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August 23, 2005

Philadelphia 1787 v. Baghdad 2005

Fred Kaplan wrote an engaging article in Slate on "Bush's lousy analogy."

He puts forth many succint differences between the founding of the U.S.A. and the current situation in Iraq. Unfortunately, as is the perogative of a white male, he fails to recognize the depth of failure in Philadelphia in 1787. The constitution didn't just punt a difficult issue - it legalized the fiction of people as property and maintained women as property. It is not acceptable for a new government in 2005 to merely meet the standards set in 1787. Any constitution created today, to be truly democratic, must unflinchingly declare the rights of all people - regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or any other differentiating aspect - to complete freedom and inclusion in the political process.

I am sick of listening to people give excuses for discrimination. If the U.S. is truly a country spreading freedom and democracy around the world, it must be firm in its committment to the freedom of all people, not just those willing to work with U.S.-based multinational corporations.

Posted by cj at August 23, 2005 8:27 AM


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