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Dear ACLU,

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

This is an overdue response to a letter (requesting financial support) which I received from ACLU a few months ago…

Dear ACLU,

A while back you were kind enough to send me a letter and enclose a copy of the Constitution of the United States. It is a document which I hold dear to my heart and has shaped my life (as well as the course of human history) profoundly.  Both in my work and in my personal pursuits, I too am dedicated to preserving the great liberties that this fine country offers its citizens. For your gift and the intent of your organization, I am deeply grateful.

With that being said, I took a step which I feel few of your supporters (and sadly few others) do. I actually READ the constitution. I didn’t look at the court cases or pop culture or my personal inclinations towards what civil liberties should be. I looked at the document and what it actually says, along with the intent of those who actually wrote it.  Read more…

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Modern Genocide

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I remember learning about the holocaust in middle school and thinking, “How could everyone let that happen? There should have been a revolt.” I was confident that if anything like that started to happen today, it would be quickly put down. As I went through high school and college, my view of reality and confidence in society dimmed considerably. Learning about genocide in third world countries was really disconcerting and our relative inaction on multiple occasions, did not leave much for me to hope in. Admittedly, it is difficult to do everything that should be done, and I’m not confident I’d do a better job if I had the power, but that doesn’t change the fact that its disappointing. Looking deeper into the issue though, I found that the closest replica of the Holocaust (and in reality one that dwarfs said event in comparison) isn’t in far off places on the other side of the globe. Its right here in America (and just about everywhere else). Read more…

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