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The Republican Mask is Off?

You know, it is getting almost too amusing to watch the modern Republicans and conservatives who are running for office.  This is so ridiculous, yet at the same time, so horrible, that one must actually pause and legitimately think about what it all means for the future of this country, and that causes worry.

Take Frank Szabo, for instance.  He is a New Hampshire candidate running for sheriff.  When asked what his opinion was about abortion, he replied that he would go so far as to use deadly force to stop the abortion from happening.  Let me say that again, because it bears repeating – if he sees a doctor performing a procedure that is completely legal in this country, he would used deadly force against this person.  He would kill them.  A sheriff candidate of New Hampshire wants to murder doctors.  Straight-up, no BS, murder.  In other words, he wants to take what is legal, and make it illegal, at the threat of violence.  He is a protector of the law who wants to make the law.  Think about that for a few.

Next up, we’ve got Tennessee senator, Stacey Campfield.  This guy had some rather interesting thoughts on AIDS, and how it is spread –

Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community. It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men.  It was an airline pilot, if I recall.  My understanding is that it is virtually – not completely, but virtually – impossible to contract AIDS from heterosexual sex.

Yeah, that’s why there are massive amounts of cases of it in Africa, right?  Take another moment, and take this in.  This is a United States senator, saying something so stupid, and even admitting that they don’t know any better, and saying this on the record.  How stupid can you possibly get?

I mean, for one thing, it is incredibly unlikely that AIDS made the jump from chimps to humans.  That story has been debunked over and over again.  And the fact that this disease is a global pandemic, which has been helped along in Africa thanks to the zealotry of Catholics who refuse to supply condoms to villages where this disease is so bad that 1 in 4 people have it, obviously means nothing to you.

Next up, there is Rep. Steve King.  He has decided to add another point to the laundry-list of stupidity that has come from his mouth.  In a recent interview, he said that he hasn’t heard of a case where a girl got pregnant from statutory rape or incest.  This was in solidarity with the completely idiotic nonsense coming from Todd Akin, and his belief that if a woman gets raped, her body will be able to shut it down.  A statement that he has apologized for, yet hasn’t said is wrong.  Remember that.

This is the same guy who has said in the past that gays should just stay in the closet if they want their jobs, and not be open at all.  Basically saying that all the hate and bigotry of society shouldn’t be something that they get protection from.  They should just hide, and not be honest about who they are.

What interests me about all of these people is this – why are they being so openly evil?  I mean, we all knew that the Republicans were bought and paid for by the banks and Wall Street.  The Democrats are no better in that regard.  But the Democrats are still able to actually convince people that they are the good guys!  That they are on your side.  Heck, they have a huge cabal of liberals who are cheering for Health Care Reform, which, without a public option, is a huge birthday present to the private insurance companies.

I mean, look at Obama.  He has lied, time and time again, and he has massive support all over this country.  He has continued, and even grown the Bush doctrine, both foreign and domestic.  He promised that we wouldn’t be doing the same things with Wall Street and the financial institutions, yet he is taking his cues from the same people who destroyed our economy.  He said that he would go easy on people growing their own pot, yet he has expanded the drug war.  He promised tough reforms on Wall Street, yet he has given us beyond toothless garbage.  He said that he would push for tough health care reform, yet he dropped single-payer and the public option almost in the first day.  He has continued, and even grown ALL of the Bush Tax Cuts.  He swore that he wouldn’t give in to Republican demands on the debt ceiling, yet in the end, he gives them everything they want, and then some.

But all over this country, he has liberals coming out and chanting for him.  For some, it is the reasoning that Mitt Romney would be worse.  The evil they know over the evil they don’t.  For others, they actually seem to think that he is going to come back in the second term and really play hardball (cough*bullshit*cough).  And there are some who think that he has actually done some really good stuff, even though the evidence is massively stacked against him, and Mitt Romney, if he was actually a smart politician, could be beating the stuffing out of him right now with his own policies.  That is grade-A manipulation and lying.

Yet these Republicans are so evil, and wear it so much on their sleeves that I almost expect to see them do the pose that Dr. Evil did in Austin Powers.  I mean, they aren’t even hiding it!

So I guess the question is – how do we satire this?  For real, I am almost feeling bad for the people who write for The Onion.  Their job must be getting so difficult.  This nation and it’s electoral politics is becoming such an entertainment experience that part of me wonders if there are actual issues being talked about anymore.

So, is the Republican mask off?  Hey, when you’ve got Ann Coulter, a prostitute for the conservative line, saying that Todd Akin has crossed the line, part of me has to think that, yeah, they have.

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Can we Stop the Corporations Needing to Have Opinions?

It all started when Oreo came out with that ad where they had a cookie with all sorts of rainbow layers.  And I’m against that ad, though not because of the pro-gay message.  I love that.  I am against that ad because I want the cookie, and they aren’t going to let me have it.  That’s not cool.

Then, after Oreo came out with that, Chick-fil-A made headlines because they came out against gay marriage.  And of course, there was a category-5 PR meltdown.  Jim Henson’s company took their toys away, because they are pro-gay.  The public went nuts and started boycotting, not realizing that their boycott is totally useless, because for every customer they lost to their bigotry, they gain a bigot customer.  The most it will hurt their wallets is incidental.  For real, this will be just a bad run.  And since the cycle of how people remember things in the online world is even shorter than in the regular media world, people will forget about the boycott after a while, and business will resume.

An outright lie

Now, Papa John’s, the pizza company, has come out against Health Care Reform, or as the conservatives call it, Obamacare.  Never mind that Obamacare is a dumbed-down version of Romneycare.  The truth is inconsequential to conservatives.  But, after coming out against this, there are liberals across America who are saying that we have to boycott them.  Another useless and completely symbolic act, because it won’t go anywhere past symbolism.  Conservatives will come and eat there, just to give the figurative finger to the liberals.  It isn’t going to hurt Papa John’s bottom line in any significant way.

Man, what is with this?  Why are the corporations choosing to get involved in this now?  What’s next?  Is Target going to come out and say that they are against pre-marital sex?  Is Coke going to say that they are against the use of dildos?

This should really get people’s attention, because here’s a neat reality – the corporations aren’t stupid.  They see the writing on the wall as well as everyone else.  The writing here is that when a corporation comes out and takes a position against or for something, they get business.  When Oreo did it, people who are pro-gay bought Oreos.  When Chick-fil-A did it, they got an entire day to celebrate their bigotry and get the bigots of America to stuff their faces with as much of their food as they could take.  It was documented to be their best day of sales ever.  Now, Papa John’s is going to get a huge influx of business from people who solely went to give their opinion about Health Care Reform as well.

There is a belief that conservative America has.  It is the belief that corporations are people.  And you know what, more and more, they are able to conduct themselves like people.  Corporations are voicing opinions, and they have a pedestal to talk from.  The corporate media is happy to feed this, because it helps their bottom line.  The corporations get brand recognition because of it, which if you think about it, that’s the really nefarious part of this.  People are going to be for these corporations.  They are going to stand with them, and after a while, they aren’t even going to remember why.  They just will, because it is what they remember that they were for.  They will support people who are bigots, and they won’t even know why.

The other worst part about this is that this is, once again, our fault.  Americans, we did this.  We lost our minds over this, and they got brand recognition.  They got loyalty.  They got followers.  They got everything that they wanted.  They are getting huge sales, and all because we had to make this a big issue.  We tried to lash out against them.  Appeal to decency and empathy.  But once-again, that didn’t work.

Just as appealing to decency and compassion hasn’t work with Wall Street, as the Occupy movement has found out.  Just as appealing to decency has done nothing to change the conservative tune in this country.  Something the liberals need to figure out is that there are a LOT of scummy people out there.  And these people don’t get dissuaded by information, by facts, by goodness and by kindness.  They are tied to their bigotry, and that doesn’t change.  Liberals, and socialists like me care about kindness, and doing the best thing for everybody.  These people, on the other hand, only care about themselves, only care about their own opinions, and getting more for themselves.  They don’t want to have to sacrifice.  They don’t want to have to be without, or to include the unfavorable.  That is against their views.  It is all about greed.  That’s the name of the game.

Corporations have gotten a new status as people – opinions.  They have now realized that opinion gives them power over the consumer, and they are going to use that power.  That power will come from everybody.  Especially here in America, where being an evil person gets you far.  Chick-fil-A comes out against gay marriage, they get their best sales EVER.  What does that say?  What does that say about America?  Nothing good.

Now look, my last post railed about this, and a reaction I got was that I didn’t care.  I do care.  It quite frankly pisses me off that an entire corporation can represent the worst of what this country has to offer.  It is the worst thing that these companies have realized what is a fantastic marketing strategy is to play to our bigotry.  But here’s the thing – what people need to keep in mind most is that this is all a trick.  Just like in the 2004 Presidential Election.  A big reason John Kerry lost in that election was that Karl Rove brought gay marriage to the front in states that it was never going to pass, just to get conservatives to the polls.  Just like the constant battle against women’s reproductive rights in this country.  These rights aren’t going anywhere.  The Tea Party was created to do this.  It’s a smokescreen for what they are actually trying to accomplish.

The worst part is that it works.  The conservatives in this country have realized that the liberals will fight tooth and claw against something totally pointless, and will not even notice another rug being torn out from under them.  This has got to change!  And fast, too, because the most stuff like this works, the more that corporate America will truly have control over us.

And that is the worst thing of all.

America and Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

Three days ago, there was an interesting event that took place in this country.  All over this country, people gathered in lines that sometimes went around a block, in order to celebrate a fast food restaurant.  That alone is stupid enough, but when you hear the reason, it is beyond laughable.

It was called “Chick-fil-A Appreciate Day.”  Like fast food America needs a day to appreciate it.  The ever-growing levels of obesity in this country are a testament enough to how much we love their food (I’m not saying that all people who eat fast food are fat, but come on, that food is about as healthy as sucking down corn syrup).  But you know what is the most interesting and laughably stupid part of this – what it signifies.

The sentiments of the people who partook in this day can be boiled down to this –

I ate some fried chicken because I hate gays.

That’s it.  It really is that simple.  You know it’s America when there is a nation holiday celebrating something this stupid.  This is beyond just pathetic.  This is so dumb that it’s laughable.  This is the stupidest national event that this country has ever made.  We literally are not only celebrating our bigotry, which is pathetic enough, but we are going out and buying fried chicken to celebrate our bigotry.  How do you not see the irony?

Only in America is the celebration of bigotry a national event.  Only in this country are people able to come together and hate and have it be like a big party.  If there are any liberals out there who don’t get why the rest of the industrialized world laughs at us, this should it into perspective.

If that doesn’t do it for you, perhaps this will help –

See that?  That’s the political butt of a joke and the quitter governor of my home state, Sarah Palin.  She refuses to let herself go into the night, so what does she do?  She decides that she is going to whore herself and her image out to Chick-fil-A, just so that she can believe that she is somehow culturally relevant, even though her most recent book has gotten to languish in the limelight of a bargain bin.  Poetic justice to whoever had to ghost-write her book for her.

But this is why the rest of the world is laughing, and you know what, we should be laughing too.

When President Obama came out, several months after being put in office, when the Stock Market had leveled out and we weren’t free-falling into disaster, and said that “America is back,” nobody bought it.  And they were right.  We weren’t back.  We were stalled.  Stalled out and going nowhere.  Now, four years later, we’re still stalled and going nowhere.

For those of you who are too young and too culturally ignorant to know, there was a great boxer.  He went by the name Muhammad Ali.  He was a king when he was in his prime.  He would best any opponent and make it look like art.  But that was in his prime.  As he aged, his skills got lesser.  He was still a fantastic boxer, for a long time.  But towards the end, he wasn’t much.  His last fight, against Trevor Berbick.  He was beaten so badly, but even up until the end, he thought that he was “Ali.”  But the problem was, he wasn’t.

The comparison between Muhammad Ali and America is very fitting.  America and the people in it still seem to think that we are a great fighter, that we are the best.  Only problem is, we aren’t.  The American Society of Civil Engineers gives this country D’s and F’s across the board, looking at our infrastructure.  Our health care is a joke in comparison to all of the other industrialized countries.  Our education is among the worst of the industrialized world.  The only things that we are at the top in, aside from our military strength, is things that we shouldn’t be bragging about, such as our prison populations, the amount of crime that we have, the amount of guns in the general population, and the worst part – we have the most amount of debt than any other country in the entire world.

But America still thinks that we are, metaphorically, Ali.  We still think that we are at the top of our game.  That we are #1.  Only problem is, we aren’t.  We still stand tall, but we are standing on a pile of sinking sand.  We have no reason to brag, at this point.  But the people don’t seem to get there.

Here’s the real truth – this whole pathetic affair with Chick-fil-A should have just been chalked up to a stupid decision that a stupid company stupidly made.  They should never have gotten involved in this whole issue with gay marriage, but apparently, they didn’t get the memo.  Instead, we have decided to make this a giant mountain, with conflicting sides, and the bigots come out in droves to get their food, and show their support.

If you want to know what is wrong with America, and you have had a very outspoken opinion about all of this, here’s a thought – look in the mirror.

You might just learn something.

Chick-fil-A, the Muppets, and Gay Marriage?

Yeah, this is a set of things I bet that most people never thought that they would see together.  It all started when the fast food restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A took a hardline stance against gay marriage.  After this happened, Jim Henson pulled the Muppet toys from their kid’s meals.

Of course, so as not to have us all believing that they decided to take a really stupid stance on an issue that has really turned around in the last…30 years, they tried to pass it off as the Muppet toys were unsafe, hence and that is why they got rid of them.

After this sad attempt at damage control failed on Facebook, one of their PR people created a fake Facebook account, pretending to be a teenage girl.  Of course, since the internet is smarter than Chick-fil-A PR people, apparently, the internet realized that that the photo of the teenage girl, named “Abby Farle,” was a stock photo from Shutter Stock.

Now, after having taken a stance against gay marriage, lied about why Jim Henson ditched them, and then tried to cover up their lie with a fake person on Facebook, there is a Category 5 PR meltdown.  And to be honest, the people at Chick-fil-A have nobody to blame but themselves.

This is…dumb.  Really dumb.  This is like PR retardation.  It doesn’t get any stupider than this?  One must ask an honest question – where did the PR people who work for Chick-fil-A get their education?  I am a JPC student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and even I could have told them that this is the stupidest thing ever.

Let’s take apart how stupid this is, because we are only a couple hundred words into the post, and I feel like it.  First, there is the stance against gay marriage.  Coming out against gay marriage is just bad business.  There has been a HUGE social change on this issue.  People who are against gay marriage are not the norm.  They are becoming more and more the social outliers.  The Westboro Baptist Church and the Mormons are every day making the anti-gay cause look worse and worse, the decent people are not playing ball.  There is still a large chunk that is against it, and against the LGBT community, but you can be that things are changing, for the better.

Second, you said that the reason that the Muppet toys were pulled was because of finger injuries?  Wow, what a pathetic lie.  I mean, really, that is about as bad as saying that the reason you don’t sell bananas at your store is because somebody slipped on a banana peel.  Saying that kids got their fingers’ stuck in the Muppet toys fooled nobody.  But this leads to the final point.

Third, you created a fake Facebook account?  As a teenage girl?!  Man, that is just pathetic!  I mean, that is literally the bottom of the barrel.  You can’t possibly come back from that.  It was so easy to fact-check this, because the account was created 8 hours before the post.  Did nobody at Chick-fil-A realize that that brain thing that their teachers said was so important actually can be used for something more than just space filler in the space inside the cranium?

All in all, this is the dumbest PR move in history.  Chick-fil-A, you aren’t coming back from this.  Whoever’s idea this stunt with the girl, using a stock photo, it was, they should be fired.  And I hope you learned something.  As bad as the Komen For the Cure debacle was, it pales in comparison.

But the biggest stupid mistake that this company has made is that they are going to lose business.  Big time.  Boycotts are already in place, and I am not one of those people who says that those are wrong.  If conservatives want to preach the free market, well guess what – here’s the free market in action.  People are given a choice, and they have made it.

Chick-fil-A, somebody, or a lot of somebody’s need to get fired.  I am with the boycott, not because you are bigots.  That at least makes some sense to me.  But being stupid at your business, that’s just unacceptable.

Chuck Norris, Gay Rights and Conservative America

Man, where is that scene from Enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee kills Chuck Norris?  One could watch that scene a hundred times.  In any case, Chuck Norris is one of the many celebrities who feels that because they have been able to pose and act in d-list action films, and shows, they can talk about politics.  Chuck, stick to what you’re good at…never mind, you’re not good at anything.

In a recent statement, Norris has decried the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay scouts and scout leaders.  There were all the usual talking points about the “gay agenda” (because that’s so real, right?), claiming that the BSA has a “long-standing family stance.”  Well, though I was never a Scout, I can say with pride that if the Boy Scouts are teaching kids about families, they aren’t doing their jobs well.  Last I checked, they are supposed to teach them about being a Scout, right?

But far more interesting then Norris’ statements were the comments that people made.  It never ceases to amaze how absolutely backwards and ignorant conservative America is.  There were all sorts of people who said that the only reason that gay people want to be in the Scouts is so that they can molest children.  The single oldest insult of gay men, dating back to…well, forever, is that because they are gay, they are obviously pedophiles.  The levels of ignorance coming from people who actually believe that is interesting.

It has become painfully apparent that to sell their political ideals, the Republican Party now simply runs on bigotry.  They know now who their demographic is – old and middle aged white people without a quality education.  They have lost almost all of the female vote.  They have lost almost all of the minority vote, especially with their recent actions like in Arizona.  They have lost the LGBT vote with stupid stunts like having a D-list actor trying to sound tough and informed.

The Republican Party knows that in the upcoming election, the battle lines are going to be between the elderly who are a very vocal voting block, and who are a big conservative demographic, and the young who are apathetic and don’t particularly care.  That is what American politics have become.  Not to say that there aren’t liberal elderly people.  I know a couple.  And not to say that there aren’t young people who are actively involved.  I am one such person who is.  But the majority is not, and that needs to be taken into consideration.

However, while we can all laugh at this kind of ridiculousness, and realize that Chuck Norris is a has-been action star who nobody particularly cares about anymore and who has been dropped to the point that the only people who will advertise for him now are laundry detergent companies, there is a greater truth that needs to be taken into consideration.  The war for gay rights isn’t over.  In fact, it appears that now is the time where the battle lines are the hottest.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that in times of moral crisis, the biggest betrayal to one’s community and culture was to be silent.  That is true now more than ever.  Don’t think you can vote this problem out of office.  This has to be a changed in the level of education, and a change in cultural values.  No community would ever have gotten where it is today if the culture didn’t back it.  It doesn’t matter what politicians are in office.  The only way that change can come is when the people, as a whole, demand something better.

That’s a fact.

Poor Bristol Palin…:(

Well, after her post talking about how the President decided to support gay marriage simple because of his daughters, and saying that same-sex couples aren’t as good at being parents as opposite-sex couples (of which no evidence exists), Bristol Palin has come out with a new post talking about how she is the victim of “bullying.”

Much like how all interactions with a statement by the Palin family have gone from the beginning of their time in the limelight, it wasn’t hard to predict that this was the direction that it was going to take.  It has been the Palin family’s modus operandi to make a horribly unpleasant statement, and then, when the people come out against this, to make it all about themselves, and how they are the victims.

Bristol’s post about the president and gay marriage is textbook example of this strategy.  Here is what Bristol had to say –

Well, I stirred up a hornet’s nest.  You know you’ve struck a nerve when even J-Woww tweets insults at you.  But the thing that most amazes me is how few people actually addressed the points I made in my recent blog post.  They were pretty simple.  Conservative women like my mom get grief because people think they can’t make decisions without their husband, but Barack Obama gets applauded for changing his mind on a huge issue after consulting his wife and young daughters. The double standard amazes me.

Gee, Bristol, if you look at my previous post, you will see that I, along with many others like the YouTube vlogger Zinnia Jones, did address your argument, and were very clear with our problems with them.  We told you that President Obama didn’t just come to this decision because of talking with his wife and daughters.  It was a personal choice based on years of his experience.  Apparently, you didn’t catch that.  Your move.

But I’m not a pundit.  I’m just a mom made famous in one of the most intense and embarrassing ways possible – by having your teen pregnancy announced in the middle of a presidential campaign.

I put this section of her post here because there is something I want to draw attention to – your hypocrisy.  You had your pregnancy announcted on national television by your mother.  She whored out you and your down-syndrome brother in order to further her own political agenda.  I find it incredible that you are so on her side and yet you don’t feel the slightest inclination to point out that all of this “bullying” that you are claiming happens to you is directly tied into your mother using you and your entire family as a stage prop.  The hypocrisy just leaps off the page, doesn’t it?  Your move.

 When you’re in Hollywood you’ll meet some great people, some terrible people, and many somewhere in between.  In other words, they’re people just like everyone else.  But what you won’t find is any disagreement about things like gay marriage or abortion.  For those folks, there’s one way to think, and anyone who disagrees is stupid, hypocritical, hateful, or bigoted.

Sorry, Bristol, but you’re wrong again.  You are called hypocritical, hateful and bigoted because you made statements that are hypocritical, hateful and bigoted.  Saying that children are more likely to be happy in a home with a mother and father is bigoted.  You can’t explain that away, sorry.  You have to answer for it.  Your unwillingness to doesn’t surprise me in the least.

She puts up a graphic showing some of the angry comments she got, and yeah, they are unpleasant and people shouldn’t make them, but once-again, the strategy that you use is pretty clear – don’t make this about the issues, make this about yourself.  And here’s the kicker, Bristol – you are not special.  Go onto most any video about President Obama and you’ll see plenty of hate and vitriol thrown at him from people.  Hate statements are the name of the game with a large part of this country against the LGBT community.  Go onto a Zinnia Jones video and you may just find some lovely tidbits about how awful that person is.  Or click on an Amazing Atheist video and you will see plenty of disparaging comments.  While all of these are stupid and pointless, they are also not unusual.

Instead of defending your point of view, and making this about the issues, you instead retreat to the easiest option you have – making this about yourself.  It has been the way your mother has defended her scorn for years, and you are following in the same vein.  Feel proud of yourself, Bristol.  Those are some big and hypocritical shoes to fill.

Here’s the real truth – you don’t know who the real bullies are.  The people who are using their national fame that you acknowledge you have in order to make sweeping generalizations about a group of people and their love.  The people who are saying that children aren’t going to be happy with same sex parents.  The people who want to deny LGBT couples the right to marry simply by invoking “tradition,” and continuing the cultural stigma against them through the same way.  The people who are making no argument, but instead want to make this entire thing about themselves and paint themselves as the victim of some kind of bullying, while they are spreading intolerance and lies for no good reason.

The bully, Bristol Palin, is you.  Plain and simple.

The Palin’s and Gay Marriage

Well, another statement of ignorance has come from the Palin family.  This time, from Bristol Palin, about gay marriage.  These kinds of statements are nothing new.  And, as with all other statements of ignorance or bigotry from these people, there is a rabid group of supporters who come out of the woodwork in support of their ignorant statements and outright prejudice.

It’s the new conservative attitude – don’t question what our leaders say.  Don’t question anything that anybody who espouses our values says.  While there are liberals who do just the same, the fact is that more liberals will question the current president than the amount of conservatives who questioned George Bush I, George Bush II or Ronald Reagan.  It just isn’t done.

As such, this leads us to what Bristol Palin had to say, and what her supporters are backing.  She wrote a blog post (linked above) talking about President Obama’s recent statements about his views on gay marriage.  Now, a lot of people will make petty jokes about the Palin family and their views, if Bristol wants to talk about marriage, alright Bristol, let’s talk about marriage.  Your move.

Let’s pause for just one second.  When Christian women run for high office, people inevitably bring up the question of submission.  Once, Michele Bachmann, for example, was asked during a debate, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

People automatically assume that a Christian female President isn’t capable of making decisions without her spouse’s stamp of approval.  (I should add female Republican candidates –liberal women don’t get the same kind of questions.)

Nobody will deny that a person’s ability to lead shouldn’t come from what gender they are.  No one gender is better at leading than the other.  The ability to lead a nation is based on personal strength and personal conviction, along with popular support of that.  Of course, with this nation, all leaders are corrupt, but that’s a whole different can of worms.

Looking at the issue of questions of faith in relevance to America, this needs to be addressed in respect to Republican woman.  According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Republicans and 46% of conservatives believe that the Bible is the actual word of God.  With that in mind, one must absolutely point out that according to the Bible, a woman should be silent, totally obedient to her husband and have no positions of authority over men.

If one considers the Bible to be absolutely true, then it should be completely fair to question what they believe, since they are going to be leading this country.  Faith should have no part of one’s legislation, or one’s executive decisions.  Now this goes both ways.  If a liberal believes that the Bible is the absolute word of God, then they too should be scrutinized under a microscope.  Again, Bristol, your move.

So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?

No, it isn’t a problem if your mom listened to much to your dad.  It’s a problem if your mom listened too much to a book that has no factual basis whatsoever, and has no place in government.  And since that book openly says that women should be silent and obey men, it should be questioned if she is with those beliefs or not.

Also, the President didn’t come to this decision by consulting with his daughters.  He has said that he has been in support of equal rights for some time, how he has had LGBT staff members in the White House and has gotten their perspectives, as well as the fact that he believed that anybody should be allowed to serve their country, regardless of sexual orientation.  These are long-standing beliefs.

Bristol, however, wants her fans to think that the President of this country merely bowed down to his teenage daughters, which is nowhere near the truth.  So, Bristol, you are being dishonest about the President’s motives and what he is trying to do.  What comes next?  Your move.

In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.  Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.  Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.

Well, since Bristol can’t hold up the argument based on what she has presented alone, since some part of her must know that that is blatantly false, she decides to go another route – saying that marriage is based in thousands of years of tradition, as well as appealing to the argument style of “I don’t hate gays, but there should be a mother and father to raise kids.”  It’s a classic argument which totally ignores the truth.

First, marriage has not been only one man and one woman for thousands of years.  Looking at the Bible, King David, one of the biggest biblical figures, had an entire harem of women who were his sexual servants.  The taking of women from slain nations as sex slaves is also totally condoned by the Bible, in addition to the wife that one has.

Not to mention that the idea of marriage as we know it has rapidly changed in the last century.  There was a time when subservience to men was quite acceptable in this country.  Inter-racial marriage was also incredibly taboo, and not completely accepted by the culture at large.  The fact is that the breaking of traditions is one of the oldest traditions of all, because we realize that a tradition is flawed, and in need of change.  A tradition that is worth following can stand on its own merits, and doesn’t need to be supported by “history.”

Next up, there is not one piece of evidence that has come up stating that a child will come out better if it is in a home of a mother and father.  The studies that conervatives cite that show that a child will grow up better with a mother and father almost never have any LGBT couples who were involved in the study, and are therefore completely false, along with taking things directly out of context, as Focus on the Family has done many times.

However, the real insidious nature of this document is that Bristol wishes people to look on these loving families are somehow fundamentally wrong, and wants everyone else to do so as well, hiding behind the wall of “tradition.”  Your move, Bristol.

Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.  In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.

Yes, and sometimes, conservative women should think about the rationality and intelligence of what they say before they say it, rather than appealing to false arguments and worthless tradition that doesn’t even have any place in history, not to mention a faith thath as no place in this government either.

Bristol, there here is a piece of general advice for the future – if you can’t say something smart, don’t say anything at all.

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