Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The more things change...

Would you want a "flat earther" in charge of funding the NASA space program?

Would you go to a doctor who determines your medical treatment (or lack of) based on their personal  beliefs rather than proven science?

Would you let complete stranger to tell what you can/cannot do with your own body?

But what if they could legally enforce their will upon you? Even if you said no.

I pulled out a battered copy of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale about a week ago. It is a story that (like several others of her's) has a increasing resonance and disturbing plausibility a full quarter century after it was written, especially if you gaze south of the Canadian border.
In Atwood's story, (Full Synopsis from Wikipedia)

Beginning with a staged terrorist attack (blamed on Islamic extremist terrorists) that kills the President and most of Congress, a movement calling itself the "Sons of Jacob" launches a revolution and suspends the United States Constitution under the pretext of restoring order.

They were quickly able to take away all of the women's rights, largely attributed to the financial records being stored electronically and labelled by gender. The new theocratic military dictatorship-styled "The Republic of Gilead", moved quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily cult-Christian regime of selectively skewed Old Testament-inspired social and religious ultra-conservatism among its newly created social classes. In this society, almost all women are forbidden to read.

A quarter century after it was written, the plot does not seem all that far fetched.
It seems less like a Speculative fiction novel and more like plausible horror story since I followed such similiar events unfolding in Texas. This disturbs the hell out of me.

This sort of thing is happening in so many many places in the world.

Should one who believes certain races/genders to be "sub-human" or 2nd/3rd class citizens be in charge of government policy? Medical policy? Morals. School Curriculum? Who you can marry? Who you can love? Whether or not you receive medical treatment.

Can you can walk down the street without being molested, shouted at or intimidated?
Can you live in your home without being doused in acid, set on fire or living in fear?
Can you make your own choices about your life, your body and your future?

Because that can change.
Someone should probably make a bingo card ...

If you are not registered to vote, get registered.
If you are registered, make your vote count.

Because it is not about what is right or wrong. It is about power and control.

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