Tuesday, May 20, 2008

no thank you

A note to the right wing: You are everywhere. Your voices have been heard at a level that is deafening and contrary to the health of this country. You are everywhere with your rants and your ravings, your misinformation, your accusations and lies masquerading as truth and shouted out at such volume that we are finally willing to accept the false as true if only to silence you, to be free of the unbearable racket of you locked-in-step talking-points-spouting no-thinking fools.

I understand you, to a degree. My voice is often raised in protest, in outrage, in anger, and sadness. I despair over what has happened to my country and I blame you. All of you. Your superficial, judgmental, condemning approach to virtually all of America's problems sickens me. Your insistence that we're all out for ourselves, that we've no responsibility for one another, that there is no future in caring about our fellow citizens makes me want to hurt you. And isn't that crazy? Me, wanting to hurt you? Or anyone? I can't even kill a cockroach.

Yet your virulent ranting and your attacks and constant verbal assaults, the fact that you have infiltrated every public arena, that yours are the voices behind the news, behind the politicians, yours are the voices that shriek the loudest and thus get the most attention, well it drives me nearly mad.

Your refusal to recognize the corporate power behind our political structure, the actual fact of people dying every day so that our nation can become richer, or at least the very few of us who actually do become richer. And that's not you, you idiots, though you're willing to eat the shit of those who disdain you and use your allegiance to suit their purposes; an audience of the blind, deluded by the powerful who laugh at you and your sworn fealty to their causes, not yours. Wake up.

I am sick of it. Sick of you. Fuck you, all of you. Enjoy the disaster you have wrought in this country. Continue to lick the boots of your idiot "leaders" like Limbaugh and Coulter and Hannity and all of the rest of the lunatic fringe. You are despicable, so sick with the disease of hate and yes, I hate you, passionately, and so I am sick with it too.

No more. Enjoy yourselves somewhere else. I am past done with you. Fuck you, every single one of you who refuse to open your goddamned eyes and look around you, to recognize the path we are on, the changes that must be made, and quickly, if we are to survive as a nation, if this world is to survive. Fuck you. And to your comments, no thank you. Spread your disease somewhere else.

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Blogger Rusty said...

Thank you, my feelings exactly, hopefully a change is coming. I think of 4 more years of this and I think I'll suffocate.

May 21, 2008 11:12 AM  
Blogger Dusty said...

Tell it sista!!!! ;)

May 21, 2008 11:54 AM  
Blogger bigislandjeepguy said...

"fuck you" always seems to sum up things nicely. thanks for a great post. i'm with ya.

May 21, 2008 12:49 PM  
Blogger Big Fella said...

Had our Wheaties today, did we? My sentiments are with you, however the people who should get this message are incapable of comprehending it. They have been brainwashed and have bought in to the crap fed to them by their corporate controllers.

May 21, 2008 12:51 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

mmm hmm! Bravo! Time these fuckwads were told to go shriek in the corner.

May 21, 2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger sageweb said...

Amazing...that is how I feel.

May 21, 2008 1:03 PM  
Blogger pastgirl said...

So right on!

May 21, 2008 7:41 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

I love you, love you, love you, Lynette! I could never say this so succinctly. You are my new Molly Ivins and much more...Did I tell you how much I love you?

May 22, 2008 12:21 AM  
Blogger rodger said...

Oh...and thanks for the hugs and kisses you sent to me in NYC via Tater. He's one lovable man but I can't wait get them from you personally!

May 22, 2008 12:24 AM  
Blogger joe said...

Oh, boy, I hope you took a nice deep cleansing breath after writing that and went out and enjoyed the garden. Your rage speaks for so many of us.

A friend has told me that her Repub sister has said that if anyone didn't have enough foresight to get a college education and make something of themselves to rise out of poverty, then they are responsible for their own situation and undeserving of sympathy. I would have a hard time even being in the same room as someone who would say that, much less be civil to them. This is why I probably have little respect for a boss I know is a Republican (albeit a "moderate" one, whatever the fuck that means). How are we supposed to be civil to these people? Are we supposed to try? Does it make us the better person, or does our silent smiling just let their immigrant-hating, selfish selves off the hook?

Big hugs to you.

May 22, 2008 11:40 AM  
Blogger Bad American said...

What can I possibly add to that except that you are the sister I always wanted.

A magnificent rant. I loved every word.

Hey, where is Mr. Anonymous? :)

May 22, 2008 1:19 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

He's in time out.

May 22, 2008 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this posting distressing. There are a lot of good people out there who disagree on the best way to improve people's lives. I think you a disservice to yourself and your ability to influence through such angry, misguided words. The enemy is not "the republicans" or "the conservatives." The enemies are those that would divide us instead of allowing us to work things through. Dividers exist in all places regardless of political affiliation. We must make that distinction if progress is to be made.

May 23, 2008 9:13 AM  
Blogger Doralong said...

In a way it makes me rather sad a person could go their entire life with nary a moment of self realization or a clue as to the larger world..

I think they breed them at a secret compound somewhere out west and ship them out amongst the populace periodically.

May 23, 2008 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I'm 110% behind you.

Have you ever wanted to be President? ;-)

May 23, 2008 9:49 AM  
Anonymous mark said...

Amen, sister! You are FAB!

Unfortunately, I fear we have fallen to their level. I, too, want to scream and flail my arms in total frustration. These Evangelical, right wing-nuts are so self-absorbed / scared of life / paranoid that they never try to see outside of their own tight little circle. I’ve tried to start up a discussion on such web sites as Free-republic and promptly lost my “privilege” of posting.

Glad your site is around, keep the dialogue going!

May 23, 2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger Dick Zinya said...

Shout it out loud girl! You tell it like it is....I shit you not!

May 23, 2008 1:08 PM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

I find this posting distressing. There are a lot of good people out there who disagree on the best way to improve people's lives. I think you a disservice to yourself and your ability to influence through such angry, misguided words.

Anonymous, i understand that, truly. this explosion has been a long time coming and has been, more than anything, a means of letting off steam because it just seems so impossible to even have any kind of discussion that isn't instantly overwhelmed by the shrieks of the followers of the right wing mouthpieces who are, themselves, followers of the richest and most powerful among us.

it is a class war, it is. only we ~ the shriekers on the right and the rest of us who work for a living ~ are on the same side. it is the frustration of seeing that blindness, of watching regular working folks succumb to the propaganda and sell themselves into the service of power.

i hate that. i hate it when one of my freight drivers come in to my shop and starts spouting rush limbaugh talking points. when the guys who unload my packages at the bus station are quoting michael savage.

that the right could tar democrats with the brush of elitism just boggles my mind. the republicans are the party of the rich and the white. end of story. anyone else who drinks their koolaid is simply deluded.

that's not to say that the democrats aren't the party of the rich as well. it just happens that right now, they're the party out of power and to have any possible hope of reclaiming our constitution, of reclaiming this country, we need to transfer power asap.

the democrats don't work for me, but they're the only viable option at this point. none of the top three presidential candidates even come anywhere near sharing my beliefs, but they're what we have.

i am just sick to death of us turning on one another when we are not the enemy. and yes, this post sounds like i'm turning on those who have been buffaloed by the right wing, and i am, but only as long as they want to stay blind and stupid and deluded.

May 23, 2008 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is a statement like "the republicans are the party of the rich and the white. end of story." just turns me off- and I'm a democrat! But my parents are Republicans, and they are good, honest, hard working people who just don't want the government telling them what to do with the money they've worked their whole life to earn. And I can understand that. But, no, they are not the enemy. They are our friends, they are our families, they are our fellow citizens, and they most certainly are not just rich and white, and again I think you do a disservice to your otherwise thoughtful insights by posting such divisive rhetoric.

May 23, 2008 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

"They are our friends, they are our families, they are our fellow citizens"

I agree, anonymous, and my parents are republicans too. However, the power behind the republican party are the far right wingnuts who are NOT our friends and want anyone different from them to disappear. They will not be happy until this is a Christian theocracy where a discussion like this would never take place. The reigning party (Republicans) have been lying to this country for 8 years, taking it from one with a strong economy to one virtually and their BIGGEST concern is something like gay marriage?!?! When the house is burning down, you don't discuss the color of the curtains.

May 23, 2008 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that, mark, is one of the biggest reasons I am considering supporting McCain. IT is clear from his past comments that Mccain is no lover of the religious right. In fact, he rather dislikes them. Very much. I believe that if McCain were to win the election, he would effectively cut the religious right out of the process, and modernize the Republican party, including making them gay friendly within two election cycles. If McCain gets defeated, however, the religious right will be able to sya see, we told you you couldn't win without us," and would gain even more power over the party, thus endangering things like gay rights for more than another generation. All it takes is one win for McCain, after that, electing an even more progressive candidate than the current Democrat candidates will be even easier, and the republican party will look like the democrats do today, thus ensuring that even if the democrats of tomorrow lose, the democrats of today will win.

I highly recommend Sun Tzu's Art of War if you haven't read it.

May 23, 2008 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one more thought: Do you believe in free speech? In new ideas? In progress? By limiting the voices heard on here - and I understand the desire and need to do so for those who espouse venom or insulting rhetoric- you are seem to imply that dissent is a bad thing. I think that's wrong. Dissent is a good thing: no matter the forum. IT is only through dissent that progress can be made. Please don't shoot yourself in the foot. Your voice is too important to be silenced by your disdain for others.

May 24, 2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Great post!!!
You say Sen. McCain is not for the religious right, but like Bush he's courting their endorsements and votes. He rejects them only if the heat of their crazy remarks gets too hot.
Yes, he is more gay friendly than Rev Hagee, but McCain does not believe in full equality for all Americans. He does not.
Most importantly, the appointments a President McCain would add to the Supreme Court would doom any possibility of progressive anything in this country for decades.
Doralong, you are right on.

May 24, 2008 5:07 AM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

The problem is a statement like "the republicans are the party of the rich and the white. end of story." just turns me off- and I'm a democrat! But my parents are Republicans, and they are good, honest, hard working people who just don't want the government telling them what to do with the money they've worked their whole life to earn.

anonymous (Please assign yourself a name, i don't know if there is a single anonymous or 5 of you) . . .

my parents are republicans as well. my point about the rethugs being the party of the rich and white is not that there aren't others in the party. but the party's platform is set up to benefit the rich and the white far beyond anyone else.

when you vote for mccain, you'll be voting for another nail in the coffin of equal rights for all, including gays.

it won't matter whether the religious right resurges, because the supreme court will be so wholly weighted against anyone NOT rich and NOT white and NOT straight and NOT Male that there will be no chance of fighting.

and yes i believe in free speech and i have published nearly every response i've gotten but this is my "home" and i won't be verbally assaulted here, on the internet, or in my own home. it's free speech HERE under my guidelines.

and the entire point of this post was that there is no dissent allowed in this country. those who disagree with the powerful right wing currently in charge are silenced by the screeching and ranting and accusations that fly from the right at the first suggestion of anything approaching dissent.

Jackie nailed it: McCain does not believe in full equality for all Americans. Speaking of shooting oneself in the foot . . .

May 24, 2008 8:28 AM  
Blogger Dusty said...

Free speech...lol...trolls always scream free speech..interesting and very ironic that it's coming from a Repub.

Your party is the one that loves the Patriot Act, and its bastard brother The Protect America Act.

Your party is the one that hates anyone that is remotely different than themselves.

Your President is the one that allows spying on Peace Groups but hasn't managed to corral Osama, and used the phrase: Your either with us or against us.

May 24, 2008 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the reasons I like Obama is his stances on having a dialogue with the enemy. We should be talking and negotiating and using diplomacy. I think that applies to both foreign and domestic policies. We have to listen to each other. I don't condemn Obama for the endorsements he gets. I also don't condemn McCain for the ones he gets. They should be getting endorsements from both allies and enemies: it demonstrates that they have an ability to bring people with disagreements together under one banner.

May 24, 2008 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Al said...

Just had to comment on this idea of "free speech" with respect to personal blog sites. The only person who has a right to a voice on this specific forum is lynette. Obviously then, she decides what stays and what goes.

To invoke first amendment arguments, which by definition are only about the right of an individual to not be prohibited in vocal dissent of the nations leaders, is contextually inappropriate at best. Because really, it is a completely separate issue.

I like the living room concept. Treat your web page like you do your home. I wouldn't allow someone to spout offensive bullshit at me or my friends in my home, and I usually, though not always, apply that to my site. The point being, it is my decision alone. Don't like it, click the link to Blogspot and rant your ass off.

May 24, 2008 3:54 PM  
Blogger Dusty said...

Well Al, your idea of treating it like your livingroom is great...for most folks.

Personally, I would verbally bitchslap anyone that jerked my chain in my house..then toss em the fuck out. :)

May 24, 2008 6:51 PM  
Anonymous ewe said...

i want to see that in the NYTimes sunday editorial section. You go girl!!!! and don't stop. Revolution not medication.

May 25, 2008 2:36 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

far be it from me to tell you americans what to do with your votes...but get those right wing maniacs out of power...please...

May 26, 2008 1:13 AM  

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