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Doug

July 1997

Happy July! Before I begin, I must apologize for not writing a column last month. I couldn't find the time. I kept looking, but it was nowhere to be found. Now that school's out, I should have more time, so you'll be able to enjoy my missives every month.

As I write this (June 8) I have only two more days of finals, then I'll be done with my junior year. It's a bit scary, because I keep asking myself where the last three years went, but it's more of a rhetorical question than anything else.

Have you heard about the German government starting to crack down on Scientology in their country? I think that it's an extremely ridiculous thing to be doing. Now, mind you, I'm the farthest thing from a Scientologist, but I think it's wrong. The German government is doing it because they say that Scientology is a danger to democracy. Well, I thought that that is the point of representative government: that all views are tolerated and get an opportunity to represent themselves in whatever way they see fit, as long as they don't violate anyone's rights. Well, what's my point, you're asking? This: that if the German government does this to one group, then slowly, other, more extreme measures can be taken to "preserve democracy". The U.S. has done it (such as the relocation camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II). Where does it stop?

I watched an interesting program on A&E last night about the "patriot" movement. This is the radical militias and such. They believe that the only "true" Americans are white, Christian males (unless you're gay, I suppose). But they're not racist. Let me rephrase that: they don't say they're racist. But they are. So, if they ever got control of the government: women, non-whites, non-Christians, gays and lesbians, etc. wouldn't be citizens. They would be "tolerated," though. Well, that's nice, isn't it? I'm so glad that they would "tolerate" me, and just about everyone reading this. It's nice to know that they're thinking of us. Enough of this.

Here's the problem with the '90s: there's no sizable opposition or counterculture. This decade will probably be remembered as the most conservative decade since the '50s, which really makes me not that happy. Of course, the '90s are almost over, so it's too late to start anything now. I guess I, and all of the other people like me (and yes, there are some!) will have to wait until the Oughts (2000-2009, that's my preferred nickname).

I have a confession to make: I like the Go-Gos. There, I've said it. I feel better.

Well, until next month! You can write me at cardigan@usa.net Please do, because I want some mail!


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