America the Beautiful.

For the last few days I have been very happy with the nation of my birth; the nation of my first life. For the first time ever, corporations those new and special people that have more rights than any individual could ever possibly have, and the lawyers to exercise those rights with extreme prejudice, did the heavy lifting to support the civil rights of a vilified and denigrated class of people; the LGBT community. Those are my people because I am one of them– I as many of you know am bisexual.

The laws here in Hell regarding marriage are very different from the laws in America. I have two spouses; one transgender and one female. It is a marriage contract. We had a church wedding ceremony. There were flowers and cake and dancing and lots and lots of food and alcohol. There was no one who refused to be a part of the ceremony from the baker, to the caterer to the musicians to the necropriest who married us.

In America, things are different for many reasons. there has been as many scholars have pointed out a marriage between corporations and the Religious Right for nearly 80 years. That marriage has ebbed and flowed had its ups and downs over the course of those decades. In the early years of the New Deal, as Kevin Kruse points out in his latest book, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America corporate America reached out to the most prominent evangelical preachers of the era to spread the message that capitalism was a gift from on high. That lasted until the war years of the 40s and then reappeared in the Red Scare years of the 50s.

Then the 60s happened and Kennedy and the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam dominated the space that would have been filled by the messages of Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell. After Nixon proved the Southern Strategy could work politically and then threw it all away on Watergate, Falwell founded the Moral Majority and business seeing an opportunity closed ranks with him. That lasted through Reagan and Bush and began to soften as the technology age hit in the early 2000s.

Younger people with money now run huge corporations. Now I’m not saying Corporate America is reformed; they still do a lot of ill. But in the issue of LGBT rights they’ve done good work. Big Business virtually gaslighted Governor Mike Pence. By Monday morning of this past week Pence likely didn’t know whether to shit or wind his watch. His foaming rabid Christian base wanted him to sign the bill and shut up; Big Business wanted him to be inclusive. We see what the outcome is– Pence sent the legislature back to send him a bill without discriminatory language. Same thing applies to Governor Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas.

Pop Tarts Nurse
In Hindsight

I have to explain the title of this post. There was a commercial with a cartoon that showed a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly who had a Pop Tart as a baby. A very [well I think personally] sexy and hungry nurse shows up and eats the kid. Conservative moms [mostly a group called onemillionmoms] went ballistic. Most channels pulled the ad but Comedy Central [home of my main man Jon Stewart] runs it about 50 times a day. So that’s where you are today America. Progressives have won this week. Lois Lerner won’t be indicted; Senator Menendez was. LGBT rights being stood up for by corporations against governors makes this a 5-1 halftime lead. I doubt if the opposition can change their tactics in time enough to win the week.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
171 Melnar 3 AS

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