|A Call to Arms
||[Dec. 11th, 2004|10:08 pm]
lalaith82 and BoingBoing, each of whom has directed my attention to two completely unrelated articles, each of which show exactly what is wrong with society today.This was inspired by |
Firstly, we have this piece from The Guardian Unlimited, which discusses the politics of Gerald Allen, who apparently has the ear of our President as to what family values are, and is currently leading the way toward a ban on gayness in Alabama (Ban on state dollars for programs which promote homosexuality - e.g. College Drama departments performing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Shakespeare, and, of course, Rocky Horror Picture Show.)
Secondly, we have the arrest of John Perry Barlow at SFO. He had a small amount of pot in his checked luggage (w/ doctors note). You may know him as a songwriter for the Grateful Dead, or as the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Anyway, the 18-month stonewalling of his defense (he is the first to fight in court; all the previous people charged plead guilty) can be read here.
What do these two things have in common? They each are a call to action. A quote from JPB:
"unconstitutional behavior by the authorities is constrained only by the peoples' willingness to contest them."
How do we fight? By not being silent. This is me, coming out as it were, as a supporter of civil liberties. Tell a friend you are too. If you have money to spare, donate to the EFF or National Coalition Against Censorship. Contact your congresscritters by mail, with a well reasoned thoughtful unique original one page letter giving them your opinion on what you believe in, and what you think should be done. When you hear people sounding stupid (in your opinion) and have the facts and argument skills, talk back. Don't let them walk over you. Finally, allow me to use one of my favorite quotes to motivate you to action, a famous quote from a holocaust survivor named Martin Niemoller, who said in the Congressional Record 14, October 1968, page 31,636:
When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church -- and there was nobody left to be concerned.
Sleep tight kids.