I’ve reached a point where I’m willing to consider the idea that the ‘2012 End of the World’ scenario might be real. Because when you come across a situation where Sarah Palin, Anne Coulter and I are in agreement on something, it doesn’t bode well for the future of the human race.
You can’t be someone who writes about news and events without having a bias. As much as they tried to teach me in journalism school that the media is unbiased and neutral, we all know that’s bullshit. Even if we try to hold ourselves to that standard, eventually we’ll come across something that we can’t be neutral on. It’s impossible. It comes with being human.
That being said, I try to remember that there are three sides to every story: your side, my side and the truth. I’ve spoken often about how people try to bullshit us in the media by focusing on one side of things without letting us see all sides. It’s up to us to discover the truth of the matter, to dig deeper on our own and come to our own conclusions. It’s the only way we can make the best choices for ourselves.
Unfortunately, you’re not going to get that from me this time. I’m not going to try and see the other side’s view on this matter. I just don’t give a shit. Like I said, eventually you come across something you can’t be neutral on. And I won’t be neutral on this.
So I don’t lose you in my ranting, let’s sum up. The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, March 3, that the Westboro Baptist Chruch’s actions are protected by the 1st Amendment. If you don’t know who they are and you want an ‘unbiased’ view of them, better Google it. Otherwise, you’re getting the uncensored, unedited, give-a-damn-is-busted version from me.
The Westboro Baptist Church is a cult out of Topkea, Kansas that holds protests at the funerals of soldiers. They hate the gays and claim that our soldiers are dying because we, as a country, don’t stone gays to death like those whack-job Muslims in the Middle East. The trample American flags at their protests. They brainwash their children into following these ideals. They are sworn enemies of anyone who has a shred of decency or morality.
Now the Supreme Court has given them a blank check to run wild and do whatever the fuck they want. They don’t care. Only Justice Samuel Alito ruled against this insanity. Other justices issued statements outside of the initial ruling, all of which amounted to “Oh it’s so sad and unfortunate, but tough shit, dry it up. We could care less about the people who have fought and died defending this country.
So this has left me with two lines of thoughts.
One, why should soldiers continue to be soldiers? If this is the kind of thing they’re risking their lives for, then why the hell would they want to go out there and fight? How many new recruits do you think the military would get if they were all told “By the way, if you die in action, a group of crazy cock fags will be permitted to dance on your grave and piss on your headstone. Still want to sign up?”
If you’ve never been in the military or known people who have served, you can’t begin to imagine the kind of Tier 1 level bullshit they have to endure. It’s not just about having to fight in a war and being away from your home and family. It’s about the endless bureaucracy, the erosion of veterans benefits after their years of service, the day to day demands that no one ever thinks about, the fact that they can’t go to their boss and say “Take this job and shove it” without going to prison.
And you might be thinking “They aren’t forced to do that job. They volunteer.” That’s right. So why the hell should they keep volunteering? If the best we, America, can give them is the occasional handshake-“Thank you for your service-bullshit and this, then maybe we don’t deserve to have these men and women standing ready to do violence on our behalf.
My other thought is this: The sword of justice has two edges and the scales of justice have two sides.
If the highest court in the land can uphold this action in the face of the 1st amendment, then I say it leaves all of us to carry out the same action against the Westboro Cult. I say we start our own organization dedicated to waiting until one of these sad sack sons of bitches kick it, then we rally up and picket their funeral. In the thousands. With fireworks and bullhorns. We’ll make it a big event. I know this old guy who makes some kickass barbecue and I think he would be more than willing to help us out with a project like this.
I offer you up this option, in all seriousness, because the only other recourse I see for this problem is violence. Because I truly believe we’ve exhausted all other options. The ballot box wasn’t available for something like this. The soap box was ignored. The jury box was used against us. So that leaves us with the ammo box.
I guess the only real question for people is what if it was your child being buried? You can say whatever you want on a public forum, to your friends and co-workers, even your priest or your psychologist. But at the end of the day, when you’re lying in bed with nothing but the darkness and your own thoughts, I think we all have the same solution in our heads for this problem.
But then again, maybe I’m wrong. Must be that right wing media bias in me.