Somehow, somewhere along the way, my cousin turned into a conservative. I'm not just talking mild, but an extremist. Like really. He's racist, saying he doesn't mind black people but he hates "niggers". He also hates native americans, the Quebecois, and Europeans. Europeans especialy, as, according to him, they're all "gay and prostitutes over there". (When I asked them about that he said he didn't mean it literally, he just meant the way they dress.)
He sings the praises of George Bush and he hates Obama with a passion because of "his football shaped smile".
I was sick of it all this evening. For years I've had to listen to his disgusting rants on blacks, gays, and european, and I was sick of it. No one in my family has bothered to stand up to him, and I finaly did. I was pretty pissed.
He's also very homophobic, trying to prove to me that gay sex spreads AIDS faster than straight sex. To prove it I asked him to show me a book or website without a conservative slant. You know what he said? "Typical liberal response."
Ladies and gentleman, I am not a liberal, or at least, I try not to be. I may believe that whatever people do behind their bedroom doors is none of my buisness, but I try to be as neutral as possible.
He told me he wants to shoot all homosexuals in the knees. When I asked what was wrong with homosexuality he said "read the bible". I have no idea what the bible has to do with our conversation, as I'm not even a christian. Neither is he.
Then he flip-flopped and said he didn't care if they had sex or not, but he DID care that homosexuals have to flaunt their sexuality in everyone's face (gay pride parade and whatnot). He asked me if I wanted my children to grow up around those people. I said "what does it matter, they aren't going to turn gay".
He believes the exact opposite. He thinks homosexuality is a choice.
"A choice, is it?" I asked him. "You mean every homosexual made a choice at the beginning of their life to be discriminated against by jackasses, and become outcasts from their family? That choice?"
It was a pretty heated argument. I was shaking by the end of it.
This is kind of distressing because I don't have any experience arguing an extremeist. There aren't many extreme conservatives in Canada. It's a pretty liberal country. And allthough he's born and raised in Canada, he hates everything about it. He hates the healthcare. He hates the gun control. He hates the gay marriage. He hates the welfare system. He hates quebec. He hates the "liberals who have invaded".
He's in love with America and everything about America. He thinks Obama is the worst president ever, even though he has yet to take office. I tried to explain to him that every president and every prime minister has been in it for personal gain only. He still think Bush is the next best thing since sliced bread (Bush isn't nearly as bad as some extremist liberals put him, as he did a hell of a lot better than Clinton ever did, but he still isn't even close to the best president ever).
How do you argue with someone like this? It's so frustrating because he can't seen any reason at all. He's so blinded by his own beliefs... it's weird. He dropped out of highschool at grade 10, had a drinking problem, and he never had a stable family, so I guess those could be a few reasons he latched onto the extremeist american conservative viewpoint.
In short, is there even a point to argue with him? I'm just so sick of listening to his crappy propaganda and racist viewpoints. It needs to end, and I want him to stop bringing it up at family gatherings.