“Conservatives” Project

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LGBT Pride Flag

Democratic governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers, who defeated two term, “conservative” poster boy Scott Walker last year, recently ordered the raising of the LGBT pride flag over the state capitol in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The point is to recognize June as LGBT pride month.

Predictably, a good Christian “conservative” objected by tweet, farting out that, “It advocates a behavior or lifestyle that some Wisconsin residents may not condone. Therefore it is divisive.”

This is typical “conservative” projection, which is all “conservatives” know how to do. Projection, of course, is the psychological bad habit of attributing one’s own worst impulses to other people.

When anyone brings up the obvious problems with systemic racism in our society, good “conservatives” denounce that person as “the real racist.” Obviously, our racism is the sorry legacy of our ugly history of slavery, which good conservatives fought to defend in the middle of the 19th century, and later fought to perpetuate the explicit hangover from slavery in the form of racial segregation when we finally took steps to prohibit that noxious practice, and since being “conservative” denotes a resistance to change, racism is the “conservative” position in the United States.

As to the pride flag, the only behavior it advocates is recognition of and respect for our manifold differences as humans, which apparently good “conservatives” cannot condone. It’s pretty much impossible to be a good U.S. citizen and a good “conservative” at the same time.

As part of the effort to resolve the biggest division in our history, his fellow Republicans wrote and ensured ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which Republicans apparently now have doubts about, since the darkies, the women, and the queers have all used a key provision of that amendment to reduce legal discrimination against them. That Amendment is also the source of birthright citizenship, which current “conservatives” don’t like.

Hint: what’s divisive is trying to discriminate against people. African Americans, women, and queers have no desire to fight with anyone, but they are not much inclined to sit by and let good “conservatives” discriminate against them.

In some sense, we compacted this whole fight into one huge event, the Civil War, and Republicans, in their 19th century guise, articulated the resolution to that fight that they now want to repudiate, apparently. Of course, that resolution came about back when Republicans acted more like Democrats do now.

Insofar as the pride flag denotes any division in our society, on one side is queers, who only want the equal protection of the laws, to borrow the critical phrase from the Fourteenth Amendment, and “conservatives” who want to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against queers.

Pretty much all of U.S. history and law is on the side of the queers, so it’s “conservatives” versus the United States.

You choose.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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