Adrienne BoettingerTuesday,23 April 2013

The Snap:

Last week’s events made me think about what it means to be an American. Apparently it means very little to some in Congress who think that they get to decide who gets rights and when.  The idea also seems to have lost its meaning when it comes to a lot of Internet assclowns who declared themselves judge, jury and executioner not just for the two suspects of the Boston bombing but of people not remotely involved, resulting in some of the vilest, most awful death threats and slander ruining people’s lives in this country and around the world.

The Download:

I had to stop reading the news stories on Boston as they made me ill. Not from reading about the horrific injuries sustained by so many but from the hate-filled pundits, conspiracy theorists and average Internet-using idiots. It became even harder to stomach when Congress joined in. Mainly because Senators Graham, McCain and Ayotte and Congressman King have the audacity to say that they can decide if and when an American citizen is American enough to be given a trial per his Constitutional rights. Also for the jackassery of Senators Rand Paul and Chuck Grassley using the bombing to promote their anti-immigration agendas.

But I was also somewhat queasy for being in the position of agreeing with Speaker Boehner and Congressman Paul Ryan. Because these two lawmakers had the balls to go against the agoraphobic asshats in their own party and say, no, we will not let Boston serve as an excuse to derail immigration reform.

Part of what makes America great is that we’re not supposed to deny people their rights willy-nilly. Innocent until proven guilty, the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, the right to believe what you want to and express it how you want to—unless doing so endangers or abuses the rights of those around you. It’s when politicians start deciding that these rules no longer apply when a fill-in-the-blank threat du jour is possible, that’s when I don’t know what America stands for anymore.

You’ll notice I didn’t include the right-to-own-as-many-assault-weapons-as-possible-with-no-background-checks. That’s not because I don’t believe in the importance of the 2nd Amendment (I just disagree with those who lose their damn minds over it). It’s because I don’t understand why anyone would want to call a country home if they actually believed they needed to have an arsenal to defend themselves from their own government.

ICYMI, in the past week there was a massive explosion in Texas, huge earthquake in Southwestern China, wave of protests about the brutal rape of a 5-year old in India, and tragically disappointing day in the Senate when some decided that because criminals won’t submit to background checks, we should do nothing in terms of gun control. Criminals don’t obey a lot of laws (that’s what makes them criminals) but that doesn’t mean we stop making laws altogether. Watch this beautiful rant from Jon Stewart for more.


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  1. […] I’ve previously written about things that scare the bejeezus out of me, like cicadas, sharks, elevators, and geese. One fear I hadn’t really written about before is terrorism. I don’t mean fear of suicide bombers, hijacked planes or other attacks. I fear most what terrorism turns us into; aside from the physical damage, terrorism spawns significant changes in how we talk to and about each other, and what we value. The real terror for me is the fear of allowing terrorism to compromise who we are. […]

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