The True Definition of National Security

Ok, I'm not here to argue. I'm here to inform you and then state my own thoughts, because I believe I'm allowed to that.

Recently, Jello Biafra - musician, politician, and owner of Alternative Tentacles independent record label, - sent a letter to President Obama regarding the status of the United States. The whole thing is here, and rather lengthy.

To save time, here are the main points that my friend and I took from the letter. Keep in mind that these are how we read the letter, don't get antsy because you don't like it. Rolling Eyes


National security means:

• Everyone has a home.

• Everyone has enough decent food to eat.

• Everyone can drink the water without having to buy it in a bottle from Coke or Pepsi.

• No one has to worry about getting their hand cut off at work or having their job outsourced overseas.

• Everyone can be who they are without fear of being detained and tortured without trial.

• Everyone can vote without fear, knowing their vote will be counted”accurately.

• Every woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body.

• Everyone has enough money for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

• Everyone, even if they don't have money, has the right to see a doctor if they're sick or hurt. In so many other countries this is a guaranteed human right by law.

The first, is simple. Everybody should be allowed a place to crash regardless of how much money they make or how much of an asset they appear to be to society.

The second, I believe it is a human right to eat is it not?

The third, where I live if we don't buy our water bottled, we still have to pay for it because the state of California (where I unfortunately happen to live) is going broke rapidly.

The fourth, safe workplaces should be required. Outsourcing of jobs is a dishonest way to make an extra buck while at the same time depriving the people who need more hours.

The fifth, torture is wrong. Just because other countries torture prisoners in primitive ways does not mean we should too. People keep telling me we should be the best country in the world, but we never will get there if the only way we can get information is by being cruel and inhumane. Nobody deserves to be subject to such treatment.

The sixth, being a citizen means having the responsibility of voting, and also having faith in their country that their vote will be counted.

The seventh, believe it or not, there are some cases where abortion is needed. No woman should have to deal with something they did not want or expect in the first place. Abortion may be wrong on many or all levels, but if you aren't the one who is pregnant, the choice is not yours to make.

Eighth, this is in the constitution, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Kind of hard to be happy if you aren't given a springboard (in this case money) to start with. I'm not suggesting the upper class give half their fortune to the lower class and we breed a bunch of freeloaders. I'm suggesting just enough to start with, and then the receiver of money give something back to society.

In so many other countries medical attention is a right. Medication is affordable, no matter if you have health insurance or not. Instead of listening to me, I highly imply you go watch the Michael Moore documentary Sicko. Rolling Eyes

Those are my opinions on what Jello has to say. In my mind, he's extremely intelligent compared to so many other people who claim they know how to run this place.

Like I said, I don't want to argue with anybody. Dno But I bet some of you will try anyhow.

Posted on December 24th, 2008 at 12:35am


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