|Get Off Your Ass and Do Something! |
Author: Stephen DeVoy
|25, January, 2004
A thick gloom has set in. As if beaten into submission by the corporatist media the dissidents among us have become increasingly silent. Bush's psychological war on Americans appears to have succeeded. We have become withdrawn, quiet and beneath the surface we smolder. Nary an anti-Bush bumper sticker can be seen, despite the fact that thousands are available online. Nary an anti-Bush button can be seen, though a Google search will reveal their availability. Unless you walk through the streets of Cambridge or Berkeley, you will see nothing of dissent and even there it is muffled.
National organizations have wasted our time, effort and finances on mega-protests that serve more as sexual climaxes for dissent. This has been the modus operandi of those leading us on the road to no where. Unless we pack together in numbers, we seem too cowardly to raise a middle finger to the dictator. Enough! Get off your ass and do something!
What we need are prolonged, effective and distributed activities. We need to make dissent ubiquitous. It should be impossible to get from point A to point B in the United States without seeing some sign of dissent. There are enough of us to make this a reality, yet we remain silent. Money is no excuse. Some of the best dissident propaganda I have seen has taken the form of a handwritten note pinned to a jacket with a safety pin. An American flag can be pinned upside down on the back of your shirt. If you can't afford a flag, I'm sure you'll see a FReeper's car in some fashion plaza with a tattered flag dirty from the abuse of a false patriot. Consider it a form of harvesting. After all, they've been ripping the stickers off of your car. Pay back is a bitch!
And if symbols are not your choice, use your mouth and use it frequently. Stand on the corner of a busy street and shout obscenities about the bastards that have stolen your liberty and have sent your family members marching off to an illegal and unjust war. I've done it. My friends have done it. You can do it too. If you do not have the courage to stand up and express your indignation, then you are getting what you deserve. However, there are those among us that do have the courage and do not deserve to have our freedom trampled upon and your silence is adding to the weight of the fascist boot. If you don't value yourself enough to stand up, then stand up for those that you love, stand up for your children, stand up for your friends that surely will be sent off to war and death for the benefit of the evil men in Washington and stand up for the generations to come, because if you don't, maybe no one will.
Don't wait for the blessing of your "leaders." Get off your ass and do something!
If you take public transportation, buy some poster board, make a sign and tape it on the inside of the window of the train or bus, message facing outward. If you are worried about being arrested, do it as you exit the vehicle.
If you work in a tall building, make a thousand fliers and toss them out the window on a windy day.
If you live near a freeway overpass, make a sign and affix it to a bridge over the freeway.
Bring a marker to the public restroom and do what you must.
Remaining silent is the work of cowards. Raise a middle finger to the dictator and salute him with gusto! Hitler would never have remained in power if he were saluted thusly.
Get off your ass and do something!
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