posted on Nov, 24 2004 @ 07:54 PM
Posters have a right to post endless threads and comments about how Bush is evil, Christians are morons, Bush is Hitler, I'm Moving To Canada, isn't
this horrible, the most evil time in the history of America, Bush has his fly open, ad nauseum. But I just find the monotony in viewpoint boring as
hell. It's predictable, & it's turning into a cliche--a cliche that I refuse to believe is representative of all non-Republicans.
I don't like stringent Neocon rhetoric either--it's just that the Neocons have never made the claim that they are bastions of tolerance and
understanding, and liberals have.
You defend the rights of a gay person to live their lives the way they want, but then you bash Christians. It's ok for two men to have sex but not ok
that a religious person might feel it is sinful; you base this on the "obviousness" of how right your position is, when in reality there is no
obviousness or absoluteness about it at all. I believe that homosexuality is fine, but I have to respect the beliefs of others on the subject because
I know that we are all operating on our beliefs--and that the secular humanism that says "do as thou wilt" is just as much a belief system &
Christianity is, and that there is no "absolute" that will validate one over the other (though I know Christians think otherwise--and you know what,
I gotta respect that too!)
Wasn't that last paragraph complicated? That's because life is complicated, with many sides to a story--though you wouldn't know it by 2/3s of the
threads in the ATS political forums!
There are things that Bush has said and done that bug the hell out of me: but this is the case for virtually every president I've lived through.
Every president has been Machiavellian, ruthless, etc--because that's what's required of a leader in our system. You wanna do some good--stop
focusing on one man and focus on the system.
Bashing Bush as a person---Kennedy as a person had done things that make me want to vomit. Want to talk about evil families that were tangled in
corruption & crime? Go read about Joe Kennedy & his boys. Sending troops in harms way--go read about Kennedy & Vietnam. Pull your head out of your
tiny little Bush-bashing hermetically sealed universe & read up on the trends of history. The most oppressive regime in American history? Go read
about the 1920s. Want to emigrate to Canada or France because you feel they are bastions of freedom & America is Nazi Germany? Go read up on Canada &
France instead of living in your fantasy world of what those countries are like.
Stop reading the same emailable lists of how everything is going to hell in the US & Bush is a retard & go out into the world & ask an intellectual or
creative Middle-Eastern person in an oppressive, non-democratic govt how it feels to be in danger of losing their lives if they express themselves. Go
explain to the budding young Michael Moore-esque future filmmakers in Iraq how it was better if we left Saddam's regime in place--or better yet, go
send Michael Moore himself over there! It's ok to have freedoms to "deny ignorance" where you all live, but screw the people unlucky enough to be
born in Iraq or Iran, right? But then you will say: well, see how many people are shedding blood in Iraq! Well: how do you think America won its
independence & maintained it's freedom over the centuries? You think no blood was shed so that eventually you could have the freedom do Bush pee-pee
jokes on ATS?
There are two (or several) sides to every story. Life is complicated. The portrait of America, the war, & the President that is popularly posted on
ATS is rabidly one-sided and, frankly, serves no real purpose for real change in this world. Meaningful change will be accomplished by those who are
able to perceive more than one rigid side in any situation. It's called critical thinking, it's called free thinking, it's called being truly
unique & independent and not just another lemming.
The prevailing political voice on ATS does not represent that of Democrats everywhere. It is an extreme viewpoint, just as the neocon agenda is an
extreme viewpoint. Extreme viewpoints such as these are dinosaurs.
I'm just getting bored to tears & I crave a place where people have the courage to step out of their little tiny ideological boxes and act like human
beings and not party-puppets & can actually try to apprehend the other person's point of view.
What we need is a synthesis of political ideas. That's what's going to make the difference in this world. The rest, the bashing, the one-sided
ranting & complaining...frankly, it's all just masturbation. And if that statement sounds too harsh, I will gladly give up ATS points for it.