Hello again! Welcome back to my little soap box on the world and all that passes before me:)
My apologies for my absence in case you were wondering what had become of me. Starting my life again after 3 months of recovering from a motor vehicle accident was more than a little consuming. Having returned to my schedule and responsibilities with the minimum amount of time required for a broken ankle, has proven to be a journey of more stamina than even I had imagined. Determined as I am always to not be taken down easily; I'm proud to say I've conquered all the physical and mental hurdles triumphantly. Blending into the stream of life again and without holding up a sign to show the pain, did leave me vulnerable to all the usual abuses I'm supposed to succumb to in my daily routine. A routine by choice that includes using mass transportation to trek to my job along with all my fellow lemmings. Packed tightly into ever increasing masses who choose to not drive and therefore save money from increasing gas prices and the exorbitant parking prices for living in the concrete jungle of Boston. There couldn't be a better display of the human phenomena, than throwing so many cultures and classes together in a crowded experience called the subway. You either accept it with all it's obvious limitations for individuality and individual space, or stay tortured and tormented and screaming on the inside....till sometimes the screams just have to come out. Not so unlike our present society who has taken and taken till you think you can take no more...only to be knocked down again and coming up fighting to save what's left of your life. That's one way to look at the latest revolutionaries who now take to the streets under the name "Occupy______" (insert your city).
This group found it's way to my home most recently and with a presence that would not be denied. A presence that kept it's oath to peaceful assembly above all for as long as it could, till being pushed to defend their position became more important than showing the rest of the world how to speak out and speak up.
The new dissidents of a revolution of people who would not take their fate being governed by demagogues who no longer seemed to see them or care. If you look up the dictionary meaning of demagogue it is one who is described as:
Demagogy (/ˈdɛməɡɒdʒi/) or demagoguery (/ˈdɛməɡɒɡəri/) (Ancient Greek: δημαγωγία, from δῆμος dēmos "people" and ἄγειν agein "to lead") is a strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears, vanities and expectations of the public—typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda, and often using nationalist, populist or religious themes
Now that we've identified one half of my subject line, onto the the other half. I like this particular Thesaurus version, as it encapsulates the wide variety of those under this description.
|Noun||1.||dissident - a person who dissents from some established policy
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
political dissident - a dissenter from political orthodoxy
NIMBY - someone who objects to siting something in their own neighborhood but does not object to it being sited elsewhere; an acronym for not in my backyard
|Adj.||1.||dissident - characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
unorthodox - breaking with convention or tradition; "an unorthodox lifestyle"
|2.||dissident - disagreeing, especially with a majority
negative - expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
For those in my age category this is not a new phemomena only new players. Yes I was a dissident during the Viet Nam War days and proud of it to this day. When my generation realized the power in their numbers, the result was a revolution of ideas and deeds for the cause of saving lives. The same can be said for our present day counterparts, as they fight the noble cause for the dying middle class. When youth is inspired and ignited....there is no enemy too big. A big difference with the new rebels, is that they were raised to believe they truly lived in a golden age and a time more sane than their predecessors in the turbulent 60's & 70's. A veil of safety that today has proven to them as it did to us, is just that...a flimsy and idealistic attitude that cannot and should not be counted on....especially when you threaten those purveyors of the fairytale who also will not let their convictions be tread on.
The irony in all this, is that I've been predicting for some time that revolution was an inevitable part of our destiny here at home, as we sat comfortably watching everyone else's plight from afar. Especially in the age of immediate information that fuels such passion more quickly than ever. We thought we were the masters of organization just getting our message out literally on the streets and with a pandemonium of phone calls to solicit more numbers for our cause. Now we can all watch live streaming video of events as they play out, and the eons of twitter comments simultaneously banding the masses together....second by second. The new younger generation of dissidents is not without ammunition of proportions that we never dreamed of. But is it as productive by it's flaming speed or only enflaming?
I personally witnessed a group of anti-war demonstrators on the streets of Boston while doing some downtown shopping last week. I can't deny I was all smiles and wanted badly to raise my fist in the air in comraderie...or at least a peace sign of silent appreciation for their efforts. It was a band of people made up of many who advertised they were Afghanistan veterans. A group who has earned their right to voice their opinions with the most extreme sacrifices and personal committment to their country. As I flashed my peace sign and we exchanged smiles of common knowledge; we were all feeling more American for it and rightly so.
Back to the demagogues.....
Those who also empassion certain masses to facilitate their missions and ambitions. Who prey on those feeling at the bottom of the food chain who need someone else they can take out their frustrations on...who must be worse than they are. Hence the resurgance of all kinds of prejudice and the ugliest side of human nature trying to survive. Politicians who speak "demagogery" to incite voters to fall in line with what they sell as "mainstream". The problem being, there is no "mainstream" any longer. There is no majority of white bread vs. dark shades of brown and black...let alone the vast sea of yellow any longer. We truly are a multi-culture, multi-colored world....as it was designed to be. The days of the United States being the only representation of the future is over. The kids know it....they embraced it watching Sesame Street long ago. Only those trying to live in the past and those committed to personal greed would disagree. So why wouldn't our most educated and empassioned youth fight this ideal? Only a hypocrit would stand up and try and sell a world so limited as to not encompass all who inhabit it these days. But stand up they do and also ignite all the ignorance that would keep us from growing to our full potential. So why wouldn't we ask what their real motives must be? If they are not for all of us....who are they for?
And so we have the war of class and knowledge we find ourselves in today. After watching the deliberate intentions of politicians to forfeit us all for political and private motives play out now for months...and actually years......Were they not in effect giving the call to all those who would finally be brave enough to challenge the agenda and champion a rebuttal? Of course they were....they just thought we were too dumbed down and stunned to react, or too miserable dealing with our own fates to take action. Even as they orchestrated the whole process of revolution and new dynasties in the Middle East this Spring. Is there anyone left who now doesn't believe the dissidents on the other side of our world were not manipulated to re-invent a new course of chaos.....that we could as always show up to "bring order" to and therefore look like the freedom merchants from the land of all freedoms. The old ancient Rothschild game that's been around forever is still being sold to us. But don't expect the young empassioned leaders of our present day revolution to buy it....as like us....they have no appetite for ancient stereotypes who have lived too long on their laurels. Only to leave us hanging by a thread when the day is done and we have no jobs or homes to go to any longer....no matter all their amount of "fixing" things as the annointed and appointed governing body of a world that just keeps getting darker for most.
The dissidents, as powerfully united as they are however, are still juvenile in their stage of develpment. They have unfortunately to yet discover just how manipulated they still are by the ones they call enemies of the state. For all their noble actions and loud uprising they are missing the point....that could be the point of no return. The maturity of rebellion teaches you after you fall down enough times...or are pushed down as it would be here in Boston presently....that the very act of war is knowing your enemy intimately...so as to not be baited to become the enemy yourself. A powerul piece in the New York Times today was analyzing this very catalyst. That in order for the dissidents to earn respect and dignify themselves, they must in fact choose their battles. That it isn't enough to just build the abyss that is growing between classes these days by pointing fingers continually at the "elite" that is characterized as the villain responsible for all our woes. Not that there isn't more reason to want to believe this than any other time in their lifetime; but it's just not that simple....and it leaves them open to be challenged as invalid for not having a clearer statement. Exactly the kind of thing the demagogues can attack and solicit more to their side as they make the dissidents look like the problem and not themselves.
Am I glad there are those taking to the streets and voicing for all those frustrated who deserve to be heard? I'm not just glad .... I'm elated! If we didn't cry out now for all the injustices all around us....we would be accepting distinction as the society of a country founded on principles that were meant to save us from tyranny. Now the hard part is upon us....how do we grow into our new found voice?
One of my favorite findings today was this story titled: "Top 5 Reasons Why the Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party" here's the link
If you want a birds eye view of some of the present day dissidents....people who are in reality your sons and daughters, your neighbors, and even the future leaders.....find a live stream like this one in one of many cities across our country today.
Ignorance is no longer blissful....it's just unacceptable.