The Sweet Taste of Genocide
This is not the first time in our history that the government has effectively declared war on a minority of its citizens (the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two comes to mind) but it is unquestionably the first time that the propaganda has been so effective, so horrific in its family-destroying effects, that many members of a targeted genetic minority group have been persuaded to cooperate enthusiastically with a scheme for eugenic extermination of their children.
"Families Cheer as Autism Bill Passes," reports Newsweek magazine:
The article contains this charming quote:
"It's a very sweet moment," says Jon Shestack, cofounder of Cure Autism Now and father to Dov, 14. "This is drafted by parents, it's driven by families and parents. It's not corporate lobbyists. It's really the power of the people to influence their representatives. So from that point of view, just to know that if you're an American who has a good cause and a lot of tenacity, you can get something done."
Well, I'd put it a bit differently... If you're a rich American who has ridiculously medieval prejudices about autistic people being soulless empty shells and so forth, and you're surrounded by a sick crowd of wannabe child murderers who are constantly reinforcing your repulsive attitudes, and your allies include influential media executives who have no qualms about abusing their corporate position to spread those hateful prejudices far and wide (like a broadcast spreader with a full load of bovine organic fertilizer), you can brag about how successfully you've put us on the brink of the largest genocide ever committed.
But let's talk for a moment about the power of the people. Kathleen Seidel has a post on the Neurodiversity Weblog about how to send comments to the US government regarding the use of the budgeted money. Those funds are not automatically designated for eugenics research; if we make enough noise, we may be able to divert at least some of the money to positive uses. So get busy writing comments, people! And if there's anyone on our side who has experience writing grant proposals, maybe we can get our hands on some of the autism awareness money and use it for pro-neurodiversity ads.
It's not yet time to despair; it's time to strategize.