THE MODERN UTOPIAN



THERE IS WIDESPREAD ABUSE OF PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE USA.  Requiring testing for drug use of employees or welfare recepients is one example. The public and media's obsession with people's private lives, particularly when it comes to sexual conduct, is another.   Laws against such infringements must be strenthened.

EQUALITY & JUSTICE FOR ALL

FIRST STEP:  Congress must pass legislation that prohibits states from enacting any legislation that discriminates against anyone because of their race, color, gender preferences, religious beliefs  (including those with no creed -  such as atheists).        
Legislation to prohibit states from countervening Supreme Court decisions when applied to the principle of "equality and justice for all" such as  Roe vs. Wade or Obamacare.                                                  
"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' (or, "states rights" - my addition.)  It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It is supported by Southern segregationists who are trying to keep us from achieving our civil rights and our right of equal job opportunity. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining    by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…..Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights."                 - Quoting Martin Luther King -                           credit to Dale R. on Facebook.
 
The Brotherbogie Blog website  (Brotherbogie.wordpress.com) has some great commentary on RIGHTS VS. PRIVILEGES
I responded with the following comment on women's rights (see under the "Health Care" heading for human rights):
ABORTION:  Here is a little detail regarding libertarians and women's rights. Most of them    do not want a woman's right to choose. 
That the fetus has rights inside the woman's   body is only defendable on religious grounds. Particular religious views should not be imposed on those who do not have the same religious views
 
WHAT'S PERSONAL
I would like to see a law that prohibits anyone talking about anyone else's personal life without their explicit permission. 
The exception could be a public servant who is hypocritcal, or who is doing somethng in his personal life to overtly harm the public interest.  (An adulterous affair, on the other hand, is for the spouses to deal with, and is none of
our business.)
I willingly talk about mine but when it involves other people's personal lives, I do not use their  real names. (See Mylifeinprocess.com)
 

 

        Laws must not discriminate against a person because of religion, race or creed and also MUST include gays rights.  Just because we hate and /or do not understand gay people, or a people from another religion, or someone whose views are so alien to our own, does not give us the right to discriminate against them or to make them second class citizens.        We are all equal under the Constitution.

The USA was founded on the IDEAL "All men (humans) are created equal" and deserve the equal opportunity to have 

                                      "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Little by little, since our forefathers wrote the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights we have been trying to fulfill that ideal  from the abolition of slavery to women's right to vote, to civil rights, to women's rights and the rights of minorities.   We still have a way to go.   

We must not lose sight of these ideals because of greed, terrorist threats, or other distractions.  

          Most Americans do not realize that the major players in the founding of our country were "Deists,"  not Christian in any traditional sense.  They were free-thinkers, not followers of any religious dogma.  

Because of religious persecution, they knew full well that the church and the state should be separate. This country was very definitely established on the concept of  "freedom of religion" which by definition also includes "freedom FROM religion".   

            No matter how fervently we believe in our own religion, we can not, under our constitution and the very principles for which this country stands, impose our religion or our point of view on others.  

            We may abhor another's view but unless their views directly threaten the life and safety of others we must tolerate them, however distasteful we may believe them to be.  Inciting to violence is one example, however, where freedom of belief ends and the restriction of that freedom begins.