Aug. 29th, 2010

Anti-King

Aug. 29th, 2010 04:42 am
bloodyrosemccoy: (Headpiano)
Help me out here.

As far as I can make out, Glenn Beck's message at the rally is twofold:

1. I am history's next Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.*
2. My goal is to revoke every single right Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked, sweated, suffered, and died for.

... I can't QUITE put my finger on it, but something about his logic seems just a little off.


*Cynical showman like that not scheduling the rally that day on purpose? Uh-huh.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Kenya!)
Meamwhile, on the other side of the world from me, something cool has happened: Kenya has adopted a new constitution!

It’s hugely ambitious—aside from limiting the power of the presidency, it’s trying to put some checks and balances on racial nepotism,* includes affirmative action for women, and an ambitious Bill of Rights. I am hoping they can keep their promises, but even if they try and fail, points for trying. From over here in the Land of General Malaise, it’s nice to see that somewhere someone’s trying to make life better. Go, Kenya!

And if you’re at all interested, here’s a long but fascinating assessment of the broader context of this constitution. I’m really not in any position to comment on the specifics, what with not being immersed in this, but I must point out that it’s some really good general points about casting a critical eye on the past. I’d add that past traditon may have a lot of falsehoods that could bear discarding, but that t’s also got some useful truths that can be kept or adapted.


*Remember that whole debacle from 2007? Tribal tension was a big factor. The new constitution says, implicitly, “Right, let’s not do THAT again.”

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