From Lefti on the News.
I wrote the other day about the (lack of) reaction of various liberal blogs to this weekend’s antiwar demonstrations. So imagine my surprise, in the midst of a well-written post entitled “Shame” by Daily KOS co-blogger “georgia10,” when I found this among a long list of things georgia10 was ashamed of:
“I am ashamed of my fellow Americans. Ashamed that they haven’t flooded the streets.”
Really? Just to be sure, I checked not just Daily KOS itself, but georgia10’s “diary page” back as far as Friday, March 10. Not a word about the then-impending demonstrations, not to urge readers to attend them nor even to mention them.
And now georgia10 is “ashamed” that Americans haven’t “flooded the streets.” Check the mirror, georgia10.
After reading the post by georgia10, and scanning the hundreds of comments, here’s my advice – don’t mourn, organize. And please… stop moaning. Endless anguishing with no possibility of hope is counter-productive at best and really annoying at worst.
“I am ashamed” is repeated many times. Did you do these things, georgia10? Well of course you didn’t. So why accept responsibility for them?
Nowhere in the post or the comments did I see actual plans for action or concrete ideas on what to do. Instead it’s just defeatist.
This is not America. I refuse to accept it. America doesn’t torture. America doesn’t jail people incommunicado for years. America doesn’t sit idly by as an entire people are exterminated in Darfur. America doesn’t stifle science. America doesn’t conduct massive, secret spying on innocent citizens.
Excuse me, but that is precisely what America IS doing. So what do you plan to do about it?
True Americans–coast to coast, young and old–now bow their heads silently in collective shame for a nation that has lost its way.
Ah, I see, you’ll just roll over and play dead, moaning ‘all is lost.’
Bloggers need to get out from behind their keyboards and start organizing and getting involved. That’s the way to create real and lasting change. As a side benefit, you’ll feel better, more optimistic and energized. There’s a huge number of groups and organizers out there now. Be a part of it. Join the movement. You’ll find the changes you so long for to happen are happening, and happening now. Then may find your hopelessness has vanished, and has been replaced by optimism.