She arrived early to take apart the campaign office piece by piece, just as she felt so many other things about her life were being dismantled. Beth Cox wore a Mitt Romney T-shirt, a cross around her neck and fresh eyeliner, even though she had been crying on and off and knew her makeup was likely to run. A day after the election, she tuned the radio to Glenn Beck and began pulling posters and American flags off the wall. Her calendar read “Victory Day!!” and she had planned to celebrate in the office by hosting a dance party and selling Romney souvenirs. But instead she was packing those souvenirs into boxes, which would be donated to a charity that sent clothes to South America. Instead a moving company was en route to close down the office in the next 48 hours, and her friends were calling every few minutes to see how she was doing. “I will be okay,” she told one caller. “I just don’t think we will be okay.
There seems to be a misconception among many American Christians that fighting the good fight of faith means keeping God’s name on our money, in our speeches, in our pledge, and on our bumper stickers.But this is the danger of civic religion: it convinces us that God’s name is the same as God’s presence; it convinces us that we’ve “won” when we hear the right words, regardless of whether we’ve seen the right fruit. But God’s name is not enough, and America has a troubled history of slavery, ethnic cleansing, and the destruction of creation to show that invoking God’s name is not the same as earning God’s favor. As Susan B. Anthony so wisely put it, “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” Ironically, we render God’s name more meaningless each time we use it carelessly to advance our own agendas.
I stood with American workers, I stood with American manufacturing. I believed in you. I bet on you. I’ll make that bet any day of the week, and because of that bet, three years later that bet is paying off for America.
And in 34 states it is legal to fire someone solely for being transgender. If you think this is as ridiculous as I do, you’re going to want to see what Michigan’s hilarious “Don’t Change Yourself: Change the Law” campaign is doing about it.
Probably the most disturbingly clear indictment of Obama’s very real acts to do away with all civil liberties and rights of american citizens - and it comes from Obama’s own mouth, clear as day, no euphemisms necessary.
Every supporter of Obama should take a few minutes to watch this, and ask themselves why they’re still rationalizing all this, and whether they felt these things were acceptable under George W. Bush.
Also, I’m proud of Rachel Maddow for actually acting like a journalist, asking difficult questions, something that can’t be said of her peers very often.