We are Property

FILE -- In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, a pair of inmates are seen in their cell in the Secure Housing Unit at the Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. California prison officials with the backing of a federal health care receiver are seeking court permission to force-feed inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike that is entering its seventh week. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

BREAKING NEWS! If you live in the United States, they own you! It’s a pity you can’t own yourself, isn’t it?

In the US state of California, a federal judge ruled that federal officials can force feed someone on a hunger strike. In other words, if you would like to peacefully protest, the federal government is obliged to violently suppress your rights. Now, you might read through the article I linked and decide that it sounds fair (the author certainly make it out to be), but let’s take a closer look.

The ruling basically states that if you’re on a hunger strike and did not sign some sort of release form, the government will force feed you, provided you are too weak to tell them not too . That’s all fair and good, but this release form is a little sketchy. For one, if they “reasonably believe” that you were forced to sign the form, they will stop your peaceful protesting. Also, “Do-not-resuscitate orders signed by a hunger striker at or near the beginning of the strike or during the hunger strike would automatically be deemed invalid.” In other words, it’s okay if you protest us, as long as you let us know in advance so we can prepare to do everything to stop you. The government can stop you’re hunger strike forcefully unless you give them a heads up that you’re doing one. Then they can stop your constitutional right by preparing to do so with their heads up. Who’s to say they”ll even tell you about the form? There is no law about that. You might just start you hunger strike not even aware about such a rule.

So what does that signify for human rights? It means the government owns you. You have suddenly lost the right to manage your own body and decide whether it lives or dies, starves or eats. It means that you don’t have the right to your own choices for your body, the government does. You are it’s citizen, right? This is almost as silly as laws against suicide. You can mess with your own property, but not the government’s. Oh no. That body of yours is just a tool for the US government to generate census data with.

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