My lj is usually a politics-free zone.
I'm not interested in talking about politis here, for no special reason.
But today I've got to say something.Read this, if you haven't yet.
This scares me beyond belief.
My country is a democracy, with rights for everyone, and courts that are independent, and - while we are at it - homosexual marriages (because they are, even if we don't call them marriage).
I feel safe in my country.
I may not agree with many of the things our current government does, but I trust them to protect our constitution and our civil rights. I trust them to keep peace. I trust them to accept religions, and to protect our children against aids and unwanted pregnancies. I trust them to be relatively SANE.
And sanity is the one thing that "the world's greatest leader" clearly lacks. If he gets elected again? God help us all.
To think that someone like him has the power over a-bombs is the scariest thing ever.
To think that a religious fanatic is the leader of what may be the one of the most important nations of the world.
When I hear about his AIDS programs, or rather, the nonexistence of them, when I hear that he wants children to be taught that abstinence is the only protection against pregnancy, I am so afraid for this world.
I feel bad talking about another country like that, about a situation I can't properly judge, because I don't live there. Besides, it's always easy to sit and point, without actively changing things, and I have no right to change things in other countries, so I really don't have a right to talk badly about them.
But in this case, I must.
Because I am honest to god scared, scared that the world as we know it is about to change more than we can ever imagine, and not for the better. And it certainly won't become safer.
Today I heard that (starting in a few years) the US are going to allow only people with a new passport to enter the country, a passport which includes your fingerprint. For a terrorist, it will be the easiest thing ever to counterfeit such a passport, but for us normal people it means that a government which isnt even my own has my fingerprint on record, and I have NO saying in what they do with it.
If this becomes reality, then I am sorry to say that I will never ever visit that beautiful country again.
The US government scares me.
Sometimes, the whole world scares me.
Edited: Oh, and I don't really care about the content of the original post, which prompted the Secret Service to investigate. They may have been right to investigate, but maybe not.
The whole thing just made me come out of my hole and say how I feel about things.
LJ especially, and fandom in general, are - at least in my experience - rather multinational communities. We don't judge people because of where they come from or what they believe, these things simply don't matter much online.
I wonder why?
Is this because we are all incredibly open-minded, liberal people who are tolerant of different lifestyles and beliefs?
Somehow, with such a large group of people from all over the world, I don't believe that is the case. Especially not when I look at shipper-wars, or the downright hate that can result when someone dislikes someone elses favourite characters and dares to say so.
In a way, fandom isn't different in these things. We just focus our energy on different things. It's not the religion or skin color upon which we judge someone new in our little circle, but his prefered fanfic and wether or not he likes het, gen, slash etc.
These things may not be the most important ones, but it beats fighting over religious beliefs any time.