For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge, increase sorrow.
After an impassioned argument on Facebook last night over the far right's triumph on the United Nations disability treaty, I needed a sight for my sore eyes.
Words flew and some weren't so "nice," and the person who took offense was arguing more about the language of the arguing, the nature of the discourse than the issue itself, I think. At one point this woman maintained that the reasons only 38 Republicans voted against it were "thoughtful."
I hate that. Sometimes "nice" language gets you nowhere. What do you think of those who fought against the abolition of slavery? They were legion. I imagine that many had "thoughtful" reasons to continue owning slaves. What do you think of those who fought against women's suffrage? They were legion. I imagine that many had "thoughtful" reasons to keep those women in their proper place. What do you think of those who fought against the American Disabilities Act or IDEA? They were legion. I imagine that many had "thoughtful" reasons to continue discrimination policies toward those with disabilities or to deny a free and public education to a disabled child.
What happened yesterday on the floor of the Senate is absolute bullshit.
Those who voted against this bipartisan treaty are not thoughtful, reasoned people.
Thank the good lord that crazy Rick Santorum didn't make it past the Republican primary, although I'm shivering at all the damage he has yet to bring to this country.
And thank God for Oliver in my beloved Tar Heels Ram hat. He's a sight for very sore eyes. And he's definitely not a kid who minces words. Ever.