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.
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.