Have we become so fearful that we will allow Caeser to tear asunder the fundamental rights of the American People? Shall we allow the spirit of the Declaration of Independence to be snuffed by fear mongers and greed motivated cowards.
Has America fallen to such lows that we regard security more highly than Freedom and Liberty?
The Patriot Act, Homeland Security, the TSA bullies in our Airports providing “security” to the American people. I see it differently. I see these acts and institutions as a move towards the enslavement of the American people. They are treasonous acts against Liberty.
America! Open your eyes! Before it’s too late…
I ain’t afraid to die. Don’t wanna live forever
9to 5 don’t appeal to me. Don’t want life in a suburban trap
Out in the wildlands life just feels more vital.
Bangkok and Saigon
Eternity ain’t no desk and damn sure ain’t no corporate bonus
I don’t want to live forever, though, ain’t in no rush to die
Don’t want a walker. No wheelchair or hospital bed for me at 80.
I’d rather go out in a blast. I’ll take the bang at the end of the day.
America, the land of drones. Slaving away for a corporate buck.
That life ain’t no way to live. Security, the tool of enslavement.
Homeland insecurity is the key.
I don’t wanna live forever nor do I want to be a slave.
I’d rather live and die.
I’m tired of people whining when they think that I am calling them a racist or bigot. If you are the type of person who cuts the word “Hope” from this picture and replace it with the world “Nigger.” If you are the type of person who creates or forwards emails that purposely denigrate whole groups of folks based on false information or misinformation.
If you participate in these types of activities, I’m not calling you a racist or a bigot. Your actions and words are an admission of your guilt and your true feelings. Don’t whine to me when I dispute the lies and ignorance of these actions and words.
Here’s a bit of a wake up call for all of you. Not all Muslims are terrorists or want to push Sharia on the world. Not all Black people are unemployed and on welfare. There are Muslims serving in the military and who have served in the military honorably. I work with a Muslim right now who is a true American and one of the better human beings whom I have had the pleasure to know in my life. These folks love America and what she represents in the World. If you disagree with Obama over policy, that’s fine. I do as well. If you hate Obama because he’s black or you think he’s a Muslim, you’re an ignorant racist/bigot. Period.
If you are a racist or a bigot, please move to Waziristan. Many folks in that region are as ignorant, bigoted and racist as are you. I don’t want your ignorance in my America.
It was not supposed to be this way. We elect the government. It works for us. How did it get so removed, so unbridled, so arrogant that it can tell us how to live our personal lives? Evil rarely comes upon us all at once, and liberty is rarely lost in one stroke. It happens gradually, over the years and decades and even centuries. A little stretch here, a cave in there, powers are slowly taken from the states and the people and before you know it, we have one big monster government that recognizes no restraint on its ability to tell us how to live. It claims the power to regulate any activity, tax any behavior, and demand conformity to any standard it chooses. — Andrew Napolitano
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that, if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too. —
William Somerset Maugham
Our tears are sweet, our laughter venomous,
We’re pleased when sad, and sad when pleased,
We have broken every stalk, like a wind in the garden
We have picked clean the vine’s caldelabra
And if we found a tree, still standing, defiantly,
We cut it’s branches, we pulled it up by the roots.
Lipstick Jihad is an excellent book about a womans journey back into her Iranian homeland. Azedeh Moaveni was born in the States and raised amongst the Iranian diaspora caused by the Revolution in 1979. Later, she returns to her home in Teheran to cover the Reformist movement at the turn of the century. She writes about the challenges of living in Iran as an Iranian-American and the inner conflicts of dealing with the [sur]reality of Islamic Iran as juxtaposed against her familial and diaspora created memories of her homeland. It’s a moving story told from a unique inside outsider perspective.
I’ve enjoyed reading the book.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2005/03/lipstick-jihad-interview-azadeh-moaveni http://www.amazon.com/Lipstick-Jihad-Growing-Iranian-American/dp/1586481932 http://muslimahmediawatch.org/2008/10/lipstick-jihad/
Last year some time, France banned the Burqa. I agreed with this ruling wholeheartedly. Some argued that France should not meddle in cultures and customs of the various immigrant peoples who inhabit their country. Still others argued that the burqa and by extension the hijab or veil is part of the right to “freedom” of speech a part of the expression of the culture of Islamic peoples. I simply can not agree with this.
To me the hijab/veil and the burqa is a symbol of oppression. It’s a relic of the patriarchal systems of our forefathers and a means of control. It’s the tool used to enslave women. We used similar tools of oppression here in the dark ages of the west.
These things and like items used to oppress people should be relegated to the dark past. Discarded and forgotten for all time.
How would I feel if I were forced to wear similar tools of oppression. What’s the difference between the hijab and the star of David which the Nazis forced on the Juden of 1930s era Germany? What is the difference between this attitude and the attitudes of White Americans towards Blacks in the early 1900s in the Jim Crow Era of the South?
I see no difference. Women in Iran are thrown in prison and tortured and raped for the simple offense of being seen in public with a non-relative male or showing too much ankle or for having the audacity to think and speak out. They’re beaten on the streets for showing an inch too much of hair. Young Men are brutalized by the basiji thugs for accompanying non-relative females from a Cafe to the curb to hail a taxi.
Do we excuse these behaviors in the name of cultural diversity? Do we welcome this into our countries? Do we allow this barbaric behavior into our neighborhoods?
I think we should not.
Someone will make the comment eventually; “So what do you want to do? Invade Iran?” That is not what this is about.
We can’t do anything about the barbarism of Islamic Sharia in Saudi Arabia or Iran.
However, we do have the choice of not tolerating it’s introduction into our own home countries.
I think that is where the world should make it’s stand.
I’m of the opinion that banning the burqa was not going far enough. The hijab should be banned as well. Similar resolutions should be introduced in the UN to end this oppressive reign of terror on women.