I was recently made aware of the YouTuber Boogie2988 talking about how the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states is wrong because, as he see it, the change that happens should be a gradual thing. I couldn’t possibly think that that is more wrong. This idea that we should be waiting 20 years of 10 years to get what the majority ALREADY think should have been done is just asinine. That’s the whole reason we got here. The majority of people were on the side of legalizing gay marriage. It’s how the issue got brought before the Supreme Court in the first place.
The issue with gay marriage is being mirrored, interestingly enough, with marijuana. More and more states are legalizing, and as more states do, the government is seeing how much money there is to be made. It’s insane. The amount of green that is changing hands, both smoking and financially, is staggering. As the government sees the tide of public opinion turning, this issue will be next. But Boogie doesn’t see things that way. Why? Because there is backlash against it. Well so fucking what, Boogie? Yeah, when the law of the land changes, you have assholes who resent that.
It’s been that way with ending Jim Crow. It was that way with ending slavery in this country. Hell, we had a Civil War over that. It was that way when we gave women the rights over their own bodies. A battle that has not stopped to this day! Are you saying that women who want to get an abortion should have to have their right to do so in all 50 states delayed by 10 or 20 years so that people are more open to it? No, Boogie! Sometimes, when the public is fucking dumb (as the public so often is), you need the rational voices to tell them “no! You don’t get to enforce your bigotry over them! You have to get with the fucking times, you backwards morons!” I am not unaware of the fact that LGBT people potentially being assaulted or killed because of those people is sad. But that’s the cost of progress, Boogie. I have a great line to close this out with about that, but we’ll get there when we get there.
After the backlash that was pretty ugly, he came out to clarify his statements, and kind of double-down on them. He said that he doesn’t think that “oppressed people should have to wait to turn the hearts and minds of their oppressors, even if they are killed in the process” and that he wishes that people could see the cause they die for instead of having to die for it.
Boogie, I have a friend who is in the Navy. She’s dear to my heart, and it would sadden me more than you will know if she died. But here’s the thing about anytime someone takes up a gun or joins the service to a nation or a cause – there is a chance that you will give your life for that and die for nothing. Your nation might fail or fall. Your cause might be destroyed and everyone who believed in it erased from history. That’s the risk you take by choosing to fight for an idea or a nation you believe is worth fighting for. It’s a risk that those who truly value that are willing to take. Now here you are, standing in judgment of those people, saying that they shouldn’t die for a cause but instead be alive because you think so.
It’s interesting that earlier you brought up Nazis. Let’s take a look at that. Not the modern incarnation of the word that has lost ALL meaning thanks to its rampant misuse for everyone who doesn’t agree with the SJW mindset being called such. Let’s look at the actual people in the regime of Nazi Germany. You say not to negotiate with them on their terms. Well, in a way, that’s what happened. The Allies realized that we couldn’t negotiate with the Nazi regime, so we had to go to war with them. How many British, French, African, and American men died, never seeing that cause come to fruition? Does that invalidate what they fought for? By your own statement, that seems to be what you think. And that’s kind of insulting.
Not only that, but there are plenty of men who served in the military in Nazi Germany who didn’t agree with the beliefs of the nation, but had no choice but to serve (lest them and their families be disappeared). They fought as hard as they could for a cause that wasn’t just, but for which they had no choice in the matter. It was fight or have them and their loved ones be killed. When Nazi Germany was defeated, rightfully, those who died for their cause died for nothing. No matter how much they were not in favor of the regime and their ideas, those people died for nothing. Or those who fought for Soviet Union in Afghanistan and died. Or those who fought in Vietnam. After all, we lost that war. One could make the argument that they died for nothing.
The willingness to fight for what you believe in and be willing to give your life for that cause because you believe it to be just is now something to be saddening in your eyes. That is so insulting to me. You even say that you think its illogical to die for something rather than “be patient and wait for it.” Oh really? Tell that to the black men and women who couldn’t vote because of racist southern literacy tests. Tell that to women who died in back-alley abortions because it was illegal so it was underground. There are those who die waiting for the right thing to be done, while people like you say to wait.
During the final years before Roe v Wade, when more and more doctors were risking their reputations, careers, and freedom to give women safe abortions, there were those who made the argument that these people are helping keep it illegal because not enough people are dying. If there was a higher body count, maybe that would tip the issue. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that. Because the Supreme Court interpreted our Constitution to say that women have the rights over their bodies, so abortion should be legal. If those people had taken your advice, we wouldn’t have waited 10 years or 20 years. We’d still be waiting now! Because to this day, the argument has not stopped. To this day, we still have ignorant pieces of shit in the religious-right telling women what to do with their bodies. Abortion doctors get murdered to this day. How long should we keep waiting for this issue?
I don’t think you’re a bad guy. It seems like your heart’s in the right place, but overall, I think your opinion is asinine and ignorant of history. But as always, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. I guarantee that plenty of people thought like you through all of the issues I raised in refutation, and each and every one of them is wrong.
Until next time, a quote,
“Gentlemen, progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it.” – Henry Drummond, Inherit the Wind