Saturday, September 13, 2003

Next week, Ohio will take a long-overdue step forward into the 21st century -- by momentarily stepping back into the 19th century.
To set the historical record straight after 135 years, Ohio is about to complete re-ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the measure that initially gave freed slaves citizenship and later would be used by courts to extend virtually every personal liberty and right granted in the Bill of Rights.

Fer Christ's sake, Ohio. First Kent State and now this. If you pinheads hadn't produced DEVO (and, truly, you need a social waste dump like Akron to force the evolution of something like DEVO), there really would be no reason for a bumper state between Indiana and Pennsylvania.

This deal with the 14th is apparently less trivial than it might sound. It seems that hate groups and racial separationists have been sheltering themselves beneath Ohio's lack of equal protection under the law, and that putting segregation (for example) back into effect would have been perfectly legal. And while it's easy to shake your head and think, "Nah, c'mon, who'd pull a move like that in this day and age?" keep in mind that Junior is hip on giving government money to churches, taking money away from the poorest families in the land and laying the groundwork for legislation that would outlaw homosexuality. Welcome to 1984, kids. Big Brother is feeding you a line of "traditional values" & "national security", and you're swallowing it down whole.

Eh, you already know. If you don't, then you're probably either not smart enough to think about it or you're part of the machine that wants to chew up the little people. If that sounds like you, then fuck off and go read Pat Robertson's blog. The rest of you: get together all your booze, empty bottles, wicks, matches and lighters and meet me behind the Jiffy Lube in fifteen.

When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun?

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