They fought it. Oh, how they fought it. Nathan Bedford Forrest fought it in Pulaski, Tennessee, and he failed. Phyllis Schlafly fought it on national television, and she failed as well. Hell, sports purists have fought it since the dawn of time, and they always fail. And the Republican Party, namely the Tea Party wing, have fought it and failed in the United States Government.
What is it they fought? A little thing called The Future.
I’d like to begin by congratulating the State of New Jersey for finally allowing the future to happen in their state. Marriage Equality is reality there now, at least as far as the rights of individuals to enter into the “Bwessed Awwangement.”
There’s a lot that still needs to be changed, both in New Jersey and the rest of the Country, to bring actual equality to marriage, but that’s another post for down the road. And while I continue to hold that government should have nothing to do with anyone entering into what is essentially a religious sacrament, allowing everyone to take part in it is a step in the right direction, the direction of equal treatment under the law.
I also want to heartily congratulate the President, for having the balls to stick and call the Tea Party bluff when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Because while they threatened to take the entire nation’s economy down with the ship over a duly enacted, completely constitutional law, he completely ice-grilled them, and took down one of their most powerful leaders in the process. It was a stroke of inspiration of which Machiavelli himself would have been proud. Well done, sir. Well done. (And it’s about God Damned time, by the way).
But I didn’t begin this post with the intention of gloating, as much as I may have made it a point to do so anyway. I wanted to talk about this:
“He will not be mocked! This is not one nation under God. It never was. The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God! It never was. Had it been, it would not have been! The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons! You cannot serve two masters! You cannot serve two masters! Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”
– Dianne Reidy, US House of Representatives stenographer
But mostly, I want to talk about how they fit in with this.
You see, there have always been agents of change in the world. And there have always been people who opposed them. In some cases, this opposition has been a good thing. But all too often, it is simply a resistance to anything different or new, a reaction of fear, brought on by ignorance. Take the following for example:
Now, regardless of any genuine criticisms I might have f the ACA, these people represent exactly the same thought process as the Pharisees of Jerusalem, or the KKK in America. They don’t know enough to develop cogent arguments, but they know they don’t like something, and (either subconsciously or because they just don’t want to admit it) what they don’t like is the unknown. The fact that they refuse to do anything about not knowing is a separate issue altogether (which I might just touch on in the near future, hint hint).
But, this is the message I bring to such folks.
The future is happening. It has never stopped happening, and all your yelling and screaming, all your Tea Parties and your focusing on the family, all your inane caterwauling, will never serve to prevent the future from taking place. It is inevitable.
The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, like it or not. And, in time, we will move toward some kind of single payer/socialized medicine solution, because that is where the future is headed.
Gay people will, one day, be free to marry whomever they like, across the country and without exception. And, with any luck, marriage as a universally accepted institution will cease to exist altogether, leaving only domestic partnerships in the purview of the state. We can only hope.
Marijuana, as well as a plethora of other drugs, will be legalized, as governments and citizens begin to realize that spending money on preventing their use is one of the most massive wastes of resources in human history.
Energy policy will move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy, because finite resources are finite, and mathematics exist.
The American voting public is going to turn left as the Boomers die. It’s basic demographics.
Governments will go bankrupt, wars and revolutions will happen, and in a thousand years, the borders of today’s world will be naught but a memory on a dusty flash drive that’s incompatible with any available software.
And a million other things, many of which are today unforeseeable, will occur as well. And no one will be able to prevent them.
This is the nature of the future. It is inevitable. Get over it, already. Stop trying to keep it from happening, and start working to make it as beneficial to all mankind as you can. That, or shut up and let us move forward.