Being Liberal and a Progressive in a RED STATE is not an easy thing these days. I started this blog to vent my frustrations on our lives being taken over by right wing conservatives with their propaganda machines. I have also learned an important lesson in the last year, it is that reading is the only way to get real information, you cannot depend on the news you see on TV.


Sunday, June 26, 2005

They're Losing

Last night my son and a friend came over to swim and stayed awhile to talk . My son's friend Joann is 23 or 24 years old. We were discussing the the 'crazies' on the far right and how they want this nation in their image. Joann said something quite profound I think, for someone so young. She said: "I think they are losing and they know they are losing." Then as an example she used how so many gays have come out of the closet and live openly in our society, something so many wouldn't have done a few years back.

If you really think about it, I think she is on to something. Like right here in my state of Missouri things have changed alot in the last 30 years. In the 70's we had blue laws here that forbid the sale of anything but gifts and souvenirs on Sunday. Into the 80's we couldn't enter contests because of the gambling laws. That has changed here now and actually back then it never even occurred to me why we had those laws.

Really look how far we have come. Roe vs. Wade, gays living more openly in society, the morning after pill, contraceptives, the right to die, test tube babies, stem-cell research, these are all things that the far right have fought against and are losing.

Thanks Joanne I feel a whole lot better now. I think you are right, we are winning and they are afraid.


Anonymous Joanne said...

Thanks for listening to me! To add on to this idea, think about how active churches have become in recruiting younger people. Their attempts are almost like the army. I remember in high school, church people would hang out in the parking lots trying to "save" people.
Church used to be something that families went to on Sundays as a whole. Kids didn't have much say in it. Now churches have huge programs designed to recruit young impressionable minds to help fuel their own little war on society. The problem is that the more educated people become, the more they can learn about and see all of the hypocrosies in both churches and the government, which turns them against both. Churches have to work harder now to keep the bag over peoples' eyes. I've talked to some radical Christian teenagers, and it is so apparent to me that they are not basing their ideas on logic or facts. They are following leaders with really loud voices and probably some attractive door prizes. With more people going to college now than ever before, our country will change (for the better) in that more people will receive a liberal education that teaches them the truth about the history of church and our country.

6/30/2005 7:50 PM

Blogger Gingersnapp said...

Joanne, I was thinking the other day about how the Bible was probably written to scare people from thinking. It says if you believe in any others ways besides it's teaching you will burn in the fires of hell for eternity. Wasn't that a brillant scare tactic. Keeping us from thinking keeps us from exporing the truth. Everyone would believe the earth is only 6,000 years old and dinosaurs and Adam and Eve lived together. What a bunch of malarky. Thank goodness for those 'liberal' institutions of higher learning. Of course there are those out there that is trying to change that too. Google David Horowitz and see how he is trying to silence the liberal college professors from being able to teach or opine about what they believe.

7/01/2005 6:31 AM


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