Human Rights

Happy Thanksgiving!

I found an article in National Geographic just now that I thought was ironic. It was a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was established sixty years ago. What I found most ironic, and sad, is that since it was proclaimed by the UN in 1948, the United States is the biggest offender of these rights.

Case in Point:

Article 5:

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment."

In 2001, the US started hording suspected terrorists into prisons, without telling them their crimes or any other pertenant information. They then proceeded to torture these terrorists by means of electrocution, water-boarding, interrogation, and various other acts.

Article 1:

"All human beings are born free..."

And look what happened when we tried to argue that point with the Civil Rights movement....

Article 16:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion..."

Yet in the US, people are sued for praying in schools, for putting up crosses on public lands, for displaying the ten commandments, for erecting mosques in neighborhoods, black people consistantly get their homes burned down, and are hunted down and persecuted. Muslim American's are looked down upon, seen with distaste and are purposefully picked out of airport lines.

Article 26.1:

"Everyone has the right to education."

And yet a little under half the children in the US have extremely poor quality education, a result of underfunding from the government. Bad education is worse then no education at all. In fact, a county need where I live now, Prince George's County, recently had it's superintendent fired and thrown in jail for six years, and, the county is rated 30th, the last place for quality schools, in the entire state.

There are so many more violations that I couldn't even begin to pull off from this one page, so take a stand and really take a look at what a corrupt country we are living in, and how we can fix it.