In the In Between

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I was born into an east Texas republican family. Staunch conservatives with strong ties to the Judeo-Christian belief system, with my immediate family actively involved in a fundamentalist Christian sect.

I was raised to thank the God of the Trinity, Father of Jesus, and sole Creator for His agape love and endless grace in my life. I was taught to live with kindness and compassion, to treat others with respect and forgiveness, to walk humbly and peacefully, and to vote Republican. My grandmother was named “Yellow Rose of Texas,” she walked door to door with George W, and former President George H.W. spoke at her Yellow Rose ceremony.

Ive grown into an adult who rejects the tenets of contemporary interpretations of Americanized Christianity, I lived openly as a queer person for 5 years before I transitioned from female to male, and I no longer base my voting decisions on family traditions.

Essentially, I’ve turned my back on a childhood that instilled values of goodness and mercy and love and compassion, and I walk an entirely different path than was ever hoped for or expected of me.

But I can assure you this:

Never ONCE has an evening with queer and/or liberal people— regardless of color or gender expression or religious belief— EVER ended with a group discussion that tore apart the identities of those unlike us. NEVER have we finished a BBQ with callous chatter focused on making mockeries of other races than our own, or telling jokes about senseless crimes against disenfranchised groups, or laughing about less privileged persons’ hopeless attempts at qualifying for basic human rights.

NEVER have my godless, liberal, pro-choice, pro-social justice friends entertained one another with racial slurs, racist jokes, verbal attacks on people that don’t look or speak like us.

But I cannot recall a family gathering with my republican, conservative, Christian-god worshipping followers of God the Father (and FoxNews) in which relaxing evenings did not end with at least one horrifically racist joke, at least one jab at an entire minority group, or at least one tasteless attempt at defending their right to claim injustice done to them by minority groups fighting for equality.

It was upon a foundation of all-encompassing love and mercy that my childhood conditioning was built. I was conditioned to make choices (or to NOT make choices) based on the notion of faith in an all-loving God. I was conditioned to think as a traditionally conservative, Bible believing Christian should, and to vote and be political accordingly. I was conditioned to view liberals as godless and unpatriotic and heartless— lost souls, “chaff blowing in the wind,” incapable of sincerity because they weren’t filled with the Spirit of the Holy Ghost.

Yet, it is ONLY among my new, liberal, self-created family of my own choosing that true kindness, true mercy, true love is actually an acting force.

Once again, like so many reunions before this, my night ended with roars of laughter at racial slurs, derogatory terminology, cries of racism against white people, and horrific humor stemming from callous deconstruction of identities that look or speak or act or vote differently than those present.

I feel so betrayed and beyond disheartened and pissed off and paralyzed in shame and overwhelmed with sadness and just drained. Because this wont effect me. Their hypocrisy and their hate will never TOUCH me because I have the same color skin as they, and I now pass as male, and I look the part of “the right kind of American.”

My friend said today, “I don’t know how to love people and still cope with their ignorance and mine and speak up loudly and proudly to be fierce and kind and offend when necessary.”

You know, I said nothing tonight. I didn’t even walk away. I have no clue how to be loudly and proudly fierce, and offend when necessary. I just get on Tumblr and wallow in awareness of the hypocrisy and the ignorance and the hate and the betrayal, but when it came down to losing the respect/affection of my uncle who I adore in order to defend my beliefs and my passions and the people I’ve chosen to love, I didn’t budge. I still wanted the affection my family shows me. I hid in plain sight so that I could keep their hugs and support and love. What does that make me.

If you are a woman, person of color, child, or person who identifies somewhere on the queer spectrum, you should be aware of the dangerous side effects voting Republican can cause. Yes, voting Democrat isn’t too appealing right now, but are the risks of a Republican in office too great? 

How can I trust you with power if you don’t pray?

Next Gingrich

Really? Because I wasn’t aware that atheists were the ones who couldn’t be trusted to make rational decisions.

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nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident:

I know, I know - only 8?


1). Herman Cain claims his 9-9-9 plan doesn’t raise taxes on those who make the least.


The Truth
: The Citizens for Tax Justice did an analysis of Herman Cain’s plan that found that 9-9-9 would give the 1% wealthiest Americans a tax break, and it would raise taxes on the poorest 60% by $2,000. A study of Cain’s plan by the Tax Policy Center found that taxes would go down only for those who make over $200,000 a year.

2). CNN and Michele Bachmann Claim 47% of Americans Don’t Pay Taxes

Bachmann said that every American should pay taxes, even if it is just a dollar. The problem is that the idea that 47% of Americans don’t pay taxes is a myth.

The Truth:
Because of high unemployment, and the Obama tax credits, 51% of Americans paid no federal income taxes in 2009. This statistic was limited to federal income taxes for one year. The actual number of Americans who pay no taxes of any kind is only 14%, and this group mainly consists of the elderly and the disabled.

3). Michele Bachmann’s Claim that even the Obama administration wants to repeal ObamaCare.


The Truth:
The Hill reported yesterday, “President Obama is against repealing the health law’s long-term-care CLASS Act and might veto Republican efforts to do so, an administration official tells The Hill, despite the government’s announcement Friday that the program was dead in the water. “We do not support repeal,” the official said Monday. ‘Repealing the CLASS Act isn’t necessary or productive. What we should be doing is working together to address the long-term care challenges we face in this country.’

4). Mitt Romney’s claim that he never, “hired an illegal.”

The Truth: Romney did hire illegal immigrants. PolitiFact graded Romney’s claim that he never hired illegal immigrants as mostly false in 2007, “Reporters tracked down three former landscapers who claimed to have been in the United States illegally when they worked on Romney’s lawn. One of the workers, Rene Alvarez Rosales, said he worked for Romney eight years landscaping his lawn, occasionally getting a “buenos dias” from Romney himself. Others told the Globe of casual encounters with Romney over the years, during which he had never inquired about their status. The Globe said Romney, for an entire decade, used a landscaping company that relied on illegal Guatemalan immigrants. Employees at the company, Community Lawn Service with a Heart, said its owner hadn’t asked them to provide documents showing their immigration status.”

5. Rick Perry claimed Texas has one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

The Truth:
According to the Commonwealth Fund, Texas ranked 46th in the United States in healthcare. Forget the world; Texas has one of the worst healthcare systems in the United States.

6). Mitt Romney claimed that he never supported TARP.

The Truth: Back in March 2009 Romney told James Pethokoukis of Reuters, “The TARP program, while not transparent and not having been used as wisely it should have been, was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures. You cannot have a free economy and free market if there is not a financial system. … The TARP program was designed to keep the financial system going, to keep money circulating in the economy, without which the entire economy stops and you would really have an economic collapse.”

7). Mitt Romney’s charge that Obama doesn’t have a jobs plan.

The Truth: Obama’s plan is called The American Jobs Act. It would create 1.9 million new jobs, and unlike Romney’s bullet point smoke an mirror economic plan. Mark Zandi of Moody’s estimated that Obama’s plan would create 2 million new jobs.

8). Rick Santorum claimed Iran was not a terrorist nation when Reagan traded arms for hostages.

The Truth:
Iran was added to list of states that sponsor terrorism in January 1984. The first arms for hostages transaction with Iran occurred on August 20, 1985.

axelssonkatt:

The 53% were well represented at Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Moderator Anderson Cooper asked the candidates to weigh in on the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread across the country — and the globe — as frustration with the status quo has…

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Michelle adds to her entertaining record of Libya-related facepalm statements

shortformblog:

He’s tied with Mitt Romney for first in one poll and ahead of Rick Perry in another. Months ago, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign seemed like something of an underdog, with many people unaware of the former pizza chain executive. Now, with multiple straw-poll wins under his belt, the non-politician is within shouting distance of the lead. RealClearPolitics has him in third place, but if you take out the two oldest polls listed, he rises to second, ahead of Rick Perry, thanks in part to consistent poll numbers and Perry’s own faltering of late. Cain’s worth watching, suddenly. Wow. (photo via Gage Skidmore) source

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inothernews:

The grimace of a willfully blind idiot.

(Photo: Dan Wagner / Sarasota Herald-Tribune via the AP / New York Times)

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motherjones:

The words “Pants on Fire” come up repeatedly.

Dear Republican voters,

Please note: Romney at least tells the truth. Get over his Mormonism and don’t let anyone but this guy in the race to run our country.