There was lead in the water but the government continually denied any health risks to the city’s residents. Only the persistence of a Virginia Tech professor brought the truth to light. I’m not talking about Flint, Michigan, by the way. Rather, I’m referring to our nation’s capital: Washington, DC.
Between January 2014 and October 2015 nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq, according to a United Nations report. Another 36,000 were wounded and 3.2 million were internally displaced, including one million school aged children. None of this screams peace and brotherhood.
Cuba was ruled by a dictator in the 1950’s, his name was Batista. John F. Kennedy once charged that Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans and turned a Democratic Cuba into a police state, all with the United States supporting his “reign of terror.” The U.S was particularly fond of Batista because in the 1950’s, as Kennedy pointed out, “U.S. companies owned about 40 percent of the Cuban sugar lands
What is happening in Oregon right now is about power. More accurately, it’s about who is allowed to display and exercise power. The American story is that: power and might carry the day and certain groups are allowed the privilege of demonstrating that power, others are not. This is precisely why the issue of gun control is so contested. Guns represent power over those who are otherwise equals, power to combat aggression and the ultimate deterrent to attack. The ability to control who can have such power is in and of itself, an exercise of power.