6.07.2005

volunteers of america...

You know the next line, right? Bill Moyers says the revolution starts now.

Common Dreams has published the text of Moyers's speech at the recent "Take Back America" conference, sponsored by the Institute for America's Future. It's a brilliant compendium of what's going on in this country, and why we must resist it. Moyers quotes Jared Diamond, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, David Shipler, Mark Shields, and his own "Listening to America" series, to make his many intertwined points. He also refers to our spiritual guide, the ancestor to our struggle, one Thomas Paine.

It's long, but worth all your time. If we want short, easily digestible slogans, we can turn on CNN. Issues and real answers take time. Go. Read. Watch. Fight.

3 comments:

G said...

Something for everyone to read.

In honor of its one millionth visitor, Today In Iraq has today released one of its rants from 2003. How relevant it still rings today:

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We have lost this war. It doesn’t matter that the administration redefines success, or finds new factors to blame for their own failures. We have lost.

We lost diplomatically before the first shot was fired. Where America once had friends and allies, we are now alone and isolated. We no longer lead the Free World; the Free World treats us as a pariah and we lead a motley assembly of hopeful opportunists and mercenaries. The opportunists will be disappointed and the mercenaries will disappoint us.

We lost militarily. We overpowered a conventional army that wouldn’t fight but we created an insurgent army that will fight us where none existed before. We gave the world’s sympathy to people who want to kill us and destroy our nation.

People once said Americans lost their innocence in Vietnam. In Iraq we have lost our honor. We justified an aggressive war on conquest based on falsehoods as flimsy as the Nazis justified the conquest of Poland on a fictional incident at Sender Gleiwitz. While the American media believed those lies, the rest of the world did not. It might be worth remembering that in 1939, only the Germans believed Goebbels.

We have disgraced our profession of arms. We have a shoot-on-sight policy for our enemies. We kill bystanders, pay blood money and call it “cultural awareness.” We kidnap families as hostages, call them “detainees,” and believe that information extracted under such circumstances is “intelligence.” We have lowered the standards for actionable intelligence to the point where we feel justified to use lethal force in two simultaneous raids, hundreds of miles apart, to kill the same man.

We have lost but we don’t know it yet.
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Please everyone visit this site. It stands as a defining document, and archive, of this war in this time.

Julia B said...

L-Girl: I read Moyers every chance I get. That is a brilliant article.

G: I read that site also. It is indeed very powerful.

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