When I was a child, I was an obvious transkid, a delicate, moody sissy. I loved books far more than sports, played with dolls and all those things that marked me out as different.
When I went to school I was bullied unmercifully.
I lived in terror of coming home from school and running a gauntlet of kids calling me names, throwing stones at me, hitting me and threatening me.
When I complained about the bullying I was called a tattle tale.
Even my mother asked what I had done to provoke the bullying.
No one really did anything to stop the bullying. None of the bullies were punished for their actions, indeed a couple of them were considered the star students while my education suffered and I lived in terror.
One day, I think I was in second grade, a bunch of the bullies had me trapped and were threatening to throw me down a steep embankment into a nasty garbage filled drainage ditch.
I was terrified and grabbed a stick or a rock and lashed out hitting one of them in the head and lay open a wound that gushed blood, enormous quantities of blood.
I was punished, put on detention.
The bullying stopped. I had acted out of fear and had struck back frantically and landed a lucky blow but that was enough.
My country is a bully nation and has been governed by way too many bullies.
Since the Civil War white racists have denied African American people their rights as citizens, even though there were Constitutional amendments guaranteeing those rights.
After World War II liberal and progressive people were subjected to horrible witch hunts and were labeled as Communists for supporting real American values of equality and fairness.
Black people and white allies in the Civil Rights Movement were murdered by the KKK and their suit wearing kin, the Concerned Citizen Councils.
Juries let the murderers off.
Some African Americans in the south bought guns and armed themselves forming the Deacons for Self-Defense.
But more importantly an organization was formed that wasn’t afraid of the Klan and was willing to meet the Klan’s violence with violence.
Now we have People for the American Way and the Southern Poverty Law Center tracking hate groups that preach violence against women and minorities.
And now the bigots and racists wear suits.
It seems like half our society is consumed with hatred and bigotry. Indeed they have made misogyny, homophobia, racism and war on working/poor people their party platform.
Now hate groups call themselves “Think Tanks” and “Family blahblahblah”. Their leaders preach hatred and bigotry while trying to pass laws that reflect their hatred of women, people of color, LGBT people.
Attention whores like Tony Perkins and Porno Pete LaBarbera would do anything to be in the spotlight bullying LGBT people.
They wear suits and gold cuff links instead of Klan robes and swastika tattoos but their bigotry and hatred is the same as that preached by Aryan Nation and the KKK.
Behind the scenes Tony Perkins paid Klan Leader David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list.
In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Woody Jenkins against Mary Landrieu, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide their link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Perkins claimed not to know the group’s ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation, because in 1999 — two years before Perkins’ speech to the CCC — Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott had been embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group. GOP chairman Jim Nicholson then urged Republicans to avoid the CCC because of its “racist views.”
The right wing has so cowed the main stream media that few dare call these hate groups for being the bigots and Nazis they are.
We are supposed to respect them because they wear suits and ties instead of wearing robes and Nazi like uniforms.
But beneath the veneer of social acceptability, behind their robes of piety and claims of religion they are nothing but Nazis and bigots.
At this point I am supposed to say something about how horrible and uncivil it is that someone went there with the intention of shooting people.
But it wasn’t the LGBT people who preached putting guns in the hands of everyone.
It wasn’t the hippie peace people who advocated violence and second amendment remedies.
Feminists haven’t been shooting down the advocates of banning abortion.
We listened to the right wing advocate violence against us for more than forty years.
We have been called commies for saying “Give Peace a Chance.”
We’ve been non-violently marching, practicing non-violence even when the police beat us and pepper spray us since the days of the civil rights marches in the 1950s and 1960s.
We have been campaigning for the most American of all values Equal Rights, Respect and Dignity.
Mean while your side has been arming people to the teeth in preparation for a war against “the Zombies” which is their code word for minorities their more blatantly outspoken supporters call “Mud People.”
Your side has advocated passing Nuremberg type laws that would make a minority group of Americans permanent second class citizens.
The Family Research Council and these other right wing hate groups have sown the Dragon’s Teeth.
Last week the chickens came home to roost.
You can’t bully and preach hatred and abuse forever without someone striking back.
There is a level of abuse that is the final straw and while most of us are peaceful gentle people who have been abused too long there are bound to be those who have been abused too much.
The constant rhetoric of woman hating, of racism, of homophobia is bound to unhinge a few who have already been abused too much by misogyny, homophobia and racism.
As for Tony Perkins… I think it is totally pathetic for bullies to whine and cop victim poses because one of the people they victimize hit them back.