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Truth -- In Exile

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Isn't it funny, Truthseekers, that the whistle-blowers always end up hiding from the governments that are supposed to protect them? At the risk of sounding juvenile, why are the truth-tellers forced to flee the land of the free in order to speak the truth?  

No matter how many times it rolls around in my brain, it seems an abomination -- that those who would seek honest and open government ultimately end up enemies of the State. Just like women who seek to protect the privacy of their own bodies end up targets of (mostly white male) assaults against their own bodily privacy.  

Two different topics, granted, but they share a common theme -- the right of individuals to proclaim sanctity over their own personhood. The individual right to operate as separate human beings, immune from government control over their actions.

Edward Snowden discovered secrets about our government's covert actions against its own citizenry, and exposing this knowledge could cost him his life. A woman in Texas seeking to terminate a pregnancy (due to rape? Her own inability to care for the child? Incest?) is threatened with criminal action and/or invasive medical procedures/psychological intimidation if she moves forward with her decision to make her body stop being pregnant.

Where are we living, when individual rights are so superseded by the decisions of our government? Is it fair to call it fascism when whistle-blowers who seek to expose the actions our government is taking against us are hunted like criminals? Is it not fascism when women are treated like criminals if they seek to carry out their constitutional privacy rights over their own biological functions?

Katie Helm wrote this poem, which Mike read on the air last night. Think about it: "If My Vagina Was a Gun:"

"If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights,

You would ride on buses and fight all the fights.

If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care,

You wouldn't spill all its secrets because, well, why go there.

If my vagina was a gun, you'd say what it holds is private

From cold dead hands we could pry, you surely would riot.

If my vagina was a gun, its rights would all be protected,

no matter the body count or the children affected.

If my vagina was a gun, I could bypass security,

concealed carry laws would ensure I'd have impunity.

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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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