Naturally, the rejoicing over the surfacing Chilean miners can't just be a human triumph. At the Daily Kos, it's just another excuse for “Yomamaforobama” to unfurl a utopian laundry list of liberal dreams:
This is the ultimate example of humanity racing to better and save its own. This is what is so sorely missing from our everyday lives. No wonder that, when the forces of good and cooperation coalesce, we are so spiritually and morally exalted. Unfortunately, we see this altruism and coming together surface too often only after a disaster has occurred, i.e. 9/11, the Haiti earthquake, the Wall Street almost-meltdown, etc. Other areas that are screaming for our attention, in advance of a possible calamity, are basic human rights, equality in justice, infrastructure renovations, climate control, health care availability/coverage and education upgrades.
The biggest obstacles to the enactment of this list are the punishing theists of the Republican Party:
In the place of offering equal economic and social benefits, the GOP offers God. I have mentioned before that, when all viable options have been exhausted, when the powers-that-be decide not to spend the money to right things, i.e. New Orleans during and after Katrina, the famous tag line is "It is in God’s hands." And as long as the deity’s name is evoked, the people fall for that excuse every single time, as if they doth protest, the hand of their God would come down and wipe them off of the face of the earth.
But the GOP has done something even more evil. They have allowed their vision of God to encompass a restrictive nature, a bigoted and prejudicial side, as if to throw the masses a bone on which to take out their anger. The Republican God detests homosexuals, despite the fact that we are all human beings. The right-wingers imbue their God with a nasty aura so that their electorate can feel safe and redeemed by having a group lower than them on which to spout their venom. Hey, to kick around someone different from you certainly beats having the voters retaliate against the politicos. The Republicans will hoard all the bucks they can for themselves and the rest of the top 2% of wealthy Americans and as for the rest of us, we get a God who allows us to harm, maim and destroy our fellow human beings.
Childhood poetry was even applied to this lecture:
This is the polar opposite of what happened in Chile. Can we learn from the positive process that brought this successful outcome in South America? Don’t hold your breath. My mother used to recite this little poem to me when I was a young child:
Little fly upon the wall
Ain’t ya’ got no home at all?
Ain’t ya’ got no Mother?
Ain’t ya’ got no Father?
Squish fly, go to God.
God should not be “selective” or “antagonistic” in judging the hearts of men. God should be a liberal:
A caring, compassionate God can be a beneficial impetus to the future of humanity. A selective, antagonistic God will only add to our misery, especially when that principle is used as an excuse for us to not use our own willpower, talents and compassion for the greater good. To use the concept of God to limit our own potential is the ultimate surrender.