is your home, so you believe.
visitor stops at your door and knocks. You go to the
door and, before you can say, Hello, he or she enters,
is wonderful, beautiful. We can use it!
visitor is talking, but not to you - you who wait, standing
in wonder, think this is unreal. You start to speak
but you hear the voice of the visitor. Is the visitor
calculating? What is going on, you think.
visitor walks back to the door, steps out, closes the
door, and while you think about moving to the door or
moving to the window, move one foot in front of another,
step out of the space where you have remained, a spectator
to your own submission… the door opens again. The Imperialist
Machine does not wait! It always thinks in terms of
MOVEments, for the visitor re-enters the house
followed by others. Hundreds, thousands, millions of
others replicate the visitor, make themselves at home,
set up businesses in various rooms, set up a sanctuary,
and a prison encampment area in case the former owner
becomes disgruntled, angered.
You and yours can work for us!
you are not asked how you feel, what you think, what
are your goals and aspirations. The spokesperson among
the visitors says, Mine! Ours! All the voices behind
him or her in chorus, say, Ours!
become villages, urban communities, and “sovereign”
nations. The villages, urban communities, and “sovereign”
nations become “mine” and “ours” because the Greek thinkers,
physicians, mathematicians had said “mine” and “ours.”
and “ours,” matter-of-factly, normally, universally
raised the Roman Empire, enslavement and genocide, Napoleon’s
army, Hitler’s and Mussolini’s fascist regimes.
oppressed and development of the discourse on war accompanies
each delusional idea of Ming-like conquest of lands,
resources, and people. People frozen at the point of
occupation begin to hear talk from the occupiers about
defense. We are being shot at. We are being attacked!
occupiers forget, conveniently, that they invaded the
house, the village, community, and nation. The occupiers
develop discourse around defending new-found territory,
goals, and the flag. Troops, tanks, missiles,
bombs, drones, and hundreds of thousands of troops arrive.
Convoys of private contractors pull up, equipped to
shoot-to-kill. Surveillance agencies set up surveillance
equipment and whisper in the ears of your friends and
neighbors, and co-workers. Money passes from one hand
to the others.
on the enemy circulates with your picture, and
lists of similar folk who similar to the enemy
are exchanged and cross referenced at secret locations
among personnel who are hidden in behind gates and armed
guards. Targets similar to the occupied home, village,
community, nation are circled on maps.
occupiers forget the original scene that led to the
war. Occupiers forget that the insurgency is responding
to the occupation of home, village, community, and nation.
The power to formulate and disseminate a discourse on
defense, security, murders first the truth of the original
of sight, out of mind! Citizens learn the history of
defense. All the new comers to the narrative of defense
believe with all their hearts that they are defending
cross, diplomatic advisors, and military attaché are
today’s troops, F-16s, drones, and the corporations.
This land is your land; this land is my land…
rise of corporate capitalism’s global domination is
as old a revolution as the crime of deceit by the few
securing “peace” while spreading poverty among the many.
They want what’s “mine” and “ours”!
is not resistance. To seek integration by requesting
the return of a corner or even a room of the house,
to request time at the dining room table, time in the
kitchen, at the stove to cook a meal that is not for
the occupier’s family, to crowd into a corner or room
in the house, and then accept gratefully, permission
to attend a school intended to educate the occupier’s
children with a curriculum giving primacy to the occupier’s
history of defense, is not resistance. It is insanity!
resist is to take back the home or remain forever a
second-class citizen, an “other,” always subject to
the economic and legal apparatus of the occupier, economic
and legal apparatuses established to secure more and
more and protect and extend the gap between the occupier
and the oppressed.
fight the wars on behalf of the occupier, wasting valuable
time and energy for the occupier’s electoral process,
voting for the occupier’s appointed “peoples’” candidates
is to engage in mindless battles intended to further
enrich the occupiers while assuring the oppressed forget
its own right to exist outside this insane paradigm.
U.S. spends more on defense
in the 21st Century than the “next 17 top-spending countries
combined,” writes Dan Fromkin, (“Second to None,” Huffington
Post, September 2011). Nick Turse writes, “whatever
tactical successes have been achieved by the U.S. military
in Iraq and Afghanistan have paled in comparison to
strategic failures that have resulted in wheel-spinning
occupations that continues to this day” (Alter Net,
September 13, 2011). The wars have their “success stories,”
he continues. “Companies behind the Aerospace Industries
Association and its corporate chiefs…have seen the most
success over the last 10 years of foreign conflict.”
is big business. Profitable business!
of trillions of dollars are consolidated within the
hands of the economic top one-tenth of one percent of
the population…U.S. millionaire households now have
over $46 trillion in wealth, yet only one tenth of one
percent of the population makes over #1 million per
year” while over “50 million” Americans rely on food
stamps and “62 million have zero or negative net worth
and 64% of Americans have less than $1000 saved” (“The
Richest 0.1% Have Launched A War On Us,” Ampedstatus.org,
September 8, 2011).
the meantime, at the President’s discretion, Presidential
Directive 51 could put 400.000 NorthCom’s troops “on
the streets of the United
States in times of an emergency”
(Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, September
10, 2011). What is an “emergency”?
Security Presidential Directive 51 defines a ‘catastrophic
emergency’ as ‘any incident, regardless of location,
that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties,
damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population,
infrastructure, environment, economy, or government
definition of a “catastrophic emergency” aptly describes
imperialism around the world: mass casualties, damage,
or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure,
environment, economy, or government function…
We create this discourse on acceptable violence! Do
not fight back! Accept the coup!
must remember the late historian and activist, Dr. Howard
Zinn, when he explained that his love was for the country,
for the people, “not for whatever government happened
to be in power” (You
Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History
of Our Times). The government, he continues,
“is an artificial creation, established by the people
to defend the equal right of everyone to life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.” To defend the equal
right of everyone…
a government betrays those democratic principles, it
is being unpatriotic. A love of democracy would then
require opposing your government. It would require being
‘out of order.’
…Being out of order!
disruption of this insanity is the only option! Young
Americans have to come to see the insanity in reform
or in the electoral process. Young Americans are saying
NO! Young Americans have forged sites of resistance
in cities throughout the U.S. They are organizing and
educating themselves. They are linking their courage
and commitment to the millions of people globally who
have said No!
NO! You want your home back! You want democracy, freedom,
and justice! You want an end to the Empire’s discourse
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