Double Standards

I’ve always been a relative extremist, somewhere in my genetic code is the overwhelming desire to be right and to make my correctness known to mankind. This explains the evangelical nature of my Christian faith, as well as the nature of my atheistic stance. Ever so slowly I have recognized the folly of extremism and attempted to reconcile my competing worldviews with a more balanced position. I’m nowhere near perfect at this,  I still consider myself a strong atheist and feel a moral obligation to make reason a more acceptable worldview. Balance has defined my politics for longer than it has my views on theism however.

When I was 18 I joined the Democratic Socialist Party after reading the Communist Manifesto in combination with the  Acts of the Apostles (I realize now a bit better about the communal nature of the early Christian Church, so lets not turn the comments into that). My ideals still hold that above all things people should be free, fed, healthy, and informed – something I do not believe capitalism will ever provide. I have also dabbled greatly in the world of conspiracy theory and the underground occult which shaped my worldview during the Bush administration as a member of the 9/11 Truth Movement (again, not debating that here). Through that movement I noticed all the conspiracy nuts (of which I don’t think I belong any longer) rooting for the Presidential campaign of one Dr. Ron Paul. Through Ron Paul I discovered the roots of the Republican Party, I began to realize that the GOP was  not what theocrats  like Jerry Falwell had made it out to be and instead was about individual freedom, self guiding markets, States Rights, and policies that did not cause havoc in the lives of the people of sovereign nations. Not a list of things that I agree with 100%, but I find them to fit a political ideal that is realistic. When Ron Paul didn’t get the GOP Nomination I voted for Barack Obama as opposed to having Sarah Pahlin anywhere near the White house. Currently my political views are a strange conglomeration of Socialist, Communist, Republican and I consider myself a lover of freedom. I strive to explore  all sides of a debate before I make any commentary or form a strong opinion and I think that is how I came to be such a plethora of political contradictions.

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The political atmosphere of America has changed dramatically in the last few months. If you have listened to the news on the radio, browsed the internet, or watched network news in the last month or so you have probably noticed a trend of angry “revolutionaries” sprouting up all over the place. These people are infiltrating town hall style meetings with  talking points straight from the lips of Sarah Palin, Bill O’reilly, and Glenn Beck; repeating things that are clearly lies and inconsistencies. Death panels, questions of the birthplace and citizenship status of Barack Obama, and claims that the President is a Muslim are among the most ludicrous of claims that people are making these days. The saddest part of all this, is that none of it is true and these individuals have made absolutely no effort to determine the truth in these matters. They simply believe what pundits say, and parrot them with no regard for the effect their claims might have on people that are nervous about all the things going on in this country today.

Aside from the fact that these outrageous claims are scaring the absolute crap out of old people who think that the value of their lives will be voted on by bureaucrats  in the not too distant future this whole movement bothers me for a completely different reason; there is a double standard here that I just cannot tolerate.

For eight long years the Bush administration wreaked havoc on this nation and others. They waged war on sovereign nations and people that had made no reasonable threats against our own and people still die as a result of these attacks. The administration alienated democratic nations worldwide, increased the national debt by trillions of dollars, and held a deaf ear to the individuals that objected to it’s policies. During all this, these same people that are now raising all hell across the country said nothing and did nothing. They couldn’t  have cared less, mostly because they believed that Bush and Co. were examples of good Christian warriors in the war against the dark side and questioning their decisions was even considered unpatriotic at one point. Now they want to have T.E.A. Parties, hold up signs, and get involved in government…now that there is even the slightest semblance of their loss of white/Christian privilege.

Being involved in politics and the democratic process is a good thing, so long as you aren’t just an ignorant fool blabbering the same jive of some severely slanted pundit. If you sat back and watched the last eight years without objection and start getting involved now you better watch out for me, I’m gonna hold you accountable for your inconsistent double standards.

I challenge everyone to educate themselves on the issues. Preferably before the next election comes around. If you have something to say about a bill  you better have read it or  have references to the claims you make first. Most importantly, hold your favorite politicians to the same standards that you hold those that you don’t like, you might just realize how little you care for both sides.

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  • I've read many of your posts condemning W. Where are those condemning Barrack for spending?

    This reads less as you have intended, and moreso "Blah blah I hate where I live and how people have double standards simply because I disagree with them."

    The sheer amount of hypocrisy in the political world is enough to scoff at period.

  • What a mix… Religion and Politics. Great post. But the double standard exists on both sides. Whether Democrat or Republican, it exists. It is typically a matter of perspective.

    "[The Bush administration] waged war on sovereign nations…"
    You danced around it and hinted at it… But people often called it "Bush's war." They often get the idea that Bush declared war. They forget that Bush never declared war on any nation. That would be breaking the law.

    It was congress that stood hand in hand. It was congress that voted (I believe unanimously) to declare war. It was congress that put the war machines in the hands of Bush and Co. And now it is Obama's war.

    As bittersweet as those last words are, it often times ruffles the feathers of Obama supporters. But why hasn't he set any time-line to bring our troops home? (His campaign promise.) Because when he took office, he was "debriefed" on the issues. He was told information that the general public, even many members of congress do not have. His advisers changed his perspective. As another one of my atheist friends would say, it is all a matter of perspective.

    • Thanks man,

      I agree, there i a bias in all of us. no doubt. I try to push mine out as much as I can, it isn't easy though.

      I agree with you on the war too…except it is often forgotten that Bush had his administration provide knowingly false information to the Senate in order to help them justify invasion. I saw we throw the whole damn lot out that voted for it and start over.

  • Did you mean to link to http://www.dsausa.org ? You're current link is to the Socialist Party USA and not the current Democratic Socialists of America.

    I'm not a big fan of Ron Paul because he seems to support the sort of right-libertarianism that wants to throw out any good the welfare state could do and wants to let the worst aspects of capitalism range unchecked, amongst other ideological disagreements.

    I think many people have a very short political attention span and are fully, even if not intentionally, locked into American realpolitik thinking. They think it's got to be one or the other so let's make sure the one we feel is the lesser of evils wins. I think republicans and democrats should be held accountable for getting us into the current mess. I think we need voices of dissent outside the pundit class, more and varied voices. Our current two party way of thinking makes it so much easier and more inviting to forgive our preferred party for misdeeds if it means beating the other guy. I think one way around that is to have more options, real alternatives.

    Just my two cents.

    Great post Rev.

    • I was a part of SP-USA…which is a little different but they still consider themselves democratic socialist….I need to edit that title though.

      I agree on your understanding of Paul….I don't agree with everything he stands for, most notably a really poor stance on healthcare and welfare…and I honestly don't trust free market economies. But there are 3 things that made me support Paul

      1: Foreign policy…you couldn't ask for better foreign policy
      2: Sound currency – No more fiat money
      3: Repeal the Patriot Act – need i say more?

      perfect? heck no, but a step in a few right directions.

      BTW. If you check out other democracies, there are generally 3, 4, 5, or 10 major candidates all with a chance to actually win….not here, in the US you get two choices and that's it….its pretty screwed up.

  • I too voted for Obama. Mainly because I'd rather claw out my own eyeballs than see Sarah Palin in the white house. Hilary got my vote in the primaries though. Only because John Edwards had to step out.

    As for Ron Paul a lot of his stances were great. others however really confused me. The voucher for health care for one. It wasn't enough to even actually buy it from what I read.. and it never said if the companies could still deny you or not. I'm also super pro choice and leaving abortion to the states is nothing but a good way to get it banned since so many states in America are jesus country. It also makes me wonder what would happen to welfare with him being so extremely capitalist. Cetta tried to sell me on him for a long time. But I grew up poor. And he left too much unanswered.

    Anyway sorry for babbling, but I agree with you that the double standards need to stop. People need to be held accountable for their actions no matter what party they belong to. And the people in this country should be informed and educated enough to do that. We live in a country where too many people vote on religion and prejudices without knowing ANYTHING about politics.

    We also live in a country where a lot of politicians rule the same way. By their religious morals and prejudices. It's wrong. And I think that Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave in disgust right now at what our country has become.

    Most Americans believe we live in a christian nation governed by gods rules. But that is false. Jefferson was a deist. Franklin and Washington were Freemasons. Jefferson was vehemently against religion and politics mixing.

    "Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814"

    "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787"

    Obama now says he prays more than ever. It reminds me of Bush praying to decide weather or not to go to war. It makes me wonder if the whitehouse is haunted or something. Our presidents now spend more time praying than working.

    • hey you…long time

      I agree…those were some of the same things I have issue with with RP….too many people worshiped him as if he was perfect…He was just miles above the rest, but far far from perfect.

      • Hi!

        Yeah a lot of people did seem to think his flaws didn't matter, lol. It was kind of annoying since they were largely important flaws. X3

        i missed you!

  • Good post, Matt. I've decided to take a brief sebatical from the politics scene as my blood pressure is going to go through the roof if I have to hear my conservative friends repeat Republican fear mongering nonsense. Plenty of stuff to argue about without having to make stuff up. Good links there. I like politifact.com and factcheck.org too.

    • I agree, just argue the facts…it makes you look like a dick with no point if you bother making up shit.

  • Dax

    Parts of the nt are totally communist. Other parts are!! oops yes it’s all crap. What was I thinking?

  • Heather

    Oh my gosh…I honestly wonder if real debate is even allowed anymore. I honeslty wonder if people listen to what is being said by those people who are not agreeing with them. Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck both whom you stated are doing all of the fearmongering also spoke out against what Bush was doing. I have been watching Glenn Beck for almost three years. First on CNN and now on FOX and he was just as critical of Bush as he is Obama. He called Bush a Socialist just as he is calling Obama, I do not think that is right, but he is fair at least. Plus he is a self professed Libertarian, he dislikes republican just as much as he dislikes democrats. Honestly, all I want is for both sides to stop pointing fingers, stop name calling and just do their job. Why is so hard to see bothsides of an issue. I personally believe that in order to truly believe something you have to be able to argue for the side. Then and only then are you truly informed.

    • It doesn't seem that real debate IS allowed anymore…and I find that to be incredibly sad and disheartening. You see, what I advocate is not a pro-Obama stance at all…my stance is pro fact, pro truth, pro freedom, pro humanity. The bile that is being spewed right now is honestly coming from both sides of the MSM and I am personally disgusted by it.

      I will give you a point on Glenn Beck, he was somewhat harsh on Bush…not nearly enough because he never did call for his impeachment that I saw, but I must give credit where credit is due. The others I mentioned tended to hold a blind eye to his administration though, but suddenly are very concerned about the country again.

      Funny enough, the fact that Beck called Bush and Obama socialists should prove a few different things

      1: That Glenn Beck hasn't the slightest clue as to what socialism is

      2: That Obama and Bush are merely two sides of the same coin (and dems and repubs)….democracy be damned. We might as well not even hold elections in this country any more.

      I agree on seeing both sides of an issue…the thing is, the fourth branch of government (the media) makes no effort to provide the correct information without bias…that coupled with the sheepish mindset of the American people means that politicians can continue to rape and plunder this land.

      • Heather

        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/socialism
        I would have posted the whole page for you, I think that were the country is going, I don't really know how you can deny it. I think that in a perfect world, socialism, communism is a great and noble thought, but I also know that with human being human, there is no such thing as freedom in those societies. If you can tell me how there can be such thing as a free and democratic communist nation, please tell me. I just do not see how that can be. Even Utopia was not Utopia.

  • I cried when I was watching the news of the election. It was so sad because I really thought "No one can possibly keep buying into this panic mongering party war anymore, right? We've got to come to our senses after all this." I joined my college libertarian chapter, attended rallies, posted blogs, participated in debates and even gave money, not any easy thing for a college student all the time. I thought we could elect a third party, finally. I was excited about Dr. Paul, who a refer to by his title for the following reason. He is, by training, a physician. His background is in science, and his conclusions, however cold with regard to welfare, are rational and tenable, NOR does it preclude the possibility of better designed, closer to the issues health care at a state level. This, in anarchism, is part of a quality that communities have called Ordung, or voluntary order, and also voluntary social structure, where the community decides what is right for itself. It makes more sense to have more cancer care in West Virginia, because of coal mines, metal refineries, trains, improperly equipped power plants and the high incidence of smoking. All of which, by the way, the feds basically steal from people for doing by spending it unwisely or worse, actually misusing it. However, instead we have amazing services for autistic children because of set of a federal grants, and oftentimes disadvantaged families dealing with children subject to a disorder where a drastic change of surroundings can be disastrous emigrate and find out we don't have anyplace to employ them. Federal government is a joke, they cannot possibly know what they are doing. They are too high above us.