Lucas Lascivious

Foe of moderation, champion of excess

Month: July, 2016

The Right’s Problem (from a Democrat’s Perspective)

Trump

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months, you know by now that Donald Trump is officially the Republican presidential nominee, though even if you were living in a cave, you’d probably still have heard his voice resonating within the walls of the cave with the same dulcet tones as a Cheeto-dusted Bifoot. While his being the GOP candidate is a godsend for liberals, it’s left the Right scrambling. At best, most prominent Republican politicians are begrudgingly supporting Trump; at worst, they’re either fervently opposed to him or have spent the past few weeks backtracking their initial denouncements of him.

Essentially, the GOP is a fucking mess.

But, for some reason, they can’t figure out how it got to this point. As a Democrat, let me break it down for you: you pushed for Tea Partiers to be elected into the Senate and had buyer’s remorse once you figured out that almost all of them were bumbling idiots ill-qualified to be participating in politics. The fact a lot of them also happened to be incredibly racist, anti-gay, xenophobic, and misogynistic was just a bonus. Then, after that fiasco, you all tried to regroup in order to “take back the White House,” but your methodology included blatantly disrespecting the sitting President, rezoning voter districts, trying to reimplement discriminatory voting practices, staging government shutdowns, and overall showing the maturity of a toddler combined the erratic lack of self-control akin to the meth addicts on Intervention.

And yet the GOP wonders how Trump became their presidential nominee. It’s because he’s regurgitating the same policies Republicans have been pushing for years, only he lacks the same vocal filter as seasoned legislators. In that sense he’s admirable, because at least his bigotry is flagrant. The GOP is experiencing the runoff of a polluted political party and Trump is the unfortunate anthropomorphic manifestation of that.

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L’chaim

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It used to be that whenever I heard an anti-gay bigot say hateful things, I felt an equal sense of hostility towards them, but then it hit me that my feeling anger towards them made me their equal; I hated them for being hateful, which was both ironic and redundant. That’s when I realized that what I actually felt towards them was more so a bitter sadness, because I wasn’t able to fathom that someone could go through life with a constant vendetta against people they don’t even know based on antiquated principles.

There are obviously things that are morally unforgivable (murder, pedophilia, elevating YouTube personalities to celebrity status, etc.), but allowing two people to signify and legalize their love for each other with a piece of paper? That’s not something I care enough about to protest.

I’ve long said that I’m anti-marriage, but pro-marriage equality, because it’s wrong, in my opinion, for marriage be a monopoly; marriage doesn’t personally affect me, just as it doesn’t personally affect anti-marriage equality crusaders, but the difference is I believe people have an intrinsic right to be happy, which should be echoed legally. Those opposed to homosexuality think they’re “protecting the sanctity of marriage,” but what they’re really doing is sanctimoniously depriving their fellow human beings of gaiety. There’s a certain amount of irony that goes along with anti-gay advocates saying that gay people infringe upon their rights, but absolutely don’t see how hypocritical it is that they’re trying to take away the basic civil rights of others, particularly the LGBT community.

What I’ve learned is that civility, not enmity, is required in order to progress both personal and social attitudes. What I care about more than anything is living a life that’s beneficial to not only myself, but also to others. I’m not perfect and I’ve got a lot of work to do, but in the meantime, there’s no harm in trying to better the lives of everyone else.