Note: This book was provided to me by the author.Please note I have heavily spoiled the plot.
Disclaimer: I received these two books from the publisher in exchange for reading and reviewing them.
Backers Of Calif. Gay Marriage Ban Face Backlash
I’ve been listening to this story about the backlash on supporters of Prop 8 in California *(the Gay Marriage Ban), and something bugs me.
A vote in the voting booth is private and should be sacrosanct. However, giving money for a cause or campaign is, as the Supreme Court tells us, political speech. It’s NOT private.
If you are willing to use political speech to express your view, why don’t I have the right to respond to it?
Leatherby’s Family Creamery gave $20,000 to support Proposition 8. If I choose products and companies based on my values, why wouldn’t I respond to their contribution by withholding them my dollar? And telling my friends the same?
Today, in 1789, Congress convened, and the Constitution of the United States was put into effect.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common
defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America.
We lived in a tyranny from September 12, 2001 to January 19th of this year. These articles, and the memos and documents being released, make that clear.
In perhaps the most surprising assertion, the Oct. 23, 2001, memo suggested the president could even suspend press freedoms if he concluded it was necessary to wage the war on terror. “First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully,” Yoo wrote in the memo entitled “Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activity Within the United States.”
This claim was viewed as so extreme that it was essentially (and secretly) revoked–but not until October of last year, seven years after the memo was written and with barely three and a half months left in the Bush administration.
Read it all.
What DON’T we know yet about what the previous administration was doing?
We lived in a tyranny.
We lived in a Tyranny.
And before any of my friends on the right wing are tempted to wave the bloody shirt of Bin Laden as justification–no, it doesn’t cut it. 19 men with box cutters may have killed 3000 people, but reaction to that does not rise to the level of “let’s turn the US into a dictatorship”
It would take something like invasion from the Fithp from Niven/Pournelle or The Race from Turtledove to even begin to try and justify what the previous administration did.
And if you do believe it, even so, there is a word for you. (No, not that word. Do NOT Godwin this thread, thank you). The word I choose is a new one: Autocratist.
Being an Autocratist means that you believe in investing political power in one man, in this case President George W Bush, even at the expense of essential freedoms.
Bruce Campbell, an actor no stranger to a swath of my friends list, showed up on NPR’s news quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. (They have a guest each week to play a game called “Not my job” when the person is asked questions about a topic they probably know nothing about:
He was made of awesome. As usual.