Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lurching Toward Salvation 

I was reminded today of a scene from the film American Beauty, in which Lester Burnham, sufferer of middle-aged crisis who recreates the perfect version of his teen years, is working at a fast-food drive-through, which puts him in the perfect position to catch his wife en flagrante in a car with her Realtor lover, King. Lester looks out the window at them both and, despite the indignity of his uniform, calmly announces, "You... don't get to tell... me what to do... ever again." Mrs. Burnham has absolutely no defense, and no response.

It feels like that's the message the voters are going to give the Republican party in exactly two weeks, and the Republicans know it. They're anxiously peering over their shoulder as they furtively give hand jobs in the parking lot to their rich boyfriends -- the bankers, brokers and other modern vultures -- but they know that they're going to get busted at any second, and are perhaps relieved.

And... they're going to get busted by a man they are afraid of because they categorize him as "Super Liberal". And their greatest fear is about to be realized. The American People are going to look at that label of "Super Liberal", and loudly announce, "Yeah, he is. That's why we want him."

We may finally be back to a Progressive Age, at the extreme opposite end of a pendulum swing started by Ron "Mussolini" Reagan, weighted down and broken at last by George "Worst President Ever" Bush.

Three things to watch. The first two have been ongoing, the third is new, but all are hallmarks of the Liberal Agenda -- and things not to be ashamed of.

Number One: California has already legalized Medical Marijuana. The next step is November's Proposition 5, which will basically take drug offenders out of the penal system entirely, and deal with them as medical cases rather than criminal. This is a good move, and something long over due. The state has already taken the much needed step in many jurisdictions of instructing law enforcement that marijuana "crimes" are to receive the lowest priority. Getting people whose only offense is having drugs that the Federal Government considers illegal out of the criminal system is the next step.

Number Two: Despite the clear State Supreme Court Ruling that the last Proposition outlawing same-sex marriage is, in fact, un-Constitutional, a bunch of busy-body assholes who have nothing better to do have put the same damn proposition on the ballot. Proposition 8 is the same wording that was already struck down by the Supreme Court. If anything, if it is passed, at that instant every couple who has been married since May (gay or straight) has grounds to contest it. But... on the other hand, I have yet to talk to anyone under 30 (hell, or anyone under 50) who thinks Proposition 8 is a good idea. Their basic attitude is this: "I really don't care whether two guys or two girls can get married. I'm more concerned about my 401(k) or my next job..."

Combine this with the amazing engagement of first-time voters, people aged from 18 to 22, also known as College Students, who will be voting in a National Election for the first time in two weeks. They tend to be underrepresented in polls, since they only have cell phones, not landlines, and they also tend to not give a flying fuck over the definition of marriage. We could have a large undercounted voting bloc in this state, one which will tell the Prop 8 people to go fuck themselves, thereby sending a message that may reverberate across the country. "Same-sex Marriage Is Okay to Us."

If California rejects 8, expect the Obama camp to quickly change their tune to be favorable to Same Sex marriage, and expect challenges to Connecticut's jumping on the bandwagon to be cut off at the knees.

Finally, San Francisco is now openly pondering the idea of decriminalizing prostitution, and it couldn't come at a better time. Their bold but simple idea? It should not be illegal to trade money for sex. And, honestly, why the hell should it be illegal? Marriage is just trading financial security for sex (sorry, you Yes on 8 Assholes), and our entire consumer society is based on the idea that spending money on the right clothes/car/house/douche/accessories/deodorant/music will get us laid. Legalizing Prostitution just eliminates the middle-man -- which annoys the hell out of Madison Avenue. "Hm. $ 50,000 for that car, or $ 500 for that whore?" From a consumer viewpoint, it's a no-brainer. A chunk of metal that may or may not work, or a simple business proposition that, for the same price, can get him laid a hundred times. Or turn her into a successful and prosperous businesswoman who is in complete control of the means of (re)production...

Our Youth may save us yet, two weeks from today, and they may be the real ones who step forth on November 4th to deliver Lester Burnham's message: "You don't get to tell me what to do every again." Your morality is based on hypocrisy and bullshit. Our morality is based on Truth.
Please to remember the 5th of November
Sex Workers, Reason and Pot
The morning we woke from our Puritan Hell
Thankful now for the gains that we've got.
And, most important of all, not willing to let go of those gains until the grandchildren of the Children of the 1980s are first qualified to vote -- and by which time the reactionary dinosaurs of the 20th Century may finally all be dead and gone, Conservatism, Puritanism and General Assholiness at last purged forever from our gene pool.

Some Evangelical Ministers are urging people to Vote NO on Proposition 8. Also, isn’t the parental notification initiative more important to Christians?
Frankly, I don't care what Christians think. The sooner they get out of my politics and rot in their own self-imposed hell, the better.
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