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There Better Be More Change Than This.

So, these things happened this week:


In light of the horrendous shootings in Charleston, people are finally waking up and realizing that the icons of Confederacy that litter the southern states may be, in fact, symbols of hate and racism. Not only are Confederate flags coming down: There are movements to remove statues of Confederate stalwarts of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest as well.


The Supreme Court once again ruled in favor of the ACA.


Same Sex Marriage is now Federally protected! Way to go SCOTUS! Well, five of you anyway. Justices Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Alito can go sit in the corner.


As a liberal who leans very far to the left, I’m very excited about these decisions. However, I can’t help but have this niggling feeling that we the people are getting treated to some more bread and circus in order to steer us away from the fact that there are still quite a few issues that are hiding in plain sight.


First, while the nationwide condemning of Confederate hate symbols is an important step. In fact, my FB page is currently plastered with posts that I’ve shared that call for its ban. However, though the flag may disappear, it’s still just low hanging fruit in the battle against hate crimes. We still have racism. We still have homophobia and misogyny. Oh, and we still have unfettered access to guns, which brings me to my next point.


We need federal gun control. There is nothing in the Second Amendment that says we can’t have gun control. I don’t know about you, but I don’t sleep so well at night knowing that in most states, any Tom, Dick or Harry can buy just about any gun imaginable with little effort. I do believe in the Second Amendment, but I also believe that it should be easier for a same sex couple to obtain a marriage license than it should be for a white supremacist whack job to obtain a gun. Our country persists in leading the world in mass shooting events, yet we do very little about it.


Speaking of things we do little about, how about paying women in the work place what they’re worth? Women still make about two thirds of what men make. This is a travesty. It’s also the tip of the iceberg when it comes to women’s issues. Our government only wants to dictate how you use your uterus. It seemingly has very little interest in protecting you. You may have come a long way baby, but the brothers patriarchy and misogyny are still blocking your path to equality.


What else is going on? For starters, scientists have declared that we are officially in our sixth mass extinction event. The exception to the last five is that this time, we are the cause. We are still wrecking our environment, all species are suffering because of it, and we’re still doing very little about it. At the rate we’re going, the only thing that’s going to be able to survive on this planet are cockroaches and Rick Perry.


Next up, the Pentagon has issued its latest War Manual. Yes folks, that is its actual name. In this manual is wording that targets journalist: The clause states that journalist may now be classified as “unprivileged belligerents”, the same class in which terrorist groups such as Al- Qaeda is classified. In other words, if you’re a war time reporter, and the military doesn’t care for what you say, you could end up dead or in Gitmo. Lovely.


In addition there is also that wealth gap and class warfare thing that seems to get worse by the day.


So are we being placated? Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of important historical shit that went down this week. What took place shouldn’t be overlooked. However, part of me still thinks that the powers that be underestimate us. I would bet that there are more than a few rich men on Capitol Hill who think that we’re going to be satisfied with same sex marriage and soon to come legalized weed. They think we’re going to stop thinking about gun control and hate crimes. They think that we’re going to forget that our planet is dying because of us. They think we’re going to forget that big brother is indeed watching us. They think that we’re going to forget that anyone who isn’t a rich white male is currently being treated in unfair and unjust manner.


We the people can’t be satisfied. We can’t settle for a few victories, and ignore the rest. We cannot, and must not relent.


I like what’s happening, but I will not be placated. I expect more, and hopefully, so do you.


Let’s leave the bread and circus to the Romans.

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  1. mac
    June 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    You’re back!
    Brilliant post 🙂

    And you know what.. I’m thinking some of the same.. that to pollute, corrupt government, and taking all of the cake – can not be offset by giving the masses some liberal “goodies” on social issues. It’s misunderstood.
    And given the “revolution” of public sentiments towards same-sex marriage in just let’s say 4-5 years,
    it is not all that unlikely that a Bernie Sanders can actually hit the perfect storm and win next fall. It could be a massive roar from the people on election day, taking democracy and politics back.
    And that – might be the path to saving the planet (and keep little children from being massacred in the class rooms).

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  2. June 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

    It’s good to be back. Hopefully, I’ll stick around for a while 🙂 I agree with you on Sanders. It appears that the public is growing tired of the ultra conservative B.S. and moving at least back toward the center, if not a little to the left. I’m supporting Sanders, and I hope he gets elected.

    It’s good to hear from you 🙂

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  3. Sedate Me
    July 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    “However, though the flag may disappear, it’s still just low hanging fruit in the battle against hate crimes.”

    Exactly! It’s REALLY easy to say, “Oh, yeah, the 150-ish year old flag used by armed secessionists intent on retaining the right to OWN other human beings…Gee…maybe it doesn’t quite belong flying over legislatures in 2015.

    But it’s a LOT harder to get ANY traction on putting cops who murder unarmed, off-white, folks in jail….no matter HOW much evidence there is. Shit, you can’t even get cops slapped on the wrists for violating the basic rights of middle class white folks!

    I laugh at those idiots who think cop-mounted cameras will help fix the problem. Obviously, they watch too many cop-shows where videotape solves every case. Just what we needed, to see everything from the COP’S perspective…That’s the problem, not the solution.

    The problem isn’t a lack of evidence. The problem is a TOTAL lack of interest in doing anything to punish criminals with guns & badges, no matter what they do. This is all about scared shitless WASPS and The Powers That Be protecting their army of Blueshirts.

    Gun Control: What we really need is Idiot Control. Every violent, crazy, fucktard can buy a weapons stockpile that could have defeated Napoleon’s army. Mind you, every “patriot” combined still wouldn’t stand a chance against the might of ….your local police department and the firepower they have. (Never mind the constant surveillance) But patriots are white conservatives. So until they kill, they get a Free Pass.

    Before a gun licence is issued, there should be a training test, a mental health examination and an IQ test. Although, I think the mere desire to own a gun (not designed for hunting) should probably be grounds enough to disqualify you from gun ownership.

    The (War Manual) states that journalist may now be classified as “unprivileged belligerents”,

    How the fuck did I miss that story??? See, this is what happens when you aren’t around to draw attention to it.

    A story for you to run all on its own, perhaps? (For sure!)

    Global Warming Even without it, our society will be very lucky to make it out of this century without collapsing. With it, we may be lucky to get to the halfway point of this century.

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