The End of Empire

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Posts tagged human rights

Oct 4

If You Bothered to Play “Human Rights Presidential Debate Bingo” Last Night, You Lost. Big Time.

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If they do, they will both agree on them all.

Amnesty International released a human rights bingo card in advance of last night’s presidential debate. There were no winners. (Sorry.)

-Mike Riggs

For those of you who don’t play debate drinking games, something to keep in mind for next time.

something tells me the VP debates will (fail to) touch on a lot of these same topics. keep that handle handy, and take a shot in honor of poor Jim Lehrer

Oh my god, this is amazing. Perfect. Just goes to show: not on their agenda.


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Tyrants: FEAR THE MOUSE!  

Tyrants: FEAR THE MOUSE!  


Feb 18

Santorum takes himself to the guillotine over French revolution and human rights history.

Rick Santorum seems to think that without God around, then unalienable rights go out the window. Here’s a quote from a New York Times op-ed, which, by the way, is about Santorum’s praise for inequality. Seriously. He loves it. Anyway, the quote:

 “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine.”

Sorry Rick, but you obviously know nothing about human rights and their history. One of the fundamental elements of the French revolution was precisely the assertion of unalienable human rights. In fact, the group United for Human Rights begins its short history of human rights by citing the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, arising from the ferment of the French revolution. 

Why should I be surprised that this kind of ignorance, hyperbole and manipulation of facts are the standards of politics today? Is it really that special? 
Actually, yeah, according to another New York Times op-ed from Paul Krugman. Apparently, according to the standards of some political scientists, today’s right-wing is farther right than any congress since 1879 (as far back as their estimates go). 

We live in strange times… 


Feb 7
too truethe only thing I would add is “until people organized and demanded that government got involved, these kids had jobs” 

too true

the only thing I would add is “until people organized and demanded that government got involved, these kids had jobs” 


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