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The number of gay teen suicides is appalling. Conservative Christian agenda - supported by Corporate millions- made real. The purpose? To further divide us, to give us yet another emotional knee-jerk distraction.

Holocaust- not directed at race, or creed, or religion, but at the poor, the sick, the homeless. The great divide is now The Elite versus all the rest of us.

What is not so hidden is the Holocaust being waged on our national psyche. We have allowed our Constitution and Bill of Rights to be thrown away. With the passage of The National Defense Authorization Act, we have legitimately passed from Republic to Empire. We have allowed Homeland Security to take away one civil liberty after another. We have allowed illegal wars to waged in our name, We have allowed torture, and assassination to be used in our name. We have allowed protest to be called terrorism.

It is a Holocaust on our own humanity. We have been forced into a dark ghetto, where the bad news is simply overwhelming, where we are forced to address immediate needs, real or perceived, and we allow the larger questions to remain unanswered... Holocaust upon holocaust upon Holocaust.

The poor suffer, the homeless suffer, the sick, the homeless, the damaged- all suffer in plain sight, but it is unaddressed, ignored, brushed to the side, passed on for others to handle.

What price Freedom? What price security? The death of innocents, the suffering of many, the loss of civil liberty. Four hundred citizens of the United States now earn more in a year than the bottom fifty percent of wage earners combined. The benefits belong to them. The government belongs to them. We belong to them.

It is time.

For every Holocaust we allow, we become less than human. We all have a personal responsibility to create change. If  you do nothing, then you signal your approval. Silence is consent.

Feed someone, give someone a blanket, share a little human kindness. Resist this society that allows all these Holocausts. No act of resistance, no small bit of defiance is ever wasted.

It is time. Rise to the call of what we should be. Stop allowing what we have become.

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