But Seriously, What Are We Gonna Do?

July 03, 2007 by susan
Cheney as Darth Vader

I just re-read my late night post and it's so lame. "I'm so enraged I'm going to -- dial my fingers to the nub?" But what else is there? Something like 70% of Americans don't approve of this reckless and lawless regime, and yet there's not a leader among us, no one standing up saying, "Let's storm the bastille on, oh, say July 14." Maybe it's that nightmare thing I mentioned -- we're suffocating and paralyzed, and well, screwed. Read on.

As for impeachment, where do we start with that? With Cheney, for all the obvious reasons, including the succession problem if we start with Bush. But Cheney, while calling the shots, isn't the front guy on this latest abuse, and in any case, the commutation of Scooter's sentence, while disgusting and hypocritical, is legal. It's like hiring strippers for your frat party, or having sex with an intern: It's a good indication of your scummy attitude towards women, but doesn't make you a criminal. (Until you lie about it, and that's another story, though sort of not.)

We know this administration's attitude towards justice, from Gitmo to rendition to habeas corpus to wire taps, add your own here, and towards the justice system. Who'd a thunk John Ashcroft -- he of the drape over the bare breast of lady justice -- would look like Marshall Dillon compared to Alberto and his hit squad. Better to cover up naked statues than cover up crimes.

So while there are criminal acts aplenty to pursue impeachment of Snarlpuss the Evil -- and my congressman Keith Ellison has added his name to the bill callng for his impeachment, thank you Keith -- this latest flipping off of justice by Cheney's so-called superior isn't among them.

So I ask you again, what's to be done? Where's the leadership? Maybe it falls to the celebs. Maybe we need Bono and Brad and Angelina to focus on the crisis in America and not the crisis in Africa, at least for a few months.
Maybe we need Martha Stewart and Paris Hilton to call on Scooter to do his time like a man.

Maybe we need the Dixie Chicks and Willie Nelson and White Stripes, and George Clooney and Oprah and any of the so-called "American Idols" and Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan and hosts of other younger sports stars and celebs I've never heard of, to stage a massive week-long Take Back America rally in front of the White House or Darth Vader's cave.

Maybe we need James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth, to speak truth to power, and Maya Angelou to speak strength to cowardice, and for old time's sake, Pete Seeger to sing inspiration to our fatigue, and lead us in a chorus of This Land is Your Land.

I know, it's sort of the kumbaya approach, but it's all this old hippie can come up with before going off to gum her porridge in bewildered despair.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me

I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me

As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

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MLS (not verified) | July 3, 2007 - 6:13pm

Writing, calling, writing, calling to our Congress... Probably the majority of Americans are concerned but, because they view the situation with limited vision and seemingly not affecting them personally, they tend to ignore the problem (Bush et al) - like the problem will go away once we rid of this Administration in January 2009. Soooo, no writing, no calling, no writing no calling by the masses. Too bad for, as you know, the trouble with this theory is that things continue to deteriorte (aka: shit happens) and we fall deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole with the Bush clan peering down the tunnel at us with their obnoxious smirks and holier than thou attitudes.
Cindy Sheehan is returning to the lime light (read in today's: www.commondreams.org Cindy will
be joining Rev. Lennox Yearwood starting a march from
Rev. Martin Luther King's grave site in Atlanta on 7/13 to arrive in D.C. on 7/23. Let's support that march. It's the least we can do.

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NeoLotus (not verified) | July 4, 2007 - 1:10am

Carolyn Baker has a dynamite blog. It's at: http://carolynbaker.org.

Other than getting prepared in our own communities for the catastrophe that is inevitable, there is really not much that can be done. It will not be until people have NOTHING left to lose that they will be willing to take a risk. Until then, they will continue to cling to the illusion that everything will work out ok. What they don't know or aren't willing to face is that it's not going to be ok. The crash is coming. Time to lock in your food supply and get real chummy with your neighbors.

In regards to congress and the prez, they aren't going to change until after the crash either, so don't waste your energy on that. Put your energy into your own survival by working to rebuild community wherever it is you live.

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Poet (not verified) | July 4, 2007 - 9:50am

What a day for a birthday! A dysfunctional President, a criminal VP, an undeclared war in its fifth year, a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby, and a Democratic leadership for whom impeachment is "off the table".

Happy birthday America! Whoopie dooo!

The answer to the question title of Susan's article is "nothing", "absolutely nothing". "They" have understood and cleverly bought us off. We will do absoutely nothing until...we understand that we have nothing left to lose and everything to gain. Then we wil act. But not yet, because we are too content with our material comforts.

When we finally look beyond the blackmailer's bribe to keep us hushed there is plenty we can do.

1. A nationwide strike. Everybody stay home from work one day every two weeks. It doesn't even matter which day, as long as we all do it some day and let the powers that be know it will never again be business as usual.

2. Everyone put an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper on the rear window of their car. "Impeach ....." or "Stop the War Now"
or "the time for single-payer, Universal, government paid health care is NOW!", etc.

3. Vote for someone other than the two major parties and OTHER THAN INCUMBENT from now on.

4. Invite a few friends or acquaintences over to view and discuss movies like "SICKO", "Why We Fight", "Control Room", or ""In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Burst.".

5. Pick a spot with a lot of traffic and get several frineds together and commit to stand in vigil for two hours every Sunday in opposition to the Iraqi war.

6. Make up a three fold one page flyer featuring any and all votes your local representative has made in support of things you do not. In my case it could be the war finding, the bankruptcy bill, immigration reform, Patriot
Act, etc. On the back should be the question "Why should you vote for anyone who supports things you do not? Pass these out door to door for several blocks around your house.

7. Cancel your cable or satellite TV service. This has truly replaced religion as the opiate of the masses.

All of these things are within the power of everyone reading this blog so what are you (or am I) waiting for? For things to get so bad that we don't have anything left to lose. I leave you with some words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoken in opposition to the Vietnam war 40 years ago:

"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood -- it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, "Too late." There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Khayyam is right: "The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on."

You can hear the entire address at:

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

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Anonymous (not verified) | July 4, 2007 - 10:59am

Most just think your a little crazy-don't try to prove it.

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paul miller (not verified) | July 5, 2007 - 9:49am

no. 8
call Pelosi every day (202) 225-0100 and ask if impeachment is on the table

no. 9
completely ignore right wing nuts that support Mr. Evil and his sidekick Lil Bush through 6 years worth of crimes

no. 10
enjoy the great Minnesota weather

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leftymn (not verified) | July 4, 2007 - 10:35am

a one day general strike , call it a day of prayer and rememberance for the loss of Iife in Iraq, for the loss of our dignity as a nation. it should be a Monday during the school year, to throw the government and corporations and Congress into fear and a realization of the depth of discontent.

I doubt we could get enough away from watching the latest Paris Hilton news but it might be worth a try.

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Anonymous (not verified) | July 5, 2007 - 8:35pm

My own small effort: we have an annual July 4th picnic, and we sing. We don't do any Top40, we generally sing old songs, George M. Cohan ("Over There" is more difficult now), "America", "This Land Is Your Land" "Cool Water", etc.
This year, since we are lucky enough to have a really good flexible guitar player, I typed out and distributed the lyrics to Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam's "Peace Train". It's a very complex song that sounds very easy. Anyway, I was so struck singing it, that "Peace" is not a word we hear anymore, particularly in context of the Iraq/Middle East War. "Peace" was a mantra, as I remember it, in the Vietnam War. What happened to "Peace"? I have no answers, as usual, but think I should continue to sing "Peace Train" every day.

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paul miller (not verified) | July 5, 2007 - 8:54pm

if I remember correctly Yusef Islam was harassed trying to come to the United States shortly after 9/11 - no. 11 Peace Train, seems very appropriate to this reader

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susan | July 5, 2007 - 9:30pm

You guys are good! Maybe we should call Nancy Pelosi and sing Peace Train to her. If I did, she'd beg me to stop and I'd say," not til you get to work on impeaching the Vice." And yes, I think you're right, he was maybe not allowed on a flight into the good ole US of A? Detained somewhere?

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paul miller (not verified) | July 5, 2007 - 11:36pm

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/09/22/plane.diverted.stevens/

here is the story - good old Tom Ridge:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/09/22/plane.diverted.stevens/

my last words to Pelosi's receptionist today were, "I'll check back tomorrow" - Really, think about it, she sat next to Cheney at the state of the union.

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susan | July 6, 2007 - 1:28am

"Really, think about it, she sat next to Cheney at the state of the union."

Yeah, but not much choice in that one. I mean, there've been some odd pairings up there over the years. Didn't Newt Gingrich sit next to Al Gore? Speaker and VP?

More onerous to me is when they all pal around together at the Press Club dinner, and Karl Rove is the guest of the New York Times, and sits next to Maureen Dowd no less, and they all make whoopee, as if all the other stuff -- handing America over to corporate interests and starting a catastrophic war -- is a play acted out on the floor of congress. So when the curtain drops, the villian takes off his cloak, and the cast has a drink in the dram shop.

So relax people, it was just the script that called for the Vice to tell Pat Leahy to fuck himself. And Scooter didn't really lie, that was just the part he was given. So don't confuse the floor show with reality. We're all friends who can party together. Erp.

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paul miller (not verified) | July 6, 2007 - 10:19am

so what you are saying is that they all know where the bones are buried so there is a certain shared guilt that keeps them in cahoots - like Tip O'Neil said to Reagan "that's politics, buddy"

Maybe MoDo and Rover could do a dance at next years correspondent's dinner - though I think MoDo will have to pay her own way since the NY Times has bailed on the correspondent's dinner (how bold of them to pass on a Rich Little performance - btw Tony Danza hosted the white house fireworks I guess dick clark wasn't available)

maenwhile Helen is the real deal though she does yuck it up every once in awhile when the criminals make a joke

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/06/28/helen_thomas/index.html

gotta run, time to call Pelosi's office, SET THE TABLE, BABY!!

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paul miller (not verified) | July 6, 2007 - 11:04am

today's calls re: Impeachment yield zip:

Pelosi receptionist:
we aren't allowed to talk about it
-- NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT IT?

Leahy's aide David, I would refer you to the statement on his website issued two months ago, thanks for calling, Buddy
-- TWO MONTHS AGO?

Klobuchar's office:
Senator Klobuchar has, "no comment"
-- NO COMMENT?

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Anonymous (not verified) | July 9, 2007 - 6:17am

Wow, you people are idiots.

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