They Will Come for You

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me

-Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) –


large_statue-of-liberty-crownNo Dogs, Christians Only, and Things Unthinkable

The terrorist attack in Paris has injected a lightning bolt worth of energy into the xenophobic, racist, bigoted world of conservative fundamentalist politics. Republican presidential candidates are using the tragedy and taking full advantage of it to stoke the fires of fear and bigotry in their base they have so carefully tended. Here just a few examples:

Ben Carson – “If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs, by any stretch of the imagination. But, you’re putting your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, how do I protect my children?” (11/19/15 at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama)

Jeb Bush – “I think we need to do thorough screening and take in a limited number. There are a lot of Christians in Syria that have no place now. They’ll be either executed or imprisoned, either by Assad or by ISIS. We should focus our efforts as it relates to the refugees for the Christians that are being slaughtered.” (11/15/15 on CNN “State of the Union”)

Ted Cruz – “President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees to America — it is nothing less than lunacy. Now on the other hand, Christians who are being targeted, for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them.” (11/14/15 on Fox News)

Donald Trump – “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.” (Yahoo News via Washington Post)


Us, Them, and You

To those on the Right it’s “Us” and “Them”. As Ben Carson clearly put it, “Them” are “dogs”. As Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz put it, “Us” are christians, and any refugees who are christian should take precedence and be protected. And then there’s Donald Trump… As Trump put it, “…certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country…” What are those “certain things”? They will most certainly affect “You”, and not just refugees.

Yes indeed! Welcome to the United States of America! A new and improved, theocratic, xenophobic, bigoted, racist, corporate run police state, where everyone is a suspect, but especially if they’re brown, carry a Koran, and are running from war, terror, and religious persecution! Oh… and let’s not forget those dangerous brown people south of the border! We don’t want their kind contaminating our Cro-Magnon, redneck, fundamentalist gene pool, or taking jobs we don’t want anyway away from us! And, those damn “niggers” gotta be watched too! Always bitching about discrimination, being shot by the police, protesting and wanting to be treated like white folk! This is ‘Murica! And then there’s those fuckin’ atheists, and liberals!!! They’re all fucking communist, devil worshipping, muslim, godless bastards!!!


You… Yes, you

Are you really going to let these fascist, bigoted, racist, theocratic idiots scare you into locking all the doors and windows to our democratic republic… a nation that was built by immigrants from all over the world? I’m not just talking about ISIS here. I’m also talking about the fascist, bigoted, racist, theocratic idiots of the Right! Are you going to take the coward’s way out and relinquish the principles of freedom and liberty for the illusion of security that the Right repeatedly claims is the only way for the country to remain “free”?

I was under the impression that Americans were strong, determined, and unafraid as a matter of course?! In fact, that’s exactly what the Right continually spews in its rhetoric! Doesn’t it? And yet, those on the Right are the first to suggest that America lock its doors and hide in the closet?! What about all that 2nd Amendment bullshit folks on the Right love to shout about all the time? You know…The right to defend themselves against the government and the world’s most powerful military? What? A few radical Islamic terrorists that might slip in from time to time have to be a lot easier to defend against at home than taking on the U.S. government!

Home of the free. But definitely not the land of the brave.

But, there’s the rub. The powerbrokers of the Right want everyone afraid of everything. It gives them the upper hand and, over time, more and more Americans will relinquish their freedoms for the illusion of security. Terrorism, to the Right, is just a very convenient method to instill more fear and gain more control. And the same powerbrokers on the Right who spew anti-government rhetoric today are actually working toward BIGGER government by transforming the country into a police and surveillance state!

They will come for you

America is NOT immune to radicalism and domestic terrorism. Just as Syria and other parts of the world are burning in the fires of civil war and strife, America could easily follow suit. Compared to many other countries, we are very young and untried but only once. And that civil war is nothing compared to what might lay ahead. With a severely divided electorate, the rapidly increasing surveillance state, racism, religious bigotry, income inequality – just a few of the many problems that are far more of a threat to the safety and stability of our own part of the world than islamic terrorism – it can all go bad in an instant, and if it ever does, they will come for you. It is then that you will likely find yourself a refugee seeking a safe place to escape to, where liberty extends a welcoming hand to huddled masses yearning for freedom.

The Return of AH Video Commentary – January 11, 2016

I will be returning to YouTube on January 11, 2016 with a redux of the American Heathen® video commentary series! I promise to deliver some of the most scathing, satirical, sarcastic, and comical commentary on politics, religion and social issues you’ve ever heard!  PLUS… Prepare yourself for the return of a VERY SPECIAL guest host who will certainly expound upon, and compound my outrage!  Want to know who it is?  Tune in January 11th and find out!

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

(The following is from the weekly column “Brutally Honest”.  It appears with the author’s permission.)


This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
– by David 2

So it’s happened again.

Here I was early on Friday evening getting my thoughts together for this week’s column, getting ready to rip the bible-thumping freedom-haters over their annual seasonal temper tantrums and their token targets of opportunity, when it happened.

The ultimate in freedom-hating religious extremism has struck again, this time in Paris. Six violent incidents at the same time, over 160 people dead, over 300 injured, and all attributed to the so-called Islamic State group. Paris is under siege, again. The world is in shock and in mourning, again.

And my first thought was “Well there goes my ripping the bible-thumpers over Starbucks! I can’t rag on bible-thumpers and Fox News and Talk Radio over their artificial orchestrated temper tantrums about Starbucks and their plain red holiday cups with what’s happened over in Paris! That just isn’t right.”

And, on the onset, it does seem petty to rip the bible-thumpers over their protests about plain red Starbucks cups when you compare it to Koran-slamming extremists with their bombs and guns. Orchestrated pompous self-serving outrage versus orchestrated self-righteous self-serving death and destruction… yeah, the two things are far from interchangeable. The former seems downright petty when compared to the latter.

But then I had a revelation of sorts.

No, these two things are not comparable in and of themselves.

But they are cut from the same cloth of extremism.

Let’s get brutally honest here… while the methods of self-important fury are different, the Christians and their Starbucks-hate have some things in common with the so-called “Islamic State” extremists.

Both groups strongly believe that they are entitled to create a religious state. The only difference here is technical: Christian vs Islam. They both strongly believe that they are entitled to force others to live under their particular interpretations of religion. The only difference here is the method: Christians prefer to have the government they control to force it, while Muslims bypass the middlemen and do it themselves. They both falsely believe that they are being continually “persecuted” simply because their views and interpretations are not universally accepted. In fact, they continually feed off that phony feeling of “persecution” as a way to keep their myrmidons in a siege mentality so they will accept anything they’re told needs to be done without question.

And, yes, I have seen Christian extremists go the way of the Muslim extremist. We all have seen it. Eric Robert Rudolph bombed the 1996 Olympics because of it. Clayton Lee Waagoner sent fake Anthrax threats to women’s clinics because of it. Doctors and clinic workers have murdered in cold blood for decades by Christian extremists who claim they are entitled to dish out death and destruction because of their beliefs.

And before some Christians chime in with “well, those people aren’t really Christians because Christianity is about love and forgiveness”, I challenge you to read that Bible you clench so tightly like it was a life preserver. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth,” said the carpenter’s son in the Book of Matthew (10:34). “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”  Does that sound like love and forgiveness to you? And that’s just one passage of many in that book that are used to justify violence. And the fact that you decide to cherry-pick which parts to ignore and which ones to latch on to makes you “not really Christian” as well, not to mention it makes you a hypocrite. You don’t allow the Muslims to use your excuse when it comes to their extremists, so why should anyone in this world afford you that luxury? I seem to recall a certain carpenter’s son had a parable about splinters and planks for just such an occasion.

Now consider this: ten years ago, we found out that not everyone in “Gay Paris” were all about “liberty, equality, and fraternity”. There were enclaves of Muslims, mostly from other countries, that refused to mix in with the general populace. They kept to themselves and fed off their resentment and feelings of persecution, and they found themselves getting angrier and angrier. That anger finally erupted in violence and rioting that lasted for weeks.

Does anyone really think that this kind of malignant anger and frustration would just be turned off like a light switch? It didn’t boil overnight, and it certainly can’t be turned off as quickly. And then you add to it a whole batch of new refugees from the Middle East coming in by the tens of thousands, chased away by extremists like the Islamic State group. It was only a matter of time before that pot started to boil again.

Now we may think that phony outrage over a cup here in America is nothing, but in truth, it’s all part of the same game that has been going on for years. Fox News has been generating this phony “War on Christmas” every year almost since they first started broadcasting. Every year they target companies that say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. They go after schools that cancel Christmas plays and ban references to the Christian elements of the season. And lately they’ve morphed it into a general phony “War on Christians”, so they can play the phony persecution game year-round. Just like the Muslim extremists do. All the while, stirring the pot, building the anger and the resentment, and hoping that it just won’t boil over like it did in Paris in 2005.

It’s a dangerous game they play, knowing that if it backfires, all they have to do is say “it was just a bunch of isolated nutcases that have no connection whatsoever to the message of peace and love that we provide.”

And you know what? We’ll let them get away with it too. Lest we be accused of “stifling their freedom of religion”, even if their religion is stifling all of our freedoms in the process.

We say “it’s just a cup”, but the religious extremists here in America say “Today, it’s a cup.” And tomorrow, they’ll find something else to target to keep their followers pissed off. It could be a newspaper cartoon or a rock concert or a book. Because that’s what they do, and they’ll be the first to tell you that at least they’re not acting like the Muslims extremists in Paris. At least… not today.

43 Years Later… Nothing’s Changed

After 43 years, nothing’s changed in America.  Same problems, same bullshit.  George Carlin had it all figured out back in 1972.  As a tribute to the politicians that send our men and women into harms way for politically suspect corporate and selfish reasons while the nation festers… A quick reminder of just how little they contribute to solving problems.

“Romancing the Slut” – Rated “PG” (Pure Garbage)

1339461006621_2841639It should be a really bad B-movie. But it’s not. The opening scene features a bunch of used car salesmen vying for a date with a slut. They’re the cream of the sewage crop at the bottom of the septic tank, one notch above a Paleolithic snail trail. They’re falling all over themselves feeding the slut lies, half-truths, deception, plastic smiles, and the promise of a phone call the day after… All of it after slipping yet another roofy into the slut’s Kool-Aid. The winner gets to hump the slut’s leg long enough to shoot their wad and brag about their conquest over the slut, a slut that has been fucked so many times that it can’t remember the last time it was fucked. The slut? It’s a tramp. It’ll jump into bed with anyone who says they can make it feel special again, even though it’s grown ugly, unkempt, ignorant, delusional, and is dripping with sweat from their sugar-daddy-media-madness induced, reality television coma.

Welcome to the opening scene of the 2016 Presidential Election titled “Romancing the Slut”. Who are the stars of this tawdry, repugnant story? Presidential Candidates faithfully portray – and without a single performance blemish – the Used Car Salesmen, while the American voters willingly spread their legs as the Slut. ‘Roll Camera! Roll Sound! And… ACTION!


Used Car Salesmen and the High School Quarterback

The field of Presidential Candidates from both parties has to be the most disgusting, depraved, desperate, self-serving, delusional, despicable, corporate cunnilingus hacks I have ever seen. And out of all of them, only ONE is even slightly less repulsive than the rest. But, even that ONE is soiled by the delusions of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny. Yeah… I have to admit I kinda dig the idea of an “Angry Jew” at the helm of a sinking ship screaming “Fuck the emails! We’re going down! Start bailing and save the Kreplach!!!” But, the ONE is merely comic relief in this tabloid, celluloid, hemorrhoidal story of political debauchery and chicanery. As attractive as these charlatans might be to the Slut of this story, the back story as to how they came to be the Slut’s crush deserves to be told.

Think of Corporate America as the High School Quarterback in this story. Rich, powerful, handsome… The High School Quarterback knows the Slut will do anything for the mythical chance at living a life of riches. And anything means the Slut can be easily turned into the High School Quarterback’s Whore, a cash commodity in the Red Zone of the stupidly wealthy. In order to turn the Slut into a money-making cum bag, the High School Quarterback hires a bunch of scumbags (Used Car Salesmen) to woo the Slut with empty promises, and cascading delusional waterfalls of “You’re SOOOOOOOOOO Special!”, “Baby! I can make you a STAR!” and “Don’t worry honey! I’m only going to put the head in!” Of course, the Slut is unbelievably gullible, ignorant, and desperate. So why not? The Slut buys into the whole thing jock, cock, and goes absolutely feral. The Slut spreads its legs willingly, closes its one eye (the one without the chic political party eyepatch), and slips quietly away into its fantasy of being the kept Slut of the High School Quarterback.


How Does the Story End?

The same way it always does. One Used Car Salesman wins the Slut, gets to hump its leg, dumps its load all over the place, leaves and never calls back, and the High School Quarterback makes a shitload of money off its new Whore until the next election. The Slut? The Slut never realizes that it was parlayed into a Whore by the High School Quarterback and gleefully forges ahead, spreading its legs for any Used Car Salesmen that is willing to tell it that it’s special, that it’s a STAR, or that they’re only going to “put the head in” it, when they’re really going to give it the shaft.

Christian Privilege Is Not Religious Freedom

(The following is reprinted from the Brutally Honest column by David 2.  The article appears with the author’s permission.)

Christian Privilege Is Not Religious Freedom
– by David 2

Imagine waking up early one morning to your home’s smoke alarm going off. Your house is on fire!

You bolt out of bed, grab your cellphone, get your family and pets out, and then call 9-1-1.

But instead of getting an operator, you get this:

“You have reached Righteous County’s 9-1-1 system. All the county’s emergency services are closed today in observance of God’s law and the Ten Commandments. If this is an emergency, please wait for the tone and then leave your name, street address, and phone number, and the nearest neighboring county’s emergency services will handle your call when possible. Otherwise, please contact our offices during normal business hours Monday through Saturday. Thank you and have a blessed Sunday!”

You’d understandably be upset, wouldn’t you? Here’s your home burning to the ground, and you can’t get the local fire department – which you pay taxes for – to respond to your emergency because it happens to be Sunday!

Imagine if your loved one was in an accident and was bleeding to death, or if he or she was a victim to a criminal. Would you care then if your taxpayer-funded public officials were adhering to what he or she deemed to be “God’s Law”?

Too extreme for you? Okay, try this:

You want to open a clothing store. Local leaders give you great tax benefits to do it. Realtors have the perfect building for your store. Lenders are willing to lend you the money. But the person in the business licensing office refuses to give you a business license. Why? Because your clothing store will include clothes made from two different cloths, and the government official handling businesses licenses can’t issue a license for something that goes against his or her religious beliefs.

Or we can talk about wanting to open a BBQ restaurant, but the local zoning board decrees that you can’t because your menu will involve pork, considered an “unclean animal” in the Bible.

Sounds asinine, doesn’t it? Perfectly legal businesses being stopped because of one person’s or one group’s personal religious beliefs.

Oh, sure, you can always open up shop in another town, in another community; one that would welcome you more readily than this hypothetical community. But why should you have to because of the tyranny of this one person or of this one group? That’s not American!

If you have been keeping up with recent news events, then you know where we’re going with this.

This is the world according to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her supporters, not just in the community, but in several scattered corners of the United States. A world where their personal beliefs override the very rule of law that these people would otherwise demand that we all adhere to.

Davis and her mouthpieces, which by no coincidence come from the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s legal group, would have you believe that she is the “victim” in this matter. That she is the “persecuted” one. That supposedly her faith is being “threatened”.

This is typical sociopathic behavior. Project your faults onto others. Claim to be the victim so your own victims can’t do the same. Claim to be the wounded party to justify your own actions. This is the game that is played, and it has nothing to do with truth.

This is the truth: Kim Davis is an elected official for Rowan County, Kentucky. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were legal and protected across the country under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, she took it upon herself to first stop issuing all marriage licenses from her office, and then refused to specifically issue any marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Now it would be one thing for her to say “this is against my religious beliefs” and then let someone else in her office do the task. But she also prevented anyone else in her office from doing it. In other words, she hijacked the authority of the whole county for her own personal reasons.

You know, this kind of activity would otherwise be called insurrection. Fourteen years ago we sent soldiers overseas to fight this kind of stuff after religious extremists hijacked planes, took down two skyscrapers, took out part of the Pentagon, tried to destroy the White House, and drove us all down the path to fascism.

Oh, but those were Muslims, weren’t they? And we’re talking about Christians now, aren’t we? Those supposedly “don’t count”.

And that’s the point.

Now I’m not going to go over the fact that Ms. Davis violated her biblical teachings with her own convoluted marital history, which is on par with some soap opera characters. First, because hypocrisy has become a political requirement for conservative thinking. Second, because all of that supposedly got “wiped clean” when she was “born again” into her current theology. And, third, because it’s really irrelevant to the issue.

We are not here to talk about Kim Davis, the Christian, even though that is precisely what her attorneys and her supporters and several GOP presidential wannabes demand that we focus on. They want us to focus on her as a Christian, because they want this to be about her Christian beliefs so they can continue to fraudulently claim “persecution”.

We are here to talk about Kim Davis, the elected taxpayer-funded public official who took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. And I am presuming that she took this oath on her bible and using the words “So help me God” at the end, simply because that’s pretty much expected from politicians of any level of belief.

Once upon a time when someone in power was required to do something that conflicted with their own personal beliefs, that conflict was considered a personal crisis of conscience. Personal. Not public. That person would be obligated to choose between their beliefs and the job that they swore an oath to carry out. If you can’t do your job, then you are obligated to step aside. If you are a pacifist, then you don’t carry out death row executions. If you are a vegan, then you don’t get put in charge of inspecting slaughterhouses and chicken processing plants. If you are afraid of water, then you don’t become a lifeguard. If you are afraid of fire, then you don’t become a fireman. It is that simple. Period.

But that is not what Kim Davis, the taxpayer-funded clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, did. When the justices of the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages were legal under the United States Constitution, she knew that this would conflict with her personal beliefs; but rather than to step aside, she took it upon herself to violate the Constitution, violate her oath of office, and violate her word. And she is claiming that she entitled to do so because her “beliefs” trump the very Constitution that she took an oath to protect and defend.

Let’s get brutally honest here… what Kim Davis and her ilk, including the whole slew of GOP presidential wannabes, want has nothing to do with religious freedom. They want a license (pun intended) to ignore the Constitution. To ignore the rule of law. To put their beliefs above the rule of law and above the Constitution. Not for everyone, of course. They don’t want the Amish to shut down drivers licenses, or allow the Muslims to outlaw women wearing shorts. No, they just want this license for themselves.

They are arguing for Christian Privilege, not religious freedom.

And just as a reminder for those (*ahem* Mike Huckabee) who think that “God’s Law” trumps the Constitution, here is Article VI, second and third paragraphs:

“This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

You do know what “supreme law of the land” means, right? That means there is nothing above it. That includes your interpretations of “God”.   There is nothing in there that gives an exception for your religious beliefs.

That also means that if you have some state law that conflicts with the Constitution, such as any kind of asinine “religious freedom” law like Kentucky passed, then that state law loses. Period. It’s called the “Supremacy Clause”. Go ahead and look it up. There’s plenty of judicial history behind it.

If Kim Davis did not want her name attached to marriage licenses, then she should have resigned. That is what any ethical and moral person would do. But she doesn’t want to, because she feels entitled to her position. If she didn’t want her name on the licenses, then she should have asked to have her name removed from the stamp. But she – or at least her mouthpieces – didn’t even ask for that until after she was jailed for contempt of court. After she had already violated her oath of office.

What makes this matter worse is that you have big-money organized religious groups and those aforementioned GOP presidential wannabes that have been goading her to disobey the law. They have been urging her to violate her oath of office, to violate any sense of ethics and morals when it comes to local government. They are the reason why she spent five days behind bars, because any kind of financial penalty would have been useless with their financial largesse supporting her. And they are the reason why the taxpayers of that county will have to sacrifice tens of thousands of dollars, if not millions, to defend her claim of Christian Privilege, despite the aforementioned largesse of those groups. And, despite Mike Huckabee’s offer to supposedly take her place behind bars the next time – which is about as empty of an offer as his morality – none of those groups will ever be held to account for the financial and legal mess that they instigated and encouraged.

The ultimate hypocrisy is that the conservative and neo-conservative groups that are supporting Davis in this matter and encourage her and others to continue violating the Constitution are desecrating the very principles that they demand we otherwise follow. They claim to support the rule of law, but apparently only when it suits them. They claim to support the Constitution, but apparently only when it agrees with them. They demand we respect authority, and then turn around and promote anarchy and chaos. They are no different in mindset or rhetoric than the extremist groups on the other side of the world that they have been pushing us to fight for fourteen years now.

That is not what America is supposed to be about, people. And the longer this goes on, the longer we show the world that we are the biggest bunch of self-righteous hypocrites in human history. And then it’s only a matter of time before those hypothetical situations I talked about earlier become fact.