It's Called Conservativitus: The Pity The Conservatives Rant
Your old road is
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend a hand
For the times they are a-changin'
- Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin'
We know that throughout history conservatives have constantly fought tooth and nail against equality and justice? But the question remains, why? Could it be a sickness?
What's up with conservatives anyway? Time after time they have been shown to have been on the wrong side of history, standing strong, tall and proud against justice, equality and progress. Yet in the present they always seem to stubbornly cling to their bankrupt way of thinking, as they insist on opposing all progressive change, whatever it may be. Of course today's typical conservative wouldn't defend slavery or deny women the vote, but, in the end, it's the same mindset and, without a doubt, today's conservatives, had they been around back in the day, would have supported the status quo then, just as they do today. The conservative mind remains the same, it's just the topics under discussion that change.
Take the environment. As all evidence points to the rapid destruction of our planet due to global warming, conservatives, such as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President George W. Bush, do everything they can to stall any and all progress in the fight to save the planet for future generations. All that matters to them is the economy, the economy, the economy. The future of the Earth be damned.
Or take the Anglican Church. The conservatives there are threatening to break away from the main church due to their revulsion at women being made bishops. Wouldn't want a filthy woman as your spiritual superior now would you?
And then, of course, there are the conservatives in the Catholic Church, which, sadly, includes those in control at the Vatican. These Catholic conservatives seem to oppose just about any change or modernization, whether it concern the role of women in the church, doing away with the bizarre tradition of celibate priests, allowing the use of birth control, you name it.
Likewise, when it comes to treating all citizens equally, regardless of their sexual orientation, conservatives of all stripes are adamant in their desire to deny gay people equal rights to marriage, adoption, etc. This I just don't get. Why would anyone oppose the marriage of two people who love one another and want to spend their lives together?
Well, ironically, religion, which normally insists on institutionalized marriage, would seem to be the main culprit. Especially in America, which, unlike Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, has a lunatic fringe of born-again fundamentalist Christian freaks who, particularly down south in the Bible Belt, are most certainly lunatic, but, unbelievable as it may seem, are not really all that fringe at all. In fact, they have somehow actually become part of the mainstream down there.
However, the strong opposition to gay marriage can't simply be explained away by the fact that America is so radically religious compared to the rest of the Western World. No, what I'm trying to say here is that I think it has much more to do with the evil of the conservative mindset. Religious conservatives can certainly be the most entrenched in their positions, supposing God to be on their side and all, but conservatives don't, by any means, need to be religious to be stubbornly opposed to a more just world.
And, I should point out, I'm not just talking about Catholic, Anglican and North American conservatives here. No, let me be perfectly clear, I'm most definitely also talking about African, Asian and European conservatives, Islamic conservatives, Hindu conservatives, Communist conservatives, Orthodox Jews, Mormons, the Taliban, the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, you name it.
The fact of the matter is that throughout history conservatives have supported horrible injustice and have almost always backed it up with a few quotes from the Bible (or the Koran or one set of holy scriptures or another) that have supposedly shown just how right they were and just how much God has always indisputably supported slavery, women as the property of their husbands, the separation of the races, what have you.
No matter how unjust, unfair, cruel or despicable the situation, conservatives have always been there to defend the status quo.
Here's a short list of the changes conservatives have opposed (and often fought tooth and nail against) over the years, sticking for the moment to the West and, specifically, America:
- the end of slavery;
- women being granted the legal status of equal human beings and no longer being considered the property of their husbands or fathers;
- women being given the vote;
- the end of racial segregation;
- the introduction of universal health care and other social programs;
- the introduction of The Pill;
- the repeal of laws that legally allowed men to beat, and rape, their wives;
- the decriminalization of homosexuality; that is, the end of criminalizing 10% of the population for simply being who they are;
- and, not too many years ago now, the legalization of inter-racial marriage. Yes, let's not forget that inter-racial marriage was illegal in most states in the good ol' U.S. of A. until quite recently.
So, with conservatives coming out on the wrong side of justice and equality time and time again, the only real question is: What exactly is wrong with them? Why can't they see what is so glaringly obvious to the rest of us: that they're ALWAYS on the side of pathetic small-mindedness, fighting passionately against the creation of a more fair, just and equal society?
The only reason I can see is that it must be a sickness and these poor conservatives simply can't help themselves when it comes to passionately fighting against any and all measures that would make for a more just world. This condition, let's call it "conservativitus", clearly involves a serious deficiency in both compassion and empathy, a coldness of the heart, if you will... perhaps brought on, at least in America, by an overexposure to Christian Rock and/or FOX News.
Whatever the cause, these conservatives, as if inflicted with a bad case of Tourette's Syndrome, seem to be unable to control their impulse to scream out "No fucking way!!" whenever any change is proposed to make the world a better place.
So, whenever you see or hear a conservative, I urge you to try to remember that they are sick and, instead of condemning them, please wish them well. It's the least you can do. They may sneer back at you, but don't take it personally, it's all just part of the disease.
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
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