Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Glitch's comments

Terry Johnson tenacious@cyberback.com
Wed, 17 Jul 2002 18:46:47 -0500


For the first time that I can ever remember, I totally align against you on
a point.  I know our government is corrupt and our fore-fathers were not
always upstanding, but the basis upon which our government was built and the
beliefs for which *many* good Americans have given their lives is honorable
and just.  I will give my full allegience to the symbols that represent that
spirit--tainted though they may be--because I believe in a higher unified
morality that will not come from an anarchist government, but only from a
nation bonded together with determination to peacefully co-exist.  At this
time there is no such place on this earth like that, with the exception of
Antarctica (<--- MOC!), but a day will come...

Hold together.

I may not live in the city, and I may not be as cultured as you, but don't
judge us American faithfuls too harshly.  We mean well.

-----Original Message-----
From: powderworks-admin@cs.colorado.edu
[mailto:powderworks-admin@cs.colorado.edu]On Behalf Of Glitch
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 9:14 PM
To: powderworks@cs.colorado.edu
Subject: FW: [Powderworks] Rights in the Workplace

John Welk wrote:

>The first amendment prohibits the government from supressing speech -- it
not extend such protection to individuals or organizations.

>I don't condone Lina's company's policy -- not in the least -- but what
did is perfectly legal in the U.S.  Just a week or two ago a federal appeals
court upheld the right of a Florida company to dismiss an employee involved
political protests that were contrary to the company's positions.  The basic
thrust of the ruling (from my reading) was that employment was not a right,
that the company should not be forced to employ someone acting against what
company believed to be in its best interests.

Totally true.  The company I work for has been plastered with American flags
since 9/11 and - most recently - an "intact" copy of the Pledge of
Allegiance - and I am VERY sure that if my true anarchist feelings were ever
expressed I would find my ass on the street very fast.  The good old boy
network I work for has no obligation to employ anarchists.  I keep my head
down, shut up, and wear long sleeves so my tattoo doesnąt show.
Sucks, but it's true.

"There are trivial truths and great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true."
                     --Niels Bohr

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