Where the Pink Flamingo Went Wrong

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Please, explain to The Pink Flamingo, how Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Speech was left of center.  Maybe the problem was the fact that he recognized the fact that gays and lesbians are human beings.  Newt Gingrich did not think the speech was left of center, and The Pink Flamingo’s choice for today was Newt Gingrich. Perhaps it is a sign how far right, extreme far right, the GOP has become.  I get the feeling that the real problem for those on the right was the mention that gays and lesbians are human.  It was also the discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr. For some weird reason, the far right just doesn’t seem to like people who aren’t lily white.

On FOX, the complain was the fact that Obama was going to advance a liberal agenda.  The talking points were picked up throughout the brainwashed conservative media and spewed back, chapter and verse.  I guess The Pink Flamingo has lost it.  I guess I don’t see anything wrong with human rights, helping people, supporting our military, and celebrating freedom.  Silly me, I thought those were Republican values.  Golly gee, how stupid of me to assume the GOP was still about freedom, supporting our military, human rights, and promoting freedom throughout the world.

Some of the conservative bloggers and pundits The Pink Flamingo once associated with have accused me of changing my politics.  I’ve said that I haven’t.  Then, I realized I have changed.  I changed exactly 4 years ago, when I decided I wasn’t going to spend the next 4 years bitching and complaining about Barack Obama the way I did Bill Clinton.  And, yes, I’m truly ashamed of the way I acted for 8 years.  It was stupid, futile, and counter productive.  So, I decided not to hate.

Yea, that was my first mistake.

I will admit being a bit nasty about Michelle Obama’s early fashion disasters.  They were disasters.  Considering the way she has become such an iconic figure, seems to The Pink Flamingo that someone was giving her some bad fashion advice, and we are now seeing the real fashion icon.  Her wardrobe is stunning. Sure, there are some misses, but we all have those.   And, the red gown was stunning!  Her first inaugural gown was a prom dress, a fashion disaster. This year, it’s a stunner!

It was a mistake, deciding not to hate.

When you make a conscious decision not to hate someone simply over politics, your eyes open, quickly.  As Christians, we are cautioned not to hate anyone.  We are to hate the sin, but love the sinner.  The far right appears to have managed to forget this simply fact of Christian living.  When a person claims to be a Christian, and gives in to hate, they have a problem.  There is an illness of the soul.  The hatred on the far right has far exceeded anything the left ever spewed at George W. Bush.

This hate needs to stop.  What the Canada Free Press has done,t his time, is just over the top.  It is insulting.  When do far right loons begin to comprehend that just because a person isn’t a fascist, doesn’t indicate they do not love this country.  It is as though they want to do away with all political thought but their own.

Canada Free Press
Canada Free Press

The far right has crossed the line. When an accepted conservative/libertarian site directly links to a subsidy of Stormfront, it’s over. Put a fork in it. The far right has jumped the shark, is DOA, has ceased to exist as a viable and and decent movement.  It has been coming, as The Pink Flamingo has been telling you.  Now, though they are out in the open, flagrantly flaunting their white supremacist and fascist links.

I guess The Pink Flamingo’s big problem is the fact that I quit hating.  It is an eye opening experience, exhilarating. Hate is such a draining emotion.  Please, explain to The Pink Flamingo why this is liberal?

“...It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride….”

It is so much easier not hating.  I don’t mind being called a liberal, marxist, or socialist.  I’m not, but that doesn’t matter, does it?  I’ve been accused of changing. I guess I have.  I’ve changed in that I quit hating the opposition.  I stopped watching FOX, and am no longer brainwashed by the haters.  My values haven’t changed.  I’m still the same person.  I still believe the same things. What if I’m not the one who has changed, and the far right has forced the GOP to become something unrecognizable.  Let’s be honest here.  If Ronald Reagan were to run in 2016, he would be soundly rejected as too liberal.

Nope, I still consider myself a Reagan Republican.  If I haven’t changed, and the right now looks on Reagan as a senile old man, they’re the ones with the problem.