Republicans these days fall into three categories:
1. Rich people who only care about their taxes being low and pretty much nothing else.
2. Conservatives who may hate group #3 below but still see the GOP as better than Democrats who want to do things like give people health care and free college. These people are spooked by the word “socialism” even though most of them have no idea what it really means. They’re 99.99% white and are worried about losing their power and privilege.
3. Absolute loonies who supported Trump and believe in QAnon and every ridiculous conspiracy theory out there. I’m including the religious fundamentalists in this group, who sincerely believe that anyone who doesn’t agree with their views are agents of the Devil and must be fought.
The government wants to force us to get vaccinated and wear masks! It’s the very definition of tyranny!
Even though that was the case when George Washington ordered people to get vaccinated during a pandemic in his time, and even though masks were required during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, and even though children have always been required by law to be vaccinated for every other major disease, this time it’s really tyranny! Because we said so, that’s why!
No more laws telling us what we have to do! Freedom!!!!
No more laws telling us we can’t smoke in no smoking zones! Screw everyone else’s health! They should look out for themselves and not restrict my freedom — screw their freedom to be free from disease.
And traffic lights? Who is the government to tell me I can’t drive through the intersection whenever I want? Other people need to care for themselves and look out for me — I have no responsibilities to anyone else!
And why can’t I hire children to work in my factory if they want to? For that matter, why are there any laws at all? If I want to murder someone, it’s their responsibility to look out for me!
I grew up in Richmond and went to college at VCU in the heart of the city. At one point, we had an apartment near the Virginia Museum and I’d ride my bike down Monument Avenue to go to class each day. (Suddenly I’m remembering having to ride home in a sudden downpour, hoping the books in my backpack didn’t get too wet.)
Anyway, even then, my friends and I knew those statues to traitors should not be there. We called Monument Avenue “the Avenue of Losers” (and I even worked that into my novel BLOODSUCKERS: A VAMPIRE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT which begins in Richmond).
So I’m glad to see that they’re finally removing the statues to the traitors, which were only erected by confederate sympathizers and racists during the Jim Crow days. You know — losers.
You want to idolize an evil man who owned other people and was willing to kill fellow Americans for the right to continue to do so? Fine, put the statue on your own property. This property — this avenue — belongs to us. We are refusing to use our money to support your evil on our property.
We should not be spending taxpayer money honoring people who rebelled and declared treason against that same government that now pays for the statues.
“It’s not honoring, it’s history” claim people who literally think that is a good argument. I don’t think it’s worth wasting my time explaining to these morons that we don’t honor bad history, and we don’t need statues to learn about history. (Somehow, we’ve managed to learn about World War II without a single statue of Hitler anywhere.)
Imagine for a minute that instead, the pledge said “One nation, except for Jews” or “except for Christians” or “except for people who like cilantro.”
In other words, imagine that it specifically exempted certain Americans, telling them that their beliefs are meaningless; that their presence in America is unimportant.
Because it does.
Ignoring the fact that saying “under God” seems to clearly go against the US Constitution’s 1st Amendment and provisions prohibiting any “religious tests” for citizenship, what the phrase does is tell many Americans who are not believers that they don’t count — that they’re not included.
Studies have shown that approximately 23% of all Americans say they have no religious affiliation, and around 4 to 5% admit to being atheists or agnostic. (The number is clearly larger than that: because of the discrimination and treatment atheists get in this country, most are still “in the closet.”)
Even at 4%, that’s more than the American Jewish population, which is estimated to be around 2% — yet if the pledge specifically excluded Jews, lots of people would be quite upset.
So you need to ask yourself: Is that what America means to you? Having a national pledge that specifically excludes a large percentage of the country you supposedly are pledging to?
Then you might want to rethink what it means to be a patriot.