… just had Cindy Sheehan’s latest passed to me on an internal Green Party list, an article entitled The Opposite Of Good Is Apathy. After reading it, I’m now going to be paying a lot closer attention when I hear her name.
The lead, “The apathy of most of America is stunning and appalling to me.”, is just the start.
Here’s a couple more excerpts:
If we don’t get off of our collective apathetic and complacent backsides to stop the barbaric killing in Iraq, when will the next candlelight vigil be? George Bush and the evil neocons are killing our precious soldiers at the rate of 2.78 per day. By my calculations, we should be lighting our candles again and singing “Kum bah ya” by October.
If I hear one more rendition of “We Shall Overcome” and then watch the vigilers or marchers go home and turn on their TVs and crack open a brewsky, content in the fact that they have done something for peace that day, I am going to scream! We can’t overcome unless we take the proverbial bull by the horns and overcome!
and I really like this one…
Hillary Clinton told me that the “wheels of government grind slowly.” This is a tired cliche and it is unacceptable blather while the war machine is grinding the bones of our children.
… I was concerned that Cindy’s “ordinary American mom” shtick wasn’t… but, clearly, she “gets” it, the systemic nature of the problem with the Bush Administration and the neo-cons, that the problem isn’t just the war in Iraq and the soldiers dying there… but all the innocent Iraqi civilians: “By his own admission, [Dubya] is ten times the terrorist that Osama ever was. If George says 30,000 … who knows what the truthful total is. It fills me with sorrow and hurts my heart to even contemplate the number.” and damn near every other anti-policy initiative pursued by the Bush Regime:
America: this is what you are allowing your government to do in your name: Detain and torture prisoners without due process. Use chemical weapons on other members of humanity. Spy on Americans without a court order (I hope my conversations put them in a coma of boredom). Carpet bomb cities filled with human beings like yourselves.
Destroy the infrastructure of other countries. Destroy the infrastructure of American cities. Cut taxes on the rich while pouring money and blood into the thirsty sands of the Middle East. Decimate our treasury. Rape the environment. Et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum.
… “ad nauseum” is right. Every time I open up my email inbox, I’m confronted by an alert or plea about some new and emerging threat from the right… how is it possible for them to simultaneously do so many different things that are wrenchingly wrong and tragically stupid?
Hurrah for Cindy. She’s right… we really need to pick up the pace, to take the movement to the next level… America will not be moved out of its apathy by anything less than truly radical action. Bluntly, we must make the nation ungovernable in the absence of action: this means direct action and mass non-violent civil disobedience on a large scale. The “Battle of Seattle” must be repeated a hundred times, until people wake up and realize there is a severe problem, until the governing elite of this country comes to the realization that we will not go away, that the “chaos” and “anarchy” on the streets will not stop until something is done, that “business as usual” is no longer possible in the face of opposition from the anti-war movement, and pull the reins in on Dubya and his gang of thugs and cronys.