"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan) (ajrose93) wrote,
"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan)

What I'm on about (brief); and an Invocation :D


Back, shortly, to the spiritual response to the current crisis, as promised...but first it seems important to answer, as simply as I can, why we should give a crap about the new detainee law. After all, isn't it just a lot of ACLU types concerned about "the rights of terrorists"?

1. Even if that were all it was, that'd still be important -- because as a general thing, YOUR rights always depend directly on the rights granted to the really horrible people. It's like, say, free speech rights. If we don't protect speech we hate, protections won't be there for the speech we like.

But even more importantly, the law isn't written to apply to terrorists (though it easily could have been). It's written broadly enough to apply to just about everybody...and since it looks to last forever, it basically repeals the Constitution.

2. So this isn't just about terrorists -- or even just about innocent people mistakenly detained as terrorists, like that Canadian guy we sent to Syria for torture, who turned out to be completely innocent (though, predictably, the torture made him "confess" to whatever we wanted, including training in Afghanistan with al Qaeda when he'd never even been to Afghanistan in the first place, a big reason torture is a stupid tactic; bless the Canadian government for owning up to this). The law that just passed was written so broadly that, if allowed to stand, it would give an unelected panel of who-knows-who the absolute power to arrest, and hold forever, anybody on earth they cared to, without having to justify their decision to anyone at all, and with the courts forbidden even to look into the matter.

The lengthy details are in my last few posts, particularly this one:


-- so you can check for yourself to see I'm not exaggerating. But I thought a simple words explanation might help.

Next up, time permitting -- maybe why these are the times when the good guys start to win again? We'll see. Come to think, why not paste a St. Leonard Cohen lyric in the meantime?

93 93/93 -- AJ



It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that this ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's coming through a crack in the wall;
on a visionary flood of alcohol;
from the staggering account
of the Sermon on the Mount
which I don't pretend to understand at all.
It's coming from the silence
on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered
heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin'
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

It's coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It's here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it's here they got the spiritual thirst.
It's here the family's broken
and it's here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we'll be making love again.
We'll be going down so deep
the river's going to weep,
and the mountain's going to shout Amen!
It's coming like the tidal flood
beneath the lunar sway,
imperial, mysterious,
in amorous array:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on ...

I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can't stand the scene.
And I'm neither left or right
I'm just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I'm junk but I'm still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

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