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The New Plantation

With all of the talk about Tiger Woods, climate change and the health care bill in the last few weeks the media, aside from some alternative news websites forgot to report on Obama’s newest Supreme Court victory. Who would have thought after all those speeches about change, the first black president would fight and succeed in striping away peoples humanity and effectively turn people into objects. Obama has once again showed his contempt for liberty and embraced terrorism, much like his predecessor Bush did, as a means to subjugate American citizens. On December 15th, the Supreme Court supported torture and rejected due process of enemy combatants

When people think about what an enemy combatant is, they usually picture a shady Arab man whose only purpose in life is to strap a bomb to himself and blow up buildings; in other words, a terrorist. These terrorists exist because, as Bush said, “they can’t stand our freedom” and will use whatever means necessary to destroy them. The government’s solution to stop these evil people is to declare terrorists enemy combatants, who don’t belong to a nation, and to strip them of any civil rights that they may have.

What’s this have to do with Americans living in the good ol’ U.S of A? It’s funny you should ask that. As I’ve written before, any American who doesn’t approve of the government is most likely a terrorist. As if knowing what the future held, congress passed a bill in 2006 stating that American Citizens can be enemy combatants. Just like the patriot act and homeland security, this is not intended for those Arab terrorists but for you and your neighbor who don’t approve of having the government control every aspect of their life. This ruling along combined with other policies will be used against you if you don’t stay in line. You don’t need that pesky due process do you?

It is a strange usage of double think to say that in order to spread our freedoms throughout the world that we need to strip freedom away from people. In order to maintain an orderly society there is no room for critical thinking or opposing thought. Those Americans who don’t embrace the freedom of conformity and reject the freedom to be a slave are destined to have those freedoms stripped from them and will be designated as an enemy combatant. It looks like, even with those freedoms that government has given us, since they’re no longer rights, hasn’t left us with much freedom and liberty at all.

We only need to look into the recent past to see what happens when people are considered less than human. A few years ago, Abu Ghraib created a firestorm in the world media with allegations that officials authorized the torture of the prisoners held there. The media pointed to pictures that were released of prisoners being abused but the real scope of the torture never made its way into the news. Prisoners were not only subjected to torture and stress positions they were subjected to beatings until their muscles were liquefied, forced sex with dogs and people, torturing of prisoners children and you can’t forget people being killed as a result of those things.

I like to use my imagination so I can picture all of the glorious possibilities of these kinds of policies hold for the nation. For instance, we could round up all of our inner city gang members and declare them enemy combatants. Once they have that status, we could ship them out to our farms and manufacturing plants where they could work and be productive members of society. We wouldn’t have to stop with gang members of course; we could get those pesky anti war protesters, political dissidents, communists, artists, writers and of course that next door neighbor who burns wood on spare the air days. Just think how productive we would be without our rights.

I’d like to end this on a positive note with a quote from President Obama, the man who is going to change the world. Be sure to read the wording he used in his speech about terrorism where he admits we’re fighting to support those who torture. Our moral compass demands that we spread the freedom to subjugate others.

“Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.” President Obama

When Expression Hinders

A year has come and gone since I visited the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco and here we are again with the fair coming to town tomorrow, complete with all of the free love any gay hippie can dream of. For the people that don’t know what the Folsom Street Fair is let me explain: The fair bills itself as the largest leather event in the world but more than that, it’s also a massive gay orgy. Now gay sex is all well and good but when I was there I couldn’t help thinking about the fight for gay marriage and how this whole event, where if you take a wrong turn you end up in a circle jerk, couldn’t possible help gay people fight for equal rights. The event if anything it makes people less tolerant and supportive of the stereotypes that we all know and love. Personally, since my sense of humor is partly based on stereotypes, I thought the whole event was hilarious but the people who take things more seriously might be horrified with the events that were happening on public streets.

As soon as I walked into the area where the fair was there was a man chained to a fence, a black hood over his head while a smaller man stroked his member and gave his balls a little cup. Of course this was just the beginning of the whole man in leather event. In fact, there were so many nude men, I couldn’t look in any direction without seeing a gay man in leather chaps and a goofy little outfit sure to give any conservative nightmares (I’m sure the poor Hispanic family that happened to take a wrong turn into the fair still has them). In this environment it wasn’t strange to see various men expressing their love for their fellow man and all of his friends as I made my way through the crowd keeping my hands up in above waist level so I didn’t accidently brush them against any of the people expressing their sexuality.

What does all this have to do with gay rights? Well it only takes one person with a camera to spread and demonize the entire gay population. One of the arguments against gay marriage is how immoral the gay population is and this event plays right into the hands of the people expressing that point of view. Once the pictures did make it out, even the more tolerant people would have a problem with outright sex in the streets by the gay men who attend the event. For pictures of what really happens at the fair, just go to this website. I can’t imagine anyone who would argue that this event would help gay, lesbians and transgendered people fight for equal rights.

This fair is just another example of a society which has strived to become so tolerant where people can get away with almost anything that they want to. It shouldn’t be a surprise with events like this that the bill legalizing gay marriage in California proposition 8, much to the dismay of the gay population, was voted down in California in the last election. The fight for civil rights is as much of a public relations fight as it is one for equality and sadly events like this only degrade the publics opinion of the gay population.

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