So Ive been thinking about this for the last couple of days and every time I think of it, I get a little more angry. Just after the election, Bill O’Reilly said that this is not a ‘traditional’ America anymore. What exactly does this mean? Is it that White American men are no longer the dominant group? Is that there are now gay folks, Latinos, Black folks, women, and other previously marginalized group now running things?
Check out the video of O’Reilly here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFJH8mY-UyI
I’ve thought long and hard about this “traditional” America comment and it is small clue into the thoughts that many people have during this election season. It is a sad state of affairs in this country when people react with hatred towards other groups because they are different from them. It is also sad that we now have …is it 18 or 19 now…states that want to withdraw from the United States because Obama was reelected. Im sorry…you know what…Im not sorry to say that this is because of the race of our president. Never in history has a country responded in ways such as this. While Obama does have his shortcomings, he is not nearly the worst president that we have had in the history of this country. Why are people reacting in this way. The right has forced an agenda of fear onto those that really can’t think for themselves. This is evident in the rhetoric such as “Let’s take back OUR country,” or “They are taking away from you…”
In the last six months, we have had people state that pregnancy from rape is a gift from God and that they female body has ways of shutting these things down. Seriously. We’ve been told that gay people should not be getting married as it would demean and de-sanctify the marriages of others. We should ask people who contribute to the country to self-deport and there are at least 47% of us that are parasites to this country.
So what is traditional America? OReilly is angry that rich White men don’t have the control anymore and the electorate is finally taking notice of the oppressive systems that have been imposed on the masses. Women, LGBTQ people, African Americans, Latinos, Veterans, and everyone else that has been pushed aside said no way to this anymore.
In the words of a very inspirational Obama supporter, we are “Fired up and ready to go!”