Every generation, era, or political season has left its mark on the world. I would like to ask the Tea Party what positive mark they have left on the world, the United States, the citizens, and their families. Have they done anything that their family can be proud of? Have they done anything to make the lives of the citizens better? Have they done anything to mark progress in the United States? Have they made the world think more highly of Americans or America?
I think it is easy to say, from my point of view, that the answer to all questions above is no. They have not done any good work for the preservation of the United States in the way of Community. In fact, they have done their best to divide the citizens of the United States. They would not negotiate. They did not want to make peace. They just wanted to have their own way. The world looks at the United States of America as a laughing stock. They do not look upon us as the leader of the free world. They look upon us as a backward nation that has not yet been able to decide if we are a developing nation or if we are, indeed, a strong and undivided country.
And their families, I guess they would have to be proud. Though I have no idea why. Their opinions of women date back to the 1950’s and Jim Crow. They believe that the white, Christian, heterosexual men should rule the world. That anyone should be able to be different than they are is unthinkable in their minds.
Yet here we are. Women, Gays, All colors of the rainbow, and religions of the world. I like the world this way. It is more interesting. More uniquely American. That is why America was started. Religious freedom, all religions, not just one. People who thought or looked differently could come here and find a good life. They were our fore- bearers. The people who first fought and died so we could live our lives as we saw fit. Without intervention from a royal entity or as in today’s world, The Tea Party.
Our fore-bearers could not conceive of the world we live in today. But they would probably be proud of us for fighting not only for white liberty, heterosexual liberty and Christian liberty, but for the liberty of all people’s. They would be the first to help neighbors in need, even if their neighbors came in numbers too large for them to believe, but they would have adapted. Because they were hardy and open minded people. They struck out to a new and hostile world to make a better life for us.
Now our hostiles come from within. They are the people who are so comfortable being them, that they cannot imagine how others could be different. They do not want to help anyone else. They do not want to share. They feel it is good manners to call people horrible names in the name of God and Country.
This has to stop. I do not want God or my Country to be the fall guy in a war manipulated by unpleasant people who cannot seem to see they are as outdated as dinosaurs and mean to boot. We are here to stay. All sexes, colors, religions and sexual preferences. We have a right to be here and to be who we want to be. No matter what that is-unless we are invading others rights.
I do not ever remember anyone saying you couldn’t be a Christian. I don’t remember anyone saying you couldn’t be a bigot. I don’t remember anyone saying that you couldn’t be against abortion. But you on the other hand have told us that you will not allow us to make up our own minds without your loud and unmannerly interference in our lives. Go back to your homes. Discuss your feelings and unhappiness in the privacy of your dining rooms. Cease and desist your loud and gauche parading, with guns, in stores and restaurants where you make people uncomfortable and scare little children. Don’t advertise your bigotry. Don’t force your opinions down our throats. And then I will go back to not thinking about you at all.
So to all who have picked up the “Don’t tread on me” mantra, this is me saying if you don’t want me to tread on you, then you should stop treading on me and everyone else that you seem to think is out to get you.