Point of View Columns

Weekend Edition – May 3, 2013

The big news in sports is that NBA player Jason Collins announced that he is gay. It will be bigger news when such an announcement is no longer big news. Meanwhile if you want to know what this country would look like if the Teapublicans were in charge you need look no further than North Carolina. And speaking of Teapublicans, it seems that when it comes to Krazy Kats, they receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

And they call it “News”

Jason Collins has been a professional basketball player for a dozen years. As a member of the NBA he has achieved the athletic success that millions can only dream about.

Last week he announced that he is gay and the news cycles went into tizzy. As it turns out, Jason Collins is the first active athlete in a major sport in America to declare that he is gay. This is the stuff of historic proportions in the 21st century.

While there is no question that Mr. Collins’ announcement took a lot of courage in these days and times when homophobia is just a sound bite away. Even though 9 states and the District of Columbia have now sanctioned same sex marriage there are 41 states that do not recognize the injustice in not legally recognizing love between consenting adults.

We can only hope that the time will soon be here when the only courage needed to express one’s love is taking the daring step of declaring love to that person, and that person alone.

North Karolina Krazy

If you were wondering what this country might look like if the Teapublicans transitioned from being obstructionists you need go no further than the state of North Karolina. The Teapublicans took control of the state house and both houses of the legislature in November 2012 and they have been having a grand old Tea Party ever since.

Some of the legislation that has been proposed and or passed includes severe restrictions on abortion, draconian voter suppression and drug testing for welfare recipients. And, to make it really interesting, there is a proposal to allow the state to fund school districts that want to reinstate racial segregation.

One gets the feeling that they are just getting started in promoting a radically rightwing agenda. And one can only hope that the progressive people of North Carolina stand up before there is no ground left for them to stand upon.

Krazy Klowns

During the presidential primary campaign of 2012, the Teapublican Krazy Klowns Kar featured such red nose, big shoe wearing winners like Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Donald Trump and Rick “Oops” Perry. Running against that kast of karacters Mitt Romney seemed reasonable and rational – and that lasted until he actually had to run against a credible candidate.

It seems that the Teapublicans like Klowncasting so much that even though they went down to defeat in the national election they show no signs of kasting klowns out of the party anytime soon.

And so we have Senator Ted Cruz from Texas calling the Newtown Massacre parents “props” after saying that the victims of Hurricane Sandy didn’t need or deserve federal aid. Not to be outdone, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe claims that the federal government is buying up bullets so that freedom loving gun owners will run out of ammunition when it comes time for armed revolution.

And the winner of the Krazy Klown Award is some nameless Teapublican state representative who claims that the recent Boston Marathon bombing was a government hoax because one of the victims that she saw on television didn’t seem to be “in that much pain”.

Oh those Krazy Klowns in the Teapublican Party. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Have a great weekend!

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