MUHAMMAD: Same-sex, Conservative Agendas Now in Power
Askia Muhammad | 7/24/2013, 3 p.m.
As far as politics are concerned in the United States and throughout the Western world, there are two ascending ideologies which can almost not be effectively challenged in 2013.
One philosophy is as old as the Magna Carta, and is accustomed to dominating the councils of power. It is laissez-faire capitalism, the doctrine which opposes governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights. It favors plutocracy or government by the wealthy. Ironically, this philosophy is embraced by the so-called “populist” Tea Party groups and by the sod-busting, dirt farmers who ride with the Ku Klux Klan alike.
It is conservatism by any other name.
In 2013, practically every political leader in the U.S. is strained to prove his or her conservative bona fides.
In Congress, where the House of Representatives has voted 37 (count them) times to repeal the Affordable Care Act – so-called “Obamacare” – and where a tiny belligerent minority of senators threatens everything that breathes with the threat of a filibuster, it has produced a dysfunctional legislature which can’t get anything done. It can’t confirm presidential appointees, it can’t agree on a budget, it can’t do anything except rhetorical posturing, and this conservatives do with a flourish.
In fact, according to the new edition of Vital Statistics on Congress, the Republican-controlled 112th Congress passed only 561 bills. That’s the lowest number since they started keeping these statistics, back in 1947.
That’s probably fine with the right-wing jingoes and Tea Party fanatics who dominate the GOP because they don’t believe in the legitimacy of the government in the first place. They’d just as soon let the feudal lords and plantation owners write all the rules and dictate all the policies.
These guys (females included) would build an impenetrable fence all along the U.S. border with Mexico in order to stem what they consider to be “illegal immigration” into the U.S. Think about this for a minute. For thousands of years before these “gringo” settler-immigrants moved into the Southwest and usurped the land from the Native people, buffalo and other animals roamed freely across the Western Frontier, and the people followed their game.
Before the illegal and immoral Mexican-American War in 1846 when America annexed the territory, Mexico claimed not only Arizona, New Mexico and California, but all the way up to Colorado and Utah! So, for a bunch of Johnny-come-latelys to think that it’s OK to build a fence to keep out the “undesirables” is ludicrous. The fence should have been erected at Plymouth Rock! But no.
The other extant philosophy on the march today is not a philosophy at all. It is the same-sex identity movement, and it has no ideological underpinning. It is strictly about ensuring that people who prefer to have sex with members of their same gender are able to enjoy all the benefits that heterosexual individuals enjoy. This movement originated among gay White males, who woke up one day and realized that they were not able to enjoy the same White privileges that other White males enjoyed.