I learned from the 2008 presidential campaign that it is better for my health and well-being to keep my mind out of politics. I tend to get bent out of shape and have learned that trying to argue politics with loved ones who disagree is akin to beating my head against a wall. So these days, most of the time, I have my head in the sand. When I do pull it out, I get some information via three blogs I love: The Rant by Tom Degan, Musings of a Madman, and Gifts of Thought. These guys commentate on politics with a liberal leaning stance. Through their blogs (and links they provide) I’ve learned a bit about the Tea Party Movement. I try not to worry about the effects of misinformation and hatred that is being propagated by so many of our citizens, but there are times when it is so in my face that I can’t help but worry.
Yesterday while visiting FB, I saw this on my homepage:
DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN
I visited the page and was shocked to see that it had over 500,000 “fans” and as of this writing it has over 900,000. I also read through the comments and though there was the occasional “liberal troll” speaking out for how wrong it was, most people thought it was funny. Joke or no joke, I view this as a public wish for the death of our president. And the nearly one million people who have joined the page are in essence signing a petition. And I know some of you might be reading thinking Geez, Leslee, get a life, lighten up, stop taking things so seriously. And to that my response would be to share two very important lessons I learned as a kid. First, hate is a strong word and you should think before you use it. Second, it’s not OK to joke about death or wish harm on anyone else. So if you realize those are two tenets I’ve tried to live my life by, it should be easy to see why I can’t lighten up on this one.
Somehow the current state of political affairs has brought out the worst in some. I mean in looking at this group title I might start to stereotype who would join. But when I look at the page it is filled with regular people. Little silver-haired ladies, young soccer moms, cute Bieber looking teenage boys, and clean cut businessmen. In my mind I think that hate has made it to the mainstream. The powers behind this all have managed to feed on the weakest part of our essence, the fear that we are not safe and secure. They’ve repeated the messages so often and so loudly that to many people it has become TRUTH. And just to drive the message home they add God into the mix. The next thing you know, good Christians are calling for the death of our president and all the liberals who love him.
So yes, I am worried about the future of my country. I’m not worried because Barack Obama is president. I’m worried because millions of children are being fed a steady diet of hate, intolerance and inflexibility. In 2012 I will probably vote for Obama once again but I will not involve my daughters in the process. In 08 I was proud to have my lil ones chanting O-BAM-A, but now, my protective instincts say otherwise. What a sad state of affairs….
Here’s an interesting video, and for the record if my conservative father felt the same as this tea-partier he’d be calling for his own daughter’s head on a stick….or in boiling water.
I’ll end this with an interesting thought that popped into my head during meditation: What if the Anti-Christ isn’t one person, but instead an entire angry mob of Christians forgetting to ask themselves the one question they so prevalently display on their t-shirts and bumper sticker: What would Jesus do?