I’ve been listening to all the angry, doomsaying conservatives on xanga in the aftermath of the election and it’s kind of depressing. Not that they don’t agree with me, but that they seem to reject the fundamental ideas on which our civilization is based. Like the idea of the free expression of the will of the people and not the dictates of any one person or party or ruling class.
Conservatives often act like they own america, like it’s their country and everyone else is just a parasite or an invader. If they lose an election it’s because they’ve been made the victim, not because they failed to convince a majority their candidate was the better choice or because their views are less popular. I read a blog today saying romney and mccain lost because they weren’t conservative enough. Think about the level of denial that kind of view requires.
When bush won a second term I felt crushed. But I didn’t go around acting like not getting my way made republicans somehow evil. I was saddened, not filled with hatred. I didn’t convince myself that people not voting the way I did made them tyrants.
Someone commented on my blog “Don’t think this is over. We aren’t going to let our country be taken from us just like that.”
To which I replied:
“It’s all of our country, not ‘your’ country asshole.“
He then replied calling for the south to secede from the union to which I replied:
“I love how conservatives act patriotic and talk about how evil tyranny is, then demand the nation be destroyed if any election result displeases them. GROW THE FUCK UP.”
I squarely reject the false dichotomy of conservatives and evangelists that they either have absolute power over everyone else or they’re being persecuted. Fiscal conservatives claim that taxes are theft and not being able to personally control how every single tax dollar is spent is tyranny. They have a political worldview that says that unless they personally have total control over everything, they’re the victim. So their definition of tyranny is just not themselves possessing tyrannical power. Unless we make them the emperor of america and let them decide all policy and let only some people decide the results of every election we’re victimizing them. And unless we legally require students to attend public school and then require teachers to evangelize to them about god in science class, christians are being oppressed.
If you’re a conservative and you’re reading this there is a vast middle ground between these two extremes I’d like to introduce to you – it’s called democracy. It’s a system where nobody has absolute power over anyone else and everyone gets equal voting power. It’s a system where anybody can run for elected office and/or advocate their preferred policies and tax rates, and everybody can express their views no matter what they are, and every decision of every branch of government can be overturned. Where you don’t get to control me and I don’t get to control you, but we both get to advocate and argue for what policies we think are best.
And that’s how the part world we are incredibly fortunate to live in works. So either propose a better alternative to democracy or deal with it when you don’t get your way 100% of the time like the rest of us, with a little grace and dignity.