ASSHOLES—NATURE OR NURTURE?

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This is intended for the assholes who still want to repeal the ACA; deny equal marriage rights; claim that ISIS has crossed our border with intent to wipe Little Rock off the map; still assert that the trickle down theory works (hint, that’s piss, not money and it ain’t trickling it’s a torrent); deny equal pay for equal work; prevent far too many of our citizens who do work from earning a life sustaining living for these citizens and their families  fuck over the poor at every opportunity; don’t know of a country they wouldn’t send our troops to invade while their butts sit in front of their TV screens with the only operable channel being FOX News; claim racism doesn’t exist despite the ever growing number of young  (and some old) black men and women shot, tazed, choked, arrested, beaten, etc. with the only justification for doing so being the color of their skin; are perfectly willing to put all kinds of shit into our air, water and anyplace else it’s probably going to harm us; cheat the public out of billions even trillions of dollars and continue to live in McMansions while somebody found with a joint or who commits petty theft rots in jail; keep calling for more tax cuts when they already have tax advantages more than all of us; run corporations that they claim are people despite the fact that forming a corporation in the first place means you are (legally) avoiding being treated as a person for your fuckups and the money you make can be taxed at lower rates than if you were an individual; refuse to take the steps necessary to repair or replace our crumbling infrastructure; object to establishing a theocracy in the United States—unless of course it is a Christian one; use religion (usually Christianity) to discriminate against people and/or treat them like shit when they don’t share their narrow-minded views; deny climate change; spend ungodly sums of money in an effort to buy elections; want to gut or eliminate Social Security and Medicare; maintain an insane war on drugs that has wasted so much of our tax dollars to no effect but which leads to status crimes putting people in ugly violent prisons for years if not for life; refusing to end the death penalty that far too often (too often being at least once) has sent innocent folks to death row for years if not to their executions; pervert what were intended to be physically challenging collegiate extracurricular activities into valueless enterprises which do not serve the students but primarily act as a farm system for professional teams and the greedy owners of those same professional teams who simply love someone else paying for the player development that benefits only them; act overly concerned with the union of sperm and egg up to the moment when that union becomes a living and breathing human being and then seemingly ignoring and abandoning them if they are not the right color or member of the proper economic and/or social class; AND, last but certainly not least, the millions of our citizens perfectly content with the quo of this status.

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  • Little_Minx  On October 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    You’ve got to be taught
    To hate and fear,
    You’ve got to be taught
    From year to year,
    It’s got to be drummed
    In your dear little ear
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
    And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught!

    Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II, from “South Pacific” (1949).

    • Little_Minx  On October 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      The following background info is provided in Wikipedia:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27ve_Got_to_Be_Carefully_Taught

      …South Pacific received scrutiny for its commentary regarding relationships between different races and ethnic groups. In particular, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” was subject to widespread criticism, judged by some to be too controversial or downright inappropriate for the musical stage. Sung by the character Lieutenant Cable, the song is preceded by a lyric saying racism is “not born in you! It happens after you’re born…”

      Rodgers and Hammerstein risked the entire South Pacific venture in light of legislative challenges to its decency or supposed Communist agenda. While the show was on a tour of the Southern United States, lawmakers in Georgia introduced a bill outlawing entertainment containing “an underlying philosophy inspired by Moscow.” One legislator said that “a song justifying interracial marriage was implicitly a threat to the American way of life.” Rodgers and Hammerstein defended their work strongly. James Michener, upon whose stories South Pacific was based, recalled, “The authors replied stubbornly that this number represented why they had wanted to do this play, and that even if it meant the failure of the production, it was going to stay in.”

      • umoc193  On October 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Very familiar with the South Pacific reference.

        I, and my ex-wife, always taught our sons that prejudice is hate. I’ve been proud of them for the way they’ve dealt with people.

        My older son is a financial advisor. Last month he was telling me about one of his clients, a woman recently laid off by Lowe’s who was making about $30,000 a year but who was a good saver. They were talking on the phone and she was lamenting the fact she had needed to get food stamps. She told him that she was embarrassed because…not that she was prejudiced…but that food stamps were meant for “black niggers”..

        He reported he was stunned but that thankfully she quickly talked about something else so he did not have a chance to respond. He says he has several clients who exhibit extreme right wing tendencies and he has to hold his tongue. He’s not in a position to choose or dump his clients on the basis of political orientation.

        • Little_Minx  On October 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

          Your son’s not responding favorably to such racist comments is a form of not rewarding those who speak them. (See: Skinner, B.F.)

  • toadsly  On October 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    A fine read, Dave.

  • Anonymous  On October 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Hmmm!

  • Devildog  On October 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Hmmm!

  • Devildog  On October 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    A “Hmmm” comment is awaiting moderation? I know it’s your blog David and you can do what you want with it but it would seem that you have set up a system whereby whenever I post something it goes into “awaiting moderation”. Why-have I done something wrong? Not complaining, just curious.

    • umoc193  On October 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      You guessed wrong. I’m sometimes puzzled by what WordPress flags for moderation. Sorry I took so long to address these but I was out of town on Sunday and didn’t get back on the machine until this afternoon.

  • Little_Minx  On October 13, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    TOURIST, stay safe in the super-typhoon.

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