Monthly Archives: February 2014
“Christians are being persecuted. (sniff).”
“We are being denied 0ur freedom to discriminate. It says so right here in the Bibl…. I mean owners manual”.
“Oh, it’s not so bad. You can discriminate all you want! But if one of my cousins has a hissy tizzy, you won’t be able to use my Dad this time to get out of trouble. Remember what we talked about?? But not to worry, remember who’s by your side! But from now on, you need to be discriminating in your discrimination, OK?”
“OK. (sniff.) Can I go back to writing my science book now?”
So, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, did she?
Exactly as predicted.
Exactly as she was encouraged to do by an outraged country.
Are you impressed that Jan Brewer bowed to “common sense” and “human dignity” and the US Constitution?
Because you damned well shouldn’t be.
Brewer simply gave in to pragmatism and she deserves no credit for her moral cowardice whatsoever. None.
Brewer, along with Arizona conservatives such as John McCain who called for the veto, deserve nothing but contempt.
Brewer should have signed the bill instead of vetoing it.
Governor Jan Brewer should have put Arizona’s money where conservative mouths are and signed SB 1062 into law and made religious Apartheid a reality in Arizona right along with Russia and Iran.
And then – and then – Brewer and the ideological fanatics of her party should have been forced to live with the consequences.
Oh now, don’t get me wrong.
I’m sincerely glad that the people of Arizona won’t have to suffer for the bigotry of a handful of religious zealots.
I’m relieved that sanity, for whatever reason, prevailed in the eleventh hour and that LGBT people in yet another US state won’t be relegated to even worse treatment at the hands of Evangelical Christianity.
But, Folks, look here, nothing, and I mean nothing, demonstrates the bottomless hypocrisy and the absolute moral cowardice of the religious fanatics who’ve taken over the Arizona legislature than this veto.
Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urged Governor Brewer to veto SB 1062, because, according to McCain, implementation of the law would be “devastating.”
Devastating to the state. Economically.
Devastating to business. Financially.
Devastating to Republicans. Politically.
But not devastating to actual people – especially the gay ones who are apparently not John McCain’s concern.
Last Monday, conservative state senators Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs, and Steve Pierce sent a letter to Governor Brewer, asking her to veto SB 1062.
But just days before, all three joined the Arizona Senate Republican caucus in voting for the bill.
That’s right, they voted for the bill, but then asked the governor to veto it.
After Republicans passed the bill and sent it to Brewer’s office for signature, and only after the scope of the resulting national outcry became apparent, Worsley confessed to reporters. “I have not been comfortable with this for some time.”
I have not been comfortable with this for some time?
Haven’t been comfortable with this for some time?
Jesus Haploid Christ, Worsley, what the fuck?
Worsley wasn’t comfortable with it, but he went right ahead and voted for SB 1062 anyway instead of taking responsibility for his own conscience.
He knew it was wrong, but instead of standing up and forcefully speaking out and holding his own party to public account, instead of demonstrating the superior moral conviction he and those like him loudly and repeatedly claim for their religion, he just went along with it anyway.
Worsely, Driggs, and Pierce weren’t comfortable with a bill that they voted for, that would have legalized blatant religious discrimination at their own dirty hands, but they voted for it anyway?
And what were they going to do then if Brewer signed the bill into law? Live with their discomfort?
Ask yourself something: if they could live with that particular discomfort, if their religious convictions could tolerate that discomfort without damning them to Bible Hell, then why can’t they live with the discomfort of being around gay people?
McCain, Worsley, et al, are so, so utterly typical of these hypocrites.
They are leaders in a party and a religion that has done nothing but villainize LGBT people at every turn – and then, what? They’re not comfortable when that same rabid fanaticism attempts to marginalize those self-same people?
This is so, so goddamned typical of John McCain. A man who spent his entire presidential campaign relentlessly demonizing his opponent, and then had the unmitigated gall to pretend that he wasn’t responsible when his own fanatical supporters – and his own running mate – resorted to calling Barack Obama an Arab and a Muslim and unAmerican and a subhuman mongrel in the national media and continue to do so to this very day.
McCain, Worsley, Driggs, Pierce, and Brewer are so utterly typical of this yellow-eyed breed of modern conservative fanatic – who, in the US House, voted last year to shut down the federal government, and then cried foul when they had to live with the backlash. And who, just last month, voted to shut the government down yet again … but then quietly urged Speaker John Boehner to make a deal with Democrats to increase the US debt ceiling in a clean resolution and keep America running so they didn’t have to suffer the consequences of their lunacy yet again.
These people know they are wrong.
They know it. Quod erat demonstrandum.
They know it, they absolutely know they are on the wrong side of history.
And yet they persist – just so long as they don’t have to live with the consequences.
Brewer vetoed SB 1062 for a number of reasons:
– because it could have cost Arizona the 2015 Super Bowl.
– because it could have significantly harmed Arizona’s tourist industry.
– because it could have cost Arizona business, particularly from Marriott Hotels, Apple, American Airlines and Yelp, in addition to hundreds of conferences, seminars, and retreats.
– because it would have inevitably resulted in endless lawsuits, costing Arizona millions upon millions of dollars in litigation.
– because it would likely have cost Republicans their majority in the Arizona state government.
– because it would have negatively affected Republican prospects in the 2014 midterm national elections.
– and because it would have had an impact on the 2016 presidential race.
– and most especially since it might have directly resulted in unintended discrimination againstChristians.
And so, when it came right down to it in Arizona today, rather than do what was right because it was the right thing to do, rather than strike down the bill because it would have legalized religious segregation as if Arizona was a state in Russia instead of America, Brewer at the behest of her oh so smug religion and her oh so morally superior political party vetoed SB 1062 not because it was blatantly counter to everything the United States stands for but rather because it would have cost Arizona money.
When Brewer was forced onto the global stage to very publicly choose between state sanctioned Apartheid and the almighty American dollar, not to mention political power, Brewer did the predictable thing.
She did what these people always do when forced to chose between conviction and profit.
She took the money.
So much for republicans’ vaunted ideals.
So much for the superior morality of conservative religious conviction.
The simple truth is that if these people really believed in the rightness and righteousness of their religion, they would have passed the bill and to hell with the consequences.
Make no mistake whatsoever, Folks, if Arizona republicans could have gotten away with it, if they could have signed this bill into law and only gay people and non-Christians would have been negatively affected, they damned well would have – that was the entire point of SB 1062 in the first place.
Instead, Brewer’s veto lays bare the hypocrisy of this blighted ideology and shows it for what it really is: hate for hate’s sake and nothing more.
Common sense, human dignity, and liberty did not prevail today in Arizona.
Right won out only because these people worship power and money far more than they love their small and hateful God.
They won’t do what’s right, but they can usually be counted on to do what is profitable.
And let that be a lesson for future battles.
This entire post was written by Jim Wright of http://www.stonekettle.com/. He was nice enough to allow me to republish it. Legislating religious beliefs is dangerous. Invoking the name of God as an excuse to hate others is even worse. But as Cluster said, the free market is deterministic. If this passes, I hope the law is used against those who wrote it. As Leon of Curb Your Enthusiasm once said: “turn the topsy turvy on their ass.”
I’ve mentioned it before, but ever since I became of age to vote, Republicans have had a consistent track record of fiscal irresponsibility. Which is ironic given that they claim to be the responsible ones. This started with Ronald Reagan, whose policies created then-record deficits. His vice president and successor, George H.W. Bush, continued the same spending habits, racking up new record deficits. And George W. Bush was famous for profligate spending, tax cuts with no matching spending cuts, and unfunded mandates, such as Medicare Part D. He also established new deficit records.
This year, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives reserved the prime designation of H.R. 1 for the tax reform plan they intend to introduce. Get a load of the “plan:” lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, lower the tax rate for top individual earners from 39.6 percent to 25 percent, and don’t worry about how to pay for it.
See, the paying for it part is always left out of the Republicans’ plans. It simply isn’t important to them. The fact is, their track record indicates that they don’t really care whether their tax cuts are paid for–that’s beside the point.
Writing about Ways and Means Chairman David Camp’s plans to release details of a tax-reform package next week, the National Journal wrote:
Democrats say that plan did not contain specific ways to replace that lost revenue. The simple fact, according to Democrats, is that Republicans have not been able to make the math work—and to do what they want to do would add $5 trillion to the deficit.
On Thursday, Democrats said there was talk that Camp may have actually recently revised his own plan, so that his top rate may not be lowered below 30 percent, after all. But they say they expect gimmicks will be needed to pay for it, anyway. One big gimmick anticipated, they say, is expanding the Roth IRA, which could raise a lot of money now but cost a lot of money in the future.
All the Republicans ever have are gimmicks, time after time.
But don’t worry too much. The odds of such a plan actually getting introduced seems remote, since Republicans are afraid of doing anything in 2014 because the voting public might notice. As the National Journal writes, “With no chance of their plan being backed by Democrats in the House and Senate, many Republicans also do not want to draw any election-year focus away from their attacks on the Affordable Care Act.”
Yup. Your 2014 Republicans in action. Or not.
Not to distract from Clusters latest topic, but this afternoon I thought that a discussion about Senator Corker injecting himself into the V.W. / Union debate was unprecedented and shamelessly brazen. It seems that an utter lack of awareness and a cavalier attitude towards future consequences is spreading quickly among the more conservative minded. Who exactly is Corker working for? Who’s interests is he promoting? It’s not those that assemble automobiles! Lets be honest, unions are an impediment. A stick in the spokes of profit. Sort of like the FDA protecting consumers. It’s a logical conclusion as to why there is so much animosity about the minimum wage. Labor in any form, at a certain level is an inconvenience to pure capitalism. Marx was right when he said that if all one has to “market” is labor, then it’s no wonder that exploitation is part of a business plan. (Admittedly Marx was referring to physical labor, the 19th century being the birth of industrialization.) But my point was made.
Cluster painted the Koch Bros as innocents, unjustly accused of (what is essentially) anti-American behavior and distracting us, dear readers, by comparing them to more liberal political contributors. Payola is Payola. They are equally open to criticism and exposure but in this case, the difference between left and right is the difference between serving selfish self-interest and serving the common good. Morlocks and the Eloi. Lobbyists writing legislation. Citizens United. Max Headroom being gobsmacked on November the 6th, 2012. Yeah baby! Not to digress, but another example of this obliviousness is Chris Christie. Talk about a psychotic break! When conservatives return to being actual conservatives, when they are capable of being big enough to go through a functional, productive self -examination then they will be able to be taken seriously again. Worthy of consideration. Reince Priebus, the mouth piece of an opportunistic ideological dead body should be reduced to ash himself . While he promises to burn said bodies with all of the regret, shame and phony enlightened sincerity of Alexander DeLarge with his eyes wired open.
These moneyed enabled power guys. Throughout history they think they can buy time, rule forever and build monuments that prove singular immortality. When in fact they are building tourist attractions for the future and subject matter for history books. Beguiled by narcissistic reflection. Thinking that they (we) have been successful in a shell game where the object is camouflaging free will and challenging the gods about ideas of our own. Is it a bluff? There is only one way to find out.