Sunday, November 30, 2008

Why is it Still Acceptable to Scapegoat Gay Americans?

Triggered by the $7.7 billion pledged to "fix" the financial and credit crises, Michael Savage went on the following tirade,

"...We're probably 50 leagues below the degeneracy that brought about Hitler. We are the sickest, most disgusting country on the earth, and we are psycholo -- psychotically -- we are psychotic as a nation." - Michael Savage

Now, you would think a remark like the aforementioned would get the bumper-stickered, flag-waving, patriots in a tailspin. What is holding them back?

The answer is simple. Gay marriage. Because Savage blames what he calls the "degeneracy" of this country, not on the greedy bankers, not on corrupt government officials, not on an overly materialistic or indifferent culture, but on gay marriage - the same gay marriage, just defeated across the board, on November 4 - that justifies calling America,the most disgusting country on earth,, in the minds of those who would normally label anyone, who described the U.S. as the most disgusting country on earth, traitors.

Savage's show is unfortunately influential as it is supposedly heard on more than 350 radio stations, reaching over 8 million listeners each week, making it one of the most listened to talk shows in our nation, following closely behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Focusing the blame, for all the problems this country is facing, on gay Americans, is like blaming the problems that faced Weimier Germany on Jewish people, and we all know where that lead. So, who is responsible for any resemblance this country has to Nazi, Germany? Who is imitating Hitler's tactics?

What if Michael Savage had blamed African Americans instead? Jewish Americans? Asian Americans? The disabled?

Historical accounting has taught us that scapegoating is a slippery slope. Offering up an individual or group of people, based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, etc., to bear blame is the reason Hitler succeeded in creating the most evil regime in documented history.

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