A couple of days ago I created a fake twitter account for the purpose of poking fun at the Tea Party. I think I may have to stop. In just a couple of days of poking around for links I found evidence of the most extreme racism I've ever seen. I mean, stuff you might expect from the 50s (or more likely the 1850s), but it's all recent. Here's the most extreme example I've found yet (warning, not for the faint at heart):
I actually started to feel sick. Pretending to be a stupid racist Teabagger while mocking them is taking it's toll on me after just a day or two. What I've found, the evidence of such extreme racism from the Tea Party, from Fox News, from bungholes like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, I can't handle it. It's too much. Maybe I've grown up sheltered, but I didn't know people were still like that. Sure, I knew some people were still racist, but not like THAT. They're intentionally stoking a fear of black people in white people in exchange for political capital. It's sick.
I'm profoundly disturbed by this. I do what I do because I know the human race can be better than we are. We can evolve into something better. We can do it sooner rather than later. We can be a world of wonderful people, and we can do it within my lifetime. We can, but we won't. Perhaps I'm naive.
I have moments like this where I just want to give up. Just go back to my white middle class home in the suburbs good paying job with a wife and two kids life and forget about all of this, just like everybody else. But that's how they win. When those of us who would oppose these things, when those of us who would stand up for what's right, when those of us who would strive to see the human species become worth saving just give up and shut up. They're wearing us down. I heard it in Michael Moore's voice at the end of his most recent movie, he's wearing down. So am I. So is Obama. So are a lot of people.
Perhaps we'll mature someday. Perhaps we'll become a species that we can be proud of. Perhaps we'll get past all the stupidity, small-mindedness and pettiness of our current age. But not today. Maybe tomorrow.
I'm going to bed.