By Jay Floyd
In 2008, for the first time since becoming a voter, I couldn’t vote for the Democrat that was running for President. It was an awful feeling. I’d enjoyed being part of a ‘team’, as well as the intellectual laziness that allowed me to break out the pom-poms every four years without asking too many questions. Of course, back then I didn’t know that I was being intellectually lazy. I didn’t know that I’d given in to team mentality. I could have sworn that I was voting on principles. Well, Hillary’s failure to achieve the nomination of the party I’d called home forced me to look closer, and I’ll never be the same. Twenty years from now it may seem like a blessing. Today, it still sucks.
I now believe there to be about five degrees of difference between the parties. I used to think that they were as different as night and day. I was wrong. It seems more likely that there are two parties in this country: The Very Rich, and Everyone Else. Going by who our politicians actually serve, this is the most logical conclusion I can come to.
This year, just as I did in 2008, I’ve been listening to the Republicans more than I ever had at any other time in my life. I said to my friend John, the proprietor of this fine blog spot, “I’m just waiting for them to say something so socially retrograde that I run for the hills.” Then, today, it came.
One of the talking heads at the RNC said during an interview today that though some may find the current GOP ‘fractured’, they all still believe in its core principles. The chief principle on the list being the most important: Family.
Statistically speaking (as though the word ‘family’ wasn’t code for other issues), please consider the following as of the 2010 census:
*There are 99.6 million unmarried people over age 18 in the U.S., representing nearly 44% of the adult population. U.S. Census Bureau. “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2010″
*Unmarried households were 45% of all U.S. households. – U.S. Census Bureau. “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2010″
But the conservative wing of the GOP isn’t talking about statistics when they use the word ‘family’. They mean ‘straight people raising kids’. They specifically mean, NOT gay people or anyone who chooses not to marry, when it’s legal, or reproduce. Overpopulation being the parent to absolutely all of our largest problems, this point of view would be forgivable if it were only ignorant. But it’s not. It’s hateful. It is made of the stuff that slavery was: this class of people are the ‘good’ people and everyone else is less valuable or even deviant.
It’s a snotty, elitist country club they’ve got going there, and they can kiss my ass. I think one did once… but that’s another story for another blog.
I will listen to Romney and I will listen to Ryan. Specifically, I will listen to the way they use the word ‘family’. And they probably will. What are the chances they’ll include other people’s definition of family? We’ll know soon enough.
I don’t think I’ll be listening to them much longer, though.
Come on, Gents. Surprise me.