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08 January 2006 @ 11:51 am
Civil Rights  
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=25947

Wow. It's some rather strong language, but I'm not sure any other would quite express the right rage. Our government is at war - with us. By us, I don't just mean chicken-footed liberals. All the bolds are links to articles backing up the claims so you can do your own research - including in the war on terror: Catholics, Quakers and, as has been in the news much lately, phone users.

To balance the suckiness of the reality of the Bush administration, I had some very patriotic moments last night at a Disturbed concert - including an entire mosh pit crowd surfing a guy in a wheel chair on to the stage and, while there was a somewhat active mosh pit, the focus was above all on making sure nobody who went down stayed down. Even the most aggressive testosterone boys of the pacific northwest are helping their brothers up.

We need to challenge ourselves next time we lose a freedom for "safety" and feel appreciative rather than suspicious and angry. No matter how much I personally think disproportionate punishment for drunk drivers is a Good Idea™, I can't nod my head righteously when cops set up check points to check for drunk drivers at random, with no probable cause. Do I want drunk irresponsible people on the roads? Hell no. Do I want to check every car to make sure they don't kill my friends and loved ones while surviving unscathed? More than anything! But I promise I will never vote for such a huge civil rights violation. If I vote for that, eventually the cops are pulling my brother over for looking like a hippy or me for driving a hybrid because earth lovers are hippies and the profiling begins and the religious and racial persecution of minorities begins, and it's not our beautiful, well-divined country anymore.

We're good people, damnit, and we have a lot of civil rights violations at the highest level of goverment to undo.
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floiterfloiter on January 9th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
When they came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

We earn our freedoms. We pay for them in our everyday actions and inactions. Perhaps those freedoms may seem expensive, but what cost is the alternative?
Sarah: coffeesarmonster on January 11th, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
I felt silly preaching to the choir on political issues, so I started hitting the discussion boards at vote.com. Almost all Christian conservatives. Boy do they frustrate the crap out of me; but if I change just one mind, it'll be worth it. That and its interesting to see what led them to 'the dark side'.