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Defeatism is not a good tactic

From Lefti on the News.

Liberal blogs and the demonstrations, part II

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 Then may find your hopelessness has vanished, and has been replaced by optimism.

  • Daniel Rivera-Franqui

    george10 (I hope you read it here)…

    “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.”

    Does he have a f*cking clue? Did he just wake up the other day after a 100 year sleep? The United States have done all that for decades! Ask Pedro Albizu Campos, a Puerto Rican independence patriot that not only was he arrested for something terribly illegal, say, speaking out against the colonial government (i.e. the USA), he was also tortured in jail, had experiments done on him with radiation (see Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoades) and basically kept him in jail for the latter part of his life.

    Or have him look into the Cerro Maravilla massacre in 1978, in which Puerto Rican police, AIDED BY THE FBI, set up a couple of pro-independence youths and killed them in cold blood. How about the Ponce Massacre, in which people, just marching peacefully on Palm Sunday, had military police shoot on them by orders of the USA appointed government in Puerto Rico? Does Filiberto Ojeda Rios ring a bell to you? He might have fought for independence the wrong way but he was also killed in cold blood just 6 months ago.

    How about the “carpetas” or thousands upon thousands of folders and files the FBI and the CIA through local pro-statehood cooperation kept on the activities on anyone who was pro-independence. You had a Puerto Rican flag on you car? The FBI opened a file on you. You disagreed with the US government? Another file on you. The FBI paid people to infiltrate pro-independence groups, incited them to speak out loudly against the USA and then gave the FBI reasons to launch investigations on the independence movement. Oh, and the FBI also put bombs on various parts of the island and the USA and blamed it on the pro-independence movement.

    How about pro-independence fighters being held in solitary for long periods of time? Having their sentences extended way beyond what would be given any other American?

    And by the way… this started way back in the 1940’s. So, don’t feed me that crap about America not torturing people, not holding them incommunicado for years, and all of that. They’ve done it FOR DECADES in Puerto Rico, so it’s stupid that now you’re refusing to accept it. We, the pro-independence movement have refused US attacks on Puerto Rican soil since 1898.