Rights & Tolerance | February 5, 2006
Douglas Drenkow, Editor of "Progressive
Posting in "OpEdNews,"
From Left Field," & "BarryTalk"
of the greatest hypocrisies of our time is the claim by the
Right to stand up for "rugged individualists" whose
life, liberty, and property are constantly under assault by
"big government" of the Left.
aside for a moment the fact that the
federal government has grown under the current Republican
president while it shrunk under his Democratic predecessor,
the Right purporting to be champions of "libertarian"
ideals is a bit like the Confederacy purporting to be guardians
of "states rights" — it depends on whose liberties
and whose states we're talking about: the powers-that-be or
those over whom they wield power.
the leaders of the Right are the political and philosophical
bastard heirs of the slaveholding aristocracy that ruled the
feudal fiefdoms of the Old South — the haunting similarity of
the Red State / Blue State maps of the 21st Century to the Slave
State / Free State maps of the 19th is much more than sheer
coincidence — but today, although the country has yet to
awaken fully from the nightmare of racism, bondage is becoming a
matter less of skin pigmentation than of class distinction (not
unlike how the system of castes evolved over the centuries in
policies of the Right will if unimpeded take us to an
"ownership society," but one less in keeping with the
folksy homilies of George Bush than the dire warnings of George
no mistake about it: The ultimate goal of the Right is no less
than to own us — not simply lock, stock, and barrel but also
body, mind, and soul.
the Right opposes a woman's right to choose, is it not laying
claim to her body?
the Right opposes universal healthcare or supports a
prescription boondoggle that benefits the drug and insurance
industries who sponsored it far more than the seniors it was
advertised to help, is not the Right laying claim to the
wellbeing of our bodies?
the Right wages unprovoked war on unsubstantiated rumors,
killing and maiming untold thousands of human beings (both on
"our side" and "theirs"), is not the Right
laying claim to any and all bodies that get in the way of its
insatiable greed and lust for power?
the Right holds individuals never given the benefit of a lawyer
or trial let alone a sentence of guilty or not, in
isolation from their families and nations, and tortures them
for information (whether useful or, all too often, not), is not
the Right laying claim to not only their bodies but also their
the Right propagates propaganda through an all-too-complicit or
-complacent multi-national multi-media and continually and unabashedly
private communications of millions of citizens, in defiance
of explicit federal law, is not the Right laying claim to the
innermost secrets, both personal and professional, of our very
the Right teaches our children that modern biological science is
no more real than ancient religious myths, is not the Right
laying claim to not only the minds but also the souls of our
whenever the Right imposes its particular vision in matters of
faith with the force of laws legislated, executed, and
adjudicated, and damns all those who dare to think, act, or
believe to the contrary, is not the Right laying claim to our
souls ... and thus in effect playing God (at the peril of their
Right has no right to our bodies, minds, or souls (let alone the
fruits of our labors, which they apparently cannot help but try
to horde for themselves).
the words of a serpentine flag from the earliest days of our
nation, when patriots pledged their lives, property, and sacred
honor in a life-and-death struggle against the most powerful,
greedy despots of their day:
TREAD ON ME"!
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