What We Can All Start Doing
I recall back in the late '70s, I was back in San Antonio and the deposed Shah of Iran had just been brought here to undergo cancer treatment.
There were quite a few Iranians attending college here at the time, and I lived in a fourplex filled with them.
At first I'd tried to befriend them, but I found them so sexist and dogmatic (not to mention smelly) I did my best to avoid them, especially the day I saw the guy downstairs butchering goats on his living room floor.
Anyway, they were getting very agitated that the Shah (whom they loathed) was in town, and one Saturday morning I looked out my upstairs window to find tens of dozens of them starting to congregate downstairs. Their voices were loud and angry and I was freaked out.
So I called the FBI.
Four government helicopters appeared within 20 minutes flat, and cars filled with Feds started arriving to disperse the crowd. And they did.
Here's my plan.
Next time I hear hate speech, I'm going to take a license number or get a name or whatever information I can and call the damn Feds.
If enough of these nuts get hassled enough by Homeland Security or the FBI, maybe they'll start thinking they'd better not be so casually rampant.
I am all for Freedom of Speech, but if I was able to refrain from publicly speaking my mind about what I'd like to see happen to the Bush administration, then those radical rightwing assholes should also keep a lid on it about Obama, abortion, Jews, gays, and whatever other hateful shit that's making them snap left and right.
Things are getting way out of hand. We all have to put our feet down.
Our taxes pay for a hell of a lot of national security personnel, and I say we start putting them to work to better keep the peace.
Are you with me?