Category Archives: What Hath We Wrought?

It’s What They Do

The party of zero empathy (yes, I mean those people, the GOP) cares nothing about the welfare of people beyond the end of their own nose. Except, of course, when they can wield their pious acrimony toward the LGBTQ community. It is at this community that they suddenly defy logic and data by screaming that LGBTQ folks must be kept as Less Than Us. Rights afforded others must be denied because, well, if not then someone out there will suffer harm by some homo somewhere. It’s all very nebulous, but we’re to believe that to grant any parity of law to LGBT Americans will result in harm to someone out there. Blah blah blah bullshit.

I cannot help but wonder how much is wasted in this ongoing struggle for equality. Wasted in terms of emotions, energy, and, yes, money. All three of these expenditures could be spent elsewhere. As regards just money, the list is long: food for the poor, health care for all, salaries commensurate with a teacher’s worth, etc. Yet here we are on any given day, with the same struggle before us. Those that perpetuate the hate most often use religion as the weapon to demonize gays and at the same time instill fear among their flock.

These people that are goaded into voting anti-LGBTQ often know someone personally that is gay. When asked, they sometimes reply that they don’t mean it to be personal. But what the hell is voting against a whole community to the people who make up that community? It is personal. The truth is, these voters that would deny rights simply do not care so long as they have their rights. It’s that whole empathy thing again, with cruelty and selfishness thrown into the mix  –  for good measure, I suppose.

The cycle of waste and ruin continues unabated. For every Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham, there is in the wings hoards of like-minded ‘Christians’ ready to take their place of the need should arise. It’s what they know. It’s what they do.

Transgender Woman Attacked

This is the kind of crap that results from Trump, Pence, et al, denigrating transgender citizens. Their general hostility toward the entire LGBTQ community is unacceptable. They own this shit. Source: Dallas police investigating vicious ‘mob’ attack of transgender woman caught on video – ABC News

Puerto Rico: A Poem

The poem below is not mine. It was written by Juan Saez Burgos, a Puerto Rican by birth, a poet in spirit. I found it very prescient in light of dear president’s recent comments about PR being an island, coupled with the horrible response to the crisis there. We Americans have a history that is sometimes far from honorable.

        Historic Tale in One Language Without a Moral                        

                        Part I

Once upon a time
and twice are three
and still is
    a small piece of the earth
in the middle of the sea:
    that piece was filled with Indians
naked like bronze under the sun.
Winds passed and waves passed 
and in boats some whites arrived, and the Indians of
     bronze
under the sun
     fought and fought and died, and the whites with beards
under the sun
     killed and killed and conquered.
Long live the Cross and long live the King
     full of blood because that is the law!
From a larger, more people land, the whites brought
     some blacks
naked, mahogany under the sun. They chained them,
     they branded them,
they made them drink their sweat.
For the King and for the Cross filled with hate they pray
     to Jesus.

                        Part II

Once upon a time
and twice are three
and still is,
     that same piece of earth
in the middle of the sea;
     that piece is filled with people
dressed and mixed under the sun.
     Struggles passed and wars passed
and some blonds arrived in warships, and creoles dressed 
under the sun
     fought and fought; they surrendered, and the pink
       blonds
under the sun killed and killed, they laughed.
Long live Wall Street and Santa Claus "and obey bastards
     this is the law"
From their larger, more people land the blonds brought
     some bases
full full full with bombs under the sun; they put there
     soldiers and cannons
and they did all this for "sport".
For Santa Claus and for Wall Street "dirty spiks" march
     off to war.