Wednesday, November 03, 2004

"Don't Mourn, Organize"

Some encouraging words from Meteor Blades at the Daily Kos. Don't Mourn, Organize!

From the article:
Why were we in this fight in the first place? Because terrible leaders are doing terrible things to our country and calling this wonderful. Because radical reactionaries are trying to impose their imperialist schemes on whoever they wish and calling this just. Because amoral oligarchs are determined to enhance their slice of the economic pie and calling this the natural order. Because flag-wrapped ideologues want to chop up civil liberties and call this security. Because myopians are in charge of America’s future.

We lost on 11/2. Came in second place in a crucial battle whose damage may still be felt decades from now. The despicable record of our foes makes our defeat good reason for disappointment and fear. Even without a mandate over the past four years, they have behaved ruthlessly at home and abroad, failing to listen to objections even from members of their own party. With the mandate of a 3.6-million vote margin, one can only imagine how far their arrogance will take them in their efforts to dismantle 70 years of social legislation and 50+ years of diplomacy.

Still, Tuesday was only one round in the struggle. It’s only the end if we let it be. I am not speaking solely of challenging the votes in Ohio or elsewhere – indeed, I think even successful challenges are unlikely to change the ultimate outcome, which is not to say I don’t think the Democrats should make the attempt. And I’m not just talking about evaluating in depth what went wrong, then building on what was started in the Dean campaign to reinvigorate the grassroots of the Democratic Party, although I also think we must do that. I’m talking about the broader political realm, the realm outside of electoral politics that has always pushed America to live up to its best ideals and overcome its most grotesque contradictions.

Take heart, friends. The fight continues.
Dissents and Laments


Blogger Mafesto said...

Have pitty on me, for I live in a home full of Repugnants. Their political myopia, fueled by Fox news is worth pittying as well. Today I will mourn the pending hegemony, then freeze myself for the next 10 years. I might have witnessed evil at its earthly best.
Maybe activism is not enough. In a true revolution, taking up arms is imperative, especially while Republicans tighten their grip on America. I'm nauseated at the thought of this God forsaken election, and what lies ahead for humanity itself. Maybe we should organize to forcefully oust the incumbent. I've been paintballing before, so I am ready.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let’s get down to the real reason we lost because it IS something we can overcome: The Bush supporters are delusional. They believe that there were WMDs in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. They believe Kerry would turn military authority over to the UN. They believed the Democrats will ban the Bible. . . I could go on and on. They believed the lies told by the liars and they voted for the liars based upon those lies.

Yes, yes, we can justifiably blame the media for convincing people to believe those lies. But instead of being whining victims we need to organize and fight back. The people who voted for Republicans voted for a fantasy world that divides people and the world into “us” vs. “them ” by making false caricatures of the vast majority of people in the world. They find cruel comfort in that fantasy. We KNOW the truth. We KNOW the truth is on our side. The truth gets increasingly powerful the more it is told. Now we need to get out and tell it again and again until it starts to sink in.

DJ ProFusion -

1:32 PM  

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