Back to class, where I shall now endeavor to feel lucky that the worst thing I have to deal with is the Hilton/Kardashian wannabes who employ their own special brand of torture on the rest of us. Oprah Gratitude Journal, don’t fail me now…
Catching up on my NYT Op-Ed reading, and came across this horrifying column from David Brooks (aka one of the few conservatives with sense in this country):
(via Today Digital Life)
I am officially in awe of this guy. He’s been running a YouTube channel for months talking about coming out in the military, but up until now, he hasn’t shown his face. Now that DADT is history, he’s completely out to the military — and he went live coming out to his dad. Holy shit, this guy is brave.
A hell of a lot braver than the Marine recruiters in Tulsa, who couldn’t go to a military recruitment drive at a gay community center without planning for a retreat:
Master Sgt. Anthony Henry, a top Marine recruiting trainer for the southwestern United States, pulled up to Tulsa’s biggest gay community center on Tuesday morning and left his Chevy where he could make a fast getaway. “I have an exit strategy,” he said. “I know where my choke points are, I’ve strategically parked my car right on the curbside, I have an out.”
– New York Times
Did he think he’d face rioting drag queens a la Stonewall? Gay cooties? An orgy of hot male-on-male groping that would end with him becoming the next Tom of Finland model?? Who knew the LGBT community of Tulsa was scarier than Al-Qaeda operatives?
While I’m thrilled that DADT finally ended last week, I have another bone or two pick with our military policies in this country. Why the hell are we still in Iraq and Afghanistan? And why is the military the only option for poor whites coming out of rural communities, for poor minorities in the cities, and for a lot of people wanting a college education? We’re cutting financial aid and Pell grants, so of course you’re going to see more kids just out of high school wanting to go into the military. Some of them want to serve their country, I know, and I respect them for that. But a lot of them want to get a chance to escape the circumstances they grew up with, and when getting shot to hell in wars we shouldn’t be in is their only option, it’s what they’ll do. It shouldn’t be their only option — not by a long shot.
So to the members of the LGBTQ community (and anyone else) who want to serve — congratulations. To those who are going into the military because they think they have no other option — god I’m sorry, and there has to be another way.
Oh for fuck’s sake…
What a sick, sad, and twisted society we live in right now. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.”
This article, which contains gems like “Registering[the poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals” and “It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country” and “Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections…[is] about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers” is bad enough. But check out some of the comments:
pavan 09/01/2011 07:24 AM
From when the Constitution was written until about 1850, only white male property owners could vote. After 1870, former slaves could vote. Then in 1920 we had woman suffrage. In the 1960s, it became illegal to require voters to be literate. The motor voter law was passed in 1995. In 2008 it became de facto legal for Black Panthers to intimidate voters at the polls. Is anyone noticing a trend here? When the country started, voting was restricted to citizens who had a financial stake in small government. Now anyone with a pulse can vote. Eventually, you might have to fight your way into the polling place through a gauntlet of government dependents who will decide if you look like someone who will support big government candidates.
VBMax 09/01/2011 10:55 AM
Another factor: Why are 18 year olds allowed to vote? Most don’t have the maturity, life experience or political smarts yet to cast a proper vote. Remembering how I was as a teenager, voting was emotionally based rather than researched and thought through.
Wayward Son 09/01/2011 10:55 AM
I’ve said all along we need LESS people voting. The conservatives should push for poll taxes (if you’re not willing or able to pay, then you probably are not willing or able to be informed enough to vote), increase the voting age to 21, no voting for anyone who has received government assistance in the past year, and no sufferage for anyone who cannot read. One person one vote is a recipe for political suicide and the Communist’s dream.
syrin23 09/01/2011 11:13 AM
I agree completely with this article and have a simple solution to fix it. Every person’s vote is weighted according to how much they paid in taxes. Everyone gets a default value of one. So of that evil CEO paid $750,000 in taxes, his vote would be the equivalent of 750,000 voters who paid nothing. No skin in the game, no say is how the real world works, but we would give them a small say. (Non-shareholders get NO votes in the dealings of a business). This would be “fair” and serve “justice” as those footing the bill would have the biggest say in what is done with THEIR money.
Who are these people?
(Oh, and VBMax? Eighteen-year-olds got the vote with the very persuasive argument that if they were old enough to be drafted and sent to war, they should be old enough to vote on whether those wars should be fought. Are you going to argue that they don’t have a stake in how our country is governed? Or does having a blood stake not count — it’s only money that matters?)
Just watched Gloria: In Her Own Words, about my personal hero Gloria Steinem. Had tears in my eyes by the end. I really hope I get to meet her one day to tell her “thank you” for all she’s done in this life and for inspiring me and many other young women.
Someday I’m getting out of this hell-hole to achieve greatness! Right…?? (*sigh*)