This blog post by Anil Dash from back in January of 2003 on the influence and increase of progressivism is a good read. It’s called, “Changing the Channel.”
Here’s a snippet:
The future is what America’s about. This is not a country about Traditions. Slavery was a tradition. Servitude to patrilineal monarchs was a tradition. The closest thing America has to a tradition is the phrase, the philosophy, “Fuck You”. And who do we say it to? To our parents. To the cops. To our teachers. To all the voices of conservativism. And don’t misunderstand, conservativism isn’t just Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, who want to make money pushing their agenda. It’s John Ashcroft and Jack Valenti, who truly want to take away your freedoms. Valenti’s a Democrat, by the way. Conservative evil pops up everywhere.
The only loss of freedom that conservative people complain about while looking backwards is that they pretend their speech is limited by “political correctness”. I’d say we’re all a lot freer if it’s considered rude or impolite to call a person by an ethnic slur, or to use a demeaning term to refer to a handicapped person. Those who feel restricted by societal demands to be considerate are poor arbiters of what exactly constitutes liberty.
NPR had this report from GOP analyst Mark McKinnon that will be available tonight after 7 p.m. (Link) He said that if Jon Huntsman were their candidate, Republicans would have won the election. He said that the reason they lost is because the only increase in demographic group came in the old white dude category.
Women, latinos, takers and African Americans were all on the rise.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty did a report called, “For religious conservatives, election was “disaster“.
Part of the story is (emphasis mine):
“Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association bought full-page ads in newspapers; that made no difference,” [Albert Mohler president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary] says. “Ralph Reed spent tens of millions of dollars getting out the vote in battleground states; that didn’t make the difference. And you add all of that up, and it was not enough because of the changing demographics of our country.”
“The power of this group to shape elections,” says Greg Smith, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, “is limited by its size.”
“They do turn out,” he says. “A quarter of the electorate described themselves as white evangelicals. It’s just that that’s not enough to overcome the strong Democratic support of other religious groups.”
Smith says Obama won 95 percent of black Protestants, three-quarters of Hispanic Catholics, 7 out of 10 Jewish voters and 70 percent of religiously unaffiliated voters, which is the fastest-growing segment of “religion.”
Woot! I am in the “fastest-growing segment of “religion.”
Anil Dash post Via Kottke
This blog post from Eric Dondero will not shock you.
It will not bother you.
It will not encourage you to think badly of him.
It will not discourage you about the world and the people in it.
It will make you feel loved.
In Eric Dondero’s face, you will see the love of Jesus.
Screw Nicodemus. Fuck Zacchaeus. To hell with the whores and the lepers.
Do you know what Eric wants to tell you — if you voted for Obama? Spit on them. Shit on their lawn. De-friend them.
You know, like a Jesus used to do.
If you know someone who is on welfare, you should remind them that they are a taker. They are TAKING!!!
Hmm, the only people I know on food stamps right now, vote republican. They vote for the grand ol’ party.
And wouldn’t you know it, I love and support them and their needs completely.
But here’s Eric Dondero in his own words:
I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats.
Do you work for someone who voted for Obama? Quit your job. Co-workers who voted for Obama. Simply don’t talk to them in the workplace, unless your boss instructs you too for work-related only purposes. Have clients who voted Democrat? Call them up this morning and tell them to take their business elsewhere.
Have a neighbor who votes for Obama? You could take a crap on their lawn. Then again, probably not a good idea since it would be technically illegal to do this. But you could have your dog take care of business. Not your fault if he just happens to choose that particular spot.
And start your boycott of your Democrat friends and family today. Like this morning. First thing you can do, very easy, is to un-friend all Democrats from your Facebook account.
What I plan to do this week, is to get yard signs made up, at my own expense, that read, “EBT is for Welfare Moochers.” I will put the signs out on public property off of the right-of-way so it’s entirely legal, in front of every convenience store or grocery store that has a sign out saying “EBT Accepted Here.” I may even do some sign waving in front of these stores, holding up my “EBT is for Welfare Moochers,” sign, and waving to passers-by.
If I meet a Democrat in my life from here on out, I will shun them immediately. I will spit on the ground in front of them, being careful not to spit in their general direction so that they can’t charge me with some stupid little nuisance law. Then I’ll tell them in no un-certain terms: “I do not associate with Democrats. You all are communist pigs, and I have nothing but utter disgust for you. Sir/Madam, you are scum of the earth.” Then I’ll turn and walk the other way.
And by “short”, I mean long. Really long.
This video is a must watch/listen. The victories for the left show exactly how the country wants to move forward.
Conservatives can ride our coattails or they can stay put pouting in the past.
Embrace the story as it unfolds, dear readers. Timing is everything. And this timing is now.
Greg Benson of Mediocre Films goes to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and trolls people’s phone conversations by pretending to be on the phone while standing right next to them.
Via The Daily What
The evangelical responses to the various democrat victories on Tuesday haven’t been all that surprising.
The same people who criticize Obama for pointing verbose and frequent fingers at Bush II, can’t help pointing fingers at the faithless, godless liberals, at Sandy (a god-send hurricane), at the “takers” who make up the democratic party.
Each time a conservative points out the speck in his neighbors’ eyes, a plank is revealed in his or her own.
Every time he or she opens her mouth about the failure of their party to make headway, despite the intense prayer and faith of the right, he or she renders the all-mighty power of their version of the supernatural … anything but supernatural.
Anything but all-mighty.
Scott Lively’s words are particular compelling for someone like me. He writes:
The bad news is that the Stupid Party will, of course, interpret their loss as a sign they were too conservative and move further to the left. The better or worse news (depending on your theology) is that the age of apostasy is more clearly upon us, which means that the return of Christ is drawing near.”
Jesus is coming back? Well, by Yeshua, let’s get our house cleaned up. I need to host that guy for a dinner party.
And yet, with all this disbelief in the evangelical agenda, the Parable of the Sower comes to mind.
You know the one. If you’re like me, you can remember the felt board bible lesson from when you were six years old. The farmer — a guy wearing a pretty dress and head gear — goes outside and throws seeds over the land. Some falls on fertile land. Some falls in thorns and the growth is choked and some grows in shallow dirt and the sun chokes them out.
Keep in mind that the “sun” in this parable does not refer to Jesus. Or does it?
The point of the lesson, as it was taught to me, is that some people hear the message of Jesus, and like a seed, they turn from a bitty bit into a huge, beautiful crop. But there are others who hear the message, they are seeded with it, they grow up, but the message is lost, taken or removed by some evil force, like thorns. Still others hear, and the sun (Jesus?) dries up that message fast.
This parable is one of my favorites.
One, it explains EXACTLY what Mat Staver, Tony Perkins, Scott Lively, Ann Coulter, and my evangelical friends are bemoaning kvetching about since Tuesday night.
Here’s where their bible nails it. NAILS it.
Jesus was profound. Not everyone who hears the message is fruitful with it.
These were Jesus’s own teachings. Kind of like “Treat your neighbor as yourself” and “Sell everything you’ve got, and follow me.”
And while you may lump me into the group who have heard, but do not believe, another truth is that evangelicals are also lumped into that category.
In this very parable, Jesus explains why he spoke in parables, which were confusing to those who heard. He said,
Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
These same people who claim to have the inside information on Jesus are choked up by their own messages. They heard, but they do not understand that their crop could reap a huge harvest.
The bible says that the crop could be “a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Jesus teaches all kinds of ways on how to influence others, but none — no not one — of the believers I know follow Jesus’ words. And this is why the crops do no produce the harvest they want.
Jesus was clear about praying in public. He was clear about taking care of the poor. He was clear about living poor to love him better.
Giving your coat and your shirt to those in need.
I am not a follower of Jesus. I don’t pretend to be. But I know damn well what he said.
I also see that Jesus admits he is not clear or understandable. I can see where people are confused.
Or it’s time to own up. Admit that Jesus is a trump card pulled to get a good amount of people stirred up. God is in complete control, they say.
God is guiding the story as it unfolds, they say.
Perhaps God unfolded the story of science in 1859, because that was his timing.
God unfolded the story of accepting marriage for all in these years because it was his plan.
God unfolded the story of some people who want women’s health and abortion available knowing full well that other believers were strong enough to teach their own believers that it’s wrong. Just because it’s available, doesn’t mean everyone needs it.
God unfolded the story of healthcare in this age to keep people alive, not during any other period.
I mean, the guy didn’t unfold disease during Jesus time, because it wasn’t his timing.
It’s time to accept Jesus’ timing.
It’s time to accept God — if he truly knows what the hell he’s doing — and move forward.
Instead of picking over the truly abundant harvest available, taking the little bits you like, and throwing the rest into the fire.