It's my opinion that the one over-riding driver of the average American voter is fear. Usually, irrational fear. Fear of scary brown people, AKA "terrorists". Fear of gays getting married and breaking up marriages that can withstand anything else. Fear that swarthy Hispanics will "take our jobs". (Or perhaps the corollary, that someone other than white men will be in charge.) Fear that we'll LOSE our jobs, leading to sucking the corporate
cock teat cock.
Fear that women will be able to consult privately with a doctor.
Fear that "the church" is losing influence.
Fear of other nations.
Fear of the government spending too much (on people) or too little (on blowing shit up and killing people).
Pants-shitting, abject fear that things will change (Forget about "for the better" or "for the worse", change itself is "bad") drives a status quo that gets worse, every year.
I admit to fear, myself. I'm afraid that things WON'T change. That we're so blinded by "patriotism" that we think we can't make this a better place to live for EVERYONE (not just our corporate masters.) I'm afraid we'll watch, like the proverbial slowly boiling frog, until we're either "dead" (emotionally, at least) or so fed up we realize we have nothing to lose and do something crazy.
So, whattaya think of THAT?
Losing my religion for equality Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries. At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities. The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met...