A Sad Day in Wisconsin


First they put away the dealers,
keep our kids safe and off the street.
Then they put away the prostitutes,
keep married men cloistered at home.
Then they shooed away the bums,
then they beat and bashed the queers,
turned away asylum-seekers,
fed us suspicions and fears.
We didn't raise our voice,
we didn't make a fuss.
It's funny there was no one left to notice
when they came for us.

"Re-gaining Unconsciousness" by NOFX 

I wish today that I believed in the vengeful, old-testament God that so many intolerant idiots seem to favor.  You know, the people who say weather-related events are God's referendum on the way people behave.  The God I speak to and believe in wouldn't drown little children with a hurricaine in the name of 'purging sin' or what-have-you.

But this morning I whisper to that God.  The old-testament guy.  And I pray that the small-minded people who just made discrimination part of our State's constitution KNOW what it means to be discriminated against.  That they know the pain of seeing their families marginalized.  And that they feel that pain as acutely as we feel for our families and friends this morning. 

2 Responses to “A Sad Day in Wisconsin”

  1. Rachel says:

    Amen. I guess I’m glad for the national stuff and that Doyle (such as he is) won but really, find myself pretty down today and feel like putting a home made sign that says “A bigoted Wisconsin voted yes” next to my Fair Wis. bumper sticker. I heard a Republican on WUWM this morning say that he voted yes but that he hopes gay people don’t take it personally, he just thinks marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Sure, you’ve just told us that you don’t have any respect for their relationships but gee whiz, you hope they don’t take it personally? Prick.

  2. mcollins says:

    Three days later, I still feel like I have been punched in the stomach every time I think about it.

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