Man on the Street
Man on the Street is a Baton Rouge native. He has been involved on the front lines in state politics for most of his life. He is socially liberal and fiscally conservative - what might be described as a modern moderate.
In observing the fight over the national debt limit (which I am not convinced is such a big deal), my feelings about the political process are only reinforced. It is similar to a television program where the conflict gets resolved in the final ten minutes. I would think both sides would be able to find common ground, but it seems the ‘purity’ of Republicans will keep a long term, responsible solution from happening. After all, if a deal is reached, credit will go to the President and yet another issue for the Republicans won’t be playable.
I do not recall the right objecting to having such a big deficit when Reagan or W was President. It seems this is a manufactured issue because they have little else with which to scare the public. After all, we now know that our President was indeed born in Hawaii. They campaigned on job creation, yet not one jobs bill has been introduced to address the issue.
Apparently in the Republican mind, all ills of the country can be solved with lower taxes. I have heard this argument during my lifetime. And right now under a Democratic President, we have the lowest tax rate since 1950. Yet, we have more people in America than ever before. Folks are living longer and there is a strain on resources. This fact seems to fall on deaf ears. I can’t comprehend the logic of making sure the richest folks in America pay lower taxes. I do not see the sense of giving someone with a private jet or billions of dollars a tax break.
The slime machine is quick to discredit those that discuss this issue as encouraging class warfare, which is one step away from Socialism. I don’t see it that way. I do think that the ideology of the Republican Party wants to maintain the status quo of majority white wealthy control in our country. I believe most of what they do it tinged with racial overtones. They somehow believe that the money of the rich will trickle down (seems so condescending) to the masses.
They see this on the local level as well. I do not think Baton Rouge will ever have a white mayor again unless he or she is a Democrat. I also don’t think America will ever have another Nixon or Reagan. A majority of babies born in this country now are non-white. Republicans have done little over the years to address issues of the non-white. Eventually it will harm them- and they are scared to death. I’m just sayin’.
I believe the biggest danger of organized religion is that it can be used as a tool of hatred. Radical Muslim ideology uses the Koran to support terror and Jihad against anyone who is not a part of their ideal. Most of us look upon that with much disgust and disdain. And our country seems to be in a state of endless war because of it. What will our world become: Muslim or Christian?
Yet in America some use organized religion to promote bigotry, xenophobia, and hatred. In our state it comes in the form of the Louisiana Family Forum. Their Jihad is to dictate social policy while advocating small government expect when it comes to marriage, education, sexuality, race, and abortion. They are very organized and have lots of financial support from Washington. After listening to their positions on life in America I can only come to one conclusion. They want a white male dominated society. They resist difference. Women have a place in their world- subservient to the male dominance. Homosexuals and foreigners have no place in their society except as a tool for hatred.
The Family Forum would like to adhere to the original verbiage of the Constitution; one without amendments banning slavery or giving women equal rights. They are the new ‘White Citizens Councils’ of our era; an attempt to restore the glory of an unequal America. By 2050, minorities will be the majority of the voting population in America. At that time the old ways of thinking will be silenced. A new day is dawning in our country.
How does this affect our state? It keeps up in the dark ages. It makes us a national punch line. We remain poor and uneducated. We top many negative lists. For example, we are the only state that has an anti-evolution law. The world moves faster now and the reality is that life is more expensive. Faith is supposed to provide personal comfort in times of need; not provide excuses or justifications for bigotry.
The Family Forum is bad for Louisiana. I’m just sayin’……..