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    Civil rights are civil rights. Closing Guantanamo is all about civil rights. The Voting Rights Act case that the Supreme Court is considering is about civil rights.

    Climate change, fracking, and Keystone are about civil  rights: we have the right to live where the land and water are not contaminated; where previously "natural" disasters (like earthquakes) aren't being caused by corporations; where the climate isn't being dramatically disrupted so the land becomes unlivable.

    I'd argue that 20% of Americans going hungry is about civil rights (world hunger is as well. civil rights dont end at our shores). Obviously, drone strikes of innocents are too.
    Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights; among them are those rights  enumerated in the Constitution.

    I support and fight for marriage equality because its part of the package. When I pack for a trip, tossing an extra pair of jeans in my luggage does me no good if I don't bring underwear. I need to bring everything along. Can I leave behind my formal gown? Sure, and I rarely bring it.  So an issue  -- say,  funding for National Parks -- that's incredibly important to me, really doesn't get the attention that I myself would like to give it because we have too much on our plates right now.

    But we can't start separating out basic civil rights issues. What's more important? The right to clean air, clean water, a decent education, to be able to support your spouse when you're both elders and unable to work, to feed your kids when you're laid off? Heck, seriously... Take any of those away and forget about the "pursuit of happiness" inalienable right, we're seriously diminishing the "life" part too.

    Uneducated people live shorter lives. Single people live shorter lives. Malnourished people live shorter lives. People who live in areas that are contaminated live shorter lives, like this new study about The Puget Sound Region  shows.

    So please, tell me which group of citizens you don't mind us truncating their lives. I think all citizens should have an inalienable right to what the founders promised us.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:31:36 AM PDT

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