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Highest Aspirations

Posted in Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 28, 2013

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As you may have heard, someone asked Bradley Manning to be a “grand marshall” at the San Francisco Corporate Pride parade. When enough people objected, another, higher official pulled back the invitation. Since Pvt. Manning will be behind bars when the parade is held, it was a moot point.

The uninvitation is a semantic feast.
“Specifically, what these events have revealed is a system whereby a less-than-handful of people may decide who represents the LGBT community’s highest aspirations as grand marshals for SF Pride.” So that is the ultimate goal of queer life? Or, more specifically, to have Daniel Ellsberg represent you, while you rot in solitary confinement.
Glenn Greewald, who seldom is at a loss for words, chimes in with Bradley Manning is off limits at SF Gay Pride parade, but corporate sleaze is embraced. The hypocrisy patrol is feverishly crunching the sin statistics. Apparently, when you have a corporate sponsored event, it is ok to take tainted loot from criminal multi nationals. But, when a Private, with access to secrets, spills the beans, he is not to be honored. It can get confusing.

There is some more commentary about Bradleygate. The Board of Directors President of SFP is Lisa Williams. This is not the psychic medium, even though the name is the same. Ms. Williams issued the statement about the highest aspirations. In an ironic twist, Lisa Williams is the chair of the political action committee of the Bayard Rustin Coalition.

Bayard Rustin was the primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. A speech about having a dream was made that day, while Bayard Rustin made sure there were Port O’Potties for the crowd. Mr. Rustin also was a conscientious objector to the draft. He spent time in prison for his troubles. This was not during the Vietnam war, when this sort of thing was fashionable. This was during World War Two, when conscientious objection was treason. Someone should give Lisa Williams an irony board.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These are Union soldiers from the War Between the States. None of these men copied intelligence documents onto a CD, labelled Lady Gaga.

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