Is There A Widening Tolerance Gap?
Two stories jump out at me from the press this week. The first involves a rash of gay suicides in the US caused by bullying, coupled with horrific attacks on gay men in New York, of all places, and the rise of homophobic comments by Republicans, including the Republican candidate in the New York governor race, Carl Paladino, condemning pride parades and saying gay people must not teach in schools, here.
This contrasts with the soaring value of the pink Euro after the first gay trade fair held in Spain, where over 20,000 visitors attended and there was a fight to get exhibition stands.
Now obviously, this is not a clear-cut issue – there are terrible race and sexuality tolerance problems arising in France (where next year’s expo is to be held). Conversely, I’ve yet to meet an intolerant American, but one senses a tidal change in Republicans who now have the confidence to spread hatred of difference.
And by the time we get to the egotistical simpleton Marco Rubio, who looks set to win big in Florida and says that God chose America to rule the rest of the world, I’m starting to feel that the grandchildren of the sixties have really lost their way. Rubio is also a Creationist and global warming denier. He says; ‘We are the greatest nation in history. That is not a theory, that is a fact.’ The Greeks, who invented democracy, might argue with that. More about Rubio here.
I count Americans among my greatest friends and strongly believe in our ‘special relationship’. I have a problem when patriotism is thrown back in the faces of a hardworking people in order to win votes. When these sentiments are voiced, who gains apart from a handful of super-rich at the top? Comments pro and con always treated fairly and welcomed here.