROL for years! They have been funding African countries in their anti-gay persecutions. The U.S. has a huge concentration of religious fanatics of all faiths. In some respects it resembles countries with large Islamic populations, where fanaticism is a threat to the entire country.

    • Hey 😉 At first, thank you so much for your detailled comment! The problem as I see it is manifold, and there are libraries of books about it — very hard to break it down.

      “Religious” fanatics — the problem is not belief as such but that belief mostly leads to action of a kind. If you assume something you think is right, the other has to be wrong. You try and convince them. Well, physics and maths do the same, but still, every theory and theorem is a working hypothesis. E.g. Newton was defeated by Einstein and quantum Physics, or whover might find a model that describes the world better.

      Belief ist different: I can believe in a holy guineapig that appears once a year on a sacred mountain to his chosen ones, and do no harm as such. The problem is that this is not the point of belief as those people see it. For them it is not a mild guidline that gives another rule to judge your actions by, but it means power. Power and submission.

      Neither the Islam nor the Christian belief is about equality as such. Mohammed as well as Jesus were just people (assumed they existed) who thought things could be made a little better, which meant mostly less strict! Especially Jesus managed to almost piss everyone off, especially the very devout branch of Judaism, the Phariseans. He blessed a roman soldier caring more than it is normal for his servant, and healed the servant. He went to visit the house of a whore, and frequently, she stood with him in his dying hour. Of course, he told her to sin no more, but Jesus is very held back about weilding the verbal club of doom and sin and condemnation.

      What the church made out of it is something completely different. How do you get power? “Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues,” Napoleon said. The Christian, especially the Catholic belief goes even further: Let’s proclaim basic human traits a sin! Sex to start with of course. As an average person thinks about sex every 4 minutes or such, this has a great leverage. It is sinful! And you get reminded of this every four minutes — reminded how inept you are to repress such thoughts, how unworthy and how dirty.

      It is something every professional dom could learn from really, this is how to take someone infallibly onto the brink of schizophrenia. Promise a happy life! Then make restrictions. Set tasks your pet cannot fulfil. Punish him! Or no, if you are the church, claim that he will eternally burn in hell for it, unless you give him salvation. Oh, but the most cruel dom cannot control every thought and dream of his sub and make him report it in confession. In short — well you get a picture.

      What else does every sect do to attract people to them?

      A few simple guidelines:
      1. Don’t choose T*m Cru*se as frontman, or half the world will laugh about you. Works for the U.S. though.
      2. Start with the benefit! Nice services, nice social life, supportiveness, …
      3. Now try to involve the person into the community. Simple tasks. Accept them. They will be proud.
      4. If this is accomplished, teach the cruder parts of the respective belief, the ones that are picked upon by the outsiders. Convince the adept. This is vital, because…
      5. Tell them, and show them that here, within the organization, they are accepted. Outside, when they start telling the newly acquired beliefs they will now start to be rejected. Up to now, the new life that up to now has no drawback at all. The adept won’t understand the criticism.
      6. Now smile and bite back the “I told you so,” instead, give comfort. This will consolidate the belief that inside the group are the real friends. By and by the adept will lose his outside friends.
      7. Now, when it costs no effort anymore, officially restrict the contact to outsiders. Tell that they are inferior, not enlightened, whatever floats your boat.

      Abusive relationships, totalitarian systems, sects, … they all work the same way.

      But, the original point: I cannot see how this kind of belief has any place in modern politics.

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