Mar. 10th, 2011

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Today I found Schrodinger's Room.
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I am a terrible American.

I do not believe that “taking one for the team” means I should be homeless so that the Board of Directors doesn’t have to change their vacation plans.

I do not believe basic human rights should be up for public debate.

I do not believe that the corporations have my best interests at heart, nor that the government has any incentive to stop them running roughshod over me.

I do not believe that “Freedom of Speech” was meant to include vitriolic harassment at funerals and that the young child standing over her father’s grave, or the woman burying her son should be forced to “just accept it”.

I believe that “Freedom of Religion” really does mean ALL religions, not just “Freedom of Protestantism”.

I believe that the minute someone utters the words “God says”, “the Bible says” or any other religion-based opinions in the halls of the US Government, they should be immediately excused from duty and whatever bill they were trying to pass be immediately dismissed in violation of the Constitutionally declared “Separation of Church and State”.

I do not believe that civil rights should be decided by “the ones who shouted loudest”.

I believe that the moment a religious group becomes involved in political activities of any kind (including picketing, demonstrations, etc), they should immediately lose their tax exempt status.

I do not believe that I must accept the status quo.

I do not believe that I must accept things that go against my beliefs and nature because “that’s the way things are”.

I do not believe that the work I do to put food on my table and a roof over my head defines who I am, nor should I allow it to dictate any aspect of my life. My job is not me, nor is it my life.

I do not believe that my growing up in poverty should be held against me.

I do not believe my paycheck should be determined by any other factor other than the quality of my work; not a piece of paper, not my gender, not my marital status.

I do not believe anyone has the right to tell me what I am allowed to do with my own body.

I do not believe I have the right to tell someone else what they are allowed to do with theirs.

I do not believe skin pigmentation, orientation, whether or not organs are internal or external, DNA, economic status, etc. should be a factor in hiring practices, education eligibility, or really, anything.

I believe that “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” refers to everyone, not just the privileged few.

I believe that it is my responsibility as a member of society and as a human being to help care for those who can not care for themselves, to help ensure that my cousins, nieces, nephews, and the rest of the children have access to good educations even though I have no children of my own and to make sure that the people who teach them have access to the tools they need to do so.

I believe that I enjoy smooth roads, safe bridges, electricity, emergency response teams, clean water and air, access to healthy food, a military that protects me day and night, and many other things intrinsic to life in the “first world”. I believe that I am content to pay for these goods and services.

I do not believe that I must be content with what someone else believes I should do, even if it does not make me happy. My idea of “Happiness” is different from theirs, and I have just as much right to mine as they do to theirs.

I do not believe that I must treat my employer as if they are my lord and master, and deserve my unquestioning loyalty and devotion. I am not the pet dog. I do not believe I should accept being treated as such, and I sure as hell don’t believe that I should tolerate being threatened by said employer if I refuse to accept ill-treatment.

I believe that sitting back and doing nothing while my rights as a citizen and a human being are taken away in the name of human greed and avarice because someone else is offended that I dare to challenge a system that is flawed and broken is irresponsible and complicit.

I do not believe that I should accept opinion as fact, or anyone’s word at face value without suitable documentation, simply because the media tells me it’s so.

I believe in verifying facts through reliable sources. If I am told a bill says one thing, I read the bill itself, not accept what someone else tells me it says.

I believe a lot of things, really, and I'm sure I've missed a few of them here. I do not believe that standing behind my beliefs and fighting for what I believe in is wrong. There is room for us all to coexist, but we ALL need to work together to make this happen. ALL OF US.

Apparently, this makes me a terrible American…

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