Where do we go from here?
THE DAILY RADICAL
Where do we go from here?
I’m not one to come up with good idea’s. My creativity is not as consistent as it used to be. Could be that age thing. But I still try. On occasion I blurt out something in a group setting hoping someone will take a-hold of my comment and do something with it. “That’s such a good idea dude. Why didn’t I think of it?” So when I think of where we are at presently after Saturdays DNC vote, I draw a blank as to what to do. At the moment, I’m not into really doing anything since the salt from the wound inflicted upon me and many others still stings. My pain level has to subside significantly before I do anything-just as if I broke my ankle. Or as in a true occurrence 1 year ago-walk again after fracturing my hip in a bike accident (hit by drunk driver). Injuries take awhile to heal. And indeed the sustained injury from Saturday has yet to have any level of pain subside. But if this was a boxing match you would get up off the canvas and try a few hard punches in return-with some success. Laying down and giving up was not an option. ■
But here is the thought I wrestle with: I’m wondering how to get back at these bastards that gave the 99% a swift kick in the rear. I really don’t want to continue to lay down and allow someone to continue hitting me while I’m down on the ground. I have strong intentions to figure out how to get a few punches in myself and return the bleeding. ■
The first thought that comes to mind in this case is to organize some sort of massive outrage directly at those who inflicted this injury. But my audience is small by contrast to what is really needed. But at least I can set the thought in someones mind. It may be true that those who inflicted this injury can be made to understand and suffer the consequences of this voting decision. There have been successes in the past related to a decision-reversed due to a massive outrage. I think back to my days of participating in logging protests in the Northwest and having success with legal challenges. That thought is forever etched in my brain. But in the back of my mind the thought is to hit back twice as hard. Why? Because we are being ripped off (in a sense) from a government that belongs to us. The question is how do we get it back? ■
The first thing that seems to be the obvious response is to form a third party and get the hell out of the Democratic Party. That is a given. Time and time again voters have repeated their disgust at corporate money in the political system. It is a cancer. They want it eliminated to bring themselves above the other political party that never saw a political contribution it didn’t like. But to working people, single mothers, students, poor people, environmentalists, etc, dirty money is just that: poison. As far as the 98% are concerned, the s*** has hit the preverbal fan. No more contributions to the DNC. No more calling on behalf of DNC candidates. No more rally’s. No more knocking on doors. No more fundraising for DNC candidates. Saturday was the last straw. ■
So what is the second alternative?
The online organization Move-On .org has had success in the past-as far as political battles are concerned-by utilizing billboards to point out the “Darth Vaders” of politics with catchy slogans and phrases. It is a novel approach to pointing out the ills of politics and with a wide-reaching audience. It is not clear if this method has been effective at actually having an effect on the targets of these campaigns, but some will have to admit it is creative and mainstream-as normal outreach is concerned. But getting back to that third party idea, I like the thought of an outreach method that truly focuses on a larger audience-that being those who spend their days on the road. A slogan of some sort that could carry into social media may be an effective method at having a thought stick-just as a television jingle would. ■
Time and energy are of the essence. But the question remains: how do we solve this political dilemma? Is it enough to take to the streets and protest our brains out? However, the idea of protests at congressional offices is popular. Is it enough to write letters to our representatives till we’re blue in the face? Some of our letters and e-mail may never be read. I’m not sure what the answer is since I seem to go with what the majority of people do in the streets. But then again, I never was much of a creative individual. Except for when I was in my 20’s. Those days are behind me now. Time to look for something different and more effective than the days of future past. Perhaps this is a task for the creative minds in their 20’s as the torch is passed to the future generation to fix this mess. Loan them your hip waders to navigate through the mud and the pitchforks. After all, they are the one’s who are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. ■
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