re: m19 2nd anniversary of the invasion and illegal war in iraq
take to the streets and keep them:
qualification: this is written from the perspective of the third person however the
writers feeling are meant to convey common thoughts shared by many..
my perspective as a radical/revolutionary:
ignorance i can understand but not willfull ignorance.the very same people who i would consider willfully ignorant would find me
misguided and deluded. half of them would deny that there were any problem inherent in the exsiting system- as if wage slavery, institutional genocide, school shootings, substandard education, terrorism, nuclear weapons, lack of universal health care and the decay of civilization can be so easily forgotten. the other half might admit there was a problem, but thay would shy away accepting open insurgency against the "legitimate" government as a solution. for those people working within the system or creating cliques that talk not act is their solution to change. what they have failed to realize is that when the mechanism of the state and the reactionary forces which prop it up have become so corrupted and vile as the exsiting " evil empire" backed by its legitimizer - the corperate military
industrial entertainment complex, significant change is impossible without shattering the current power structure.the trick of it all is this (and this is universally applicable) is that all sides can make reasonable and logical arguments from their points of view. therin is the problem wih politics. since it is the art of compromise, round upon round of discussion ends in no real solution being acheived. the only time that true change has
occurred has been when an indivdual or a group is willing to die and or kill for what they believed. absent that basic commitment - a commitment most are unwilling or unable to make - the exsiting system will continue its reign of terror and exploitation in one form or anotheinstitutionalizing evil.
better no life than one lived in fear.
the rationalization for these beliefs are that everything has a starting point. that in revoultuion, (revolt, revolve) there is a place where things began to turn andthat they willl at sometime or another return to that point. the turning of the wheel:
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bandw which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes thich impel
them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to
secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing to forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism. It is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such
has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.
The history of the present king of Great Britian is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend them.
He has refused to pass laws for the accommodation of large districts of people
unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time after such dissolutions to cause others to be elected, whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise, the state remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states for that purpose obstruction the laws for naturalization of foreigners, refusing to pass
others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of land.
He has obstructed the administration of justiceby refusing hiss assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount of payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat our their substance.
He has kept amoung us in times of peace standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to the civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation: for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: for protecting them by a mock trial from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states; for cutting off our trade with all parts of the world; for imposing taxes on us without our consent; for depriving us,
in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury; for transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretend offenses; for abolishing the free system of English laws in neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies; for taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments; for suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally
unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to be executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose
known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a
tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We havewarned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them that of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to theirnative justice and magnanimity and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must therefore acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, threfore, the representatives of the United States of America in general congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do in the name and by authority of the good people of
these colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these united colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states: that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them
and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contractalliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
these causes echo as loudly now as they did on the day they were writtten and
no less meaningful.
amendment 1, the bill of rights
(these are still our rights)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances.
reflecting on the overall sucess of the j20 counter inaguaral from a
revolutionary's perspective and having worked directly with my local moderateanti_______ (insert war or anything which is amongst the long list of causes that brought us together). these activists communities, for many like me who worked
within them to build an unbelievible nation and worldwide turnout it was a very vindicating moment. the hours of planning, flyers, testing new ways to accomplish things and meeting new people. i am sure at times there are those amongst us who found the the exersise a rocky road with almost every individual and group having internal agendas that at times seemed to sufficate the whole
reason we came together. that reason, that common cause was to become our "battle cry "bush has no mandate". this was a bold declaration from both moderate and radical alike to spread aloft the banner that we no longer recognize the illegal authority vested in the bush presidency. we took our message to the streets and we shared with many others in our own towns and cities and also with many others in solidarity all over the world. then we left the streets. radical and moderate alike came together and made our voices heard.
so we have patted our selves on the back, and returned to our agendas. some have kept contact and others have drifted off in to the silence in pursuit of our own version of action. again we have days ahead where there have been calls
to action, mobilizations across the country to take place on the second anniversary of this terrible lie that bleeeds our brothers and sisters lives daily. we as a movement are a reflection of the great lie that is our american society, we move from one cause to the next basking breifly in the hard fought success. we seek to commoditify our message. we search for headline grabbers and guest speakers from outside our ranks to express our motivations for taking to the streets. we should be looking within to find our rally speakers, after all it us we bring our network of friends and that provide the numbers for these days of action. it is those that organize and take the action and passsion of the protest with them and live it everyday not just act as weekend warriors. it would go a long way to stregthen and empower the movement as a whole if local organizers and activists took their individual/collective message to the stage with thepassion and drive that has brought us all to the streets to begin with. instead we pander to the center of our colalition so that there is no isolation amongst us. we invite idealogues and mouth pieces of watered down idealism to inspire us with diluted promises and tired slogans to motivate us to continue the struggle forth. we need to put our own voices out front, we need to speak on our behalf and no longer allow this sermon of meaningless rhetoric. i make these statements not as insult to anyone who may feel that i am devaluing our efforts, instead i make it as an obsevation and a suggestion.
presently we appear to ourselves and to the masses that our slogans are disposable. in doing this we seem to continuosly confuse our objectives and loose our direction not in only our eyes but in the eyes of the world. we declared on jan 20 that "bush has no mandate". did he get one between then and today? no he did not, then why do we not continue to use this for every point of dissent that we have with the existing regime? simply put bush has no mandate for war and occupation in iraq or elsewhere. this should be our voice and our
message, not the endless varations of this one and above all else important theme.
definitions of terms: moderate & radical
in writing this i wanted it to be both objective and subjective, in recent years the divide between moderate and radical has began to close, they have become common cause allies. for me a moderate is one who is willing to participate in
reform of the existing situation. one who is willing to believe that through this lie of a government and a travisty of a society that change can be achieved and a better world can reached. a radical is one who feels that a 359 degree turn of
the wheel is not enough. that only their courage or stupidity will limit thier actions in defense of their beliefs. thing is these are common beliefs that both moderate and radical alike share.
for me action is a daily thing, it is my life. it is my promise to my beliefs and as such i feel no problem with being labeled a radical. however there is no limit to action so long as it taken. if your action is as simple as putting up flyers, participating in a drum circle or manufaturing faux coffins to represent our dead brothers and sisters it just as meaningful as the actions of your radical comrades. there should be no condemnation from the from either side of our collective struggle for what actions are engaged in to further our cause. painfully put "if you want make an omeltte, you must first crack some eggs". for some this
may be a bit extreeme and for others just another day of action. the whole purpose is action on many levels and to not discrimnate over what is politically correct or doesn't alienate others within the colalition. radicals need understand and accept their role to entire cause that we are the vanguard, the militant defenders of our movement. modrates let it be said in this comparison it is the
blood and toil of the radical soldier that gives strength to our collective voice. all action should be cosidered mutually supporting of the entire cause. action should not be specific agena orientated after all we as a movement may have
individual motivtions for what brings us to the streets but it is the same street. no matter if it is globalization, anti-war, anti neo-con, gay rights, enviromentalism social structure or politics we all are fighting a common foe. action is the life blood of the movement the people is its soul.
agian i reflect back on the recent past and the growing solidarity by all elements within the sruggle. i am sure there are many others who feel similarly that j20 brought out the best in us in regards to solidarity. radical and moderate alike
organized, took the streets and in d.c . rushed check points. we stood together shoulder to shoulder on the streets of america in one common voice representing the spectrum of ideas that brought us together. for me and many of my comrades this was a rush of optimism an encouraging sensation to feel that we no longer were are alone in our struggle but that we had the strength to make a difference. we must consider the wide spread goodwill and cooperation amongst the factions as a new day in the efforts o our movement. we must continue this level of solidarity if we are to succeed in our struggle.
the world looks to us to inspire and to be a beacon yet we fail miseribly at this both our government and our people are a disappointment not just to the globe
but to us as well. we need to look at other movements in recent days to inspire our actions. we plan week-long actions and marches led by figurehead organizers and mouthpieces. we need to put our people out front and let those in the trenchs, those that are the ones that bring the turn out in numbers speak and lead these actions. the passion and the desire of those who are organizing the struggle are the ones who make it a reality, not some mediawhore shouting the rhetoric of a long dead idealism. we need orators not guest speakers. we need to speak our beliefs for our selfs. we declared in solidarity on j20 that "bush has no mandate". okay well what now? this was a bold statement or was it just more meaningless rhetoric and drivel? if this is our point of action then we need to begin organizing locally,
regionally and then nationally counter government. we have already laid our frame work by our local orgainizing committees. now we just need to again come together in a strong showing of solidarity as we did for for j20 and put into action
the the follow up to the declaration that "bush has no mandate". if he has no mandate then there is no government and we need to draft our own in dissent against the illegal one that is in power.
so we take it to the streets, we march, we chant, we listen to speechs to inspire us. then we peacibly disperse and return to our daily lives. why do we do this? has it not become evident that this is getting less and less response from the
illegal authority and the mainstream press, to them it is "well the activists are out there again and they'll be gone tomorrow until the next time". we are losing mometum and have been steadily since the 99 wto battle for seattle. the security forces of the state have developed and deployed more and more succesful means to counter the traditional tactics of the movement. by the time of last years politcal conventions the creation of free speech zones had all but sileced the voice of dissent at these traditional venues of protest.as a radical i theorize and test new means of radical direct action. i believe in the slogan "of become the media", and i engage in radical skill shares, seminars and confrences. i also look constantly for solutions to the efforts of thought police to
counter our efforts. some of these tactics are best kept secret while others are meant for us all to participate. why do we not instead of just taking to the streets
this time we keep them. we don't leave and go home we stay, i realize it is not practical for us all but for a small number to do so and for those who return to their daily lives to support those who camp out in defiance of the policies we oppose. a small cadre of of radicals and moderates alike camp out in the city sqaure or a park, supported by those who continue the daily grind would be a
powerful statement to the regime, it would be an inspiratiion to our movement. look at the ukrainian protests over their presidential elections, they protested continuously for weeks, now in lebanon the voice of dissent to syrain occupation has kept people on the streets for days. of course how could one forget the
tragedy of tiananmen square in 1989. we take to the streets and this time we keep them, we take our own media as we posses the technology to stream live or provide timely updates of the scene and with the mainstream media covering the events the puppets of authority will not dare act in violence to this demonstration of dissent. it will inspire others to participate, it will carry our
message further than we can hope. and most importantly it will hellp to educate the people that may be blind to our cause and gain their understanding and support.
let us take to the streets in the upcoming days and for those of who can lets keep them. these streets are ours not theirs, lets create our own media coverage, outreach programs, skill shares and confrences to help to continue this tactic
until our voice is irresistible. let these be peoples occupations for conventions to create our own counter government as well as a powerful statement for all to witness.
we will see eachother in the streets but this time i am i staying who will join me
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