Fools or Knaves?

Latest example: Fla. State Representative Chares Van Zant, a Republican from Clay County in the panhandle, is ranting that standardized testing, part of the reviled Common Core, is a plot to turn our sweet boys and girls into homosexuals. The company the state hired to construct the new testing, he says, is “promoting as hard as they can to any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda. These people that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped, will now promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can be.” (My source of info is Frank Cerabino’s article in The Tampa Bay Times, May 23, 2014, p.13A, and I think the Times got it from the Palm Beach Post.)

I’m befuddled as to how to react to this nonsense. Laugh? But maybe it’s not so funny. The guy, stupid or not, is a state legislator. Cry? Well that does a lot of good. Rage? Again, not so productive. I don’t live in Van Zant’s district, so I can’t vote against him when the election comes. So I’m writing my blog, seen my perhaps dozens of people (!) to shed a little light on this idiocy. Cause ignoring him is scary, too.

I can see myself sputtering arguments against the assumptions behind Van Zant’s pronouncement. No need to go into them here, though, because anyone reading this already has his mind made up as to whether Van Zant is stupid or not. My baby son, with babies of his own, would say, Calm down, Mom. My older son would sputter with me. My daughter would likely be practical as well as calm and offer something wise about lunacy in public office.

You have to wonder, is the man really that ignorant about homosexuality? If so, how come he thinks he’s smart enough to mouth off about something he doesn’t understand? And maybe it’s even worse if he knows he’s talking poisonous nonsense and does it anyway. Fool or knave? I have a hard time telling the difference sometimes.

Well, as rants go, I guess this was fairly tame. Consider yourself ranted at anyway.

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Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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