For the past 8 days I have been down with some kind of flu/cold-like sickness. I notice when I am sick, my empathy for everything is exacerbated. My brother once said that he thought all the natural disasters around the world was just the Earth trying to expunge us- cough and sneeze us out, like our bodies do when we're fighting a sickness. I got so sad and felt worse when I thought, I'll eventually get better, but I'm not sure Mother Earth will. I thought of this as I hacked green phlegm into my tissues and writhed in bed coughing hoarsely, my head about to split from the throbbing, waking every hour in misery. I guess I'm writing all this to say how happy I am to be back on my way to good health and able to sit up at a computer and spit out thoughts rather than mucus.
During one of my restless nights I was flipping through the TV channels and one of my favorite shows was on, at 2am- The Daily Show. Jon Stewart was showing clips of various FOX news minions, among them the infamous Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck. They kept saying that the Liberal Left were like Nazis- gestapo, S.S. I couldn't believe this oxymoron, (or the comparison of Liberal to Nazi!)
The dictionary tells me that a Nazi is a " national socialist: a member of a German fascist party controlling Germany from 1933-1945 under Adolf Hitler."
Liberal means, "suitable for a freeman [or woman, Mr. Dictionary!] generous, bountiful; not narrow in opinion or judgement."
And we all know that the Nazi's were known for their generosity and avoiding narrow judgement! ...well, they did kill more than just Jews.
I must have missed something! As far as I know, the Liberals in this country did horrible things like allow women and blacks to vote, plant trees, pick up trash, protect animals, ensure health coverage and education for all Americans, promote Unions and American jobs, say that two men or two women have the same right to love and get married and be miserable like a man and a woman. Many Conservatives still seem to live in the Dark Ages thinking that "gayness" is contagious, that one can TURN gay if they shake hands with a gay person. How do gay people get born? I'm pretty sure it still takes a man's semen and a woman's eggs to produce Life. So all the parents of gay people must have also been homosexual and been attracted to the opposite sex? which is the opposite of homosexual.
What is considered Liberal, I don't think of as Liberal- I think it's just NORMAL. Obama just passed the largest middle-class tax break in the history of our nation,(of course, the greedy little, peevish Republicans got to keep the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy which they defend by saying it will create jobs. Jobs for who? Unemployment hasn't been as bad as it was during the past 10 years of Bush Tax cuts, since the Great Depression). Obama also passed the Equal Pay Act so that a woman make the same as a man for doing the same work, and achieved a major healthcare reform because he would like to see all Americans have the human right to Health. He would also like to see children fully educated, which is why he is giving tax credit to colleges. He seems to be trying to re-stabilize the foundations of our nation- education and good health; these are both basic rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted in 1948 by Elanor Roosevelt.
But, I guess feel quite safe with the Conservative Right with all their guns, oil to burn big tanks that plunder tattered, ethnic war-torn countries; oil flows through their veins and makes them start wars and force Democracy and their religion upon people of ancient faiths that they refuse to understand. The majority Right is pushing their prejudices upon us, so we support the war; they have brainwashed us to think that Islam is BAD and ALL MUSLIMS are terrorists and we must eliminate them! True Islam does not preach hate and murder and most Americans are ignorant enough to believe this and support the war, and don't let the Liberals in, they'll take away our guns! Didn't the Nazis have lots of guns?
HMMM... It must be opposite day or something, everyday for the Republicans!
p.s. sadly, i know that i am playing into the game of a divided nation. as long as there is disagreement and stubborn heels in the ground, not much progress will prevail.
I also believe it was some hippie, commie, liberals who sang that song, "Come on people, now... smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now!"