Activist Wednesday: 2,000,000 Signatures, and A Lack of Comprehension
Posted July 25, 2012on:
Morning, Widdershins! I’ll be overwhelmed until Labor Day, at which point I hope to move on to the next Big Thing (in New York! please, o Goddess!)…so I beg ye, forgive me if I don’t comment. I am catching up when I can, and enjoying everything I read!
First, today’s activist news. Last night, the Coffee Party delivered almost 2,000,000 signatures to Congress for review by the Senate….these were all signatures calling for the overturn of Citizens United via Constitutional Amendment. Many, many liberal groups have joined in this effort to bring the severity of this corrupt Supreme Court decision to the attention of our fellow Americans. I know that the Coffee Party is taking a while to start itself up, but let me tell you, I think it’s really on the right track. Surely there is nothing so threatening to our democracy as the corruption of all three branches of government by the infusion of megatons of corporate cashola?
As the National Field Organization Director of Move To Amend stated:
“In community after community citizens are making clear through ballot initiatives and resolutions that they want their elected representatives to pass an amendment to overrule the Court by abolishing corporate personhood and the doctrine of money as free speech. These hearings are one step toward achieving that amendment, and we won’t stop our efforts until the majority of the members of Congress are behind us and show that they understand that their job is to serve the people, not corporations or the privileged few.”
I can’t help but think that with Move To Amend and at least 10 other groups joining this effort, plus the 2 million signatures, the citizen outrage against the “corporations are people” ruling will be very difficult to ignore. May the movement continue to grow and flourish!
Now, as Pat did yesterday, I feel compelled to weigh in about the shooting in Aurora. I find myself completely unable to comprehend the American obsession with guns. I know, I know, I am a commie pinko leftist hippie pacifist type, but d*mn! How f*cking infantile are we in America? Will we ever connect our insistence on our “rights” to blow up a bunch of sh*t to Kingdom Come, with our extremely high incidence of domestic terrorism?
For that’s what the Dark Knight shooting was: domestic terrorism. Unfortunately for those who continue to insist that all terrorism is committed by people with brown skin and Muslim names, the reality is that we have plenty of white terrorists here too. We are a uni-racial (if not unisex) breeder of people who are really, really, REALLY pissed off about something. And thanks to all of our precious “freedoms,” we allow these nutjobs to express their anger with bullets and bombs.
The man who committed this act of insanity was 24 years old. This man, who was once a neuroscience major, is now responsible for an unbelievable number of deaths and injuries. And yes, he was able to order everything he needed on the Internet. Is this really what the information superhighway envisioned in the 90’s was supposed to lead to? An easy way for mentally imbalanced anger junkies to commit mayhem?
You know, I try to be understanding of people who insist that they must have guns. They won’t kill anyone with them, of course! They just like shooting them at targets. And if they want to have ten or fifteen guns, whose business is it, really? And if some of those guns are rifles, and could perhaps be modified to be automatic, well, that’s also none of my business. These people have RIGHTS!!!1111!!! And if the law permits, they get to kill anyone who is Walking While Black too. No one, NO ONE shall get in the way of the American with his gun!!
As a person whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, I cannot comprehend the mentality of people who embrace guns and violence as a way of life. When we arrogate to ourselves the right to own guns and use them against other people, then we are declaring that we have the power to take others’ lives away with the simplest method imaginable…a bullet. It is far, far easier to kill with a gun, than it is to kill up close and personal-like, isn’t it? The gun is just another way in which we declare our separation from each other, our superiority to those without that talisman of godlike power. And once we start celebrating our separation instead of our commonality, it’s all downhill from there. The Other is everyone that we don’t know, everyone with a different skin color, or religion, or sex. And it’s just another small step to get those with guns and bombs to act against The Other.
We truly do need to beware of ourselves. We humans are the top predator in our food chain, and unfortunately, we seem most likely to prey upon ourselves.
A culture that glorifies guns, and turns a blind eye to the consequences, simply makes that so very, very much easier.
This is an open thread.
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