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November 4, 2010

Lack Of Clarity

The election season is now behind us, but a few things stand out as we look ahead, or must we look behind? People talk a lot about "traditional values", but I sometimes wonder which tradition they mean. Normally it's ones that suit their own purposes. Traditional values from our founding fathers allowed for religious disagreement; after all, many of these people fled Europe due to persecution, but the so-called values back then also allowed for slavery, and kept women from voting for about 145-years.

Traditional values in this country might start from that vaunted line- "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"- except when it comes to our perverted rights to label, bully, trash-talk, stereotype, and discriminate based on race, color, creed, sex, body size, sexual persuasion, physical challenges, baldness, bad singing voice, and anything else that makes someone different from our own warped reality.

So do us all a favor- all of you hypocrites, paranoids, and self-serving dividers- start living more of the values instead of just spouting them as a vacuous mantra. Start living more religiously instead of telling us what to do or think. Find a way to realize that lots of things have changed, for better or worse, in the past 234-years since the revolutionary founders put this country together. Is it possible that even these men, for truly they were men, not gods, might have not been able to foretell the future and we all have to adjust to in the world today? See if you can deal with that reality without oppressing or depressing, brother. Think about it…

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