Archive for May 20th, 2010
This straight-forward list packs a wallop, in my opinion. It seems like that Tea-party advocates aren’t really mad about “government” and they aren’t really mad about government incompetence.
If I had to make my best guess, I’d say that they are mad that they are losing their country to “them.” Who is “them”? All of those people that the Tea Party people have come to see as different than they are. Outsiders. People who look differently and talk differently and dress differently. I don’t think of it as racism, though Tea Party people tend to be noticeably race-conscious. But they are also mad about those who belong to the wrong religions and those who come from the wrong countries. But how odd that they think that they are part of the same ingroup as the rich guys who are screwing them. Maybe it’s that skin color thing after all . . .
They are feeling like they they don’t control the country anymore–and they are throwing a huge tantrum. This is what I suspect.
I have from time to time made the point that the entire debate over abortion and birth control and almost the whole edifice of what we call Fundamentalism in the world, in whatever religion, is all essentially over controlling women.
Here is an article which has one of the most bizarre takes on the entire issue I’ve ever seen. The central premise is early on stated in 0ne sentence that defines all of this nonsense, in whatever creed you care to name.
“Sexual relationships, while enacted privately, are public property.”
The twists in logic, never mind rationality, are among the most byzantine I’ve ever encountered. What is more, the writer doesn’t seem to understand that this “philosophy” reduces children to little more than marks on a scorecard. The exhibition of marital health and fidelity is all that is important. The attempt to limit family size and indulge private acts privately for private purposes is reduced to an attempt to deceive the community, pure and simple.
But ultimately, as in all other instances of this kind of obscene interference with the personal, it is the women who bear the costs, the burdens, and the responsibility.
I suppose the next step would be to devise a kind of tracking bracelet for the penis and vagina so someone somewhere can determine when either is being used and where.
I have no answer for this kind of inanity (or insanity). The fact that this makes sense to some people disturbs me no end, because it means that some people cannot see past the end of their own prurience. Yes, I said prurience, because to come up with this kind of thing, rather than demonstrating a balanced healthy appreciation for sex, shows an obsession with it that can only be described as prurient.