Most North Carolinians Are Ignorant Assholes
From Nate Silver at the NYT:
Both recent polls of the state and an analysis of past ballot initiatives in other states suggest that the measure, Amendment 1, is likely to pass, although there is ambiguity over the outcome because of voter confusion about what the amendment seeks to achieve.
Having spent twenty five years traveling the state developing and maintaining computer systems, I am thoroughly aware that bigotry, racism, misogyny and hypocrisy are alive and well in our rural regions, along with the poverty that arrogance, ignorance, hatred and intolerance breed. While parts of this state are indescribably beautiful, many of its people are despicable cowards, assholes and unrepentant reprobates.
Those of us who oppose this terrible amendment have done all we can do to persuade those who yet maintain an iota of interest and compassion. And yet, it will probably not be enough. Degenerate assholes such as the John Locke Foundation, as well as right wing blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck continue to project a state of events which is almost unrecognizable from reality. Predictably, these influences grow local cancers like The Evil Dr. Guarino and C4GC. They are abetted by right wing authoritarian Christofascists, the Family Research Council, American Family Association and National Organization for Marriage.
Let there be no mistake: this referendum signals a lurch toward fascism. Many of those who will vote for it are no brighter than the pathetic cows who ushered in the Nazi regime of Germany in the 1930s. Their votes are not those of informed citizens, but instead of weak, timid and afraid sub-humanoids lacking the conviction to think for themselves and distrustful of anyone not like themselves.
Like the dumb animals they have become, the average voters merely know something is terribly wrong, but never having accepted responsibility for their own lives, are easily persuaded by the monsters who scream that it is the fault of the unafraid, the unbowed and the persistent among us who exhibit the God-given gifts of free will, self-reliance and determinism they see as entirely alien concepts.
So yes, we may lose this battle, but that does not mean we are wrong. Regardless of the outcome, I have no intention of giving up the fight to expose the intolerant and punish them for their hatred of those they judge to be different and therefore, outcast. We did not, as a society, enjoy the privilege of Enlightenment, only to be cast back into darkness by stupid bullies.
Life is not like high school, no matter how Facebook tries to make it so. It is our nature to mature, learn new things, change and grow into the people we were meant to be. It is no accident that social regression is upon us, as the false idols of materialism have caused. But we must re-double our efforts to educate, persuade and motivate those caught up in their passive apathetic addictions to regain responsibility for their existence and cease to be pawns of opportunistic sociopaths.