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Hagbardr BS: Give Us A Break (89* d) RE: BS: Give Us A Break 13 Feb 00

Let's talk again about an all-too-familiar subject: Guest Al and his amoral expositions. Permit me this forum to rant. Technically, he thinks that everything he says is thoroughly and utterly true. However, some ribald wretched primates don't have a clue. Whenever he finds himself confronted by the law, he insists it needs reforming. Even if we accepted Guest Al's bromides, so what? Does that mean that his "compromises" prevent smallpox? Of course not. I agree that I am quite certain that Guest Al has failed to provide us with a context in which his hastily-mounted campaigns could be discussed and understood. But I also think that letting Guest Al erode constitutional principles that have shaped our society and remain at the core of our freedom and liberty sends a clear message to what I call atrabilious wastrels that they can popularize a genre of music whose graphic lyrics explicitly urge superstitious airheads to criticize other people's beliefs, fashion sense, and lifestyle.

I'm sure you get my point here. In other words, he treats serious issues callously and somewhat flippantly. To make a long story short, those who believe that everyone and everything discriminates against Guest Al -- including the writing on the bathroom stalls -- are either naive or deliberately misled. His memoirs are a disgrace and an outrage. So don't feed me any baloney about how governments should have the right to lie to their own subjects or to other governments. That's just not true. The Orwellian implications of Guest Al's wheelings and dealings are clear.

Sexism, in this case, is a tactic tied to a broader strategy of granting Guest Al the ability to create an ideological climate that will enable him to mold the mind of virtually every citizen -- young or old, rich or poor, simple or sophisticated. As for the lies and exaggerations, to forestall his vengeful solutions, it would be immensely helpful to have more people understand that this hasn't sat well with power-hungry voluble yobbos. Perhaps it sounds like stating the obvious to say that if Guest Al is going to make nearby communities victims of environmental degradation and toxic waste dumping, then he should at least have the self-respect to remind himself of a few things: First, history has once again proved me right. And second, in order to build an inclusive, nondiscriminatory movement for social and political change, we must embrace diversity. And that's just the first step. Remember, Guest Al should stop caterwauling about what he doesn't understand. (Actually, Guest Al's protests do not hold under close moral scrutiny, but that's not important now.) Now that this letter has come to an end, I honestly hope you walk away from it realizing that unravelling the Gordian Knot that is Guest Al is not difficult when you realize the multifaceted nature of Guest Al and his cronies.

I've been waiting for a good chance to use the automatic complaint generator.


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