This train carries saints and sinners, This train carries losers and winners, This train carries whores and gamblers, This train carries lost souls, This trains dreams will not be thwarted… Bruce Springsteen, Land of Hope and Dreams.
I am fully aware of the addictive quality of anger even if that anger is both righteous and justified. Like a lot of addictive things it starts out feeling so good and cleansing but it inevitably leads to smugness and a complete lack of humor. Like Scotch or rum it’s a great addition to one’s life as long as it doesn’t BECOME one’s life. But, like violence, it DOES have it’s place. So stand back boys and girls, here it comes…
This election season is filling me with white hot rage. Not because it’s so fucking pointless and without meaning. Not because the lapdog media is doing such a piss-poor job covering it. Not because both parties seem to relish peeing all over our constitutional civil rights. Not because one candidate crushes my soul with disappointment while the other makes me throw up a little in my mouth. Not because it’s such a pure symbol of our descent into a fascist corporate dictatorship. These things are all true and they surely SUCK, but that’s not the problem. No, it’s because all of this is being done in Christ’s name by people who spend every fucking waking moment reminding you how they follow His teachings. Really? HAVE YOU READ THE FUCKING NEW TESTAMENT? DID JESUS FUCKING STUTTER?
How in God’s name can anyone justify voting for either of these clowns in God’s name? Is there no level of hypocrisy that becomes intolerable? I guess not. Let’s start with the GOP, usually considered the party of the conservative Christian. Did Jesus say anything about letting the poor starve? Did he say that caring for the sick is a bad fucking idea? Did he say that bankers were the surest way to heaven and that the rich were more beloved in the eye of God? In exactly which sermon did he preach intolerance and hatred? Because when I read the bible he mostly talked about love, caring for each other, and nonjudgmental acceptance. Where the fuck are those qualities in your platform?
Meanwhile on the other side of the battle is a dude who won the Nobel Peace Prize but thinks that killing Arab children is a perfectly fine idea. In which Gospel does Jesus say unto his flock “If some dude kills a few of your countrymen make sure you don’t forgive him and kill as many people that look vaguely like him as you can”. How is indefinite detention and domestic spying a Christian value? But he’s way better because he thinks people should be forced to buy insurance? BULLSHIT. He just talks a better game.
Sure, this is going to piss a lot of people off but I’m just taking you at your word. You tell me you’re Christian. You tell me that nothing means more than your relationship with the Almighty. Fine. SO WHY DON’T YOU FUCKING ACT LIKE IT? Or vote like it. No one who truly had Christ in his or her heart could ever pull a lever for any of these hate-filled idiots. Nor could they in good conscience declare themselves to be both Christian and Republican or Democrat. Those ideologies cannot exist in the same soul.
This is absolutely NOT just a Christian issue. No self respecting Buddhist or caring Atheist could vote for either of these parties either. Jesus, Buddha, and nearly every other serious religious thinker comes to pretty similar conclusions. Be kind. Care for each other. Don’t judge. Show compassion and refrain from killing each other. Share. Neither modern American political party resembles these teachings in any way. In fact they usually act in exactly the opposite way. Reward the rich. Ignore the poor. Kill the enemy. And go to church after doing it.
If you want to Vote for Mittens or Barry please go right ahead. That is your right. But if you do please understand that YOU ARE NO LONGER A GOOD CHRISTIAN. You’re not following the teachings of your savior even if you are following the lead of the rich HUMAN who runs your religion. You’re a republican or a democrat INSTEAD of a faith based believer. Or you’re the worst kind of hypocrite because both parties are EXACTLY what Jesus and Buddha were trying to warn you against. Judgment day is not some mystical time in the future. It’s right now, today. It’s this and EVERY minute. Either vote your religion or SHUT THE FUCK UP. Saor Alba, Vaya con Dios and Viva la Revolucion.