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28th-Sep-2006 10:21 pm
I don't know. I don't much feel like writing about today's Senate vote on Livejournal. If I'm capable of any coherent writing on that topic, it should probably be directed to U.S. Senators, Representatives, and newspapers.

I've never been a prolific LJ poster. But, right now, I feel a sense of shame at the thought of posting any of the personal, s-f fandom related stuff that I'd normally be putting up here. My mind flirts with the idea of making a useless vow: to refrain from posting any personal, recreational writing at all, until such time as the Detainee Bill passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives is recognized as null and void by all three branches of the United States government.

But I'm probably not going to do that to myself. I hope I'll find less drastic ways to make myself remember that I'm no longer living in a free country -- and find the stamina to channel my energy into engaging constructively with the fact. In the meantime, as Jim Henley points out, life will go on for us lucky duckies in our dictatorship more-authoritarian-than-yesterday nation.

For now, we still have the ability to make noise about the despicable actions ordered by our despicable, de facto government.

Note to self: put the wallet where the keyboard is a little bit more.
29th-Sep-2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
I won't stop writing about the rest of my life in my LJ, but I share the growing despair at the actions of our government. I just hope that the pendulum will swing back again. It always has before (Alien & Sedition Acts, Red Scare, etc.).

I think it's likely a lot of people who voted for that bill did so for cynical political reasons (they want to go home and campaign for re-election saying, "I was Tough on Terrorism") and assume that the blatantly unconstitutional portions of the bill will be struck down by the courts. To some extent, I can even respect those people more than those who honestly believe that the law is a good idea. The former are mercenary, but at least know what they are doing; the latter are just clueless.

I further fear that there are whole lot of people in this country who figure, "Why is this a problem? This is a law about Bad People, and I am not a Bad Person. I'm a white-skinned American and don't speak with a funny accent. It will never affect me" and worse, "Anyone who opposes laws like this is suspicious and may be a Bad Person."

I also hope that we can survive two more years of the current administration and that they really will step down when the term ends instead of deciding that "the current emergency" needs a strong leader "for the duration," and that anyone who says otherwise is "aiding terrorism" and will be shipped off to a secret camp For Our Safety.
It's annoying that we have to fight elections for our cause --
The inconvenience of having to get the majority.
If normal methods of persuasion fail to win us applause,
There are other ways of establishing authority.

-- Juan Peron, Evita
14th-Oct-2006 01:57 am (UTC)
I figure that the reason we must speak out on matters like this is so that our ordinary day-to-day activities can contine, so it seems perfectly proper to keep on doing both on lj or a personal blog. It's like the Terrorism bit -- if we cease leading our Real Lives, day by day, as we've been accustomed to doing, "They" will have won, and I'm not nearly ready to admit that -- because I don't think they have, or will.

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