That’s one word that I can use to describe how I feel today. Outraged is yet another. Have all generations of Americans had to watch their Congress get bought and their rights legislated away? There were several things that I read today that just really pissed me off. Here’s a link (http://www.boingboing.net/2005/06/22/rottencom_our_gaping.html )
to one of them — yet another law that our government feels is needed to protect minors from pornography. Note that the link only give a basic idea what this latest travesty is all about, but it’s a good starting point. Here’s another link with a bit more information, and excellent examples, should you so desire:
Here’s another one about flag burning: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=avRFsYCsGAgY
Now, as for flag burning? Hey, if you want to burn a flag, go fer it. If you do it in front of me, expect that I’m going to be displeased and you might end up in a hospital. You expressed yourself and so did I, and if the amendment passes (it won’t, but they keep trying) we BOTH have done something illegal.
Here’s one that was a real doozy. The Supreme Court has ruled that it’s okay for cities to seize people’s homes. Eminent domain is nothing new. The difference here is that they’ve ruled it’s okay to take someone’s home so that a BUSINESS can be put there. Not a highway or a public project, but a fucking BUSINESS!
This is outrageous, to say the least. And what I find frightening is that for every one person like me, who sees their rights being trampled by Congress, this President, and the religious reich, there are a dozen who think this is all just fine because we’re at war and after all, we’re just trying to protect Amer’ca from all those preverts!
So. When all you people out there start getting pissed off about how certain types of people are portrayed in Avatar, just pick up your local news paper and try to see things from the view of someone who’s not one of those poor, abused, Religious Fundimentalists that everyone’s so worried about offending. It’s difficult to think outside the box, but give it a shot.
This is not a political blog, nor is a forum for me to bash other religions, despite the fact that I’m rarely, if ever, shown the same courtesy. But I gotta tell you, that in my life, the people who are causing me the most angst ARE Fundies. From their point of view, it’s all for my own good. And ther’re entitled to their point of view — as long as it doesn’t start negatively impact my life.
Unfortunately, it’s already too late for that.