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Okay, so I've received a comment on my latest diary referring to me as rigid because supposedly it's a side effect of A.S. Well, I've got news for anyone who'd call us rigid: This country is fucking rigid. We aren't allowed to talk about anything that might get this country to any semblance of sanity without being called Commie Pinkos, or being told that it would infringe on people's rights.

Hell, this country is so rigid, we can't talk about taxes without some K-Street fuckwit and his schoolyard posse threatening to malign the rest of us if their tax rates go up even one penny.

And then some other poster said that I was emotional when I posted my last diary. Well, we can't talk about health care in this country because people are so heavily propagandized that any talk of a single payer system scares them shitless because some two bit caribou Barbie pranced around in stilettos telling us that President Obama was going to set up magical Nazi Death Panels. Unfortunately, we already have those. They're called 'Insurance Companies'.

We can't have a sensible conversation about any issue because some people in this country are so emotional and reactionary that anything can set them off.

I am more than happy to admit that sometimes I AM rigid or emotional, but that's because I'm sick and tired of seeing people suffer needlessly just so a bunch of rich old white men can continue benefiting at our expense.

I'm especially sick of our do-less-than-nothing media vilifying any group or individual who doesn't wear a god damn flag pin and proclaim that America is #1 despite the fact that we're virtually dead last in every area of human civilization in industrialized society.

Unlike many people in the country, I'm unable to shut myself off from what goes on around me. That's why I'm usually so pissed off, because our system is sociopathic to the core and we HAVE to change that if we want to make ANY progress.

Think about that before you call us things like Rigid, Emotional, or Sociopathic. Think about that before you go and vilify us and others with disabilities, or anything that doesn't look 'normal'. Just...think about it.

Originally posted to The Aspie Corner on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:22 PM PST.

Also republished by KOSpectrum.

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  •  Tip Jar (37+ / 0-)

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:22:03 PM PST

  •  Hey Homer... (13+ / 0-)

    I would have been a smart ass and asked each of them if I was being rigidly emotional or emotionally rigid, just because that's the way I am LOL.

    For the record I like your diaries. You give me an insight sometimes into the mind of my son. Yes, I know, you're all individuals, but there are similarities on occasion, and I can have him read your diaries and ask him as well. So keep them up and don't let a few naysayers influence you too much.

    In the interim, I hope you have a happy holiday. I'm tired already and Santa isn't even on the continent yet. Once he hits the US my daughter will jump into bed and at least try to sleep. But right now he's in Argentina.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:33:14 PM PST

  •  Haters are going to hate (12+ / 0-)

    I don't blame you for being angry these days.

    I hope you can find something that keeps your spirits up, though.  It's important to find a sense of balance.

    Keep writing, don't let the haters tell you how to express yourself.  There are people who appreciate what you have to offer.

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:23:42 PM PST

    •  Balance..now there's a foreign concept.. (1+ / 0-)
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      At least it is in America. I don't see how so many people just shut themselves off from what goes on around them so easily.

      I don't know how much more I can take. It's funny. Sometimes I wish the world would end just so our spirits can return to some semblance of sanity.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:40:38 AM PST

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  •  We have a low threshold to social injustice (11+ / 0-)

    And usually see things from a perspective that is skew to the neuro-typical vector.

    Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

    by Mentatmark on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:43:20 PM PST

    •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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      Relatives have suggested I may be on the Asperger's scale for various reasons (I'm not so sure about their reasoning - seems a bit too convenient), but I've long wondered why I am so keenly aware and acutely sensitive to unfairness from the individual up through the societal level.  I often encounter what may be easiest described as a fight/flight response to perceived unfairness - usually falling on the "fight" side.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:06:59 PM PST

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  •  Some accept the love they believe they deserve (3+ / 0-)
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    Even if it's far less than they deserve.
    And because of it, they assume others deserve less as well.

    Only you can really put a value on yourself.  And when you build yourself up, leave lots of doors wide open.. people can be surprised by the view.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:21:50 PM PST

    •  Wallflower fan? (2+ / 0-)
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      Some accept the love they believe they deserve
      This was a key theme of Perks of Being a Wallflower. Did you get that line form the movie?

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:41:47 PM PST

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      •  hah! My subconcious at work (3+ / 0-)
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        I was compiling a list of the ten best films earlier today, and it's on the list.     I guess somewhere I was thinking about it.

        Brilliant film, one of the best of the year.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:42:51 PM PST

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  •  amen brother. what you said. SOCIETY is sick and (3+ / 0-)

    numb. you are the one whole feels their pain and I agree. Does that make me an "aspie"? No. You either. It's the world that is out of focus in this context. good rant. ranting used to be part of what dkos was for.

    •  I think it's high time.. (2+ / 0-)

      we advocated for a Scandinavian-style social system. Those countries do the exact opposite of what America does and they're doing a hell of a lot better than we are in every aspect.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:30:03 AM PST

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  •  Your comments are to me the normal reaction. (1+ / 0-)
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    Since I agree with all you said, and I don't have Asperger's or any other special condition, I don't even see a connection between your comments and Asperger's. Plenty of people, but especially Progressives, are sensitive to all that is wrong with this country and are hurting from it.  It's education and the ability to empathize that makes us care so much.

    I have just been rereading the novels of Barbara Kingsolver, and I know that the many, many fans of her books, especially The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna, have been educated about some of this country's most shameful acts in the past, not very different from what shames us now and has really gone on from the beginning. Our education comes from people like her, since the classroom history books and media are more likely to give us propaganda.  And our education also comes from simply living and observing the same old injustices needing to be constantly defended from the same old kinds of haters. It doesn't take Asperger's to mind that; it just takes a heart that cares.

    •  Yup. This country has been sick since... (0+ / 0-)

      The very beginning. People like to talk about how the founders of this country were great men who gave us the rights we have today.

      Unfortunately the very opposite is true. Common people had to fight like hell to get the Bill of Rights into the Constitution, and many statesmen at the time had no problem using government to maintain monopolies in certain industries.

      George Washington was actually one of the worst in that respect. The Whiskey Rebellion happened because his administration levied a tax on smaller-scale distillers which essentially served to eliminate the competition.

      Things like violence and selling out our own to make a buck are American tradition, and because we often try to change that, we are the first to pay the price. Sad, but true.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 09:04:17 AM PST

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  •  The reasonable man adapts himself to (1+ / 0-)
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    circumstances, while the unreasonable man insists on adapting circumstances to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.—George Bernard Shaw

    AS has two groups of symptoms. I have all of one group, and none of the other, so I am officially not AS. I am, however, about as strong an ADHD case as possible. That means, among other things, that I cannot pay attention to rubbish, but I hyperfocus on what is important. It means, as so often with ADHD, that I have high creativity and compassion. I peg the meter on the recently designed Identifies With All Humanity scale.

    We have strong evidence that we used to be the normal ones in hunter/gatherer societies, before farmer types took over. We are still essential, in part because we are nearly the only ones who won't sit still for BS, in particular Republican BS. A recent AS hero is profiled in the book The Big Short, as nearly the only person able to read the financial documents from the housing bubble to determine where specifically the crash was going to come. Well, he would have been a hero if he could have gotten anybody to pay attention.

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 09:09:06 AM PST

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