This pretty much sums it all up:
This is a post by Jim Wright, US Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer.
Enjoy! I did, I bet you will too!
The last few days have been really, really depressing. I mean downright bad. Everywhere I’ve been on the Internet, blogs, Facebook, Twitter accounts, online news media, any social network, everywhere, I have found people to be just downright nasty, angry and grumpy.
I first thought maybe it was a full moon, but no, I checked and it isn’t. Then I thought maybe it was because Mother’s Day was approaching. But why would that be such a bummer for people? Well, unless people just get bummed out because they don’t have a good relationship with their mother, or, well, maybe because their mother is deceased. So, well, that could be a valid reason. But, really, are there THAT many people who fit into those two categories? Wow.
But then I began thinking about what had just happened that would have affected people on a worldwide scale just this last week; the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been assassinated by the U.S. Navy Seals 6 Team. And then I began thinking about this on a deeper level.
The announcement really hadn’t affected me all that much, after all, I am one of those “Truthers” every one whispers about. I believe Osama’s been dead for almost 10 years now…lol. So when the announcement came across the T.V., I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh, they’re finally getting around to announcing it, huh?”
But then I saw how people started taking to the streets and virtually began jumping up and down for joy and shouting “USA!, USA!, USA!” and I realized just HOW MUCH people had been waiting for this guy to be wacked! Wow! I have to tell you, this caught me by somewhat of a surprise. I mean I knew that people wanted Bin Laden captured and brought to justice with a big capitol “J”, but really, are we really THAT blood thirsty? What does this say about our society as a whole? Do we really gain any justice by joyously celebrating the bloody assassination of another person? Don’t get me wrong, Law allows us to bring criminals to justice, and I support any law that has been set in place. But honestly, celebrating death?
Finally, I realized why people were so grumpy these last few days…they were hung over from the bloody feast. When everyone should be experiencing a feeling of plump satisfaction and idle contentment, they are, in fact, arriving at a sense of realization…So where did killing Bin Laden get us? Did revenge get us anywhere? Do any of us really feel any better? Do any us have that all illusive “closure” we were longing for? Do we feel any more powerful and supreme? Did his assassination put an end to terror for all time? Are we going to be able to go back to living our lives pre-911 without all of the safety checks at the airports, train stations, ball parks, and all other social gathering places? Are the wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and more importantly, the possibility of increased insurgence in the Middle East, going to decrease? In reality Bin Laden’s death didn’t change anything and I think all of the grumpiness this week is the result of that reality setting in.
I really don’t think we have very much to celebrate. And I personally believe that “closure” is very illusive for those who have lost the lives of those they love. Furthermore I personally don’t celebrate the death of any human, no matter who they are, even if they were responsible for the death of someone I love. (And yes, I know that feeling.) Yep, you read that right. No matter who they are, I don’t celebrate their death unless they are dying of a terminal illness and already physically suffering and they want to die. I don’t think Bin Laden fit into that category. I do believe he needed to be brought to justice of the Law though. And if assassinating him was the only way to do that, then so be it. I wasn’t there at the time to personally decide if he needed to be shot, so I wasn’t the one who could make the decision whether to pull the trigger. I cannot judge the person who did pull the trigger. But I will give my opinion and say that his death should not be celebrated.
If anything can be celebrated it is that one more person who brings terror to the World is no longer in the World, regardless of when he died. Now that is a concept I can get on board with. So I have to wrap my head around that concept in order to understand all of the people in the street whooping and hollering about Bin Laden’s death.
My hope, as it always my hope, is that the people of this World can somehow, someday, move beyond war in order to obtain peace. When will we learn that we can’t “fight fire with fire”? But that we must spread peace in order to obtain more peace. Peaceful resistance is the more substantial way to move forward and beyond any hateful and evil movement that would seek to destroy its own kind. The only time humans should use war-like means is in self-defense, we should never be the side to strike first, and we should not retaliate with a means that brings death if at all possible.
If we live by the sword, we will surely die by the sword.
I would much rather leave a legacy of peace to the future generations.
I always say, “Follow the money”, and in the case of adopting a child, in my opinion, that statement rings just as true…
There are many States that have the issue of same-sex adoption on the table as of the date of this post.
If we let one human right get eaten away, then another, soon we will have none. None of us have the luxury of picking and choosing which right we will stand for and which we will not, we must stand for all rights if we want any.
Please visit Selah’s Opinion (click) to read the entire article.
The heavily armed, right-winged U.S. Supreme Court has to remain true to their nature; they can’t deviate from their character. In a 5 to 4 ruling, only two days after hearing the argument, in the Walmart vs. Duke possible class action lawsuit involving female employees and their alleged discrimination by said employer, an Opinion was written by Justice Alito, who’s birthday is the same day of giving his opinion on the matter, braving the flag for major corporations across the U.S. Land, women beware, you will not be allowed to bring a class action lawsuit against the corporation you are employed by.
According to Alito, Walmart’s treatment of its (female) employees is “typical of the entire American work force” and therefore should be immune from a Title 7 claim under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects workers from racial, sex and age discrimination among a long laundry list of other types of discrimination. And evidently four other Justices agree with Alito because the Opinion was given only two days after hearing the argument, one of the quickest decisions in history made by the Supreme Court. Alito argues that class action lawsuits for discrimination are not available “absent a written statement promoting a purely discriminatory hiring policy.” Your employer must already have in place a detailed discrimination policy outlined in their employee handbook, regardless of our U.S. 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title 7 or no Title 7. In other words, if you don’t have a note from your employer that explicitly says that you have been discriminated against in your workplace; you cannot sue the very corporation who discriminated against you!
This just completely blows out of the water all kinds of lawsuits based on discrimination for people all across America. It sets precedence. Women are clearly the majority of employees at Walmart, comprising about 80% of Walmart’s employees nationwide. Now they cannot bring a class action suit against their employer; what does that say about a “minority’s” power overall in any case versus a major corporation now that the Citizen’s United case has passed the U.S. Supreme Court?
Again, I see this as a war on the Middle Class of America. This speaks volumes to me. This is not just a case of Male vs. Female, but Corporations vs. Middle Class. This is a kind of bigotry we have not experienced in this volume of power before now. I’m not saying this kind of bigotry hasn’t existed; it has, just not in this volume of power. It has been sitting in the background carefully plotting its game, making sure that all of us have viewed our competition as male against female, black against white, heterosexual against homosexual, and so on and so forth. But now that Citizens’ United has passed, major Corporations have no reasons to keep their agenda in the obscure, they can be bold and brazen, and they are.
Unfortunately this U.S. Supreme Court Opinion has far-reaching tentacles into many sectors of our communities. This will affect not only women in the workforce who may find it necessary to bring class action lawsuits in the future, but also those who are discriminated against based on race, religion, sexual orientation and age. All a corporate employer will need to do is scream “typical American workforce policy” and “absent of written discriminatory hiring policy”! As long as a corporation stays in line, remains in keeping the precedents that have been set, with all of their “brother” corporations regarding hiring and management policies, and as long as they never have a clearly written discriminatory hiring policy, said corporation will be safe from all future class action law suits by virtually any “minority” based on discrimination, even taking into consideration Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The only sector of employees any corporation would need to beware of would be, basically the male sector, primarily the white male, and even that sector is quickly vanishing and becoming a minority with the occurrence of the Great Recession, how convenient.
It remains quite clear that for every step we take forward, our nation still seems to take two steps back. Our U.S. Supreme Court was never supposed to be an “activist” court. It was intended to be as pure of a court as could possibly be, based on pure Law with no partisanship or religious or emotional bias by the Justices who reside thereon. It has become so obviously clear that corruption has crept into the last and final place where Americans thought they could find sanctity, a place of equality and hope. Our only hope now is that somehow we can get Justices residing who “are on our political side”. Right now we have a 5-4 court. Five Republicans and four Democrats sit in the Supreme Court and that’s why we see the Supreme Court ruling the way they do right now. Our only hope is that in the future we see a change where we have a switch in the way the court is weighed.
For another related article read: Yes, Walmart Is Too Big To Sue