About a week ago I started feeling the symptoms of an influenza virus. Since then, my wife has come down with a similar affliction. In fact, a number of our friends have been struck down with this virus and we're walking around with that vapid, NyQuil look on our faces. My mind is blurry and everything around me seems to be moving very slowly.
I haven't been able to spend much time paying attention to the news, in fact, paying attention to anything for too long seems far out of my reach and isn't a skill I possess today.
I did learn, though, that Attorney General Al "Torture Memo" Gonzalez, head of our Injustice Department had ordered his minions to appeal the decision made by the courts that would have forced the U.S. Treasury to make our currency accessible.
So, for the second time in six months, the United States federal government stands apart from the rest of the world on issues involving disability. First, the nation to which I pay taxes elected to opt out of the International Convention on Human Writes and People with Disabilities as John Bolton, presumably ordered by President Bush, refuse to sign the international treaty on people with disabilities. Our government doesn't believe that we deserve the same civil rights as afforded to us in the rest of the "free" world.
So, to add insult to injury, AG Gonzales elects to appeal the one good thing that's happened for blind people this year. The NFB case against Target was an excellent accomplishment this year but that battle was between blind people and the private sector -- the Injustice Department is responsible for upholding the Constitution and in this case has chosen to ignore the equal protection under the laws section of the Bill of Rights as it applies to us blinks.
Nearly every other democracy in the world has accessible money. To my knowledge, no nation outside of the US that claims to be a free and open society discriminates in this way but, then again, I don't believe that any other democracy celebrates a genocidal maniac like Andrew Jackson on their currency either.
At least for not being rounded up and forced onto reservations.
I think it's time for this country to wake up and recognize that people with disabilities have the right to be independent. I admit that I rarely encounter a time when there isn't somebody I trust around to identify my money for me. What is missed, however, are the large number of jobs that require an employee to handle and sort currency. Given an accessible terminal and accessible money a blink could work as a bank teller, in the counting rooms in Las Vegas and in lots of other cash-based jobs.
I recommend that BC readers write to the Justice Department expressing disgust with their decision to appeal this ruling. On this matter, I respectfully disagree with my friends at the NFB and I strongly support my friends at ACB, I just wish we could all work together toward the common goals of achieving greater independence for us blinks and other people with disabilities