Sunday, March 19, 2006

Our Government is laughing at us. Where is everyone?

The people should not be afraid of their government. The government should be afraid of the people. From V is for Vendetta, the number one movie at the box office about a government overthrown by the people. Is this movie an attempt to wake us up before our government walks us off a cliff? The majority of the people in this country want us out of Iraq yet the people in the streets today did not reflect those numbers. Planned protests were held around the world to mark the third anniversary of Bushies Iraq folly. We must get into the streets to stop them from laughing. The only way we are ever going to get our troops home is to force the hand of these crazy people running away with our democracy. We must get into the streets in huge numbers. The Vietnam war finally ended as the government saw more and more people marching against the war. People went into the streets and the government stopped laughing. We must repeat the anti-war marches of the 60's if we hope to save our country. We must take our power back before it is too late.


Blogger Wake Up America Podcast said...

Nancy and I saw the movie. It's great to feel a sense of power from the people even if it's only during a movie. I agree, now we have to make it happen. One of the obstacles however is the media. About 150,000 of us marched in Washington last year with almost zero press coverage. I think the media has to be a part of the solution. In the movie, V launches his plan by taking over the British airwaves. That will only happen in a movie.
We'll have to think about that one.

7:34 AM  
Blogger defenestrati said...

I agree that marching is one of the best ways to effect change. Others include civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance.

Concerning marching, I believe it's important to march not just anywhere, but upon the places where people in power are physically located. Nothing scares the hell out of a politician like a sea of angry citizens...

... and with rare exceptions, fear of the people is the only thing that has ever moved any government to act in the interests of its citizenry. Even a cursory look at history will show that NO positive change has EVER taken place without popular uprisings. Such uprisings have often been violent, but with persistence and careful planning, peaceful marches and demonstrations have also worked.

Positive change happens only when the citizenry asserts its dominance over tyranny with repeated and assertive shows of force in numbers.

We need to organize, and then to organize our organizations into a cohesive movement of marchers willing to march on Washington before midterm elections and at a time when both the President and Congress are physically there.

2:12 PM  
Blogger defenestrati said...

Brian, maybe we should consider truly alternative media. None of this is new, of course.

One way to make marches more visible is a single standard bumper sticker-- something BIG, dayglo, noticeable, that says "I WILL MARCH ON WASHINGTON ON [such and such date] FOR REGIME CHANGE IN AMERICA [or some other, better stated goal]." It has to be a single standard sticker in a certain visible and unusual color so that when people look around, they can easily see that lots of people around them are all share this common purpose. A standard shirt design, too, maybe... not a uniform, but something like the kind of shirt everyone wore during the Olympics in Atlanta.

Word of mouth, too. Encourage all members of every organization with which you come in contact to tell everyone they know that they are going to march on such-and-such a day, and ask everyone to join them. Ask everyone-- including that guy at Subway who just made your sandwich. Maybe make up little cards or flyers like the fundamentalists do.

Telvision is powerful, but it's not quite everything.

2:27 PM  

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