From Mother Jones
: 9 Bills That Would Put Creationism in the Classroom
I have tried five times to write about this without devolving into utterly incoherent capslock rage, and it's, uh...it's not working. In fact, I seem to be completely incapable of writing about the current state of politics in my country without losing my fucking mind
, because what's happening right now is ridiculous and frightening and I feel like I'm living in some Bizarro-world United States where up is down and words do not actually mean what they're supposed to mean because the GOP doesn't like
the real meaning. Or something.
I'm currently sitting on a long, LONG post about my fear and anger and betrayal over what's happening with the GOP's attack on reproductive rights, and how this dovetails into my fear and anger and betrayal over what's happening in the US in general, but I just...ugh. I'm so hesitant about posting it. Because the thing is, I don't want to have to argue
about this shit. I don't want to have to explain why the prospect of being denied a life-saving abortion if I get pregnant and develop early HELLP syndrome is so deeply frightening. I don't want to have to explain how nauseating it is that there are people who genuinely think it's a reasonable and good idea to propose legislation requiring investigation of miscarriages -- miscarriages! -- as potential "prenatal murders." I don't want to have to explain why, as a union employee, I find the idea of losing my bargaining rights and benefits so incredibly upsetting. Or why it's stupid and wrongheaded to insist that creationism is science (protip: if you can't test it in any way, shape, or form using the scientific method, it's NOT FUCKING SCIENCE) and require its presence in school curriculum. Or why it strikes me as so boneheaded that these
are the things the GOP wants to push instead of, I don't know, WORKING TO FIX OUR BROKEN FUCKING ECONOMY.
I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like all of these things are...kind of self-evident? Like, golly gee, defunding National Public Radio? Why on earth would that be in any way upsetting when the majority of our broadcast news comes from stations owned by mega-corporations who have a vested interest in seeing their political interests protected? GOSH. That's not problematic at all!anjdnsjfndjsjk
So, yeah, I don't want to argue. And I don't want to explain
, and I guess that's why I'm mighty hesitant to post something that boils down to, "FEAR FEAR ANGER
FEAR," more so than this entry even. So much of this stuff affects me -- like, personally
affects me, to the point where I'm glad I live in a state like Oregon because Portland's population is big enough to skew voting in a liberal direction -- that it's pretty much impossible for me to be all cool and academic about what's happening right now.
(I was originally going to spend this entry complaining about an interview I'd read with Rep. Bill Zedler from Texas, where he blasted "evolutionists" for believing evolution happens by "random chance," and it made me so angry I couldn't see straight because he is SO WRONG, HE IS SO WRONG I CAN'T EVEN STAND IT, no one is arguing that evolution occurs by random chance because that's not how it fucking works
. And then this entry happened instead, so. Um. You're welcome?)
((I have no idea how to end this.))