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Thursday, March 3, 2005

Open Letter to Andrew Sullivan: message to gay conservatives

This was sent 12/13/2004 folowing Andrew Sullivan's appearance on the Bill Maher show.
You are a remarkably blind individual. Do you simply work from an idealized truth you believe in unfettered by the pesky details and facts. You managed to completely avoid responding to D.L Hughley's multiple significant confrontations to the blind belief in America always being right (or you would offer a weak concession of the point?).  How do you reconcile your idea of federalism against egregious human rights violations of slavery, racism or homophobic legislation rife throughout American history.  You seem to believe that no matter what the methods as long as you can show some positive outcome America is just.  You believe this  in the face of COINTELPRO, the Trail of Tears, countless broken treaties with Native People, the Oliver North Scandal, the selling of crack cocaine to primarily African Americans to fund illegal activities, the training of "freedom fighter" insurgencies to destabilize other nations and our own populace, Sino American internment during WWII (I guess in that sense we have returned to traditional American Values, huh?),the assassination of foreign government heads of state? was as it when my grandfather an African American soldier in WWII along with all the rest of Blacks in military were provided lower services and treated with greater inequality than German soldiers  captured as Prisoners of war?  The fact that the combinations of our inner city and rural schools along with  much of the after the fact quota systems perpetuate the institutionalized racism, bias, and crime endangering all of us personally and the viability of our nation (And the solution is not no child left behind.. our systems needs to keep the kids back until they learn the material and develop specialized classes to deal with the key learning gaps  like ESL, Reading, and Mathematics) When was this idyllic period of American moral values.. we still have a long way to go before get any where near having true moral values on a national level.  Where we will have a national policy that respects the private rights of an individual while maintaining an impartiality.
There is a belief among a significant number of Christians that the difference between heaven and hell is the acceptance of Christ as your personal savior.  it masquerades as being socially permissive but belies a true ongoing crusade mentality.. which i believe also fuels support for "regime change", "democratization" in the middle east.  People say this country was founded out of religious persecutions but the founding was funded based on capitalist and imperial aims.   Talk to native Americans about democracy (American reeducation schools, land theft broken treaties and other social warfare) .. the Iroquois confederacy provided the foundation for our constitution not European tradition no matter what the revisions of the white slave masters try to perpetrate.  If we want to truly embody the lessons of the puritans and other religious persecuted we need eliminate the idea that we are a Christian country and embrace the religious diversity of our nation. Otherwise we are on the road to recreating the exact same persecution which drove our early immigrants from their homelands.
The double standard is very clear, Allegedly we have a zero tolerance for harboring terrorist group, yet even after McVeigh a multitude of Racist and/or Militantly religious groups  which just so happen to be primarily of White constituency continue to operate in the country.  Compare this to the virulent way in which violent and non violent groups organized around people of color are eradicated and demonized ala the Black Panther, AIM , Leonard Peltier.
You refuse to acknowledge the role either our government officials or American corporate interests played in providing strategic support to groups that now are our sworn enemies. We seem to forget the way that we used the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America, Asia and Africa as the ongoing killing fields and dumping grounds in our sparring against the communist threat.
You also seem to disregard the numerous testimonies by pentagon insiders on the use of 9/11 as an expedient way move to regime change in Iraq.  You said that we could have just taken the oil wells.  First that wouldn't play in the media spin that the White House was using. Secondly,  it would be much harder to hold oil wells (which were the first thing we locked down.. even over the 380 tons of explosives which were known about even then) while Saddam was still in power and ridiculous to think that the neo con thinkers currently influencing  the White House would even consider such a half measure.  Also, I am curious if you just discount the numerous documented ties between our administration and the Iraq i.e. Rumsfield's position with ABB during the period its subsidiaries sold missile guidance systems to Iraq and Halliburton's long track record of doing business with enemy states via subsidiaries.

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