Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Christmas Song For Atheists

This is my new favourite Christmas song, 'White Wine In The Sun.' Written by Tim Minchen and wonderfully sung by Kate Miller-Heidke:

The Most Dangerous People In America

You just know reading the title I'm going to start talking about the tea party wing of the Republican party. These people are John Birchers with a new handle and a lot of shadowy money funding their activities. Now you may think you already know how dumb these people can be -- after all they backed Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Sarah Palin is their queen. Another favourite Rand Paul, the recently elected Senator from Kentucky compared Obama's rise to Hitler's and suffered no consequences because these people thrive on hate and inflammatory rhetoric.

 Well, get ready for some real stupid baby, 'cause you ain't seen dumb yet! And that's if you went to all the links and read all the moronic and demagogic quotes from this nasty group of opportunists.

Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones has been plumbing the depths of their absurd beliefs in a must read piece, and just like their Bircher counterparts these people are believers in mad conspiracies. For example they hold that local planning and zoning commissions in the US are busy carrying out a global conspiracy to trample American liberties and force citizens into Orwellian "human habitation zones." At the root of this plot is the admittedly sinister-sounding Agenda 21, an 18-year-old UN plan to encourage countries to consider the environmental impacts of human development.

They get their ideas from people like Henry Lamb, a WorldNetDaily columnist who has argued for decades that the UN is secretly plotting to herd humans into crowded cities so that the rest of the world can be devoted to wildlife preservation. Tea partier Virginia activist Donna Holt says, "...there is a global agenda to actually abolish private property and abolish the Constitution for that matter. If sustainable development is fully implemented, this basically will turn us into a Soviet state."

This sounds laughable on its' face but as Mencimer reports:
...that doesn't mean they won't derail local development projects. Take what transpired recently in Tampa, Florida, where tea party activists helped defeat a widely supported measure that would have funded light rail and road improvements in Hillsborough County. In the lead-up to a ballot initiative on the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase to fund the project, the local conservative paper, the Tampa Bay Examiner, ran a series on Agenda 21 plus commentary suggesting that the "smart growth" principles underlying the light rail proposal were simply "cover for an agenda to transfer American sovereignty to various tentacles of the United Nations."
Ed Braddy, a popular speaker on the tea party circuit and the executive director of the American Dream Coalition, which opposes smart growth and other standard components of modern land-use planning, says that tea partiers recognize the evils of sustainable development. "It's almost an instinctive thing,"

Needless to say, their view of the definition of sustainable development and its' actual meaning are light years apart. You may think it means, resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. But that would make you an elitist, commie, pinko supporter of terrorists, or something. According to the tea party acolytes, sustainable development is code meaning the UN wants to herd you into human habitation camps and take away your god given freedoms.

The scary thing is that these people are given credibility by the various media and their craziness is never questioned in an effective and straightforward manner that would in all likelihood marginalize them in the same fashion that the Birchers were marginalized back in the 60's. Instead, they are allowed to continuously move the discourse and society as a whole in a backwards direction.