Settle Down

If you believe only G-d can judge you, but you blithely affirm that gays are sinners…

If you believe every woman has the right to an abortion, but no man has the right to a gun…

If you’re pretty sure the definition of terrorism turns more on egalitarian memes than on the motives of murdering criminals…

If you believe that a fetus is a human being with civil rights, but a transsexual person is not…

If you feel Christians are an oppressed minority, but we need to keep an eye on them Moo-slims…

If you have a bumper sticker that says WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS, but you refuse to slow down for bicyclists…

If your version of defending women is to tell them to relax…

If you believe our educational system is designed to produce useless, whining fops…

…or brainless assembly drones…

If you’ve ever said out loud that Israelis are the new Nazis…

…or asserted that it’s okay to punch Nazis…

…or to run down counter-Nazi protesters with your car…

…or that Antifa are the actual Nazis…

If you’ve never acknowledged that women harm men, too…

If you’re trying to save our democracy by ensuring that “those people” can’t vote…

If you believe that every business owner, down to the vacuum repair guy on the corner by the gas station, is a capitalist oppressor…

If our incessant beat of mass murders strikes you as the price of freedom…

If you sneer at a tax-paying journeyman for watching FOX News…

If you think that ball players taking a knee are political criminals in the Land of the Free…

If you would trade others’ rights for your security…

If you’re worried about Big Gubmint taking your guns, but you think “liberal” news outlets should be shut down…

If you carry signs asserting that white people are the biggest murderers of black people…

…or secretly wonder whether that strutting black child in a hoodie deserved to be shot…

If you style yourself a “street soldier” but disdain real soldiers…

If you believe that “socialism” is such a dirty word that we should turn fire stations over to private ownership…

If you prefer burning your own flag to saluting the best ideas of your nation…

If you think that anyone reading from a different cosmological playbook is going to roast in the fires of Hell…

…and especially if you’re willing to speed them on their trip…

…you might want to think about that.

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Comments

  1. Albert J Stegbuchner says:

    Thanks Jack, don’t let the bastards get you down.

  2. Keith Strickland says:

    Wheeww!!!

  3. “If you would trade others’ rights for your security…”

    Insightful summarization!

  4. Dave Halperin says:

    Jack, I always look forward to your posts ! Sorry I missed you in SF this year. Keep ’em coming!

  5. Sean Brendan-Brown says:

    Hey, Jack! we’re too old to keep fighting this God stuff, bro! remember the Cave bar in Pullman, was it, with the fantastic pints of brown ale on tap, and always fresh potato salad? we’d talk God, Literature, Art until Rustynne came down to have her one polite drink before coaxing me home! Loved those times! Jack, God-all gods and such superstitions are cancers to human development and evolution, and you know that! Especially with the passing of the incredible human thinker Hawking, we must come together even more, as writers, and eschew the silly bullshit we hold so dear, and really begin to think again, and allow that true, intellectual thought to guide our writing.

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