“If Obama wins a second term, Americans will be expected to conform not only to Chicago-style politics but also to ‘Chicago values.’ Opponents of gay marriage will be treated as enemies of the state. Obama’s military already tells chaplains and privates who dissent from Obama’s agenda to ‘get out.’”
Welcome to the thinking of the Right Wing. In the end, they are terrified. They are living in fear that they will be forced to live in the same situation that every person that they have oppressed has had to live in for the length of their lives.
The above paragraph was written by George Neumayr and it shows the paranoia that rules over the Christian Right. He talks about how “Obama’s arrogance is bottomless. Even as he violates the freedom of the religious — reducing them to the status of serfs in his planned secularist and socialist state — he has the gall to cast them as the victimizers.”
Never mind the fact that the supposed violation of religious freedom is taking away the power to force others to conform to a given person’s or organization’s beliefs and giving people the right to decide for themselves what their religious freedoms entail. Never mind the fact that Neumayr apparently doesn’t know the first thing about socialism, secularism or serfdom. Never mind the fact that it is he and his ilk that show the arrogance. What it comes down to is fear- fear of being equal. They are afraid of being equal to others because they base their entire identity on the idea of being better than someone else- of knowing more about what is ‘right’ than someone else.
Neumayr goes on to write:
The sheer idiocy of the HHS mandate was illustrated recently by Senator Tom Harkin, who, in a comically desperate attempt to cast the absence of free contraceptives and abortifacients as a form of corporate oppression, said, “There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work. I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor.” Harkin, apparently, can’t rest until these women are back working on Obama’s animal farm, having received, under the gaze of government, all the suitable injections to guarantee their productivity for years to come. Harkin’s paternalism is so touching: What would women do without his monitoring of their ailments?
But he never addressed the reality. Neumayr creates an entire argument based upon literally nothing. He is trying to reverse the views regarding women and make it seem as if women are at greater risk of being hurt under Obama than they would be under Romney, and yet, he does nothing to bolster this view other than to reject an argument that many women understand. Never forget the fact that Neumayr and may Christian Conservatives want to interfere with women’s bodies all the time.
He wrote “Even Americans who don’t support organized religion should see that it serves as an important buffer to the overweening state, and that the extinction of freedom for those groups will one day imperil their own. When government replaces God, its pitilessness affects everyone.” Except that it does not. There are many examples of Christian and religious tyranny in the world and in history. Iran is a theocracy where religious enforcement is a central tenant of the government. Fascism relies heavily upon religion. In Italy under Mussolini and Spain under Franco, Catholicism was central to the government to the point that they allowed the Catholic Church to do many horrible things in exchange for greater power.
Tyranny is what is being pushed by the Christian Conservatives, and it is what they fear the most. They are terrified that someone else will impose upon them the very same things that they are imposing on others.