There actually is something called “Straight Pride”. The sticker I’ve been seeing is a black square with three horizontal white dashes in it (like the Human Rights Campaign is blue with two yellow dashes).
I haven’t looked it up or anything. Maybe it’s parody, maybe it’s the old “My straight white male privilege is being questioned and I feel guilty about it, so I’m going to assemble with a bunch of others just like me to make up for it”. You know, sort of like the Million Man March.
I dunno, @Woodman, I just can’t get excited about the poor misunderstood Tea Partiers or Palin for Something Temporary campaigners. A bunch of people who think they are entitled to what they want, complaining that other people think they are entitled to the same thing.
I’ll admit, I am an anarchist. I don’t believe that any organization or hierarchy can exist to enforce rules, without becoming oppressive. I also believe that it is everyone’s obligation to encourage good behavior in those around them and discourage bad behavior. I believe that, if you want something to happen within your neighborhood/city/state/etc., you’d better be ready to do it yourself or shut up. I believe that everybody has the right to lead their lives according to their own compass, as long as it does not harm anyone else.
Unfortunately, our state religion is founded on the idea that if other religions exist, any and all adherents are inherently evil. Any other belief system, opinion, etc., is subject to capital punishment, because their millenia-old employment contract says so and it makes them feel icky inside.
Face it, just me saying I am an anarchist got a whole bunch of knee-jerk reactions, with people making judgements based on a word that they don’t really understand.
The same judgements, sans understanding, are called forth by a lot of the labels that, frankly, the politicians and muckrakers use to distract everyone from facts. “Communist” (we’ve never had even one true communist community in the world, much less a nation), “Radical” (everybody back in the box, dammit!), “Socialist” (not even going there), “conservative” (hell, I don’t even know what the hell they think they’re conserving), “liberal” (with what? butter on their toast?), etc.
Kind of like the people who scream that they are good Christians while voting to enshrine heinous acts of prejudice in their State Constitutions. Several times a week, I am forced to listen to a dozen or more people proclaim themselves Christians through bullhorns, in blatant violation of Matthew 6:5,6. Those people are not Christians, they are not good Christians. They use a word they don’t even understand. Because understanding takes work.
And that’s the crux of it, @Woodman. It’s easier to throw a label around than to go through all that work to understand. It’s not convenient.
Like the thread title says, Politics is Stupid. Because Politics is what is created when a society or community doesn’t want to take the time and effort to understand what is going on. It is created by con-men, disseminated by fools, and believed by the gullible.
As one ijjit said to me, without a trace of shame, “It’s easier to just use a label than to say all that.” This was at a meeting of radical activists, trying to come up with ideas to get our communities engaged and cooperating again.
And nobody laughed.