|our roads may be golden, or broken, or lost (elliemurasaki) wrote,|
@ 2013-02-03 06:28 pm UTC
Respect for our country is making sure our countryfolk can eat enough, pay their rent, get medical treatment for their broken arms and high cholesterol and depression and desire to control their reproduction. Respect for our country is making sure that one US resident is treated just like another until their behavior—not their genitals or gender or skin tone or household income or childhood household income or with whom they prefer to have sex—their behavior dictates a difference in treatment. Respect for our country is not sending our soldiers off to get shot at without a really good reason, and not leaving them to get shot at when that reason goes stale. Respect for our country is making sure nothing will keep us from paying our debts!
Insisting I be silent and still during the national anthem, while insisting far more loudly (if not at that precise moment) that single-by-choice parents and same-sex couples and people who aren't their assigned-at-birth gender are undermining the country by their mere existence, that black and Latina people are lazy and female people are ill-suited to lucrative and/or male tasks, that any attempt to ensure everyone in this country can pay their fucking rent is doomed to failure and should not be begun—
Well, that just makes you sound like you're interested in the appearance of respect for our country, not its actuality. The country is the countrypeople. Lack of respect for the people is lack of respect for the country.
And no, mother dear, I am not watching another moment of the Super Bowl with you.