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This just past Saturday (3/10/2012) this author attended the Wright County MN BPU Convention in Buffalo Minnesota. (In a previous article, this author exhorted: Why you must attend your Caucus this year! http://bit.ly/AyRuGRaka walking the walk)
Among the items of business on the Agenda was an Invocation at about 9:30am.
As the author listened to the invocation, I heard words to this effect:
“Thank God we live in a country free of oppression.”
And this author found himself taking exception to this statement. It is not this author’s life experience that citizens of this country are free of oppression, suppression nor repression.
As the meeting continued, this author thought to himself, seeking just to go along to get along, perhaps the person giving the invocation has not been exposed to the oppression, suppression and repression that is America.
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Perhaps the person who gave the invocation was merely thinking about the recent violence in Syria, Egypt, Libya and the long running oppression in North Korea. Or even China’s Tiananmen Square Tragic expression of Tyranny…
Trying to give the benefit of the doubt, the author postulated that perhaps the person who gave the invocation, was not familiar with the various kinds of oppression, suppression and repression.
But as hard as this author tried to let the statement go, something kept clawing at him to not let this misstatement stand unchallenged.
And so, in the early afternoon, this author privately asked the chair of the convention for 5 minutes as a point of personal privilege (Look it up in Robert’s Rules http://bit.ly/yjCYqc) for 5 minutes to address the misstatement.
This request was summarily denied. The Chair stating that oppression was a matter of opinion. But this author appealed to the parliamentarian who ruled, “A point of personal privilege is always in order”
Before a pause in the proceedings occurred that this author might force the chair and floor to hear my point of personal privilege, the recalcitrant chair announced (to CYA) that the “person who wished to express a point of personal privilege could address the floor”
With that, this author stepped to the nearest mike and did address the floor. However, this author does not think he did the point justice. But given the circumstances, this author did the best he could extemporaneously.
And, therefore, this would like to take this opportunity to put my thoughts on the alleged “lack of oppression in America” to writing. So here goes.
Oppression, Suppression and Repression comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. Many think of oppression coming at the point of a gun. While that ultimately is true in all circumstances, most suppression in America is presented in such a way so as to not cause WE THE PEOPLE to think our government is bad or evil. At least not as bad or evil as WE THE PEOPLE think due to the propaganda, media bias and indoctrination regarding Oppression in Countries such as Russia (Stalin’s Purge), China (Tiananmen Square), Iraq (Hussein’s Rape Squads), and the current situation in Syria.
WE THE PEOPLE, the rank and file citizens of America like to believe the fairytales about Oppression that we were indoctrinated with in Public School, and which are later supplemented with by a compliant, duplicitous and corruption enabling major media.
This author remembers how happy, secure in his person and superior he felt in the aftermath of his indoctrination in the public schools. Superior in the knowledge that our Country’s Government was honest and trustworthy unlike all the other Government in the world, especially the Communists. Happy and Secure in my person that my government, unlike other government in the world, made decisions based on the best interests of its citizens… Ah… ignorance is most assuredly bliss.
In a peremptory attempt to ward of a public lynching, this author again states that our government, is still the best form of government in the world, despite its current issues. But WE THE PEOPLE would be remiss to not weld ourselves to the truth rather than the fiction of what our government is and isn’t.
Our current elected officials have just stopped obeying Natural Law, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and common sense. And with that peremptory attempt to reduce the possibility of this author’s spontaneous lynching out of the way, here goes:
KENT STATE MASSACRE
The associated video speaks for itself. 4 students at Kent State were gunned down for exercising their Constitutional Rights to protest the War.
THE PROPOSED NDAA
This bill calls for American citizens who commit “belligerent acts” to be imprisoned indefinitely.....
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Those were my thoughts.
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.
Please join with me in mutually pledging to each other and our fellow citizens our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to our mutual endeavors of restoring liberty and economic opportunity to WE THE PEOPLE as our Founding Fathers envisioned and intended. [Last
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Lancaster to vote Tuesday on prayer policy at city meetings
The measure, which asks residents to weigh in on the city's practice of selecting clergy from different faiths to deliver the invocation at council meetings, has polarized voters.
By Ann M. Simmons
April 11, 2010
To pray to Jesus, or not?
That is the question that Lancaster voters are being asked to decide in Tuesday's municipal election.
Ballot Measure I asks whether the city should continue its policy of randomly selecting clergy from different faiths to deliver the invocation at council meetings, "without restricting the content based on their beliefs, including references to Jesus Christ."
Other Lancaster ballot measures include whether to change the mayor's term limit from two to four years and whether Lancaster should become a charter city. But it is Measure I that has by far polarized the most voters.
The issue of praying before city meetings came to a head in Lancaster last August when the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sent a letter to city officials stating that the group had received "a number of complaints" about council members and commissioners opening their meetings with invocations given in "the name of Jesus," or containing other explicitly sectarian religious references.
The ACLU deemed the policy "divisive" and "unconstitutional" and warned Lancaster to quit the practice or risk facing legal action.
The California cities of Lodi, Turlock, Tracy and Tehachapi have been threatened in the last several months with lawsuits claiming that prayer at meetings breaches the separation of church and state.
In 2002, Burbank was ordered by courts to cease "knowingly and intentionally allowing sectarian prayer at City Council meetings," according to the ACLU. The city petitioned the California and U.S. supreme courts to review its case but was denied.
Lancaster -- which is home to Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians of various denominations -- has responded to the ACLU's legal threats by placing the issue on Tuesday's ballot.
"If the vast majority of the community is in favor of this," said Mayor R. Rex Parris, "I think the court should know that."
Vice Mayor Ron Smith, who wrote the ballot measure, has said that the policy of randomly selecting someone to deliver the invocation allows citizens "the opportunity of freedom of speech, to be able to pray the way they want to pray."
Many residents and religious leaders have voiced their support for praying at council meetings.
"All through our history, even in recent years, our leaders have offered public prayers seeking the hand of God's blessing," Paul Chappell, pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church, recently wrote in his blog, "The Pastor's Perspective." "The current movement to erase our Christian heritage and deny the right to public prayers is not an issue concerning the separation of church and state; it is an attempt to remove God from hearts and minds."
But others oppose the practice.
"I am strongly against the measure," said Kamal Al-Khatib, president of the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley. "When they give an invocation in the name of Jesus Christ, they are basically promoting Christianity, which is a violation of church and state."
Tensions over religion were further ignited in Lancaster earlier this year when Councilwoman Sherry Marquez posted anti-Islam comments on her Facebook page. During his State of the City address, Parris told an audience of mostly Christian ministers that he was "growing a Christian community."
The two officials later apologized. But some people were not satisfied.
"If [Parris'] apology was sincere, he would have abandoned his support of Measure I," Al-Khatib said.
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