| Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 05:56 pm |
The fact that you can say "both candidates" in a so-called democracy is most amusing.
Ari 1, as a point to note about the history of persecution, perhaps you would like to research a little history?
Your nation, founded supposedly on equality and freedom, deliberately and purposefully elected to allow slavery to remain legal well after several European states were enforcing it's abolition. America was slow to grant the vote to women. America was slow to grant true equality across it's society.
And let's delve into matters of genocide and human rights violations, shall we? As a nation, America was built entirely upon the backs of slave labour. It routinely slaughtered the natives in order to garner more space for it's peoples. Here's a phrase that seems to apply well to that sort of policy:
"We need lebensraum,"
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
2. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
Just some of the human rights laws which America has, is and continues to break either domestically or abroad. I can give demonstration of each, if you like. Want reference points, just ask.
Detention and torture without fair trial. Detention without just cause. Sponsorship of terrorist states, organisations and governments.
Europe's history is far from clean. But neither is America's. Let he without sin cast the first stone. America is far less democratic than many European countries, far more racially segregated and far less equal opportunity. In the Democratic Index alone, of the Top 20 nations, all but four are European. Of the four non-European nations, the US is lowest ranked at 17th.
KKK, Guantanamo Bay, Black Panthers, sponsorship of Israeli hate crimes... Need I go on? At least here I don't feel the need to own a gun in order to protect myself.
When it comes back to the point about elections, I vote for a political party because of their policies, not because somebody is black, white, green, orange or purple. And certainly not because they worship the almighty zog from Uranus. America's problem is and has been that it allows religion into the very core of it's government.