By now everyone’s read, or at least read about, Rick Perry’s statement on the administration’s push to prevent foreign fagbashing:
Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.
Half the internet, including Reason Magazine, has reacted by ridiculing Perry’s implication that life and liberty are “special rights for gays”. It’s a pretty obvious zinger, and I can’t blame them for giving it a kick. But I think we should stop and consider whether Perry might actually be onto something.
After all, by now we know that the United States Executive has given itself the power to just up and murder people around the world based on
no secret evidence and without judicial (or other) review. And we’ve discovered that the latest National Defense Appropriations Act includes provisions for indefinite and arbitrary detention of pretty much anyone the Executive branch doesn’t want simply to kill out of hand. Maybe life and liberty really are “special rights”.
If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be off pursuing happiness for as long as they’ll let me.