ABORTION, GUNS, THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, AND CUBA
I can hear y’all thinking, “Good lord, what is Jodi on about now? How is she going to connect those things?”
There is a common element in the subjects listed above: lies.
(I know, I ranted about lies just recently, but that was an anti-Republican rant. This is about different lies.)
Let’s start with Cuba. In the 1950’s, Fulgencio Batista ruled the country. He was a dictator and all around bad dude. So the people were thrilled, THRILLED, when a youthful, charismatic rebel named Fidel Castro overthrew him.
Castro promised reforms of all sorts. Justice for the poor. That sort of thing. He looked like God’s gift to Cuba until his firing squads started running around blowing away “enemies of the revolution.” It’s pretty much been downhill for Cuba ever since.
That’s what I’m talking about. People who try to advance their own interests by pretending that their interests are something else.
Take the endless abortion debate. There are people who want to end legal abortion in any form, for any reason. This has proven difficult, because a lot of other people don’t like being told what they can and can’t do with their own bodies. (This explains tattoos and genital piercing as well as anything can.)
Having failed to pass a law banning abortion outright, they now try to ban it bit by bit.
Recent arguments centered around the dilation and extraction method of abortion. “Look how gruesome!” they cried. “Let’s just outlaw THIS kind of abortion, because it’s icky.” (Like any abortion is pretty.)
The anti-choicers looked so stunned and hurt when anyone suggested they were using this LITTLE abrogation of reproductive freedom as a stepping stone to further impositions.
On to guns. The NRA and other gun rights organizations protest loudly over even the teeniest restriction on gun ownership. Efforts to make it more difficult for criminals to acquire guns get squashed. Devices that make it more difficult for children to fire guns are shot down, as it were.
Why is the NRA so unreasonable? Because they know damn well the gun-restrictors are lying. Each small imposition on your rights makes it easier to get a bigger one by you.
Israel-Palestine. After all these years, the solution to this conflict is obvious to everyone. Divide up the bloody (literally) land and live on your own part of it. It has never been resolved because everyone involved is lying.
The Palestinians claimed they wanted a peaceful settlement all the time they were blowing up nightclubs and school buses. The Israelis claimed they wanted a peaceful settlement all the time they were continuing to build houses on the disputed territory.
Side note: I was astonished to read that a Hamas official condemned the bombing in London, saying that attacking civilians on public transportation is unacceptable. HUH? Apparently Hamas only applies that rule to non-Jews outside of Israel. Liar.
Conclusion: whenever you think someone is being obtuse for no apparent reason, ask yourself what they believe their opponent is lying about. Chances are they’re right.