Helen Keller at work in her study
This is this week's most crucial story: what do Helen Keller, Hilary Clinton and Barry Goldwater have in common?
Yesterday morning it was reported that Helen Keller may be removed from the Texas school curriculum; she is not alone: they are removing Hilary Clinton (so she never won the 2016 election if the majority vote mattered and no woman has run for president), Barry Goldwater (the only Jewish man to have run for president in the US) is to be erased under this state-wide plan. Most of the news-stories report the rationale is children have "too many names to learn," or they would do better to spend the 20 minutes "on something else." But click on the story I link in and you will see:
It seems Helen Keller does not best represent the concept of citizenship. A military man does, a warrior (trained ot obey, kill or be killed), or someone doing an active heroic deed during an emergency crisis. Only men and fighting. A skewed notion of citizenship, no? And there are first and second rate citizens -- this sheer Nazi thinking. Next step, down the line less rated citizens don't deserve to go to school, nor maybe even live lest they marry in. In thought a fundamental betrayal of all humanity. Most of us are disabled in some way; all of us are vulnerable when infants, all when very old.
What's the next step? I know that police can abuse people with mental disabilities with impunity. I've seen this happen twice with my daughter who no longer uses her driver's license after an incident where a cop mercilessly bullied her for driving slowly (40 miles an hour) in the slow lane. I read of how when foolish people call the police because a mentally disabled person in their family is "being difficult," the police can and do shoot to kill when they come in. W
And not just white, but white Christian (see above Barry Goldwater). We are to remember the state of Texas is heavily gerry-mandered and this move does not represent the majority of people there at all. But that too is part of fascist dictatorships.
Most young adults I know work in jobs with no paid vacation, no paid sick leave, no pensions. Keep the average person deeply in need and exhausted from making a living. And charge high for healh care.
Reputable newspapers ask solemnly if the US is becoming a Nazi or fascist state, and mostly conclude not so. I say if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck, it's a duck. Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard hearts? (Shakespeare, Lear). We can start with greed, desir for ceaseless money, no social conscience taught (quite the opposite) and strict patriarchy.
This week's crucial story is about the idea that people with disabilites are not worthy of embodying the concept of citizenship, and the thinking they are second class citizens and how this fits into the society now being imposed on a majority of US people who don't want this, but are acquiescing.
Evils that befall the world are not nearly so often
caused by bad men as they are by good men who
are silent when an opinion must be voiced ...