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Being the quintessential liberal (and this being my first diary) you should know that I'm a huge fan of Bill Maher's "New Rules" segment. Now, I don't have HBO but I try to catch them when I can on YouTube or wherever I happen to get lucky enough to see them. Anyway, I've decided to set up my own "New Rule" for all those "professional moralists" out there that have recently started calling for gay marriage opponents to "go on strike" or say that legalizing it will lead to a new Civil War: You have to get a real job. Let me explain below the little squiggly thing they use as a demarcation line around here.  

Recently, a right wing radio host called on "ten million productive" Christians to go "on strike" to protest the acceptance of gay marriage in society. You can read about it here. Supposedly this would be to show how society can't function without them. This call stuck out in my mind because it highlights everything wrong with the religious right. Namely, they don't understand how the outside world works. I don't just mean that they don't realize they are in the minority now on this issue; I suspect most of them do or at least see they will lose sooner rather then later, what I mean is, they don't understand what it's like to have a real job. Because they don't. Being a talk radio host isn't the most strenuous job in the world. You go on the radio and give everyone your opinion. It's like being a sports writer or a porn star. Fun, but the world can more or less function without you.

Not to downgrade either sports writers or porn stars, or even radio hosts for that matter. But most of them aren't calling for others to make sacrifices they themselves don't or wouldn't make. Most of these guys calling for these sacrifices also wouldn't lose very much if they lost their "jobs" tomorrow. Now, my job isn't much. It doesn't pay all that well and it isn't very glamorous. It's tedious and gets boring a lot of the time but it's at least somewhat useful to where I work. If I quit tomorrow, they would probably find someone else to fill the position relatively quickly but it would still be filled because it serves a vital purpose. Tony Perkins, however, can't say that. Neither can Maggie Gallagher. Or Gary Bauer or the numerous other clowns that are jumping on this "everyone give up your lively hood for our cause" bandwagon.

Because, you see, the religious right don't have jobs. They are con artists. Creating "problems" for themselves to solve. All the while asking others to be the foot soldiers in their self-created "war". The problem is, all those people you're asking to make that sacrifice? They DO have real jobs. They can't afford to fake a sick day for some publicity stunt over an issue that doesn't affect them. They don't have a multimillion gold parachute to cover them when they retire. In fact, most of them took up gay bashing in the first place precisely because it didn't require any sacrifice on their part.

It's real easy to ask others to start a revolution when you aren't the ones picking up the rifle.  

At some point in the (hopefully) near future, Rush Limbaugh will go off the air. When that happens, he will spend the rest of his life lounging by his solid gold swimming pool, or whatever his pool is made of, and all those tow truck drivers and construction workers and what have you that fell for his nonsense over the years will still be putting up a second mortgage to pay for their last physical because they believed Rush when he told them they didn't need universal healthcare. That's why I call the right wing media industry parasites. They not only don't contribute anything of value to society, they actively make it worse. The world has no need for the right wing pundits that tell people they don't need basic services, or that your neighbor is your enemy, or to walk off your job one day over some issue that doesn't even affect you. Pitting people against each other may be fun, but those of us who actually contribute something to society, or at the very least, don't actively make it worse, are left to clean up the mess.    

I think we all need to remember the Hippocratic oath: First do no harm. It is literally the very least we can do.  

Originally posted to blueoasisinaredsea on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 07:08 PM PDT.

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  •  Did you miss a link? You have a sentence, "You can (7+ / 0-)

    read about it here." but there is no link. (I was curious!)

  •  You might want to go back and make (6+ / 0-)

    the New Rule either italicized or bolded - or both.  I had to read the whole thing twice before I actually spotted it, because once you announced it, I was looking for it in the second paragraph.

    Other than that, an interesting piece.

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

    by serendipityisabitch on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 08:35:14 PM PDT

  •  Enjoyed your diary, blueoasisinaredsea. (21+ / 0-)

    Interesting take on this:

    Because, you see, the religious right don't have jobs. They are con artists. Creating "problems" for themselves to solve. All the while asking others to be the foot soldiers in their self-created "war". The problem is, all those people you're asking to make that sacrifice? They DO have real jobs. They can't afford to fake a sick day for some publicity stunt over an issue that doesn't affect them.
    I wonder if they are finally overreaching, finally demanding too much of those whom they purport to lead.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by nomandates on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 08:51:55 PM PDT

  •  Ayn Rand Babble-rousing. (13+ / 0-)

    Good rant.  I was immediately struck by the Ayn Rand-isum. of the idiots call for a strike.  Like the well to do are going to going to take time off making money to get really exercised over any social issue.  General strikes don't work.  A general strike would mean that we were in or on the knife's edge of a revolution.   We are much closer to a general meltdown over budget austerity than Gay Rights in part because the arc of history has already turned on that cause.  The bloviators have a job and they are doing it.  This is just bloviating for a lost cause.  

    The average right-wing individual does in fact have a job and they aren't going to jeopardize it over gay marriage.  Being the majority opinion now indicates that, as a class, they are also not going go to the mat to oppose it.  However they will be out in the streets screaming to high-heaven when austerity hits "them" hard enough in their pocket books.  Massive strikes only happen when people are oppressed enough and or hungry enough.  We aren't there yet.  

    My prediction is that marriage equality will be the law of the land and in a decade people will wonder what the fuss was about.  

    Keep writing.  Nice to have something besides Obama is a sell out diaries to read.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:05:08 PM PDT

  •  Nice job :) And congrats for jumping in (14+ / 0-)

    so early. A lot of folks wait years....

    I think the point about how necessary a job is for society is important. YellerDog's association with 'going Galt' hits it too.

    Part of the inconsistent valuation of work we have gotten to. Incredibly high salaries for CEOs, rock stars, banksters, etc. while teachers, nurses and professors are paid peanuts, not to mention the median wage going downhill adjusted for inflation.

    The additional piece of doing harm intentionally is part of the sociopathic mindset. I am holding on to the idea that the brain mapping project will bring some action information for that.

    The people in real jobs have been bamboozled for far too long. Many things are prying the blinders off and the ear plugs away. Gay marriage is happening, and it did not cause the Korean leader to become insolent and threaten war against the US. The race demographic is headed to a time when whites are a minority. Obama won't be in office, there won't be a need for a black army, and it is the white supremacist armies or loners that are threatening us today.

    When you look at those wealth inequality charts, it sinks in how many people are below the bottom federal income tax bracket.

    There are some things that seem to be needed to create a mass populist movement for change. We pretty much have three of the most necessary. It is these folks who will push the demand for #3 to critical mass. The demand for information that is accurate and complete. Indy media is doing a good job of producing it with new tech - which is also spreading it. We just need to get more people informed.

    Sooner we get the 'nattering nabobs of negativity'* off airwaves, the better.

    Small country. I was raised in the KC MO area and the family is now all in the Front range - dad is in Boulder. ;)

    * Spiro Agnew, on the 'liberal press' in '72 campaign.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:07:25 PM PDT

  •  Is there any basis for (1+ / 0-)
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    these sweeping generalizations,

    Because, you see, the religious right don't have jobs.
    In fact, most of them took up gay bashing in the first place precisely because it didn't require any sacrifice on their part.
    or are you just playing to the crowd? It's never fun fighting through a jungle of half-baked political boilerplate like this, looking for a valid point.
    •  I don't consider gay bashing a job... (10+ / 0-)

      The Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallagher's of the world don't contribute anything to society that it needs. If anything, they make the world a worse place to be. Their organizations exist solely to persecute gays. Period. They serve no productive purpose. That was my point. This isn't designed to open a huge debate about whose job is useful and whose isn't, but there is a major difference between having a job and deliberately trying to make other people's lives miserable and getting paid for that. Of which the professional gay bashers do.

      And yes, I firmly believe the anti-gay movement got off the ground largely because it was easy. Fixing real problems is hard and takes major sacrifice. Most people aren't willing to go to that much trouble for something that doesn't affect them. Which was the main point of why this call for a "strike" is so ridiculous. Of all the issues the religious right could have taken on that would have made a real difference in the world, why did they choose this one? Because it was easy.

      •  My dear blue, if I may call you blue for short; (5+ / 0-)

        (I prefer that folks address me as bigjac for short.)

        I think what you needed to do,
        to be specific,
        was to write,
        instead of:

         Because, you see, the religious right don't have jobs.  

        Maybe you should have written:

         Because, you see, the professional pundits of the religious right don't have jobs.  

        The term,
        "religious right"
        without any qualifying words,
        seems to include the many victims of those professional pundits,
        those who buy into what the pundits are selling.

        Do you understand?

        Writing in such a way that folks will clearly understand
        exactly what you mean
        is harder than it looks.

        That's why I use all these line breaks:
        it breaks up my words,
        so the separate ideas
        are separated on the screen.

        I hope you understand and use my suggestion.

        You could edit the diary to include this idea,
        if you wish.

        That's one of the nice things about Daily Kos,
        you can always edit,
        or even delete,
        any content in any of your diaries.

        Your comments,
        however,
        are stuck "as is,"
        no editing once you click publish.

        Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

        by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 04:03:26 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Exist to make themselves rich and famous (8+ / 0-)

        The Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallaghers of the world exist solely to make themselves rich and famous.  And to do that, they need an issue that will get headlines - and for that purpose, going on at length about the evils of liberal gays will do very nicely.  If they didn't choose gay bashing they would choose bashing abortion, or waste in public schools, or muslims in the white house.  

        I agree that these hypocrites make the world a worse place (in the Bible, a hypocrite was someone who makes a great public showing of their religious fervor to go along with their indifferent religious practice in private).

        The response of the sane world to the threats of Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher, and assorted talk radio hosts to go on strike should be a loud: "We'd very much like to see you go on strike; please start immediately"  

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:54:11 AM PDT

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        •  Right Wing Entertainment Complex (2+ / 0-)
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          The Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallaghers of the world exist solely to make themselves rich and famous.
          To which I would add, among many others, Limbaugh and his half-baked clones (Levin, Savage, Larson, Ingraham, etc. ad nauseum), and Fox News Channel, and right wing blog sites such as RedState and breitbart; all are part, IMO, of the recently identified Right Wing Entertainment Complex.

          Despite self-identifying as purists who promote and believe in (?) various conservative causes, they all are certain to seek as much compensation as possible, because the accumulation of wealth is a Commandment to these folks.

          The earlier comment talking about Bob Altemeyer's distinction between right wing leaders and followers is very pertinent to any discussion of the coalition of these essentially ruthless and immoral leaders.

          You meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion, and expect them to rise for the occasion ~ Van Morrison

          by paz3 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:57:44 AM PDT

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    •  It's a fine distinction between the (6+ / 0-)
      "professional moralists"
      and the followers, who can join in the dissing of LGBT without sacrificing. Getting out in the streets at the Beck and call of the airheads with microphones and radio waves during working or resting hours is a lot tougher.

      Remember how overloaded the Tea Party demonstrations were with folks of retirement age? France and other European countries with generous vacation times have much higher turnouts for rallies and protests.

      This is fine tuning the perceptions of our adversaries, understanding what makes a difference for them. I used that repeatedly over decades of teaching people the lifestyle changes to manage their chronic diseases that could kill them if they don't. Find out what really matters to them. Job, hobby, kids, grandkids. What do they want to live FOR.

      If you are familiar with Altemayer, the difference between the Authoritarian leaders with sociopathic traits and authoritarian followers. The leaders reasons for stirring up people is pretty much standard shock jock for big bucks. Sometimes, as I think was mentioned, they go too far. And get Rushed out. ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:11:45 AM PDT

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  •  FYI: Maher is available as a podcast... (5+ / 0-)

    I think this will get you there...

    https://itunes.apple.com/...

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    by Avast Ye Swobbie on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 02:07:16 AM PDT

  •  Good first diary! (10+ / 0-)

    Hope you share more of your thoughts.  What you bring up will be interesting to pay attention to.  Thanks.

  •  i understood what you meant, when i read (4+ / 0-)

    further down. could have used a bit more editing though. the folks who don't have "real" jobs are those of the rightwing pundit class. if they disappeared today, the world wouldn't notice they were missing. they are the "grifter" class. the bulk of their listenship do have real jobs, in varying levels of importance to society, but certainly important to themselves and their families. were they to just not bother showing up for work, they risk losing that job, and the financial support it brings. this for, as you correctly point out, an issue that has exactly zero direct/indirect affect on them personally, or the rest of the country, really.

  •  My dear blue, as a veteran Daily Kos blogger, (4+ / 0-)

    writing to you,
    a very new user of this site,
    I have so much to say.

    But keep in mind,
    what I tell you is not the last word.

    I could be a little bit wrong,
    or a lot wrong,
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    I already gave you some advice in my comment upthread.

    One thing that's fun to do,
    and gives you a feel for who you're conversing with here
    at Daily Kos,
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    Here is the link to mine:

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    I'm so glad you are here, since the most recent hundreds of thousands of new users signing on have been spam bots, not real users.

    So glad to meet a real user who has joined in the middle of that flood of spam bots.

    You're living in Missouri;
    I was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Satchel Paige was from Kansas City.

    I recently learned this Satchel Paige quote,
    his finest quote,
    among his many famous quotes:

     Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/...  

    That makes me cry.

    I'm a widower,
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    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 04:38:52 AM PDT

  •  I was too late to rec your work, but would have. (5+ / 0-)

    Liked your diary. You did fine.  

    I don't personally know any really active / vocal gay-bashers or actively vocal wing-nuts.  But, I do know some closet cases in both categories.  Most of them call themselves "christians,"...or I assume they would since I see them in church.  

    Strange people.  

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 04:48:42 AM PDT

  •  Thank you all so much for your support... (7+ / 0-)

    This being my first post, I could have been a little more clear about the fact that I was referring to professional gay bashers. I hope no one felt I was insulting their profession because that certainly wasn't my intent. I just believe there is a clear distinction between having a job and being paid to be a public nuisance.  

    •  I think that Gay Bashing is just one example (7+ / 0-)

      of the kind of distractions created by people who--as you pointed out, do not have to contend with the reality of a regular 9-5 job--white or blue collar.

      It is always easier to create a scapegoat than it is to actually solve big problems.

      Gay people are not the problem. Women are not the problem. Poor People are not the problem.

      The problem is greed, and in this case hypocrisy.

      Great diary!
      I look forward to more.

      •  Pied Foes Make For Easy Marks (4+ / 0-)

        I was thinking along these same lines and certainot made a very pertinent point in a comment further down the page.  

        The ones who stand to profit the most are using these fringe issues to continually keep we increasingly poor and huddled masses bickering amongst ourselves while they trod on our democracy and defile our mother earth.

        Race, reproductive freedom and universal health care, to add to your list GreenMother. These and many other issues are used as distractions to create the cacophony which deafen the majority from the symphony we seek.

        I like to think myself among the few who can still decipher the tune amidst the chaos.

        I like to think that this collection of content in the internet ether is a place where we can be surrounded by the music and protected from the noise.

        I like to think the harmony of the pipers found here will resound in the hearts and minds of those who have been duped and deaden the blustery babel of the bloviating buffoons.

        Welcome to the choir blueoasisinaredsea.

        "If you understand what someone is saying you don't need to correct them" - zaynabou's mom.

        by SoonerG on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:59:49 PM PDT

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        •  My dear SoonerG, I really like your comment. (2+ / 0-)
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          Truly poetic:

           
          I like to think that this
          collection of content
          in the internet ether
          is a place where we can be
          surrounded by the music
          and protected from the noise.

          I like to think the harmony of the pipers
          found here
          will resound in the hearts and minds
          of those who have been duped
          and deaden the blustery babel
          of the bloviating buffoons.

          I hope you're not offended by my line breaks,
          to separate the phrases.

          Your words,
          my breaks;
          that feels like well written poetry.

          Thanks again.

          Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

          by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:20:41 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Much Appreciated (0+ / 0-)

            blueoasisinaredsea's diary post inspired me to make a welcome worthy of remembrance. Glad you recognized the extra work I put into it. Thanks for the ultimate compliment!

            "If you understand what someone is saying you don't need to correct them" - zaynabou's mom.

            by SoonerG on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 09:41:44 PM PDT

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  •  When I saw the title of this diary, (5+ / 0-)

    I felt my "ears burning"  ( to mix metaphors and senses ).

    Congrats, diarist, on your first !

    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:15:15 AM PDT

  •  Nice first diary! (4+ / 0-)

    I've been here quite a while and still have not written a diary, so I take off my hat to your doing it so early in your time here.

    This was particularly well-stated:

    That's why I call the right wing media industry parasites. They not only don't contribute anything of value to society, they actively make it worse.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:53:47 AM PDT

  •  we let them have 1000 radio stations 'free' (3+ / 0-)
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    by free i mean except for the specifically targeted (but fantastic) rush boycott effort, there is NO organized effort from teh dem party or the left's many orgs who's efforts are minimized by talk radio, to get up in their face in real time- the think tanks that use those carnival barkers and cons for the 1% get a free speech free ride.

    that has been the biggest political mistake in history.

    our local gun violence activists recently protested at the NM capitol and like most things citizen activists do in this country the last 25 years our reps don't have to pay ANY attention to them because the local chickenhawk blowhards on loudest stations in the state, some with state university sports logos on them, spend morning after morning and afternoon after afternoon and night after night screaming about the second amendment and the nazi commie obama to hundreds of thousands to create and mobilize the pro NRA constituency to enable and intimidate our reps for the gun manufacturers.

    protests that target the 1% are useless as long as the left continues to ignore this dynamic.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 10:30:05 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for your diary. (2+ / 0-)
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    It was an excellent topic.

    Although I must  admit I feel I owe my life to some of these RW radio "personalities." Many times, driving home from two days with consecutive 15 hour nursing aide shifts, and without much sleep under my belt, I would tune in to whatever RW radio program I could find. If Rush or Mike Savage was venting, I could guarantee that I would not fall asleep while driving home.

    One more thing - if you go to YouTube, usually some one has posted some of Bill Maher's New Rules - so if you miss him on the TV, you can catch up later. Just use the search feature and there should be dozens of them

    Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

    by Truedelphi on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:11:05 PM PDT

  •  Really liked the diary (0+ / 0-)

    Well done!  and Thanks...

    Democracy, if done properly, is rude, messy, and loud

    by allensl on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:57:16 PM PDT

  •  Very nicely done. Thank you for a very (0+ / 0-)

    enjoyable diary. Best wishes.

    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

    by helpImdrowning on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:49:53 PM PDT

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