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February 19, 2009

It's Bigger than Wall Street, Worse than the Economy, and It Requires Anger

by Rafe Pilgrim, February 2009

     The greed, lust for power, and madness pervade beyond the investment bankers of Wall Street and corrupt corporations a la Enron, to the politicians of whatever partisan persuasion we support with such high fervor, to the Ivy League which grooms America's leader class (yes, you read that right), to the churches and temples that support each their own sanctified treachery outside their thick stone walls while sharing moral sanctimony within those walls, to the plethora of peace organizations, each prizing its own agenda, insisting upon its particular nuanced message and dedicated to its institutionalization above all else, then to -- most tragically -- the electorate of this once republic that is insensate to its own best interests or can't be bothered to insist upon decent governance.

     Why, people, why do the ninety-plus percent who suffer the pleasure of a greed mongering and treacherous elite not unite in behavior to gain us decent government?  Do we lack the brains to perceive the need, the energy for the effort, the articulation for the voice?  Must the abuse -- before we elect to do the right thing -- become so monstrous that we must battle in the streets of our neighborhoods to survive? 

     How many more kids will we sacrifice in the wars of lies and greed?  How many more millions need to be slaughtered by "our troops" to the disgrace of our history?  How much more are we willing to give, how much more evil are we to ignore by treacherous leaders, how much more of a "chance" will we give the new leader to escalate the slaughterous stakes in Afghanistan after seven years of brutal invasion and occupation? How much lower than 37th in the international rankings will we allow our medical system to descend? How many more millions of jobs to be exported, and how many more millions of cheap labor will be allowed illegally across our borders to drive down the pay for an honest day's work in competition with our citizens?  How many more, how much more, ad nauseam.

     What will it take to make us angry in common cause, or will we allow ourselves to be snuffed out before making the united stand for decency, for humanity, for civilization, for sanity?

     It's been over six years since a Democrat-majority Senate (including now our chief diplomatic officer, the current Secretary of State) gifted the original Decider his despotic powers, and the new Decider has evidenced little inclination to divest himself of them, or even of the original Decider's Secretary of Defense (read War).

     Why are decent Americans not massed at the steps of power in Washington in common cause to stop the treachery and madness?  Mind now, this as with all human conditions is not a static phenomenon -- it will get better only if WE make it better -- and if we do not, it will get worse.  We need to stand up with the integrity and the courage to make the choice or suffer a choice to be made for us.

     As for those who denigrate anger as of no value, unpleasant, and of no positive consequence -- it is advised that you reevaluate your position.  Anger is in fact a great, often necessary motivator.  What we need to do is unpleasant, inconvenient, even risky, not fun.  Anger will help move us to the task.  If you don't already have it, it's advised you get some.  The alternative is to abide escalation of the treachery that appears to be the logical alternative.

     We need a lot of decent people at the seat of power, insisting upon the right thing, and not going away until we get it.  I want to be just one face, one citizen in that mass of citizens justifiably outraged by what has happened to America.  For me to go alone serves no purpose however heroic (actually futile) such a stunt may appear.  Let's go together, I just one face amidst the mass necessary to influence, to put some -- yes -- fear into the power meisters, to imperil their penchant for greed and treachery, to leverage their choice -- however begrudgingly -- for decency.

     We need more anger, anger that is focus driven and purposeful.  We need stand up together and suffer the inconvenience, discomforts and risks and take back America before it is lost for us and the world forever.

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The unspeakable tragedy of suicide is assaulting military families.  Returning soldiers and veterans, unaware of the resources that exist for them, or afraid to share their nightmares with others, or unable to get meaningful help, take their own lives as their pain becomes unbearable. 
 
This is the story of just one such family.  Please share this website with everyone you know who is concerned about supporting our soldiers and saving those who return from this despicable war from the memories and the PTSD that prey on their souls. 
 
And if you can, please assist this family. 
Reach out to soldiers and veterans in your community.
Demand that your senators and congressmen pay attention to this national nightmare.
 

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WINTER SOLDIER II

SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE
     WINTER SOLDIERS....................
 
A sign of our times????
 
 
February 22, 2009
New president, changed Congress, wars rage on, billions poured into the coffers of the private contractors daily, and we the people?  Well, even many of us who call ourselves "peace activists" sit and watch and wait, trusting something will actually change.  And how's that working for us?  IT ISN'T.
 
The Following is what I had to say almost two years ago:
 
If you haven't been here in a while, you may note that the look of our site has changed. 
No more statue of liberty or red, white, and blue flags blowing in the wind. 
These have been replaced with a stone wall and a black background.
These better reflect my personal views about our work for peace against the
seemingly impervious power of a perverse president and our bought and paid for complicit, cowardly congress.
And this war is most certainly political because in our country POLITICS = $$$ and this war is all about $$$, HUGE $$$.
We the people have been priced out of the market to effect change from the grassroots.
Our media claims to be fair and balanced but mostly they are working to keep their advertisers.
Outrageously distorted "news" is bought in toto by too many of our fellow citizens who don't care to look beyond the headlines. 
Apathy is abundant.
And fear is marketed as patriotism. 
The government wants and needs us to stay stupid and scared and struggling in order to have their way with us.
Our work is clear: stay informed, be fearless, and wage peace relentlessly.
Webmother Beverley

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"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over,
their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight,
restore their government to its true principles. It is true that
in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit,
and incurring the horrors of
a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. 
If the game runs sometimes against us at home
we must have patience till luck turns,
and then we shall have an opportunity of
winning back the principles we have lost,
for this is a game where principles are at stake."  
 Thomas Jefferson, shortly after the passage of the
Sedition Act which  passed July 14, 1798.
The Sedition Act suppressed editorial criticism 
  of the U.S. president and his administration.
Jefferson opposed the Act.

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Pink sings DEAR MR. PRESIDENT

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  • END THE WAR IN IRAQ!
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