Published on October 8th, 2015 | by jen9150
Use Your Brain, Grow Some Cajones
Americans, let’s see your cajones. Let’s all muster a little bit of the Frenchmen’s righteous anger and go out there and tear some shirts off. That’s right, all of you who like to make snide remarks about the French and their fighting spirit. Oh, they’re fighting all right. They banned bee-killing pesticides over a decade ago, protest unfair laws in the streets, and are now set to have a national debate on vaccination as citizens and doctors are rejecting them at record levels. ¡Vive la france!
Actually, the whole European Union as well as Russia are showing their mettle. They have banned thousands of chemicals that continue to be dumped all over Americans, are kicking out Monsanto with a “thanks, but no thanks” send-off, prefer their chicken without chlorine and their water without fluoride. They don’t let drug companies advertise in magazines or on television, and they are obviously doing something right because they are living longer than us.
Meanwhile, because a few (vaccinated as well as unvaccinated) people (mostly adults) got measles (no one died) in Disneyland this year, politicians across the nation decided it was a good idea to legislate that all children, regardless of health status or their parent’s religious or personal wishes, get 49 injections in order to attend kindergarten, then 20 more by age 18. Plus any more that the CDC decide to add to the schedule (HPV will likely soon be added; there are close to 300 new vaccines in development).
Thankfully, most bills got killed including the one that (gross mouth taste) Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward tried to push on unwitting Oregonians under a unscrupulous “emergency measure.” Mama Bears, Papa Bears and informed citizens banned together to rally at Capitols and write their legislators with some professional but strongly worded statements. However, California recently passed SB277, a prime example of the medical tyranny that is being enacted nationwide at an unprecedented rate.
Now, because of a mass shooting incident in my hometown, which is an incident of domestic terrorism perpetrated by a mentally unstable perpetrator on mind-altering medication with no criminal record, the media is once again whipping everyone into a frenzy and having them clamor for Gun Control. The problem is, not only is the media being disingenuous by conflating overall violent crime data with these unique mass shooting events, but none of their proposals would have prevented this mass shooting or necessarily prevent others in the future. Criminal background checks? Oregon already has that. Close perceived loopholes on background checks? Done, Kate Brown signed SB941 this year. Ban assault rifles? The perpetrator used a handgun. I’m just wondering what all these people clamoring for blanket gun control and posting memes comparing guns to French cheese and such really actually want when they say things like “Not One More.” None of us want any more people to die. We also don’t want knee-jerk emotional reactions that don’t actually solve the problem and only serve to deny law-abiding citizens their constitutional rights.
I guess what I’m saying is, turn off the television. Try some alternative news sources because the mainstream ones are pretty much an echo chamber of astroturf and propaganda. Think your arguments through before repeating what everyone else is saying. Get aware, be informed, and then go out into the street and say “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Although, that probably won’t do much either — unless we all do it, that is.
This isn’t about any particular political party. In fact, it’s about NOT being a slave to a party or ideology. Thomas Jefferson said, “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” We all need to learn how to think independently, and how to channel our grievances in a way that effects change.
I am convinced that the television is one of the most dangerous weapons in this country. Considering 90 percent of our media is controlled by six corporations, and that corporations are beholden to their stockholders, dependent on advertising, and in bed with the government, you may want to re-think that cable TV subscription. If you are hearing the same thing being repeated on all the major networks, such as “vaccines are safe and effective” or “guns are the problem”, you should maybe be a little suspicious.
I call on my fellow Americans to be patriots in the true sense of the word. To question. To think. To connect the dots. To go outside party lines. To voice unpopular opinions. To make sure you have the actual facts to back up those opinions. To listen to others who have different opinions, with tolerance. To remember that our country was founded on the idea that people can largely govern themselves, even if we will never be able to create Utopia. Thomas Jefferson said, “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”
It’s time we stopped worrying about being good little citizens, obedient to our masters, and stood up for our rights.