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PREJUDICE AND INTOLERANCE ARE NOT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS!


There is a disturbing and frankly infantile trend that seems to be taking over political discourse as the days of summer end. If someone visited this country for the first time and bought into the incendiary mutterings of those in the political arena they would quite possibly come to the belief that portions of the country are filled with large numbers of individuals who espouse multiple forms of anti-American activity and beliefs. 

How do we arrive at a point where belief in ones political, social, and spiritual values results in the belief that those who think differently are anti-American? Let’s face it, if you believe certain individuals in the political arena, there seems to be a wave of anti-American activity sweeping the country.  There are those that believe that individuals who think differently than they do are out to destroy the country. 

The reality of the situation is that people think differently about many things.  An individuals’ inability to accept that others may have a different idea is not new.  However, there seems to be a very loud and vocal group in our country that absolutely believe that thinking differently than they do is anti-American.  I would guess that the real issue is that they cannot accept an America that is somehow different than their perception of the “real America”.  It’s called intolerance. 

Prejudice and intolerance are not pre-existing conditions of the human experience.  The prejudice and intolerance exhibited by members of the Klu Klux Klan are not inherited at birth.  However, the vile and contemptible belief system exhibited by this group is passed on to them from generation to generation in a different way.  Every member of the KKK has been taught and encouraged to believe and act with prejudice and intolerance.  Some of them believe so strongly that they claim their beliefs are the only “godly” way to think.  Their beliefs are not passed on genetically; they are passed on through processes involving their environment.  Individuals are taught this stuff!

And what lessons are being taught to others through the words and actions we are exposed to in the American political arena these days? 

  • Some believe that opposing ways of thinking are evil. 
  • Those who have political, social, and spiritual differences are anti-American. 

michele-bachmann

All you have to do to discover a great deal about those spreading this infantile and corrosive train of thoughtlessness is to take an honest look at the actions and words of a very vocal member of the United States House of Representatives, Michelle Bachman of Minnesota.  Her abrasive and caustic mutterings shed a great deal of light on her thought processes and beliefs.  Here are a few examples.

In her most recent appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, she attempted to call into question the very core of the belief system of Barack Obama.  During the broadcast Bachman said that she was “very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views.” When asked if she thought there were others serving in Congress that may also have anti-American views she responded by saying “What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an expose like that.

In Representative Bachman’s political world, those who do not have similar beliefs are not as  American as she is.  In fact, those whose ideas of how to run the country are different from hers are exhibiting anti-American behavior.  Michelle’s inability to accept the views of others is exhibited over and over again as she works her way through her political responsibilities.

Representative Bachman has also made efforts to place the blame for the recent and persistant spread of the virus that causes swine flu to those who are on the opposite end of the political spectrum.  Bachman recently commented that she found it “interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” 

No, Michelle, you are indicating that you think the spread of swine flu only occurs when those currently in power are not members of your party.  It seems that Democratic political operatives have the ability to control the reproduction and spread of this virus.  Michelle, if that was truly the case, you would have to blame the emergence of the AIDS virus on Ronald Reagan and his political operatives since they were in power during the early stages of its arrival and did very little to advance research into the causes of the disease.   I didn’t see you making that case to the American public at that time.  Oh, that’s right, you weren’t in a position of political prominence back then. 

By the way Michelle, Gerald Ford was the President of the United States when the swine flu virus last visted the country.  Correct me if I am wrong Michelle, but I think President Ford was a member of your political party.  My first upper division college course was in microbiology.  My professor obviously missed out on the opportunity to lecture on the governments ability to bring calamity upon us by spreading dangerous viruses through the population.  I think he knew slightly more than you do about the topic.  I guess Michelle’s  “interesting coincidence” is just the result of a lack of education. 

Representative Bachman is big on keeping the long arms of the government away from the young.  Recently she commented that she believed  “that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums. It’s very concerning, it appears that there’s a philosophical agenda behind all of this.”

Bachman was concerned about the intent behind a bill being considered by Congress.  With regard to that bill, Senator Orin Hatch, a member of her own party debunked Bachmans beliefs.  Hatch commented that the bill was “probably the most bipartisan bill we will see on the Senate floor this year.” In other words, members of her own party put the bill together in concert with members of the Democrat party.  In fact the original bill did, however, call for an exploration of whether a mandatory public service program could be established, but that entire section on creating a “Congressional Commission on Civic Service” was stripped from the bill.  By the way the “re-education camps” statement was a reminder of Communist re-education camps.  Do you suppose she used the term “re-education camp” for a specific reason?   More “anti-American” babble from the Queen of Incoherant Musings.

I have recently learned that because I believe that we need significant health care reform that I am out of the will of God.  I am shocked to discover that because I believe that America owes its people the ability to protect themselves from significant medically-related financial disaster that God is unhappy with my thinking.  I am having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that God is very unhappy with me because I believe those who can not get health care coverage and legitimate health care should be given the opportunity to protect themselves.  Being out of the will of God is a very serious state of affairs for a born-again believer like myself.  I should be thankful to Representative Bachman for informing me of my current status in the eyes of God.

Representative Bachman enlightened me to my predicament in a recent “teletownhall” meeting. Michelle called on the faithful to “get down on their knees and pray that health care reform fails”.  Obviously Michelle has received direct marching orders to inform the “faithful” that it is God’s will for health care to be defeated.  I fully understand that in the spiritual realm there can be differences of opinion with regard to biblical standards and revelation.  Reasonable souls can have different opinions on almost any topic.  That being said, I find Representative Bachmans belief that prayer from the faithful will cause the defeat of health care reform to be almost totally without spiritual backbone.  I would classify her actions as “spiritually intolerant”. 

In a nutshell, Bachman believes that currently proposed health care legislation is ungodly.  Because it is ungodly it must and will be defeated.  Prayer warriors all over the country have been called to their knees for the purpose of requesting Divine intervention.  Only an act of God will overcome this ungodly effort by ungodly individuals.  I know enough about scripture to proclaim that in the spiritual realm, that which is not godly is satanic.  Is Satan behind this push for health care Michelle? 

Here is a little seed of a thought I would like to plant into Representative Bachman and those who believe as she does with regard to health care legislation.  There is actually a fairly large group of believers who believe something very different than you do with regard to the battle for health care reform.  Does this mean that our beliefs are not true to the word of God?  Obviously Michelle thinks so.

Your attempt to teach us the will of God with regard to health care is an example of spiritual bigotry and intolerance.  Most of what eminates from your mouth sheds a great deal of light on a world of your own making.  As a believer, am I to be classified as anti-American and out of the will of God because I think differently than you about major issues confronting our nation? 

I am quite comfortable with my upbringing and my spiritual and family values.  I am comfortable enough to allow you to think as you do.  However, my environment and my values require me to insist that you not speak for me.  Is that something you allow in your world?  Or am I to be cast into outer darkness because I am anti-American and spiritually deficient because I think differently than you?

Prejudice and intolerance are indeed not pre-existing conditions.  People learn this stuff from listening to individuals who exhibit a nature similar to yours.  Your closed-minded insistence on demonizing the beliefs of others sheds a great deal of light on your belief system and your political intolerance.  I have heard you.  We have all heard you many times.  You have the right to believe as you do. This is the United States where we all are granted that right.   

 I chose not to believe your incoherant political and spiritual babble.  Others however, will believe you.  You will be responsible for educating them Michelle.  Do you think the people of Minnesota will ever grow tired of your bigoted, intolerant behavior?  Those of us in the “other America” are growing increasingly weary of your behavior.  Time will tell if the good people of Minnesota will decide it’s time for a change.

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One Response to “PREJUDICE AND INTOLERANCE ARE NOT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS!”

  1. WOW! Where to begin? First let me start with a standing ovation. I agree with you whole heartily. I literally don’t find any disagreement on your view of a polarized Republican party.

    I have a sincere hurt for family and friends who fall into this category. They hate others and then proclaim that God loves them? I’m starting to think the god they serve may not be the one who authored the bible (and I’m not using a hyperbole).

    I recall a few postings ago someone responded to you with “Judean Christian Principals” and then disappeared. I’d love for that person to sincerely dialogue with you on the issue of tolerance. I literally have been listening to Christian Radio which espouses tolerance is what has ruined this country and we need to stop tolerating such people (Frank Pastori, KKLA).

    I’m deeply concerned for people who stop sympathizing with the poor, hurting and sick. I tend to see right wing America as the modern day Sanhedrin.

    Thanks for post Steve

    Gene


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