No More Circular Firing Squads For Me

I’m looking at a country that has moved so far to the right I already consider it a corporatist neo-fascist state.

I’m an old hippie chick with an anarchist syndicalist streak.  I don’t want to be one of the corporate grays, servile and shuffling to the beat of mandatory conformity.

Over the years I’ve watched gay and lesbian as well as the rest of the initials go from representing freedom and liberation to becoming a demographic, marketed to and viewed as consumers of a safely rebellious product line.

I was there in the 1970s when Gay Liberation became Gay and Lesbian Liberation.  The vile Anita Bryant caused gays and lesbians to see the need to unite against a common enemy, the ultra right wing Christo-Fascist movement.  She put a face on hate and bigotry.  L/G folks made many of their social gains when they started acting together to stop the passage of hateful Anita Bryant bills all over the country.

We have had nearly 30 years of extreme right wing Corporate Fascist rule.

My withdrawing from the circular firing squad that those of us on the left so often feel compelled to form is due to my seeing a far greater threat to our being.

I’m watching racist right wing goons whipped into near lynch mob frenzy by the right wing media whores attack those who support the idea that all Americans should have access to government provided National Health care.

I have watched the Taliban Christians unite to deny equal rights to all LGBT/T people.  Those who would pass laws denying you equality and making your life far harder are often all too willing to take the next step.

Now Will Rogers said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party, I’m a Democrat.”  Too often the demand for our own special interests lead us to refusing to unite in common cause with others who might have their own pet causes.  The result is the inability to work together on anything.

The reality is I don’t have to love people to work for our mutual benefit.

Ayn Rand’s John Gault bullshit sucks.

I’m proud to be a left winger and as such I would rather fight the power than engage in horizontal hostility with other oppressed groups.  Calling transgenders names does not in any way improve my life or make me any closer to being one of the powerful who do the oppressing.

As Audre Lorde said “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.

Enough is enough.

One Response to “No More Circular Firing Squads For Me”

  1. tinagrrl Says:

    One of the things I’m afraid of is that some folks on the right will begin to understand that the Gay and Lesbian folks are “just a demographic”.

    The lack of progressive fervor makes me think they can be coaxed into a right wing, or right-right-center, Republican “big tent”.

    The fact there is little love for us from so many in the Gay and Lesbian groups means the right wing can target us for ALL the hatred. We could be the new target in the ongoing “culture wars”.

    Gay men and Lesbians can skate, they can be newly minted “real citizens”, while we will bear the brunt of all the hatred.

    Since we are now being killed at the rate of at least one every three days (worldwide). Since many folks seem to get away with killing us (not all, thank Goddess). It would not be a stretch to see the violence against all sorts of trans folks ramped up.

    Of course, those various “T’s” who deny their truth, who think they are better, or different, will think they are immune — they are not, and will not be.

    Let’s just hope we can work together, help get some protective legislation passed, before we are totally abandoned.

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