I’m on Facebook, like most degenerates these days, and I noticed something a tad…well, disturbing: people’s statuses. I just got one of these:
DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN.
So, my question is, “When has it been okay to condone the killing of another human being?”
Now, I know we all make exceptions in ours minds: if s/he’s a murderer, if it’s a “bad” person, if it’s a child molester, if it’s a person who just keeps committing crimes, etc. So, that begs the question, where is the line? I guess it’s also okay (at least in America) to wish death on somebody you don’t know just because they don’t agree with every little thing you say. After all, isn’t that what the First Amendment says? It’s okay to say whatever you want, as long as you agree with me on all things, otherwise, it’s okay to joke about killing you, because, hey, I think you’re a waste of life anyway?
Wait, maybe it says this, exactly:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I guess that means that you have to put up with people who don’t agree with you. I’m supposing this “everybody” includes people of every race, religion, color, culture and sexual orientation.
So…if this is true, why is it then okay to kill people who don’t agree with you? I’m not condoning this, but it seems like many of my American compatriots seem to agree. Of course, they’re not “serious” about this, they’re just joking about this on social media. To thousands of people. On the Internet where everyone can see it. Nobody takes it seriously, right? It’s just a joke, right?
Yeah, some people thought that this was a jolly little joke too:
This is Dachau Concentration Camp. I know it’s there, I’ve been there. Believe me, the Nazis never thought to correct all the people who “joked” about how the Jews, homosexuals, journalists critical of their government or those who protested against the government needed to be shot. I’m sure it was a jolly good time for all.
As was this:
Why do I take this personally? Well, I’ll tell you a boring little story about some illegal immigrants. Now, if you’re an American, you saying, “Deport those reprobates, they have no reason to be here! They’re taking our jobs.” I’m sure that deep down somewhere you were desperately waiting to apply to a fruit picking job that pays less than minimum wage or a cleaning job that didn’t pay remotely a living wage, but I digress. No, the illegal immigrants in this story were literally trying to survive. You see, they met this man:
You may remember this man; his name was Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili. What? You don’t’ remember that? Okay, well, let’s Westernize his name a little bit. You may remember this fine gentleman as Josef Stalin. Now, what most Americans don’t know about Stalin is that he conducted a reign of terror in which about one quarter of the Soviet Union’s population died. The Reign of Terror lasted from 1918-1922. During the Reign of Terror about one quarter of the newly united Soviet Union’s population died from being an “enemy of the people.” I want to take a minute here to point out that this is the same term used in George W. Bush’s Patriot Act to describe people he wanted to torture and imprison indefinitely. I’m sure there’s no coincidence. None. Whatsoever.
Anyway, my great grandparents, being Lithuanian, and for some strange reason, not wanting to die, fled the Soviet Union. You see, Josef Stalin was a notorious hater of people who were, well, Lithuanian, and Estonian, Latvian and Ukranian. My great grandparents and grandparents moved to Poland. That didn’t last long, because in 1939 the Soviets and Nazis decided to divide and conquer Poland. Let’s just say that the Nazis joked about getting rid of all the foreigners and Jews all the time. They printed humorous pamphlets about it in their day. These pamphlets led to an obscure event we call “The Holocaust.” My grandparents fled to England, which pretty much had a no immigration policy at the time. English officials gave them a one-way ticket to America, and the rest is history. You know what else is history? I’m the great granddaughter of illegal immigrants. Blonde hair, blue eyes and all, I am a daughter of illegal immigration. But thank God I wasn’t somebody of color.
You see, this whole “Kill Obama” thing may be some desperate attempt to avoid descending into socialism. Then again, it may be the attempt to get the scary black man out of office. The scary black man from Kenya (a total lie, his birth certificate says Hawaii) must leave this God-blessed, sovereign nation. It’s in the Constitution, after all.
Contrary to what most Americans believe, they do NOT know what the Constitution actually says. They never actually read it. It never mentions that a WASP must run the government, that we are a “Christian” nation (quite the opposite), that all people must be white and that everybody must toe the line and agree with one political world view. I know you don’t believe me, and you shouldn’t. You should believe this, it’s the actual Constitution in on-line handy format:
The rest of it’s there too, just check it out. Read carefully.
In the mean time, there’s people who joke about killing the president, make fun of others because of their sexual orientation, actually try to pass laws to discriminate against others (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/virginia-gov-bob-mcdonnell-rolls-back-non-discrimination-protections-for-gay-state-workers.php) and think that it’s okay to bandy about killing someone else as an alternative as long as they’re “not serious” about it. When is killing another human being not serious? Can someone explain this to me? This is another human being with a life, a family, people who care about him/her and future prospects. Is it okay to threaten him/her? Is it okay to kill him/her? I’m sure it’s perfectly fine on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter. Then you look at this:
Yeah, that’s what’s left after people begin to take those jokes seriously. I’m sure the families of all those nice people in the cage just sat down and had a good laugh after that. Just like I’m sure Gwen Araujo and Matthew Shepard’s families had a good laugh after somebody killed them (http://www.flameout.org/flameout/matthew/matthewshepard.html).
A bunch of thugs murdered Gwen Araujo in October 2002 in Newark, California. You see, they thought it was perfectly acceptable to murder someone they intended to gang rape when it turns out the victim was actually male. It’s okay to make fun of LGBT people because they’re just going to get raped and die anyway, I suppose. I guess the murder was a good laugh at the time. What a funny joke, huh? Make fun of the homosexuals and the transgendered because they can’t fight back, particularly if there’s a gang of you armed with knives. The second is Matthew Shepard, dead at the ripe old age of 21 because somebody felt it was a good joke to drag another human being to death behind a moving vehicle. What a hoot. It didn’t end there. The bigots on Capital Hill decided that it was necessary to add insult to injury.
Your tax dollars at work: Rep. Virginia Foxx says that Matthew Shepard’s death is a hoax and that no further action needs to be taken or attention paid to it.
Now, why do I take this personally? Well, you see, I was one of “those people.” Just like the African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, and LGBT community, I AM one of “those people.” Stalin deemed my great grandparents worthy of death because they were Lithuanian. There was no other reason. The Lithuanians fought the Red Army, collectivization and we were even the last practicing pagans on the Eurasian continent. He thought it was a merry joke to kill all those farmers and industrial workers who stood in his way. I’m sure it was a great laugh over dinner.
It’s all a good time until you look at something like this:
Or even something as downright merry as this happy scene:
I’m sure these people are having a good time, just so long as no Jews, blacks, Muslims, Indians, Native Americans, Catholics, etc. join in and ruin the effect. I’m sure that whole “kill all those people” thing was a fun joke at the time. The joke turned real. You see, the minute we stop taking things like killing seriously, and joking about how it’s okay to kill the president, and lynch anyone with a viewpoint different from ours and make fun of the “raghead” next door, we become the person who lit that cross on fire.
Sometimes things are just that simple.