By Chinedu Ezeocha for Ezeocha Post
Originally Published on Monday October 20, 2014 at 1:57 AM CT
Annise Parker; the Mayor of Houston is a lesbian. That is the choice she made for herself. We Houstonians love her as both a person and as a politician. And that was why we elected and re-elected her into the hallowed Office of the Mayor of the City of Houston.
Annise Parker is first an American, and then a member of the Democratic Party. Being an American and a politician, I have no doubt in my mind that Mayor Parker is very familiar with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America which prohibits the making of any law or decree or ordinance to abridge the freedom of speech of any U.S. citizen.
I am not an expert in American history. But I know a little more than the average Joe about the past of the United States. And from the little that I know, I can say that dating back to the early 20th Century, the only time an elected official have tried to suppress, through the powers of his or her office, the rights of other citizens to freedom of speech, is during the era of Joe McCarthy. Joe McCarthy was an eccentric senator from Wisconsin who saw almost everyone with opposing ideas to his as a communist or a communist sympathizer who deserves to be treated as enemy of the United States. And Joe McCarthy was a Republican.
Republicans are known for making laws to disenfranchise citizens from their voting rights just because they vote Democratic Party; they are known for thinking that only them have monopoly of wisdom and love for ole America, and of course, Republicans have this weird inkling that if democracy doesn’t work for them, then fuck democracy. Forgive my French. Why else would an elected official in Jefferson County, in the beautiful state of Missouri call for military coup d’état to remove President Obama from power?
Those kind of stuff are what Republicans are known for. It’s atypical of Democrats. Hence my surprise, the surprise of every lettered man, and the surprise of every constitutional law scholar at what Mayor Annise Parker is doing in the City of Houston, trying to be a ‘modern day authoritarian in a democracy,’ by demanding that preachers bring to her sermons they have written to preach in their churches for her approval [first] before they can preach it in their various churches. Because she want to filter anti-LGBT rhetoric [If any] from the sermons the preachers have penned down to preach to their congregation before they can go ahead and preach her approved version.
By Chinedu Ezeocha for Ezeocha Post
Originally Published on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 1:37 AM CT
There used to be a time, not too long ago, that if an American walks into a bar in a foreign country and introduces himself as such, that people naturally warm up to him. There existed a happy combination of feelings of awe and affection towards the person, not because of the person’s built, beauty, or flamboyancy, but simply because he represents America, a global force for good; America, the beacon of hope for the world; America, the publicly dismissed but privately acknowledged world police that guarantees global stability and protects the vulnerable. Imperfect and often accused of pursuing realist’s national interests anytime it stages humanitarian intervention in any foreign land, yet there existed no doubt in the mind of majority of the world’s population what America stands for because America projects, protects, and defend the Universal Human Rights.
In Nigeria of the 90s, at the peak of the human rights abuses and violence that plagued the country at the hands of the military junta, people, of which I was one, hopefully believed that America will intervene with its unrivalled military might, salvage the situation and steer the country on the right course. America didn’t intervene militarily in Nigeria. The deciders determined that apples served on a plate by Brazilian models would rid Nigeria of a dictator. But that hopeful believe in America as agent of democracy and in America’s compassion towards the oppressed was shared among citizens of most troubled spots worldwide.
But gone are the days. America now seem ordinary. And no longer exceptional. Gone are the days.
There used to be a time when the image of a man was the rough-shaven, macho, tough-looking, albeit, handsome guy donning his wrangler denims and cowboy boots, and carrying his ropes across his chest as he rides on his horse back. Remember the cowboy that graced the Marlboro advert on the back cover page of every mainstream magazine? The Marlboro Man.
Back in those days, when men get into a brawl, throw punches at each other, wrestle one another to the floor, and even bloody the face of one another; they make up afterwards over a bottle of beer and shake hands. There will be no police involvement. And there will not be any charges of assault. Rather a reflection of what caused the fight establishes a better understanding between them, life goes on, and friendship continues. That was the norm when men, God’s original creation, were men.