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Democracy Will Rein!
01 Nov 2001
Modified: 02 Nov 2001
It's time to do as our forefathers had suggested: We the People need to be the check to ballance the system against (possible) tyranny!
By posting this It's possible that I'll get harassed by you all know who.
It is time, Boston, to get off our apathetic asses and do something to put the power of America in the hands of its people! We are in serious danger here. The danger of Nuclear weapons being deployed (my guess is that Israel will be first seeing as how "star wars" probably can't stop that) is real, and if that happens we as a species all lose.
There is no doubt in my mind that you'll all agree with me when I say that Democracy (note the capital 'D') needs to be rescued. What we need to have as a goal is to affect the sort of change that will permantly place not only the "official" government, but all of its "secret" components under the control of us civilians! Foreign and domestic policy is under the control of non-democratic institutions, and untill that changes, we should be ashamed to call ourselves "Americans." There is no doubt in my mind that if We the People had any say in what the various secret factions that exist within our "government" the world would not be in the mess it's in. We the People would not have chosen to stage a coup against a democratically elected Iranian leader because he felt his state, and not Brittish Petrolium, should control his nation's oil. We would not have become "the great satan" in some people's eyes. We would not have hired a Nazi war criminal (Barbie) to train others in the ways of Nazi terror. We would not have fought the Russians "to the last Afghan" and built up bin Laden and the Taliban so that Afghanistan could become a US colony, and would not have said that their mistreatment of women and religious minorities was "okay with us" (quoting a US 'diplomat' here) We would not have allowed Oliver North to sell arms to Iran, making profits for the "enterprise," arming the contras, and allowing massive amounts of cocaine to flood our poorest neighborhoods! We would not have started a racist war and inflicted genocide on an opressed people so that certain *select* people could make many more millions.
The American economy and "way of life" is very close to becoming non-existent. Those at the very top of our economic and political system (oil and weapons) will not sit by passively and watch their profits dwindle. This has already been proven in the 1930's (anyone ever hear of Ford, Hitler, and the Dearborn Independant?). There is a real possibility that in the name of profits guns will be turned on We the People by those trying to preserve their own position as world dominators. Fascism must not be allowed to gain any more strength.
It is not easy to convince our peers to get their asses off the couch, stop watching "survivor" and give a shit about their country, not as the oil and weapon barrons define it, but as We the People define it. "Patriotism" is not the uncritical acceptance of the "chosen" leaders policy and dogma, but the active participation by one to make her or his country great.
Last saturday's march was a decent beginning, but the organizers hurt the cause by championing the cause of Palestine over that of the American people. I in no way agree with nor condone the US backed terror inflicted by Israel, but nor do I condone the "Tienimen Square-style shooting of students" that one woman alledged Palestine was guilty of a couple of weeks ago. Whether that's true or not, we have to take care of what's being done in our name before we champion the cause of a free Palestinian state. Weather or not they deseve it is secondary to the issue that we shouldn't allow our "secret government," as Bill Moyers has dubbed it, to support terrorism on either side. The fact that the organizers for ANSWER made the issue of a free Palastine the major issue of the rally hurt our cause. (I mean we who want a peaceful world).
Being a person of college-age means that I don't have a whole lot of time to spare, but I am certainly willing to give two or three hours every weekend day to the cause of making America great (morally as opposed to millitarily)
I am looking forward to the BPL thing this weekend and hope that our cause makes progress. In our defense-contractor-dominated media, it's not always easy to find out where and when the next demonstration of America's power will be (I mean the power to affect change through peaceful yet vocal assertion of our opinions/rights).
I hope that people will read this and post responses to it. I try my best to educate my peers and try to get their asses of the couch, but as you all know it's not easy. Please offer some input and lets put the power to lead back into the hand of the American People.
thank you
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Weekend Events?
01 Nov 2001
Nice article Mitch. I defenatly agree that the ANSWER protest was hurt by branching off from the main idea. I also agree that the most inportant thing we can do is to get our peers motivated. Not just college age either. Personaly, Ive been working pretty hard to raise awareness at my school(Suffolk U), and I'm finally making some progress. I should be able to bring 6 or 7 people with me to the next event. Not much but we're making progress. That brings me to my innitial question. You mentioned somthing going on this weekend? I haven't heard anything, and it would be great if you could get me the info. You can either Email me, or post it up here if it isn't already on the site somewhere. Thanks
Save Democracy at Boston Public Library
02 Nov 2001
I saw some signs on the T that there is supposed to be an event on Saturday at the Copley library entitled "Saving Democracy" from 9 am to 5 pm. It is not on their website, though, so I don't know if it was cancelled or what.