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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Military Groups Push Voter Suppression, Dishonor Service

Metals of dishonor, The Week Magazine
In case you missed it, our brave military men and women are under attack again in Ohio. They put their life on the line to defend their own position of privilege only to return home and find that their ability to take away the rights of others in question. Wait. What?!?

Okay, that's not the whole story, but the whole story has me fuming, and it calls into question that special position of honor and respect held for our veterans and military service members. If they want to use that position to take away rights from others [in this case, the ability of civilians to vote early on the weekend before election day because, I don't know, maybe they have to work on Tuesday] and demand those rights be narrowed to special privileges for themselves, then I don't know why we have any special respect for them. Then they lie about it so blatantly!

If you know me, you know I am an ardent atheist (and a Jew), but for this, I find wisdom in the Christian and Hindu traditions.

Matthew 6:5 - And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full

And I say more generally, those who take their karmic rewards for themselves have already received them! There is no reason for US to give them a special place of honor if they have already taken their reward.

Is there? This is why it is so wrong -- not just a little wrong.  It's a lot wrong.

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