David Barton (the fake historian who says there’s no such thing as Separation of Church and State in the Constitution ) thinks it was a mistake to give women the vote. Because, you know, the husband’s vote is really the vote of the “family.”
“So family government precedes civil government and you watch that as colonists came to America, they voted by families. And you have to remember back then, husband and wife, I mean the two were considered one. That is the biblical precept… That is a family, that is voting. And so the head of the family is traditionally considered to be the husband and even biblically still continues to be so.”
I guess unmarried women are just out of luck, since he’s made it clear that he attributes many of the nation’s problems to the fact that humans with vaginas were given the right to vote.
Then there’s William G. (Jerry) Boykin–remember him? He was the Army General who explained his unit’s victory in a battle in Iraq by saying “My God was bigger than their God.” He now works for the Family Research Council, and he’s still doing his paleolithic version of “God work.” He recently explained that Jews are responsible for all the problems in the world. (We’ve been really busy–there aren’t all that many of us, you know. No wonder I’m tired.)
Then there’s “I ranch on taxpayers’ property” Cliven Bundy. He and the Tea Party blame most problems on the feds. (And, of course, “The Negro.”)
Closer to home, Micah Clark and his merry band of culture warriors are positive that it’s “the gays” fault that society isn’t moving in their preferred direction. Homosexuals are destroying the traditional family, what with their “gay agenda” and all.
I wish I had a dollar for every blogger, pundit and troll who blames academic “elitists” for the nation’s ills. (My favorite headline, from something called “The Clothesline”: Can America Survive the Arrogant Elitist Imbeciles of Academia?)
And everyone from Rush Limbaugh to your crazy Uncle Ed just knows it’s those scary black folks and their President that have taken a country that was perfect in every way and turned it into some wimpy, pseudo-European shadow of its former greatness.
I wonder what would happen if we all stopped pointing our fingers at “the other” and tried to work together to make this country what it should be–that place of Truth, Justice and the American Way that existed only in Superman comics and the rosy memories of people who weren’t paying attention.
What if we actually tried to live up to our ideals?
What if we took e pluribus unum seriously?