freedom for few, repression for all  

wanderlust1176 41F
93 posts
4/16/2005 7:25 am

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freedom for few, repression for all

Disheartened once again about what I see happening around this country, I feel this is an appropriate place to rant. Conservative or liberal, believe me, they would throw you on the pyre just as soon as they would me.
I would like to think that this country is evolving toward individual freedom for all, to live, believe, and love as they choose. The religious right believe they have a monopoly on morality, they say "we don't care how you live, so long as you don't shove our noses in it". Which is a lie. They would force us all to live as they do, to believe as they do, if they could. I would like to think that our government would be striving for equality through neutrality, but the right says that strips them of their religious freedom. Try erecting a statue of Buddha next to one of the ten commandments, and see who gets stripped of their religious freedoms.
I would like to tell my children that one day they will get married, without the hesitation that one or both of them might be gay. I would like to raise my children to believe as I do, that the pleasures the body affords are not shameful, but spiritual, and should be treasured, without the thought that social services would be knocking on my door to take my children away.
I wish, oh I dearly wish, that my children, and myself, will one day have the freedom to be who we are without secrecy and shame.
If the religious right have their way, that day will never come. Considering that 40% of this country are evangical Christians, and they are each one in the pocket of the republican party, it is almost assured that evolution in this country will be thwarted.
Sorry to be so depressing, mornings make me think way too much.

Be happy, sit on a boner.

SimpleDude2005 43M

4/16/2005 9:10 am

Well,..I was raised by a Christian minister and evangelist, and I would in NO WAY dip into the pocket of, and give credit to, ANYONE in the republican party. 9 times outta' 10 when I try to have a normal conversation about morals and values of this country and how it has gone to shit, (especially since "W"orthless has actually been voted as president), I get told that I'm "un-American/patriotic", or that "I should get out of the country if I don't like it". That's bullshit! Especially when you were born and raised in America and were taught about "freedom of speech", "freedom of religion"...blah, blah, blah. Your right, THEY tell you what you can and can't say, and what you can and can't do. I love my country,...just can't stand the freakin' government. It's too "one sided."

"Trust the government? - Just ask a Native American."


4/16/2005 9:53 am

Good viewpoint! YOU GO GIRL!

Love, Light, Laughter, Leave a Legacy,


wanderlust1176 41F

4/16/2005 10:53 am

Thanks for responding...I almost think the us needs to be split into two countrys...but the question would be, who gets Hawaii??

mygmyg 59M

4/16/2005 2:03 pm

Wanderlust, enjoyed reading your blogs and have the same concerns. I wonder how we will ever get back to just a level "playing field" where what one wants/seeks is his or her own business. Not the ideology of some judging/labeling others as a threat to all.

The hurdle to remove the oppression, thru discussion, is not an option with the religious right. Tumbling backwards to the puritanical mindset of centuries ago. No tolerance or acceptance of the idea that "Their God" created us the way we are, just as He created them the way they are. Stubbornly reverent, obnoxiously so, an unfortunately bogoted mindset.

Keep our faith, and welcome all, there is another way, a better way for us all to sit at the table...Together!!!

expatbrit49 62M

4/17/2005 9:07 am

Interesting observation, are you sure you are not really a Canadian disguised as an American Your stated view point is almost a carbon copy (wow, I wonder how long that term will last…Xerox Copy?) of the commonly held views on American society by those outside looking in. However, we should not throw stones, just because we have as much as legalized gay marriage and decriminalized pot we still have some archaic ideas on what is an acceptable way to live.

Nice Post.
Take Care and Have Fun

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

Apolybear 54M

4/17/2005 10:35 am

Fear not Wanderlust, the pendulum will eventually swing back the other way. It always does. While 40% of Americans are evangelical christians, that leaves 60% who aren't. The key is to keep the radical right wingers from declaring a dictatorship before they lose their momentum...

rm_tastemyway2 46M
8 posts
4/19/2005 9:02 am

As an outsider looking in (I'm Australian) I don't think I'm alone in the perception that the united states is becoming a more religious society and certainly from an evangelical perspective. It's easy to see the widening gap appearing between the laft and right, rich and poor. I won't simply restrict it to religion, as this sense of the american way of life being the right way pervades American Society. It's considered being patriotic. With such a large wealthy nation, there is often little need for americans to review the cultures and ways of the rest of the world. There is a false sense that because the united states has become wealthy, (it can be debated about whether it was at the cost of other poorer nations)it has led some americans to believe that their way must be the correct way. If the rest of the world just did it your way then they would all be better off. I don't think many people outside of the untied states would agree with that. i think you are getting a sense of what the rest of the world feels at the moment. Don't take this the wrong way but that's how I can relate to what you were saying. This is not a smear against americans but rather a comment on a perceived image of american sense of being right (god fearing and patriotic)

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