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From: okinawan ( -
Subject: time to make change?? Re: I don't think anyone who posts on this board...
Date: January 4, 2006 at 4:47 pm PST

In Reply to: I don't think anyone who posts on this board... posted by Jo Stepaniak on January 4, 2006 at 4:08 am:

I have hope for 2006 -- I hope that things get about as bad as they can get before americans can realize that it is within their power to make the government by the people again.

americans are, whether they are humiliated or not, the most powerful citizenry on the face of this planet. No one is going to come to the rescue, it is up to people in america - americans *do have* the power to use this humiliation you speak of to implement positive change.

even with patriot act eroding away the rights on paper, even with things like hunger and widening of the economic classes, be that as it may, this is still THE most powerful citizenry in the world. Americans DO have the means - but it is a strictly DIY thang, y'all. Ain't no SWAT team coming to bust into the white house and perform the perfect coup d'etat while people just sit and watch from their lawn chairs with a beer in the hand. Or from the couch in front of the TV, you know?

my words may seem harsh but for me it is not a matter of pride but a matter of life or death.

as I sit in the United states, with its "might makes right" mainstream mentality which cuts to the core of my being (as in, I'm pretty repulsed by it but try to have compassion and open my heart to the people here), I wonder just how long it will take for americans to realize this simple fact that each person's two hands have the power that is needed to bring this change. But the mind must be freed first - free it from fear!!

I and many others like me have to put aside our fears, for our own safety or our own families - whether we post on message boards like this for open discussion of peaceful ideas or whether we walk in the street demanding answers to questions the white house cannot answer about frivolous wars.....

our safety is no longer a question of stopping us.

what I complain of when I speak of my bitterness with other activists working in the peace movement, is that americans do not find it easy to adopt a listening posture.

until americans can listen, and listen deeply and without judgement to other non-americans both outside and living within this country, ain't nuthin gonna change.

I'm already prepared for the worst with my family that I love - that they could easily be attacked and by nuclear warfare, because of the 38 US military bases in our tiny islands make Okinawa a huge target.

an even huger target than the american "homeland". I am already prepared for the possibility, and even probability, that my family will die in such an attack, and that I will never see them or hug them again.

humiliation, it doesn't even enter my mind.

but, again, perhaps 2006, as mark morford wrote ("bush gives me hope", san fran chronicle - comic relief is healing indeed), perhaps when things get as BAD as they can possibly get, then we will have a revolution. Not the kind with the negative connotations of violence and bloodshed, but the kind where people's mindsets and ways of thinking of what true independence really means, what true freedom really means, can be brought about by a reshaping of ways of thinking about LIFE....

thanks for listening to my rants here. I honestly do think I have hope, but there are times that I'm jaded because after the experiences I've had, especially with people from western countries, I'm a bit jaded.

perhaps that can be my resolution for 2006. but in the meantime, let's bring on that revolution...change is the only true constant in the universe.....

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