Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's 1984

Today, the Constitution was read aloud on the House floor. I'm incredibly torn about it. On the one hand, I think requiring our Representatives to hear/say the Constitution once a year will be a good thing. It seems to me, the longer these dolts stay in office, the less they remember about why they are REALLY there. I thought it was a splendid idea that many news affiliates covered it all or in part so that regular Americans got to hear it as well. (Apparently, not everyone owns their own copy. ) My problem was that they chose to read an edited version that didn't include those nasty bits about Blacks not being a person and the like. Now, it's really not because I'm racist that it bothers me. No, really. I think that when you start sanitizing things to make the bad parts go away, you are preventing people from knowing history... and we all know how I feel about that. Besides that, doesn't anyone remember that they put that bit in there for the BENEFIT of slaves? If every slave had counted as a whole person at that time, the southern states would have had a much larger representation in the House and therefore been in control of what laws were passed. It was to protect Black people in general that it was put in there at all. Stupid people who don't know their history should not dictate what is "bad" about it.

Which brings me to my second, albeit related, rant. I was watching another story on the news after the reading and they were reporting about the new "sanitized" version of Huck Finn that will be replacing the original in schools. They have removed the words "nigger" and "injun" so teachers wouldn't be afraid to read it outloud. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???? The entire story is about the racism of the times and how Huck starts out just like everyone else then befriends a black person and learns it's all bullshit. How in the hell do you teach about racism by removing racism like it never fucking happened?

Sure, sure I'm the fucking conspiracy theorist. But, goddammit, today I'm feeling especially paranoid that 1984 has really happened. Remember. For the love of ________ (insert whatever blasphemous expletive you like) remember. Learn everything you can about past cultures, civilizations, peoples and places that you possibly can.... before it's all gone and all you have left is what "they" tell you to think.

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