Hold Your Breath
After the House Judiciary Committee approved the Matthew Shepard Act — otherwise known as the trans-inclusive Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act — for what feels like the 900th time (okay, the second), the full Congress may vote on the bill TOMORROW.
Enter organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, which is urging you to ring up your representative. (You’ll recall HRC now supports trans-inclusive legislation.)
Relays CQ Politics: “Under the bill, crimes of violence using fire, a gun or a bomb that are motivated by gender or sexual orientation would be punishable by a fine and up to 10 years in prison. Federal prosecutors would have to show a link to interstate commerce and get permission from the attorney general or another senior Justice Department official before bringing such a case. For several such offenses, including kidnapping and murder, the bill would provide for up to a life sentence in prison.”
@Dennis: Just remember that HDL’s only reason for living is to try to upset wonderful folks like us. He’ll get his in due time. The Universe abhors such disruption.
@Dennis: Amen to that. We’re a little overdue for some victory, and I believe we’ll have one later today.
@sal: No need to ignore him. It’s more fun to belittle him and let him be our own personal punchline. As long as you’re not taking him seriously, all is well.
@sal: You hit the nail on the head, buddy. If he’s not someone’s semi-clever joke, and he’s actually serious about the things he posts, then he’s a psychic vampire of sorts, feeding on the negativity he spurs. If you feed him, he continues to grow. If you starve him, he withers and dies. It’s a beautiful thing, really. The only power he has over you is the power you give to him.
@sal: Trust me…I know where you’re coming from. Homophobia is pretty much the default mode in my neck of the woods.
@Everyone: I’m following suit. I’m getting sleepy, my foot needs its nightly elevation, and there’s a new DVD of Tokyo Zombie with my name on it. Have a beautiful rest, peeps.
@anderson cooper is my future husband: I haven’t gotten an adorable in a very long time. I’ll take that as a compliment, and thank you graciously. :)
@Bill Perdue: I agree, this is a very important piece of legislation for us, and I hope beyond hope that it passes. I, too, am in favour of a working-class revolt, though I think that unless we have some strong, eloquent leaders it will probably not go as smoothly as we’d like. When poor folks get riled up, they tend to go after each other rather than their oppressors. We need to train people to choose appropriate targets before letting them loose in the streets. I’d go into more detail on what I’ve been thinking, but I’m probably on a list somewhere as it is, so a public forum likely isn’t the place.
One thing I should point out, though, is that religion is a highly effective way to influence the masses. I would argue that the solution isn’t necessarily to abolish religion, but to introduce a new one altogether, one which embodies a better vision of the future. And yes, I’m working on that.
@Bill Perdue: So the question I would pose to you, Bill, is when exactly does revolutionary action become terrorism? Just interested in your opinion on that.
@Bill Perdue: Good answer, and I will totally look for the film you mentioned. It sounds like something I’d enjoy, and manage to learn something from as well. I’d love to engage in further discussion on the subject, but I have an early day tomorrow so I should be getting to bed. Thanks for your input, though. It is much appreciated. Have a great night.