Between this and the upcoming play that I’ve written and produced, “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden,” the likelihood that I’ll be welcomed in Russia any time soon is rather remote. That’s all right though. I hear the Chinese are still a bit pissed at my loud and vocal disappointments over their little massacre in Tiananmen Square back in 1989. Not like I was jumping on a plane tomorrow, so whatever. For that matter, after this, I probably won’t be welcome in many fundamentalist-leaning parts of this country. Have I ever told you how much there is to do in the City of Chicago? It’s almost bottomless with cultural diversity, as long as you don’t mind block-to-block segregation, and huge swaths of the city (usually more melanin deficient areas) neglected to the point of post-apocalyptic nightmare scenarios, but I digress.
It’s just that, at Revolution & Beer, we take hypocrisy and right-wing extremism very seriously. That said, Vladimir Putin serves these ingredients to the world with a fresh out-of-the-wok Yakisoba that would make Yoshihiro Murata nervously start sharpening his knives. But recently he’s done us all one better in the great human leap backwards.
While homophobia is nothing new in the history of power-hungry macho patriarchs hell-bent on intruding into people’s private lives when they disagree with them, the full frontal assault against homosexuals sounds yet another warning siren that too many of our species enjoy moon-walking on human rights and true liberty. Yes, the LGBTQ community is fighting the fight full-on now, but we all risk damage if we don’t “stand our ground.” How does that make your individualist streak feel? Doesn’t affect you? Well, first they came for…
Reeking Off Your Shirt
Question: does anyone see the really twisted logic in someone who professes himself as straight persecuting a band called Pussy Riot? The heter-over-confidence spews forth with all the questioning of a high school freshman’s first locker room shower experience. I mean, after all, it’s not like it was an actual riot that had to be put-down with hoses. And, from a sexually non-repressed perspective, would it be so bad if they actually did riot? Even a little? And, from a sex-positive perspective: what’s supposed to be liberatory or fun about extinguishing such a thing?
What should we make of this manly man who promotes himself as a progressive alpha male. Surely you’ve been seduced by the display of studly (homo-erotic?) topless photos of his excellency fishing, hunting, and engaging in the very non-gay activity of riding horses bareback shirtless in an Indiana Jones hat, dribbling-out laws and programs denying the simplest human rights for homosexuals in Russia. And in all seriousness, this issue is a test for the sincerity of the human race’s so-called declarations and pretense at human rights; and progress.
On the show some weeks ago we discussed women’s rights, and how they cannot be judged episodically. That is to say that the fact that Maggie in accounting gets a big raise or a promotion, or can vote and drive a car in St. Louis, isn’t evidence that sexism has ended. Does she have autonomy over her own body, or can the state intercede? More importantly, those rights must be judged amid the totality of the quality of rights the world over. The greatest of rights in one part of the world are degraded by the lack of rights elsewhere.
WOW!! Did you hear there are now annual Gay Pride Parades in cities across America?!
Yes, but we’re still dealing with nominal acceptance in much of the country, and significant acrimony from the Right-wing community about something that they have the full liberty not to engage in. This regardless of the fact that homosexual relationships are comparable in outcome to heterosexual ones, and that homosexuals contribute just as much if not more to growth and creativity within the U.S. economy. The far right evidently believes that co-existence, or allowing it, means willful participation. They’re just afraid we’re all going to turn gay. They really care that much.
While it is no longer a crime to be gay, or won’t any longer lead to a court martial or dismissal from the military, the reality of gay marriage being legal in several states still feels tentative. The culture still pretends anything not aligned with a strict bipolar sexuality is deviant, or is nominally tolerated. That carries a social sort of oppression on truly arbitrary and interchangeable terms that is far more potent and dangerous, and antithetical to liberty than any government could conceive on its own. When the government tacitly or overtly supports or encourages discrimination or worse, there should be an outcry from all people of conscience or humanity.
For anyone, this video of these Russian kids being harassed, tortured, and terrorized for their supposed sexuality should be an outrage.
Not only are these kids tormented and scarred far worse than any personal pejorative of “gayness” could ever accomplish, but these savages delight so much in their terrorism; reminiscent of images of German soldiers delighting as they teased and taunted Jews during the Holocaust. You could never accuse Nazi wannabes of being inconsistent in their tactics. Long live Neo-Fascism! :p
The true danger here is in becoming subjective about humanity and the humanity of others. Human rights must remain human rights without qualification, and the standard must be to hold oppressors accountable. It is Putin’s discriminatory laws and attitudes regarding homosexuals that threaten to make everyone’s rights ultimately negotiable. Perhaps we should deem his approach a “Penis Riot,” but that one has been raging for centuries.
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Adam Kokesh is a former marine, and an Iraq war veteran, who fought in the battle of Fellujah, in 2004. Since serving, he’s moved on to engage in several campaigns and stunts that have landed him on the edge of losing his honorable discharge classification from the military. In 2007, along with two other reservists, he participated in an anti-war march in his marine fatigues. This drew a harsh dressing-down from higher ups in the Corps. However it also lead to Kokesh getting a strong declaration of support from Gary Kurpius, the national commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, who issued a very stern critique of the at the Marine Corps for downgrading the discharge status of Adam and his two colleagues:
“I may disagree with the message . . . but I and my organization will always defend their right to say it.”
Open Carry March on Washington, and “The Final American Revolution”
In late April of this year, Adam called for a spectacle that he deemed the Open Carry March on Washington. The purpose: to “put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny.”
“The time to sit idly by has passed. To remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between the people, and the criminals in Washington, D.C. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance, it may already be too late.”
This all seemed a little hard to believe. He was telling folks to expect thousands. He even had Alex Jones call the Info Wars bullhorn for him. Is this really the first shot of a new “American Revolution?” They’ve been threatening to do this for a loooong time. As of yesterday, July 3rd, the Facebook page for the event had over 6,000 people declaring their plans to support and attend the Washington, DC march.
So Turck decides to go:
“This is not about gun banning, a fear of guns or an infringement on the Second Amendment, which very clearly describes a “well regulated militia.” The “regulated” word is critical to mature, rational and moral discussions about the place and importance of guns in contemporary American civil society. That discussion is important in stemming the bloodshed on America’s streets, but also important to people who wish to protect their families. However, the NRA and “gun pornographers,” as Turck describes them, have chosen to raise the rhetoric to a level of hysteria and paranoia. Rather than treating weapons as a tool, the NRA has promulgated them to a near religious fervor, and is forcing gun proliferation upon Americans everywhere in civil society.”
“KOKESH: Please don’t come to Washington, D.C., this now an appeal to the state level and I think it’s much more appropriate given the gravity of the situation. We shouldn’t be begging the federal government to change, we shouldn’t be hoping that they respect our rights because it’s clear that they don’t.”
“And I can’t even, as the organizer of this event, be able to say that I’m going to be there. We can’t have this depend on any one person or even any central event.”
WE SPRUNG FOR A PLANE TICKET!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?
Flying these days just never pays-off.
So Who Made It?
Well, we’ve got a damn fine story, but here’s a sneak peak for now:
Sun-burnt to hell, and looking like a raccoon, Turck set out on a mile and a half walk through the capitol of “the freest country in the world.” However, this morning it came off more like a military lock-down after a forced evacuation. It hit well over 90 degrees there today, and it wasn’t like he was just able to stroll down a sidewalk. Arriving at the planned location of the Washington D.C. (leg?) march at around 8:30 am.
He walked around the area for about an hour, spoke with some cops, and filmed some commentary. Around 9:30 or so, he returned to the Big stone bridge where it was meant to kick-off from. Then, guys began to trickle over the bridge a couple at a time to amass a crowd of… 5.
They greeted each other, and introduced themselves. Turck asked: “Are you guys here for the march?” “Yeah,” they replied. Then one of them asked “What are you here for?” To which Turck honestly replied: “I’m here in opposition to it.” They got into some banter on issues, arguing a bit before the conversation turned to the obvious question: “WTF?!?!”
Turck proposed, in honor of what Adam started, and what these guys believe in and endured to get there; that they walk across the bridge together as planned. In addition, after the “march,” he would record their views and post them unedited, and without editorial from us, on our page. They all decided to go for it. After the interviews, they walked and continued the conversation with him almost all the way back to the hotel.
TO BE CONTINUED…