Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 13, 2012, 5:36 a.m. EST by GypsyKing
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Since the start of the Occupy movement and the exhilaration I first felt in seeing that someone, somewhere in America, finally had the courage to find their voices in sufficient numbers to be heard, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how we ever got in this position in the first place.
During the Vietnam era I thought America might change its course - that we might see the error of our ways and have the vision to reaffirm our founding values. I protested Central American policy in the 1980's, when only a handful of us were willing to take to the streets. I then saw the vision of Thomas Jefferson dragged through the mud of "greed is good" trickle down economics for thirty years. I saw Ronald Reagan make an under the table deal with religious zealots in Iran, promising them weapons if they would keep American hostages in Iran so that he could win an election, and I saw him cheered for it.
I watched the CIA sell hard drugs in black neighborhoods to undermine black people politically by putting them in jail in massive numbers and on, and on, and on, and all this time from the American people, silence.
Now, after all those years of silence (and therefore of the the tacit condoning of all that evil), many are saying that the democratic system is to blame - that we need to somehow forge a whole new system at this time of global crisis, from scratch, as if the gravity of what we must already face isn't sufficiently daunting!
Well those of us who have been observing all of this since L.B.J. can tell you flatly that we have no one to blame but ourselves. It may be a comforting illusion to feel that something else . . . someone else . . . somewhere else . . . was to blame - that if only we had had some utopian system in place to save ourselves from ourselves then everything would have been different; but the truth is there is no abstract "system" greater than democracy to save us from ourselves.
Our banner is the flag of the United States of America, and it has been trampled.
Just as no conceivable system can overcome the will of the people committed for the good . . . for freedom, for truth, and for a noble vision of mankind; likewise no conceivable system can save the people from their own selfishness, apathy and lack of regard for their fellow man . . . and so we (and I include myself in this) must stop trying to place the blame for our failure on some abstraction (that outside of human consciousness does not even exist), and instead have the courage to accept responsibility for our past mistakes and to atone for them through a relentless engagement, through a willingness to meet our problems as we find them, and to overcome them through our passion, our commitment, and the power of a renewed moral vision.
We in America have carried that banner before. So in the memory of our forefathers, who have fought and died out of nothing but a genuine concern for the human good - and to acknowledge those who have had the courage to retake Zuccotti Park in the teeth of international corporatism - let us make no more excuses, and instead shoulder the weight of that banner once again, through direct engagement in the great legacy of democracy, and in protest, in strikes, and occupations - for nothing but the sake of our honor, and to take back the honor of our flag.
Resist All Dogmas. Come Together!