Fuck Your “Freedom,” You’re an Asshole

I am done with maintaining even a thin veneer of civility. I have had it with right-wingers in this country, and I despise nearly every single one of them. Each time one of them starts bleating about their rights, freedom, and bringing the economy back, all I hear is incredibly narcissistic, overly-entitled, short-sighted whining.

Back in World War II, when this country last faced a serious crisis, we did whatever it took to win. Industries were nationalized, taxes were raised, lights out curfews enforced in coastal cities, rationing was common, and people sacrificed because it was understood that there was a greater good. It was a hardship, but it was necessary. Everyone understood that not chipping in and doing what was right likely meant putting lives at risk.

But, now… Well, according to the current deranged logic being spouted by the John Birch Society, Tea Party, Libertarian, (somehow) the Christian right, and whackadoodle GOP crowd, freedom is all that matters, and if they don’t get what they want they are going to march on state capital building while proudly bearing their arsenals in an effort to intimidate and scare everyone else in an effort to get what they want. They don’t give the tiniest shit about the health and well-being of others or society as a whole. It’s all about them, and fuck everyone who doesn’t agree with them.

Well, I just don’t have it in me anymore to attempt to be understanding or talk civilly to people like that. Their selfishness and preschool-level understandings of rights, freedom, and civic responsibilities and duties is getting other people killed — and the worst part is that they don’t care. They feel like they have a 99% chance of surviving if they should somehow get sick, and they are comfortable with those odds. Of course, if they get sick and come into contact with 300 other people during that time, they will kill three other people because of their selfishness and inhumanity to others. But, that’s not their problem.

I don’t have to be nice to such people. Fuck them. All of them. Especially those who know me personally. I don’t care if you are a friend or a family member. If you are of the mindset that your liberty and freedom is more important than doing the right thing, then you are a killer, and I want nothing to do with you. I’m holding you to a higher standard because if you know me, chances are excellent that you’ve seen other things I’ve posted here or on Facebook. You know how I feel about this. This is not a simple matter of “it’s just an opinion” or “let’s agree to disagree.” I have no fucks to give to that bullshit. Your attitude will cause others to die. If you are some kind of Christian who can’t be bothered to understand this… Well, I hope the God you believe in is far more forgiving than I am.

Hundreds of thousands of people are going to die in this country because of a deranged right-wing way of thinking that devalues society and the general well being — all for the fetishization of individualism. I don’t have to talk nice to such people anymore. I’m tired of trying to get them to understand and see the light — tired of trying to get them to develop the smallest shred of empathy. Sometimes, you just have let the lemmings go rushing headlong over the cliff to their death.

It just sucks that they are going to take so many people who are sincerely trying otherwise with them.

1 thought on “Fuck Your “Freedom,” You’re an Asshole

  1. DW

    I don’t know how to resolve this — where once it was an issue of faith-based economics (trickle down), then faith-based vilification (everything clinton or obama has ever said or done is evil, no matter what), and now faith-based science (if trump says so, it’s so).

    We’ve reached a point where people are happy to set down their brains, and the longer the better, and whether or not it’s in their self interest makes no difference — it’s easier to not think and to blindly follow anti-science.

    Some days I think it’s an intentional rush towards an eschatological drive, but with the the simultaneous growth of social media and the death of rational thought, I think a substantial portion of our population would simply rather not think about anything hard.

    This bodes ill for issues like climate change, population growth, economic fairness, health care — you name it. When people would rather not think about things and would like to just believe whatever’s convenient, we have a massive problem on our hands.

    Sadly, I don’t think there’a nything to be done about it. Citizen’s United is the biggest barrier to representative democracy we’ve seen in years, and so pols dont even have to be honest about it anymore. Watch one of Trump’s press conferences — all he does is stand there and insult newspapers over and over. No information is distributed, no difficult questions are answered. He’s modeling a terrifying mentality which tens of millions of our citizens want to emulate.

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