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Forum Post: The BRAND NEW DAY we've been waiting for has ARRIVED: Goethe & what we each can do TODAY to help the 99% rise & win

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 12, 2012, 10:59 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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IMPORTANT NOTE - There are two parts to this post: 1. The angry frustrated part and 2. The transformative positive productive part (below the line).

One without the other won't make sense so please read both. If you have read this before, please reread through again to very end -- past the line. Thanks :)

As we look out at the country and the world right now, there is an obvious assault underway. The wealthiest corporations and individuals are using austerity, ALEC and countless other tools to hoard more money for themselves. They're also wrecking the economy, harming the environment, stealing workers' rights and undermining the future prosperity of our children and grandchildren.

That really fucking pisses me off.

But you know what pisses me off even more? That it's entirely preventable, we have the tools in our hands to stop it and we haven't done so yet. What really pisses me off the most is that we the 99% have not banded together enough to short circuit the propaganda machine that made this possible. This stuff the 1% are pushing through only works if the majority of Americans think there's no other choice.. We HAVE the power if we REALIZE we have the power. We have the power as soon as we realize that we have more in common than we have separating us.

If we'd realize that, we could begin making decisions from a position of unioed strength rather than demands from a position of divided weakness.

I don't think we have to choose. I think Occupy is a fleet of ships in an armada, not one big tanker. http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/occupy-is-a-fleet-of-ships-and-there-is-no-they-in/ . We can hit on multiple fronts. And by hitting -- I mean revealing the lies, exposing the scams to the light of day via direct action that gives mainstream press no choice but to cover. Those who are politically minded can do things like push for these 8 items from the inside and out: http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/you-may-have-seen-this-list-of-8-practical-goals-b/ . Others can be out in the street pushing against the assault on labor or austerity measures. There are countless fronts and all of us have our own particular specialties and skill sets.

At root it's the same battle against corruption. And a bright light is our best weapon in this effort. We have that bright light in our possession and we can shine it using nonviolent direct action whenever and wherever we wish.

Let's get our act together by GETTING TOGETHER, get off our sofas and use that bright light. Let's make our forefathers and foremothers proud! They hustled their asses off to make this a great nation. Now it's our turn.

The momentum is with us. The people are rising. Look at what's going on with Walmart, Michigan and what's happening with Starbucks in England right now. People are waking up! This is exactly the time we need to double our efforts, when that momentum is with us. Because you can be damn sure that the 1% are doubling their efforts too. What we have going for us is that we are 99% of the population and they are only 1%. Think about it. Even they probably can't believe that they've gotten away with such an arrangement for so long.

Let's follow the example of Occupy groups in England who are occupying Starbucks across the country to expose the absurdity of shutting down services for women (like rape crisis centers) when big multinational corporations are paying zero taxes. This whole "Gee gosh, I guess there is nothing else we can do but impose austerity" is bullshit. http://occupywallst.org/article/starbucks-occupied-across-britain/

Huge corporations and the super rich have corrupted democratic governments around the world and rigged laws to benefit those corporations and super rich. And when that results in budget deficits, they sell it to us through corporate owned media in a way that makes it sound like WE are being greedy when we insist on living wages, basic health care, decent education, etc.

Austerity is their rallying cry and it is total fucking bullshit. It's time to rise. Strikes, boycotts, marches, sit ins, walk outs, you name it, let's do it. Let's shine the light of day on the corrupt game that's being run on us and unseat the corporatists who have hijacked our republic. This is a damn good country and it deserves our defense.

We need to use this momentum from Michigan and Walmart actions though. We can't let it cool down. It's time to rise up and stand with Walmart protesters, to stand with protesters in Michigan, to stand with working people everywhere in the country and THEREBY (via these direct nonviolent actions) spread the word to every living room and factory break room and office water cooler in America that THIS WILL NOT STAND. This WILL NOT STAND. A line has been crossed.

Think about what the light of day can do to declaw ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council where big corporations with politicians in their pockets are literally writing our state laws).. We need the light of day to expose the horrendous corruption at work here like a cancer in all our state houses. The light of day in this case can CURE this cancer. And we hold that light in our very hands if we PUSH with forceful nonviolent direct action that is so creative and so prevalent and involves such large numbers that it can't be ignored. Last fall was just a warmup.


** But you know what? There's something even more important than pushing (as important as that is). There's something we need to do first that will make this all possible,

We have the power within each of us to transmute that anger and frustration we all feel into positive action. And that positive action could be as simple as waking up each day with the mission in the back of our minds of paying attention more to what we have in common than what divides us. If we each make that choice each morning, others will pick up on that and do the same. That example is highly contagious and can create a virtuous cycle.

Over time, we can let go of the petty differences that divide us and focus more and more on what we have in common. This can become a HABIT. They say it takes 7 weeks to develop a habit so we should start now. What will the end result be (other than us as individuals enjoying our days a whole lot more)? The end result will be that we'll realize we have more in common than we have separating us.

Once we discover that, we'll realize that we truly ARE the 99% and it is impossible for 1% of the population to rule over the rest of us. We'll finally know our own power and this brings with it a transformative confidence. We'll then be in a position to make decisions from a position of unified strength rather than make demands from a position of fractured weakness.

And that's EXACTLY the brand new day we've been looking for! It all begins with that decision to spend today looking for what we have in common. Once we make that decision, everything changes.

Goethe put it like this:

"Until one is committed, there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth - the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manor of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.  Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  Begin it now."


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[-] 1 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 1 year ago

Better to be pissed off than pissed on.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Well, I believe we're all experiencing a little of both! :)

[-] 1 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 1 year ago

I belive it is a little of one and a lot of the other.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Which is the" a lot"? Because if it's the pissed on, we need to rebalance that ratio and add in a 3rd item: productive action. http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/you-may-have-seen-this-list-of-8-practical-goals-b/

[-] 1 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 1 year ago

Thanks I will look again.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

This isn't all about "them". It's also about us. Please see this link regarding why we do NOT need one message : http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupy-is-a-fleet-of-ships-and-there-is-no-they-in/

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

We have the power. Will we use it?

[-] 0 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

We can do what 80% of Americans say they want
We can do what 1,900,000 Americans signed
We can do what 363 local & state resolutions call for
We can do what 1,309 American mayors endorsed


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jobs, taxes, government honesty, energy, environment, economy
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MONEY IN POLITICS

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A constitutional amendment to
Overturn Citizens United and Corporate Personhood

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For a complete analysis of the amendment issue,

and the text of all amendments,
and our comparison of all of the amendments,
and the Citizens United case transcript,
and the Citizens United decision,
and the Buckley decision,
and analysis of corporate personhood,
and analysis of Article III,
and the ABC News poll on CU / CP,
and the PFAW poll on CU / CP,
and 70+ videos on CU / CP from

Chomsky, Hedges, Witchcraft, Reich,
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[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Fantastic. Thank you very much for posting this. I would encourage you to also do as separate post so all can see. This really nails it and gives great links! I need to research them further.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Wish we could hear from Chomsky in US press more often.

[-] -2 points by nidlaxto (-42) 1 year ago

The unions suffered a severe blow in the heart of Michigan and it was a good defeat for employees that want the "right to work" Over half of the States are already "right to work" and nothing is going to stop us from marching forward, so you might as well join ranks with "We The People"

[-] 4 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Ha. It's your lie. Tell it however you want. But the truth is that more and more Americans are waking up to the game the 1% are running. The 99% that is the backbone of America are talking about the Walmart strike and in their break rooms and living rooms and around their office water cooler as they see their wages stagnant, inequality growing and the rich getting richer. There's a giant "hmmmmmm" going on around the country and the 1% better be ready for what happens next. Stay tuned :)

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Exactly so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[-] 4 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

I am so pissed. This is historic stuff that's happening. A momentous shift is occurring that will affect all Americans and they are oblivious to it because the mainstream press (corporate owned) isn't able to talk about the elephant in the room, even though they know it's there -- it's shitting all over the floor for crying out loud.

We need to engage in nonviolent direct action of all sorts and raise the fucking roof!!!!!!! Dammit. The propaganda the 1% are spewing out there is lulling a chunk of the 99% into a dangerous slumber. We need to make some loud noises with nonviolent direct action to wake them up and get them as pissed off as we are.

I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!!! #%$&@%^

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

I refer you back to your earlier correct comment. The Public is awakening - and it is in large part due to the activities of OWS/OCCUPY - and that these movements are growing - hence the recent strikes by fastfood workers and wallmart workers and port workers and and and ...

Being mad as hell is a good thing - when used in a positive manner - such as you do - and others are reaching that point too. More everyday.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

I think you're right. Upon further reflection, I realize we have the power within each of us to transmute that anger into positive action. And that positive action could be as simple as waking up each day with the mission in the back of our minds of paying attention more to what we have in common than what divides us. If we each make that choice each morning, others will pick up on that and do the same. That example is highly contagious.

Over time, we can let go of the petty differences that divide us and focus more and more on what we have in common. This can become a HABIT. They say it takes 7 weeks to develop a habit so we should start now.

What will the end result be (other than us as individuals enjoying our days a whole lot more)? The end result will be that we'll realize we have more in common than we have separating us.

Once we discover that, we'll realize that we truly ARE the 99% and it is impossible for 1% of the population to rule over the rest of us. We'll finally know our own power and this brings with it a transformative confidence. We'll then be in a position to make decisions from a position of unified strength rather than make demands from a position of fractured weakness.

That's the brand new day we've been looking for!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

WORD {:-])

As things/issues are presented and the cause (s) identified - more and more and more - it all points back to one source for the ills of the world and of all of the Peoples of the world - ***PROFITS/GREED OVER PEOPLE/SOCIETY/ENVIRONMENT/WORLD/LIFE.

These things all tied together with that realization of the singular cause - rings a bell of awareness/awakening - that something needs to be done - the continuing education and outreach lets more and more people have this moment of clarity - then the people get pissed off - natural response to major insult of the sickness working in the world - then they want to do something and so even if they are not aware ( and some are very well aware and actively seeking ) they will be open to respond to an opportunity to act - and that is good - as there are now many positive ways to act popping up all over the country and around the world.

THIS is the building momentum that will bring us to that brand new day.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

I think you're right. A virtuous cycle is within our grasp if we seize this day!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

The virtuous cycle/circle is already happening it is a self feeding action - positive feeds positive through good energy. It feels good - GR8 - to be positive and do positive things.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Right on! :)

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Keep-on Keeping-ON {:-])

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

We need to use that momentum though. We can't let it cool down. This is exactly the time to learn from what people are doing with Starbucks in England, to rise up and support the protests in Michigan. To rise up and stand with Walmart protesters, to spread the word to every living room and factory break room and office water cooler in America that THIS WILL NOT STAND. This WILL NOT STAND. A line has been crossed.

The light of day. We need the light of day to expose the horrendous corruption at work here like a cancer in all our state houses. The light of day in this case can CURE this cancer. And we hold that light in our very hands if we push push push push with forceful nonviolent direct action that is so creative and so prevalent and involves such large numbers that it can't be ignored. Last fall was just a warmup. It's time to go big. It's time for a national strike.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Momentum is building - steadily. A pressure cooker with a broken pressure relief valve can be very quiet right up to the point that it explodes. This society/world has been in a faulty pressure cooker for a very long time now and the heat is being increased.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Yes - and it is exactly now that we need to double the pressure. Because you can be damn sure that the 1% is accelerating its drive. The only way to beat this is to get out to the state houses, get into the streets and get in front of corporate headquarters and branches and raise awareness through forceful nonviolent direct action that THIS WILL NOT STAND. This will NOT fucking stand. No fucking way. Not on our watch!!!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Each of these measures that the greedy push forward will effect more people - they feed the fire of their own downfall - and it ain't gonna be pretty as it happens.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

We need nonviolent direct action to HELP the 1%. Occupy supporters are helping to stop them from destroying that great country.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yes - we must confront - peacefully - the destruction that is being proposed and destruction that is already occurring.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

I think there are ways to make it somewhat of a soft landing for all though.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

It could all be so peaceful joyful positive and even fun - if we could just get the ILL/Blind/Greedy to re-evaluate and see the possibility for them to stay wealthy and greedy to their hearts desire - and - have a happy healthy prosperous and non-resentful/hating/suffering population/society around them.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Try rereading this post :-) :-)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

It is a very good and complete post - powerful in its inclusiveness and its identification of the games played against all of society against all of the people - here and around the world - it does a good job of pointing out the enemy of humanity and the world and brings up the very real fact that this need not be the way things are. ( sorry if that rambled - still working on my 1st cup of coffee )

Anyway after re-reading the post - I TWEETED it as I felt inspired to share it out to a wider audience.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Awesome. Thanks!! I cleaned up a few spots so it reads smoother. Much appreciated DKA. Cheers :)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Keep-up with your excellent efforts - please!!! {:-])

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

You pretty much summed it up there :). Another world is possible! Cheers to that

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

{:-]) basically that is what we are all here striving for - another better world.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Can't wait!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28492) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Me Too ME TOO

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Who's "us"?

[-] 2 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 1 year ago

Right to Work .................................... FOR LESS !!

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

We need to hit back hard with nonviolent direct action across the country. And a general nationwide strike should be in the works as well for sometime in the next 18 months.

[-] 1 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 1 year ago

I think we need to FIRE the government and start again!! But that's just my opinion.

http://osixs.org/Rev2_menu_Declaration.aspx

http://osixs.org/Vote.aspx

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Let's push back hard against Wall St and DC. Nonviolent direct actions of all kinds.

[-] 1 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 1 year ago

If you go to this link and read the details of the plan, this IS a nonviolent direct action - to change the structure of our government, and install "The People" as the executive branch. You can see a diagram of the proposal under Government 2.0 on this page:

http://osixs.org/Rev2_menu_commonsense.aspx

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history - whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by the small elite." ~ Thomas Jefferson ~

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Awesome. Will check it out in the A.M. Much appreciated.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

We have the power in our hands to bring a brand new day! :)

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

That was so Orwellian, I don't believe you even said it and didn't know it was.

How's the rate of pay and benefits in Mississippi?

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Excellent point

[-] -1 points by nidlaxto (-42) 1 year ago

I am from Mich and live in the "sticks", a Northern hillbilly

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

So?

That makes you unable to address what I said?

Unable to understand the Orwellian nature of your confused comment?

As a self claimed "hillbilly" you should be all that much more aware of the realities of Mississippi.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Notice he never answered.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

I think the mods banned him, as he's been spamming me with BS PMs.

That's been something of an MO around here.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Ah. oK.