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Can I get an amen?

Sunday sales bill earns historic passage in Senate

After years of failure at the hands of social conservatives and recalcitrant Republicans, the Georgia Senate on Wednesday delivered a crucial victory to those who have long sought the ability to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays.

By a 32-22 vote, Senate Bill 10 passed, which allows local communities to vote on whether to allow retail stores to sell alcohol on Sunday. The bill is thought to have a good chance in the House and Gov. Nathan Deal has indicated he would sign it into law. </em>

Imagine that. Finally the residents of Georgia will be allowed to vote- just vote, mind you- on allowing Sunday sales of booze. Not to actually get to buy it- we have to wait for the Metro Atlanta counties to pass it, and the Sunday Schoolers in the rest of the state to vote no- but gosh, after years of that theocratic, grandstanding fool Sonny Perdue, just being allowed to have an opinion on an issue that really is nobody else’s business is refreshing. Because the issue here isn’t really the sale of beer at a grocery store on Sunday. The issue is that some folks think its just dandy to use the power of the state to saddle citizens with a single groups notion of morality. You don’t want to drink on Sunday? Then don’t. Case closed. I ain’t gonna – nor can I legally- force you to do otherwise.

So why can you? Why can you tell me what to drink – no Four Loco– or when? Or what naturally occurring substance I can ignite and inhale? Trust me, I won’t be bothering you with it- the last place I want to be with a buzz is anywhere near a bunch of people too afraid to take control of their own lives and instead rely on a mythical Sky Daddy to do it- no, these aren’t the folks I hang with.

If I should take a notion

To jump into the ocean,

It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.</em>

Now that song, Ain’t Nobody’s Business was penned in the 1920s by Bessie Smith’s piano player Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins. It’s staggering to me that almost 100 years later some people still don’t get it. I don’t care to whom you pray, I just don’t want to pay for it. I don’t care what you read, or watch, or eat, none of it. And even if I did, the only way to assure my natural born rights is by respecting yours so I wouldn’t use force to impose my views on you. That’s easy enough to understand, right? Because anything else is pretty much this.

Ok, how about this?

House panel considers ‘In God We Trust’

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a measure to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto and to encourage its display on public buildings, including schools.

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Virginia, is sponsoring the measure on the national motto, adopted in 1956.</em>

R-Virginia. Yet another Bible Belt, anti-American agent of the state, forcing his narrow-minded view of the world on the rest of us. Because I don’t trust in God. Sorta hard to trust something that in my opinion doesn’t exist. I might be right, or the Forbes and Perdues of the world might be right. We’ll never know.

Never.

So, pardon me if I gag a bit at the notion that this nation, that at one point understood what freedom meant, slapped a slavish, pleading oath to white people’s FSM on everything that didn’t move at all, much less that in the midst of world turmoil, wars, and a hollow economy some asshole thinks “reaffirming” it is appropriate? And that others will nod their heads and intone “That’s a good man…” – like they did about that butcher Bush.

A man who would force his belief system on me – in fact, earn his living doing so- is not a good man. He’s not even a good American.

Can I get an amen?


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