Friday, April 16, 2010

Living in a Lumpy Culture

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We escaped Europe because we were "weird." We agreed to "get along" once we got here, which basically meant we didn't hang those who were members of other escapee groups on sight, with a few notable exceptions. Even by the change of the century in 1900 many Protestants thought Catholics were secretly arming and training for a takeover, down in Los Angeles, see Keith Lummis's autobiography.

Today of course we have far more differences as we've dumped in folks from a much wider range of cultures than Northern Europe. Now the Tea Party is trying to become what their ancestors tried to escape, a dominent force that rejects any idea or culture that doesn't fall within their strict limitations of how the world should be. The Tea Party may become the blinders on the horses that pull the USA over the cliff and into cultural oblivion. It's up to the rest of us to stop them. They are not for the ideals embedded in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. They are using those documents to cover their naked narrow minds.

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