Memorial Day, a Call to Arms
While driving around town Monday evening, I was pleasantly supprised to see that there were dozens of american flags lining the walkway near the harbor. It was amazing.
fuck</CENSORED>ed up as our country is, and as fucked up as the people who run the nation are, this is still my home and it was very empowering to see such a subtle display of respect.
I've become so disillusioned lately. Everyday it seems like everything that made America great is dying. The people of this country are content to sit and let their freedoms disappear. This country was founded on several undeniably important principles. Everyone has the right to have their own oppinion, the right to voice that oppinion, and the right to defend that oppinion.
These days, everyone has the right to be scared.
The tragedy of the September 11 terrorist acts aren't the thousands of innocent lives lost, but what's been done in the aftermath.
Increased airport security, national ID cards... what's next?
Everywhere around us companies are telling us what we can and can't do. The MPAA tells you where you can watch your movies, and what movies you can watch if you're under 18; the RIAA tells you what you can do with your music; the FCC decides what you can hear or see over the airwaves; there is a TERROR ALERT LEVEL broadcast around the clock around the country on every media medium and news network.
What the <CENSORED>
fuck</CENSORED> has happend to us? Those in charge are herding us down the path towards the cliff. How mindless will we let them make us. These are people that WE voted for. People that work for US. They aren't special. They aren't more important than we are. Who the <CENSORED> fuck</CENSORED> are they to force us to bend to their will?
Who's right is it for some corporation to decide what you can and can't buy at the store, or what devices can play your music or movies?
People in this country need to pull their heads out of their asses and realize that they aren't the center of the <CENSORED></RANT>
In this new age of connectivity the power of the indiviual should be growing, but its not. People need to get a grip and realize that by limiting our freedom and feeding our fear with all of these new security laws and terror alerts we are letting the people responsible for the attack on our country to win. They wanted to distroy our way of life? We're doing it ourselves. Osama bin whogivesa <CENSORED>
fuck </CENSORED> is probably laughing his <CENSORED> ass </CENSORED> off somewhere, because we've already done his work for him. We are already fast on the way to becoming extinct. There are 3 paths the path to freedom is behind us, and ahead we're faced with oppression by an evergrowing network of corporate government or defeat at the hands of an invading force.
The only thing that can turn us around is you. You have to vote. You have to participate. The people in power want to stay in power. If you do nothing, they have nothing to fear. We can't allow our lives to be taken from us one right at a time. We have to defend ourselves before its too late.
In case you have forgotten
1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
2. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
3. No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
4. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
5. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
6. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
7. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
8. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
9. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
10. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Oh, say, can you see,
by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd
at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd,
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night
that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free
and the home of the brave?
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
This is the time
This is the place. Forget religion, forget race, forget sexuality. As a free people we need to come together NOW to keep our freedom. Our brothers and our fathers and our sons are dying in a far off land once again. Unlike never before our freedoms are under attack here at home. On American soil, the worst deeds have been done by American hands.
Some folks are born made to wave the flag Ooh, they're red, white, and blue And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief” They point the cannon right at you It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no senator's son It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no fortunate one Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, dont they help themselves But when the tax man comes to the door, Lord the house looks like a rummage sale It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no millionaire's son It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no fortunate one Some folks inherit star spangled eyes, Ooh, they send you down to war And when you ask them, “How much should we give?” They only answer “More! More! More!” It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no military son It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no fortunate one It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no fortunate one -- CCR, “Fortunate One”