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Boycott SF Gay Pride, Part II
Party Your Heads Off...After all it's the land of the free and home of the brave?
Yea, go to the San Francisco Gay Pride event. Party like it’s 1984. Party like you live in an illusion that you hope doesn’t burst even while it’s bursting all around you. And really why shouldn’t the military have booths at gay pride? We live in a violent, militaristic country. And aren’t gays Americans? Can’t they too think like Americans – support the troops and all that jazz. Can’t gays be police, be soldiers or even executioners? Can’t gays participate in illegal drone attacks on American citizens and even juvenile American citizens who’ve never had a trial? Can’t gays be guards at Guantanamo or participate in torture? Yes, they can. Or is it “yes, we can.” Women and blacks can too. We’re all part of the party.
So, yes, San Francisco Gay Pride CEO Eric Plante can enjoy his apparent fetish of men in uniform. It’s America…land of the CEOs. And we can all grow up to be CEOs if we play along with the American game. According the the San Francisco Chronicle, “Pride officials said they have worked particularly hard this year to invite organizations that are not traditionally affiliated with the celebrations, including religious groups and sports teams.” Perhaps instead of welcoming back the National Association of Man Boy Love (NAMBLA) they can invite priests from the Catholic Church. I know – that was a low blow but it might be true.
“We’re excited to see the fruits of our labor paying off,” Plante said. “We’re moving toward a positive resolution (with the military). In 10 to 20 years, people may be wondering what the big fuss was all about.” Yea, like why do people still wonder what all the fuss over Kent State was about, or maybe in 20 years we can forget Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo or all the deaths in an Iraq war that wasn’t even a necessity.
Well, we know one person not invited – Bradley Manning. I guess his type are abandoned by the new breed of progressive non-profit (or should I call it NGOs) CEOS. Plante is a corporate wanna be saying he is a progressive. Democrat no doubt. And yes, a supporter of the wonder OBAMA: Drones, NSA, crack-downs on whistleblowers, MONSANTO..what fracking more do we need?
This new movement of progressives is well documented in the CounterPunch piece by John Strauber entitled “The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats” : http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/15/the-progressive-movement-is-a-pr-front-for-rich-democrats/
Bradley Manning, so much for your courage in bringing to light a horrible crime against humanity. And as one person said in a reply to my earlier call for a boycott, gays have nothing in common but their sexuality. I guess “humanity” doesn’t count. But isn’t that what this is really all about: our humanity. And that humanity includes the victims of our police abuse and our military’s violence. To sober up from Gay Pride, it might be useful to go and see the Jeremy Scahill documentary “Dirty Wars.” But that might end the party and shatter the illusions. Have fun, I know I won’t be missed and apparently for some people…neither will Bradley Manning.