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April 26th, 2011
By Dan Miller
In the grand march for human rights at the United Nations, the edicts of which trump our silly old Constitution, the regrettably backwards United States must cease her foot dragging. The Human Rights Council leads the way, although with little leadership from the socially regressive United States.
The march to recognize the human rights of Mother Earth and her sadly abused and neglected citizens — bravely started by little Bolivia — seems much favored by our Green Muslim friends and we cannot remain behind as they and the rest of the world move ever forward. Former “green jobs czar” Van Jones is solidly on board and his organization,
the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature “is working to build a movement of millions of educated and inspired individuals, with thousands of successful cases of enforceable Rights of Nature legislation having been enacted at local and national levels, by the end of 2014,” according to the Pachamama website.
The group also is running a parallel media campaign, called “Four Years. Go.,” to build enthusiasm for the same rapid environmental change, using “personal communication, social media and a rich web presence to inspire a movement of people who recognize the urgency, and the opportunity, of this time and stand for using the next four years, through 2014, to literally change the course of history.”
Unjustly maligned Ex-President Carter has been strangely silent on this important matter, perhaps because of his focus on the plight of North Korea. However, one must nevertheless question the current status of our non-human citizens. A pig should become the next Secretary General of the United Nations, thereby elevating the honesty, competence and intellectual glow of the entire body governing us.
Sadly, a lowly frog naturally born and raised in the swamps of Florida can not presently become the President of the United States. True, frogs are hatched rather than “born,” but that is not their fault and is of no consequence. The unfairness of this discrimination on account of mere color — green — should be apparent to all. Since frogs must soon be recognized as having full human rights, why not as naturally born, or hatched, citizens of the United States, endowed by Mother Nature with all of the requisite Constitutional qualifications for the presidency?
The United States has in recent years lagged behind, in cowardly fashion, her betters at the U.N. Are we so inferior to the citizens of Bolivia, whose government offered its Honest Empathy And Rights for Trees Solution (HEARTS) at the United Nations, that we cannot join her in this march? Indeed, Bolivia “is set to pass the world’s first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans.”
Although having a tree, perhaps a solid and silent oak, would be an improvement over some past and current presidents, that’s a stretch too far for now. Nevertheless, the United States should get out in front of Bolivia by electing Jeremiah the Bullfrog as our next President. Are we no longer exceptional? Jeremiah, born in 1971, has been a leader of the environmental movement since his
childhood tadpole days. This is an idea whose time has come and we should strive to make it happen. With a campaign slogan of “Rib bit, Rib bit, Rib bit,” meaning whatever he and we may wish it to mean, Jeremiah will win a resounding victory no less well deserved than was President Obama’s victory in 2009.
President Jeremiah will bring peace and joy to the world, pleasing Mother Earth and all creatures precariously living aboard at her tender mercy — even the fishes in the deep blue seas. Let us all go whole hog and give hope and change a real chance. Gaia requires no less.
(This article was also posted at Dan Miller’s Blog.)
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