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  •  Slavery was enshrined in the Constitution as (9+ / 0-)

    the law of the land. Involuntary servitude continues as punishment for crime. And children continue to be the property of their parents. Which is why the Convention on the Rights of the Child cannot be ratified by the U. S. Senate.

    Property rights trumped human rights and still do. We are, as Dubya said, an ownership society. Owning things, including other people, makes up for not being secure in our own bodies. Or, is supposed to.

    But, I would argue, it's not based on race. Skin color just happens to be an easy identifier of people to subordinate. It's a tradition, a habit. There isn't anything the targets can or cannot do about it. And that's what makes it so difficult to deal with. Women have the same problem. When Southerners talk about "family values," that's a euphemism for men being the head of the family and, ipso facto, being obeyed. More telling than the treatment of blacks at CPAC was the assertion that the speaker did not know women being critical of men in public was in the Republican tradition. Men perceive themselves as hen-pecked when women return the favor and tell them what to do. Since it is risky to retaliate, they take it out on the children and any neighbors that don't count. Putting someone down makes insecure people feel just a little bit better, not much.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 04:38:24 AM PDT

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      regardless of region, in many places a man who isn't in charge has been "pussy-whipped".

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:46:06 AM PDT

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