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Abuse of Power

Something’s not quite right with our whole system here in America.  I still think it’s the best in the world but not necessarily a “more perfect union” any longer.  Increasingly, it seems that there are more and more abuses of power and just outright outrageous acts perpetrated on normal people and society as a whole by those who are supposed to protect us.  Below are a few links to, what I find, are just a few examples of the system gone, at least, a little wrong.  While I haven’t completely decided on the ACLU’s claims in the link below, I include it since many people feel like there have been egregious abuses by the Bush administration. I think our government should be given leeway in certain instances. I’m stil hopeful, though, as many find these abuses of power disturbing and sound the alarm, that changes will be made for the better and America will become a better place to live.

Vermont rape of child – two months – Rape a child or curse at the judge.  Equal crimes deserving two months?

Police Raids – Over aggressive police raids on innocent people.

ACLU’s Top Ten Abuses – Critics of Bush and post -911 governmental actions.

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African Americans Disproportionately Affected by Climate Change

Why does everything seem to be a racial issue?  I came across this yesterday. House Majority Whip James Clyburn D-S.C. and a recent report claim that African Americans not only are less responsible for climate change but also disproportionately affected by climate change.  What a ridiculous claim!  He might qualify for the Hall of Shame.  Now I could understand these comments a little more easily had the reference been to Blacks in Sub-Saharan Africa or the Nomadal tribes found scattered across the African Continent or the Pacific Islanders. But African Americans?  Huh? 

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One-Way Racism

There is one issue that, perhaps more than any other, has divided this country over the years.  That issue is racism.  A lot of evil things have been done in the name of race over the years, many of which are well documented.  From the Civil Rights movement and racial ugliness in the 60’s that covered the airwaves and saw the emergence of great respected leaders like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks, to name a few; from the gruesome Rodney King beating in L.A. several years ago to the present-day presidential election, there seems to constantly be issues lingering that involve different races.  While we’ve made some strides over the years, we still have quite a ways to go before racism is erased from our minds and vocabulary.  But if we ever want to end racism, we need to begin by truly defining racism in all its elements and face it head-on.

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