Pagan "AVATAR" Peddles Nature Worship
By Deshpal Sandhu (in India)
(And thus bad. So help me, the entire conservative agenda can be reduced to fear of cooties.)
The cootie connection
I then posted the following note on Facebook:
Yes, I guess we're talking about the same thing after all.
Your comment is funny considering the conservative approval of the racist Arizona immigration law permitting more government intrusion in private affairs. But then, you've been hypocritical about government intrusion throughout the Bush years.
When Bush was expanding the size and power of the US government, you had nothing to say about it. Which is how we know you and your teabagger brethren are insincere frauds and liars.
America the gunslinger
As I've said many times, Americans have a cowboy mindset. Ours is "a culture that confirms the stereotype of the individual as solitary gunslinger and society as a hostile frontier," as one LA Times article phrased it.
Naturally, we define ourselves by our mastery of wilderness (the frontier) and savagery (Indians). We were and are the shining city on the hill--bringing the light of civilization to the world's dark-skinned people.
Because we tout Indians for their warrior prowess, you'd think we'd respect them as equals. Many Americans did until it became clear they wouldn't give us their land and go away. Then we had to demonize them as not quite human--i.e., not man enough to deserve being treated as equals.
How did we do this? See the quote at the beginning. In part, we did it by associating them with weak, feminine traits. Indians sing and dance. They wear feathers and skins. They smoke peace pipes. They speak eloquently and at length. They tell stories. They have dreams and visions. They make decisions by consensus. They pray a lot. They worship nature. They respect elders. They share things. They don't have science or technology. They feel rather than think. They're like women and animals--instinctive and impulsive.
It became a case of "Cowboys Are from Mars, Indians Are from Venus." Indians signed treaties and expected us to obey them. We laughed at them because they danced like wolves. They beseeched us to stop killing and starving them. We treated them like nagging shrews, knocked them around a bit, and told them to quit whining.
Summing it up
Americans don't want to be contaminated by weak, idle, irresponsible "others." They don't want to degenerate into people who believe only in existing and enjoying rather than doing and achieving. In other words, they don't want to get cooties from women and minorities.
For more on the subject, see Xenophobia Behind Wilson's "You Lie" and Conservatives' Pro-White Agenda.
Below: "Don't touch me, Pilgrim, or I'll blow your brains out."