Get your head right, right now

In a speech about the gay marriage decision by the Supreme Court, Obama said:

Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs.  All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact; recognize different viewpoints; revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.

But today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible. Shifts in hearts and minds is possible.  And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them.

That’s right, this is land of many viewpoints and this has to change now. There is a word for this kind of thinking.

Tom Nichols explains it in a post on titled “The New Totalitarians Are Here: Totalitarians want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining — even if it takes bludgeoning every last citizen who disagrees.”

It is no longer enough to win, as in the gay marriage ruling, everyone must embrace the precept in their hearts and minds — reject thoughtcrime.

“Totalitarians are a different breed. …” Nichols writes. “They want obedience, of course. But even more, they want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining. And the only way to achieve that is to create a new society of people who share those beliefs, even if it means bludgeoning every last citizen into enlightenment.”

Dare to speak a contrary word about the liberal agenda and you will be bludgeoned unmercifully.

Learn to love Big Brother or else.


16 comments on “Get your head right, right now

  1. Winston Smith says:

    Control Freaks — they’re so predicable…

  2. Rincon says:

    I must be missing something. Allowing gays to marry is a reduction in government control. How does this force some group’s world view on others? As I grew up, the Christian church saw to it that gay sex was a crime to be punished. THAT’S totalitarian.

  3. Obama was just singing an old R.E.M. song.

  4. Steve says:

    “Allowing gays to marry is a reduction in government control.”
    Nope…it took a whole bunch of NEW regs and directives to make all that “freedom” Rincon.

    ” the Christian church saw to it that gay sex was a crime to be punished”
    Totalitarianism….Who forced you to be a member of that church? In fact who took your money and required it for membership? (Church of England?)

    @ way off base

  5. nyp says:

    Very funny that the people working to extend to gay American citizens the most basic of freedoms are labeled “totalitarian” by the Thomas Mitchell’s of the world.

  6. Steve says:

    “working to extend” government control through more regulation and control rather than LESS.

  7. Winston Smith says:

    Let’s not pretend here. The next step for the gay agenda is to demonize and/or control people who openly disagree with them, just as in Europe or Canada. That requires new laws making it a “hate crime” (whatever the hell that is) to dare defend the previous belief system.

    Yeah, it’s coming here to the U.S., because the radical gays can’t just celebrate their victory and move on with their lives. They’ll want retribution on anyone who has in the past or may in the future oppose them.

  8. Rincon says:

    You mean like Conservatives have demonized and attempted to control those who have openly disagreed with them about everything gay? It wasn’t so long ago that gay people were thrown in jail or worse. It was Conservatives and Bible thumpers who saw to that. You’re just mad because the Conservatives can no longer run roughshod over gays.

    How anyone can conclude that removing a prohibition is an increase in government control is beyond me. By that logic, it would be a decrease in government control if they made it illegal for say, Atheists to marry.

  9. Steve says:

    Read the laws they ADDED! How anyone can claim ADDING regulations, laws and penalties is somehow shrinking the government is beyond me….

  10. bc says:

    Come on Rincon, you know what the question is. I am happy that folks can get married regardless of their sex, there are people that I am very fond of now are having the discussions on marriage after being together for decades.

    The question is not about does allowing gays to marry increase government control, it and of itself the answer is of course no.

    There are those in the movement who seek to settle the score. They talk of the same demonization of gay people that you do and how they want to silence those who disagree with charges of hate speech, drive out of business those who struggle to reconcile their religious beliefs with the new business environment.

    A lot of people oppose gay marriage. Some are basic old fashioned bigots. Time will either change their minds or pass them by.

    There are a lot of very good people who struggle with the conflicts posed by their religious beliefs; passages in the Bible that they believe speak harshly towards the practice of homosexuality. In time some will reconcile what they believe their religion says with the people they know, some will always struggle. But they have the right to their beliefs.

    The people in the US have come a long way toward understanding those who are gay and transgendered. I believe that the movement erred in pushing to have SCOTUS decide the issue now, much better to let the people in the US continue to come around to them. I fear that involving the Supreme Court at this time may stop this process and polarize opinion in the long run.

    The true base of those who are gay or transgendered is not the Democratic Party that, like many Conservatives, understands only how to force their beliefs through the passage and application of law. The true base is the libertarian who wonder who’s business it is if two people want to celebrate their commitment with marriage. This is the true path for those who struggle with their religion and it is the path that America has been taking for the past decade or two.

  11. Winston Smith says:

    The SCOTUS decision was an increase of federal power to the detriment of the states. Just more centralization of power to please the Control Freaks. Unconstitutional, I might add…

  12. Rincon says:

    “Read the laws they ADDED! How anyone can claim ADDING regulations, laws and penalties is somehow shrinking the government is beyond me….”

    Using your logic, ADDING regulations years back making gay marriage illegal and prescribing jail sentences for gay sex expanded government, but ADDING regulations that remove them is also expanding government? You have a right to your opinion. Just don’t expect anyone to follow.

    Seems to me that denying marriage to gays deprives them of (life), liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Kind of goes against the founding principles of our country. Perhaps the court was remiss in not making this decision 200 years ago.

  13. Rincon says:

    From the 14th amendment: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

  14. Steve says:

    So increasing regulations and adding more pages to the law books is somehow decreasing the size and scope of government…and spending increases that aren’t as large as the bureaucrats are really cuts in their budgets, even though they have more money.

    Ignorance IS strength!

  15. Rincon says:

    Sounds to me like they tore a page OUT of the law books.

  16. Steve says:

    “Sounds to me like they tore a page OUT of the law books.”

    that figures

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