Tuesday 25 March 2008 - Filed under Politics
A Right Wing group was recently brought to my attention, the Minnesota Majority. They have an agenda just like the now defunct Moral Majority, as the name would suggest. It’s rich in idiocy, homophobia, xenophobia and irony. This is from their About Us page:
Are you tired of allowing a well-funded vocal minority:
 Dictating what we can say, do or think?
 Suppressing our freedoms of religion and speech?
 Having more rights than the rest of us?
 Telling us that they are offended by what we say or do?
 Preaching tolerance while demonstrating utter contempt for anyone with a different view than their own?
 Exploiting our legal system to advance their agendas at the expense of our rights?
 Destroying our nation’s traditional values?
Then do something about it by joining Minnesota Majority. We are a non-partisan issue advocacy group seeking to restore traditional values to Minnesota’s public policy.
I added the numbers so I could address the sins of the “well-funded vocal minority” in order.
1. Dictating what we can say, do or think?
Give me one example of this, anybody. The only examples I can think of are related to things like hate crimes. I doubt they are pro-hate crime. So WTF are they talking about? Laws? Are they against laws? Yes, we have laws that say you can’t ejaculate into someone’s milkshake. Do they have a problem with that?
2. Suppressing our freedoms of religion and speech?
Again, one example please. The Right has always been too
stupid shallow to realize that the separation of church and state is there to protect the religious! The fundamental issue that the founders were trying to protect was the freedom of religion. They were wise enough to understand that this meant a hard, bright line between the state and religions.
3. Having more rights than the rest of us?
Who can they be thinking of here? The only people I can think of with “more rights than the rest of us” are ridiculously rich people who buy influence in our government.
4. Telling us that they are offended by what we say or do?
So they are pro-freedom of speech but anti-freedom of speech?
5. Preaching tolerance while demonstrating utter contempt for anyone with a different view than their own?
I’m definitely sensing some contempt here. To me this is the ol’ “why aren’t you tolerant of bigots” argument. If you hate homosexuals, want to destroy the separation of church and state and seek to enforce your personal morality on me, you should expect some contempt and intolerance.
6. Exploiting our legal system to advance their agendas at the expense of our rights?
Again, the only people I know who have the resources to exploit our legal system are rich people. The fact that there is a independent judiciary was a stroke of brilliance by our founders and it is an important part of the balance of power with the executive and legislative branches of government. This point is major evidence of the bankruptcy of the Right Wing agenda — they don’t like the independent judiciary, something they share philosophically with fascists and dictators.
7. Destroying our nation’s traditional values?
I prefer to judge values today. I think the gains that minorities have made in the last century are a sign of the maturation of the USA. Ben Franklin warned us about the “tyranny of the majority“. That’s why our constitution was so carefully crafted with a balance of power and a fundamental right to equal opportunity. The implication that traditional values are better or more moral or more natural has never been proven. Why does a group that has as #1 on the list a disdain for people “dictating what we can say, do or think” also have on their list a desire to dictate what we can say, do or think!
Look — these people are probably nice, well-meaning and smart people. It’s not them I am attacking, it’s their ideas. Their agenda is misguided on virtually every count. I’ve tackled only their “About Us” page. On every page they reveal a nonsensical misinterpretation of the issues. It’s an agenda of the 1950′s, ridiculously out of place in 2008.
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