Saturday, December 10, 2011

Was she wrong?

  International Human
  Rights Day

And to people of all nations, I say, supporting human rights is your respon-sibility too. The lives of gay people are shaped not only by laws, but by the treatment they receive every day from their families, from their neighbors. Eleanor Roosevelt, who did so much to advance human rights worldwide, said that these rights begin in the small places close to home – the streets where people live, the schools they attend, the factories, farms, and offices where they work. These places are your domain. The actions you take, the ideals that you advocate, can de-termine whether human rights flourish where you are.

I have read, with interest, some refusals of Mrs Clinton's advice in Geneva this week, anticipating this day's marking of Human Rights. I have read Mr Perry's statements; I have read fear that Mr Perry would state them. She was right to press forward.

Refusal of her advice amounts to a capitulation to a loy-alty oath, engendered by the Star Chamber (which condemned Thomas More) to incriminate one's own conscience. I grew up in a generation which suckled at the teat of self-dread on that very pretext of wisdom which conceded the indictment of deviancy, and sustained the deadly lie of voluntary identity. I watched fear corrupt every mentor I ever knew, and destroy almost every friend I ever had. It does not work. The young don't know the carrion stench of misplaced reticence. I don't want them, ever, to.


The Secretary of State
  of the United States
Palais des Nations, Geneva
December 6th, 2011


  1. I feel fortunate when I see people play.

  2. Very nice post - from all angles.

  3. Dear Linnea, Your observation takes one to so many English gerunds, and I thank you for the lead into enhancing, illuminating, expressing, invigorating, giving. You begin to see the indispensability of the right, its gorgeousness; and you are reluctant to let go.

  4. Cher F, you must take whatever you wish, in grateful fellowship.

  5. how could we not stop to think of the great Eleanor Roosevelt in today's world of "climate change", what didn't see say- Right, with Wit and Grit? One first Lady,born to be President-"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people," Mr. Perry.

  6. Here we have an elegantly stated rule tending, once more, to prove itself in the exception of its speaker. In all the unexpected 'treasury' of information discussing this lady since her death, which has come to light so often in her own words, we find only greater merit in discussing the person there identified, than we had supposed. In the case of a redundantly suppressed individual this must possibly be expected, but from all those layers of indignity (sometimes only repeated in its exploitive repeal) no one can be surprised that it is dignity that keeps flowing, brilliantly and indelibly. I believe we are something of a still point, even now, in relation to her unfolding, exemplary character.