I normally try to resist the temptation to post about politics or religion on Facebook because of the contentious nature of these topics. And since my Facebook friends are all either actual friends, family members, or friends of family members, I'd rather keep the peace and express my political and religious opinions elsewhere, among people I don't have to deal with in real life.
I haven't been entirely successful at that, but until now, my few-and-far-between posts on those topics have all been pretty innocuous stuff. Probably the most pointed ones were the links to Shelley Segal's "Saved" song and Adam Savage's speech at the Reason Rally.
But this election is important. And I've seen way too much bullshit posted by others pass by unchallenged. And I'm just pissed off and tired of holding it in and trying to play nice. So, I posted this. I'm sort of proud of it.
Obama defends free speech. Republicans lie about it.
This video is a portion of Obama's speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. It is in response to the leaders of several muslim countries calling on the U.S. and other western countries to restrict speech that is insulting to their religion.
Now imagine if you were a dishonest partisan who was trying to find a way to spin this excellent defense of our tradition and laws protecting free expression as something negative. How might you accomplish such a thing? Well, here's how some lying right-wing scumbags have proved themselves equal to that task.
Breitbart.com published a version of this speech that cuts off the President's defense of free speech. The clip ends abruptly after the sentence "Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity." The accompanying article, authored by one Ben Shapiro, makes no mention of the President's strong stand for free expression, but instead says "The message that has to be rejected by all who respect our common humanity is disrespect for free speech.", implying that the President was taking a position AGAINST free speech!
Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage used a similar tactic. He played only the part before the President's defense of free speech, called Obama "the most spineless, dangerous President in U.S. history" and proceeded to spin the speech as an example the President begging our enemies for forgiveness. This is essentially the same "apologizing for America" lie that Romney, Ryan, and other prominent Republicans have been propagating for years, including in recent campaign ads.
Despicable liars all. Not an honorable man among them.
To all of you who favor Mitt Romney and/or the Republican party in general, I have to ask: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?. The Republican party has positioned itself as the party of willful ignorance (climate change, evolution), the party of bigotry (opposition to gay rights), the party of greed (policies that favor the rich to the detriment of the country), the party of fantasy (trickle down economics) the party of delusion (birtherism, Obama is secretly a muslim, Obama is out to take your guns away), the party of obstruction (record number of filibusters, some of them on jobs bills and bills to help our veterans) the party of idiocy (legitimate rape) and above all else, the party of lies. Lies upon lies upon lies. And not harmless little white lies. Malicious, hateful, harmful lies. In its present state the Republican party is not merely technically incorrect. It is morally reprehensible.
I suspect that my words might make some of you angry. I may even be risking some de-friendings, and not just on Facebook. But you know who you SHOULD be angry at? How about the dirty lying scumbags who've been systematically deceiving you into believing false things and denigrating good people. The ones who've been manipulating you into supporting politicians and policies that are against the interests of you, your family, your friends, and your country. That's who you should be angry at, not the guy who dares to speak out against a poisonous ideology and the lying, dishonorable scum who are pushing it.
John McCain had a great campaign slogan when he was running for President. It was "Country First". I hope that maybe, just maybe, some rare few Republicans might take that idea to heart as something more than just a slogan. Stop putting party first. Do what's right for your country. Vote for President Barack Obama.
Yes, you read that right. I'm asking Republicans to vote for Barack Obama. Why would I bother to make such an absurd and futile request (especially after having just lambasted the intended audience)? Because I believe that beneath the toxic ideology are people who genuinely care about their country, about doing what's right, and about saying and believing what's true. And I believe that if they are willing to be brutally honest with themselves about the basis, validity, and character of their own beliefs, the natural drive to do what is right might win out over the equally natural drive to defend the home turf just because it's the home turf. The home team isn't always the good guys. And the challengers of your beliefs are not necessarily your enemies.