Happy Valentine's Day, America (WARNING-POLITICAL) by gypsyangel ()
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America, where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster...
"Monster" by Steppenwolf
So I've been watching what's been going on with our government, both federal and others...
I've just got a few questions.
What happened to the 6th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution? Is it still the law or merely a suggestion now?
We have drones killing American citizens because the government assures us they're terrorists.
We have LA cops burning people alive because they assured us they've killed people.
But last time I checked, the 6th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States read:
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense."
"Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this. We have this so that the government CAN'T run around and arbitrarily decide who needs to be killed and who doesn't without first airing all the grievances and facts of the case.
Now, I've gotten called some pretty heinous things because of my stance on this issue. "You support terrorists", "Terrorist whore (and or slut)" that was one of my favorites. "You're just crushing on these deviants, I hear Charlie Manson is still single, bet you want to fuck him, too."
Seriously? I don't care if someone was eating small children on Main Street at high noon in front of thousands of witnesses, that person has a right to a trial by jury. When we take away the right to a trial for some people, all people lose that right. So call me a terrorist whore if it fulfills your need. But understand, I would fight just as hard for your right to be heard and to face your accusers as I would for anyone else.
You got this far? I'll be damned...
You people have a good one.
Happy Valentine's Day, America...
Image Comments (40)
Perfectly said Laura! As much as people don't want to hear that you have this right. If we make an exception for one we have to make an exception for all and then the next thing you know they will make exceptions for killing US citizens with drones flying over US airspace. I applaud your guts and strength to stand up and say these things. This is a truly epic image and very symbolic. I am sure that they will find some reason to remove it because it offends someones delicate sensibilities. If I could hug you right now for this message I would. I love my country with all my heart and would lay my life down for it in a second but I think my Government is out of control and is destroying what I hold dear.
Its not just the 6th and 14th amendments. The whole Bill of Rights is under assault, from the P.C. bullies smothering the 1st to the constant attacks on the 10th and state's rights through the courts. The Constitution is like an arch, take out one piece and the whole thing collapses.
very sad... what is happening around the world. Not just our Goverment, but too many... ...and to think that Dorner was trying to protect the rights of a challenged human being. If you are prejudiced against any ethnic race/sexual preference/or religious belief or lack of one, then no one is safe because you can find a reason to hate them too. If you have prejudice and hate for one, then it is really easy to substitute another. Brava Laura, for your convictions and the courage to voice them. Ariana "War is bad for children and other living things"
Shadowhawk2zero wrote: "If we make an exception for one we have to make an exception for all and then the next thing you know they will make exceptions for killing US citizens with drones flying over US airspace." So much this. Thanks for posting this, Laura!
I love the passion behind this render. I defended our Constitution for 22 years on active duty in the military because I believe in what it says; all of it. I believe that starting with the assassination of our enemies, we started down a path with a rough and rocky end. Do not go gentle into that good night...
Very succinctly stated and dramatically illustrated in your render. I just posted yesterday in Seth's image comments regarding the complete apathy the overall population seems to be taking this with. They're(Gov)doing their best to take our rights away and it's appalling to me the lack of balls the public has in speaking up against it. From killing to wiretapping to scanning all of our E-mails one has only to look into a not-so-distant future to see where it ends... with us being completely subserviant to an all powerful "Big Brother", not only here in the States but on a global level. It's not paranoia, it's not conspiracy theory, it's happening. Far faster than most seem to realize because they're too concerned with what happened on American Idol than to vote in an election. I look at the shape this country is in economically and wonder how it is that we've got the same jackass for the next 4 years. He did ZERO in his first 4 years to bring about any kind of end to this depression (one can't call it anything else) we're mired in and it's getting deeper by the day. I can't imagine how bad we'll be by the time we can finally get rid of his sorry ass. They're walking all over us but only because we're letting them. Woefully slanted and bigoted news coverage fed to us like pablum and supposed to keep us 'informed' that makes me sick to my stomach doesn't help either. Just plod along while your future, and those of your kid's and grandkid's go down into a mire of crap. Phhh, enough soapboxing. It's an issue that's not going away but I sure wish a lot more Americans would get off tweeting what they had for breakfast or posting the pics of their newest cute pair of shoes on Facebook and face reality... and not the one on the Jersey Shore.
stunning render indeed and powerful words...and there are people in history who already have experienced where this path ends as for instance Pastor Martin Niemöller with the famous words: "First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist Then they came for the trade unionist and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me..."