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teacherken has long been a Daily Kos writer whom I've followed and I've read a lot of what he's written here over the years. Most of which has inspired me to dream bigger and to reach higher in my own thinking.

In particular, this diary, written on November 8, 2012, entitled No, you cannot have your country back, America is moving forward caused me to think about our nation, and the future we are all moving towards, and what it will look like.

The following is the content of a comment I made in that diary.

Join me below the Fleur-de-kos for the rest of the story...

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Ken, I think we're into #StarTrek territory here
and by that, I mean this younger, more diverse portion of the Electorate are trending to approve and support political stances which graphically and realistically showcase the ideology of both (slightly altered to more fit our current paradigm)  "The needs of the many outweigh the needs desires of the few" and the ultimate in (not, as the conservatives fear, #socialism) #HumanSociety which works to the betterment of all members equitably, regardless of personal abilities or fiscal status.

A society in which the goal of a person's life is not merely the acquisition of (as the late George Carlin so succinctly put it) #Stuff, but the betterment of their fellow man - because in doing so, each member of this Society is benefiting themselves, too.

It's my personal version of the difference between democrats and republicans, writ large:

A democrat says, "I support this, because it will be good for everyone, and that'll come back and be good for me, too."
A republican says, "I support this, because it'll be good for me and my friends and family."
Me, I've been longing to be a member of the #SocietyofMan since I first found the mind-opening and entrancing ideas on the pages of books written by Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov and Aurther C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein, among others in the 1970s.

I never understood, as a young person, why the older generation was so enraged by the idea of a #OneWorldGovernment. To me, it seems ideal. Come to think of it, aren't the Republicans always barking mad to "reduce the size of government" and save money they are certain that governmental agencies and departments are "wasting everywhere"? Well, then, a #OneWorldGovernment should be right up their alley! Consolidate all citizen services to all nations into a single entity, and look at the savings there are to be had on a global scale. The reduction in 'administrative' costs will be staggering, to all nations. Yes, Republicans, after consolidation into a #SingleGlobalGovernment, your nation still remains "sovereign", just as US States remain "Sovereign" within the United States of America. There are just about 5000 of them now, in the #TerranHomeworldUnionofNations....

Ok, so I drifted offpoint there (sort of), but it shows you how I view this issue and any relating to the evolution of our American political system. I see a great future, but it is completely dependent upon a diverse population free of bigotry and racism. I don't see any space there for the current Republican and Tea Party members.

There is no future for them, in the future.

It makes the increasing insanity of them over the past few years a bit more understandable; as they (at least some of them) have started to realize this fact, and it's driven them stark-raving-mad.

 "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

  by Angie in WA State on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:35:22 AM PST

It's been nearly four months since those words were first written.

If anything, the #GOP and the conservative Republicans have gotten even nuttier than they were during Election Week in 2012.

Now, the members of their own Party are having what appears to be the beginnings of fratricide among the ranks.
Minnesota state Sen. Branden Petersen is poised to be the first GOP co-sponsor of a marriage equality bill — and the National Organization for Marriage is ready to punish him for it.

Petersen, who intends to break with his party and support same-sex marriage in the state, has said that he is more “concerned about doing the right thing” than playing politics and will “let the chips fall where they may” come reelection. But NOM has pledged $500,000 to stack the deck against the senator and any other GOP lawmaker who endorses equal marriage for gay couples.

In a blog post on Monday, NOM wrote (emphasis mine):

“Republicans like Branden Petersen don’t realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican,” said [NOM president] Brian Brown. “NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage. Legislators need look no further than what happened to GOP Senators in New York. Four of them were responsible for passing gay marriage. We helped take out three of those Senators by repeatedly informing their constituents of their betrayal on marriage. They are now out of office. We will not hesitate to do the same thing in Minnesota.”

The danger of those views is seen on the Daily Kos front page, in kos' article Madison Avenue hoists rainbow victory flag. America and her People are in flux, changing faster than anyone has expected based on the recent past few decades - when Social changes came at the speed of glaciers - where victory was garnered by inches.

But today? We're leaping and bounding into the future, by the mile kilometer.

Which is why I was correct back in November, 2012 and even more correct today, when I reiterate my thought that -

I see a great future, but it is completely dependent upon a diverse population free of bigotry and racism. I don't see any space there for the current Republican and Tea Party members.

There is no future for them, in the our future.

It makes the increasing insanity of them over the past few years a bit more understandable; as they (at least some of them) have started to realize this fact, and it's driven them stark-raving-mad.

Good. It means that future which I keep dreaming of is getting closer, for all of us. One in which the Republican Party is merely a footnote in history books;  where, if it's members refuse to acknowledge the evolving nature of the American People and to join the rest of us, they belong.

As for the rest of us? I want us to live long, and prosper, and the sooner we reach for that #SocietyOfMan envisioned by the late, great Gene Roddenberry, the better off all of us will be. Even the conservatives, although they'll fight us tooth and nail whilst we drag them into the future.

I'm pretty sure Ken would agree with me.  I know he's busy these days with Leaves on the Current, so send him some good vibrations people, and hopes for better days ahead in their journey.

The future is calling...

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Originally posted to My .02¢ from The Other Washington on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:08 PM PST.

Also republished by Star Trek fans.

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