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February 03, 2006
1 - Damn Those People

(Sorry about this. I went on a bit. I'll split it so it doesn't break anyone's browser.)

The rumors were right. That change in military execution policy does mean they might decide to execute prisoners at Guantanamo.

We're taking that last step to being a country that holds secret trials on unidentified prisoners and then executes them out of hand.

Welcome to Stalin's Amerika.

If this is what we're going to be, then let's just do it. Let's all vote Rightwing Republican this fall and just take the plunge. Stop pretending we're a democracy and stop killing ourselves by inches.

Let's just all stand up and say that we never really liked the Constitution anyhow, it's just a dirty bit of paper and the Magna Carta is even dingier.

(The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments in the Bill of Rights are particularly unnecessary. If they weren't criminals, the cops wouldn't be after them, right? Folks like that don't have no rights.)

The importance of humans in human society has been grossly over-exaggerated over the years and mindless corporate consumerism is what we all really aspire to anyhow.

We don't care if you tap our phones and read our e-mail as long as we can choose between four kinds of Bounty paper towels for our kitchens.

"Illegal search and seizure" means nothing when compared to the convenience of shopping for groceries at 11:00 at night. (But only if you're white. If you ain't, don't be driving our streets after the sun goes down. And if you're a woman, better be prepared to prove your man gave you permission to be out and about on your own. If you're wearing shoes and you ain't pregnant, you may find yourself answering questions.)

We'd rather have drive-up banking than freedom of religion. (Yeah, freedom of religion is important if you're talking white Protestant religion but we don't need no stinking "freedom." Just start baptizing in the birthing rooms and add bible studies to the k-12 curriculum.)

Comprehensive public education is totally overrated and what's really going to keep this country going over the next millennium is the right to drive down the freeway, packing heat. So don't take our guns! When we say the Constitution is just a piece of paper, we don't mean that bit about our right to walk around heavily armed and shoot anyone whose sex life, skin color, or accent doesn't match ours.

We need more guns but less health care for those who can't pay for it. If people want health care, they've got no business being poor. They should just go ahead and die and decrease the surplus population.*

Instead of a de facto federal government that only cares for military and commercial interests, let's just go ahead and remake the system so that that's all the federal government has to care about.

Then, the next time a hurricane takes out New Orleans (or Miami) or a tornado decimates Houston or Dallas, no one will be disappointed in the government's response because they won't have to make one.

The next time we're reading headlines about 15 elderly people in Detroit or Chicago freezing to death in their rundown apartments, it won't be anyone's fault because it's not anyone's responsibility to take care of the poor and the aged.

The next time we read about ten foster children being kept in cages, we won't be pointing fingers at the government for failing in its duty, because it won't have a duty.

We can have a Federal government that's responsible for killing people overseas, spying on people here at home, and making sure the wheels stay greased for corporate donors interests everywhere. And, you know, transportation. But only if the unions get busted.

Education, healthcare, the environment, the poor, the elderly, animals, agriculture, civil rights, food safety, the FDA, energy research and safety, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Labor, mine safety, national parks services, the EPA, and all of those other unimportant things can just...take care of themselves.

And individual states and communities can have what they want and can afford to pay for.

If Missouri doesn't have high-tech industry, they don't need internet access. If Mississippi doesn't have any jobs, they don't need labor rights. If Wyoming has more cows than people, they probably don't need any social services. If Kansas doesn't have any trees, they shouldn't have a say in logging issues (regardless of what deforestation does to the climate in states east of the west coast). If Oklahoma doesn't have any rain, they're not contributing to the country's water resources and don't deserve water rights.

Everyone who thinks Oklahomans should die of thirst because it hasn't rained there, raise your hand....


* Extra credit for Dickens reference.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:47 PM