Monday, September 13, 2004

The revolution will not be televised...

... but it WILL NOT BE SILENCED.

EDIT 07/08/05: The one that started it all...

Welcome to the inaugural post of my new online rant. This weblog exists with only one purpose in mind - to expose the hypocrisy, lies, distortions, and deceits of the right wing attack machine and their media lapdogs. This pestilence has been allowed to fester and consume America for far too long, and the time has come for its elimination by whatever means necessary. This is not a site for converting moderates or swaying undecided voters. If you're still undecided after the last four years, you don't deserve a role in the electoral system. George W. Bush is by far the worst, most destructive, divisive, elitist, cronying, toadying, morally-bankrupt president in American history. And I'm here to do my part to ensure his defeat in November. And, should the unthinkable happen and he manages to steal another election, I'm here to make sure the streets of our cities erupt in hte fires of revolution. I WILL NOT stand by and let a group of fascist corporate brownshirts destroy my country without a fight. We Democrats have sat idly by and watched our party descend into mediocrity and ineffectiveness. We have let the word "liberal" become synonymous with "weak," "spineless," "un-American," while the American flag has been co-opted by those whose goals are to eliminate freedom and democracy and spread their twisted vision of a theological police state where dissent and free thought are crushed beneath the jack-booted heels of a corporate-controlled private army.

As Thomas Jefferson put it, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." The history of our country is a history of oppression and revolution, of injustice and struggle. Our cities are built on the blood, sweat, and tears of the working class. Our entire 200+ year existence is a class struggle, a systematic effort to exploit the poor and the laborers to line the pockets of the rich. And our history is filled with patriots and workingmen who declared that enough was enough, that our rights as a people would not be usurped by the rich and the powerful. Men like James Otis who fanned the flames of revolution against Britain, saying in 1762:

"I am forced to get my living by the labour of my hand; and the sweat of my brow, as most of you are and obliged to go thro' good report and evil report, for bitter bread, earned under the frowns of some who have no natural or divine right to be above me, and entirely owe their grandeur and honor to grinding the faces of the poor..."

Men like Daniel Shays, who led a ragged band of seven hundred farmers against the Massachusetts militia, in protest of the treatment of Revolutionary soldiers following the war. Men like Nat Turner, David Walker, and Frederick Douglass who refused to accept that the color of a man's skin made him inferior to whites. Men like John Brown, who defiantly stated before his execution,

"I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood."

Men like Henry MacNeal Turner, who stood up to the Georgia State Legislature when it voted to expel all Negro members, saying:

"I am here to demand my rights, and to hurl thunderbolts at the men who would dare to cross the threshold of my manhood."

Women like Sarah Grimke, who fought for equal rights for women across the country, who wrote in her "Letters on the Condition of Women and the Equality of the Sexes" in the 1830's that:

"I ask no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our bretheren is that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on the ground which God has designed us to occupy.... To me it is perfectly clear that whatsoever it is morally right for a man to do, it is morally right for a woman to do."

Men like William Lloyd Garrison, who used his paper, the Liberator, to denounce his government's imperialistic war against Mexico, saying:

"Every lover of Freedom and humanity, throughout the world, must wish them the most triumphant success... We only hope that, if blood has had to flow, that it has been that of the Americans, and that the next news we shall hear will be that General Scott and his army are in the hands of the Mexicans.... We wish him and his troops no bodily harm, but the most utter defeat and disgrace."

Garrison knew that support of one's country involves more than blind obedience and support of its policies. He knew that living in a free society means that we as citizens have an obligation to speak out when our country seeks to betray the ideals of its formation. He knew that support of an unjust cause is tantamount to betrayal of our country, a lesson that half our population refuses to learn.

Men like George Henry Evans, who wrote "The Working Men's Declaration of Independence," stating that:

"The laws... have deprived nine tenths of the members of the body politics, who are not wealthy, of the equal means to enjoy 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"

Women like the factory workers in Lowell, Massachusetts, who led a strike in 1836 to demand better working conditions. Men and women like the shoemakers of Lynn, whose 1860 strike spread throughout New England and announced to factory owners across the country that their workers would no longer suffer in silence while the owners reaped huge profits on the backs of their labors.

The heart of America lies in the labor union, and the heart of the labor union lies with the Democratic Party. We stand up for those abused and persecuted, forced into an existence no better than slavery by the greed and cold indifference of the wealthy and powerful. And I am proud to call myself one. I fight for the working class, for people who have every bit as much a right to prosperity and property as those who build mansions with money they didn't earn and don't deserve, whose fortunes arise from their exploitation of the employees who struggle in their stores and companies, working ten, twelve, fourteen hours a day only to watch their families falling into poverty and despair. I fight for those working two jobs and picking through garbage and the trash of the affluent for scraps of civilization. I fight for the powerless. I fight for the underdog. And I will not stop so long as I have the strength to continue.

As long as there are corporations posting record profits while laying off thousands of workers, I will keep fighting. As long as there are small businesses being driven out of work by Wal-Mart and small farms being driven under by Monsanto, I will keep fighting. As long as there are hypocrites who claim the mantle of Christianity while preaching hatred and bigotry, I will keep fighting.

November 2 is approaching fast, and we have a chance to stop the desecration of America by the greedy and powerful. We have a chance to send these pathetic excuses for human beings back into the shadows. We have a chance to strike back against the forces of intolerance and hatred. We have a chance to show these right-wing assholes what true power looks like. We better not waste it.

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