Well, Melina.. Isn't that a bit of pessimistic view? There are ways around all the problems you just mentioned. First off, revolutions are never pretty. We're fortunate that there was as a little bloodshed as there was in the '60's and '70's. No one lost their head. But there are ways to make yourself heard. If you're afraid of police brutality, make sure someone is there with a camera. Make sure there are tons of cameras there. Cops think twice when there are cameras. Videos of cops beating unarmed, peaceful protestors are great for lawsuits. I think our country is too litigious anyway, but when people, even cops, break the law, there should be repercussions. Want an example of someone making sure that police brutality gets reported? Check out this story from 2600. The RNC Experience
Now, I would consider that this is just some biased left-wing attempt to make the police and RNC look bad, but I happen to know the author personally. I've met him on several occasions and happen to know that he has no motive for reporting lies. Don't want the police beating on you? Make sure it's on tape. Don't like pepper-spray? Make sure it's on tape. We're americans, and even if we're not proud of our country, we should strive to fix it. Have you noticed that other countries around the world are starting to act more and more like America? IF we don't fix it here, we may not have any place to live that we like. Check out Rammstein's video 'Amerika'
(Register and you can download it) if you don't understand what I'm talking about. All the laws you don't like here will shortly follow you around the world. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it's where we're headed.
Lastly, Melina, don't apologize for sounding angry. This is something we should all be angry about. When someone is trying to take your country away from you, you fight and take it back. We're not pop stars with the ability to live anywhere we may like. I don't see A Perfect Circle moving to a different country. They've decided to stay and fight. Just look at their new video for A Perfect Circle's cover of 'Imagine'
(warning: Clicking on this link will start the streaming download of 'Imagine' and the interview to go with it).
Stay and fight. It's what makes America the greatest country on the planet, not all the money, corporations and military.
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They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. -- Benjamin Franklin
Please stop hurting America -- Jon Stewart