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Occupy Your Mind. "Knowledge Makes a Man Unfit To Be a Slave" Frederick Douglass.


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Fiona
- 2549 days ago - opednews.com
The single most potent and effective form of slavery is mental. It is this slavery that suffocates the potential and the aspirations of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red and Yellow people in the United States.



   

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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 9:44 am
Image credit: Photograph from the book, "Slavery by Another Name"

It is perpetuated by the most hypocritical and violent corporate government on the planet of Mother Earth -- that of the de facto Empire of the United States.

The power elite of this nation is one, that under the obfuscated guise of progress; thwarts, disfigures, and subverts the very best in humankind both here and abroad. It is a manipulated and greedy form of insanity that systemically keeps ordinary people in a perpetual state of political, social, and economic slavery.
 

. (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 10:54 am
The title says it all. Knowledge is power-and when people put that power to use- they cannot be enslaved by the mental traps that lie in wait. Thanks for the excellent post Betsy
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:57 am
thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 1:11 pm
Thanks Betsy Ditto Toni and Charles. Because knowledge is power, the elite have been trying to dumb us down for a long time, especially through Big Pharma.
 

Barbara K (61)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 1:49 pm
So true, Olivia, and now the Tbagger states are trying to further dumb us down by cutting education. Much like they are doing in Congress. We cannot allow ourselves and our kids to be dumbed down any further.
 

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:25 pm
Noted thank you Green B.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:29 pm
Thank you everyone

Toni, you are so right. Each of us needs to put the power of knowledge to work right now to save ourselves.

Charles, thank you for the inspiring quotations and the valuable link.

Olivia, Big Pharma is a powerful tool for those who wish to take away our freedom.

Barbara, there are so many enemies to education on every level. While Mittens was trying to secure the GOP nomination, he said that he wanted to use the Department of Education to break up the teachers' unions. I have been trying to find an online reference to make that statement into a Care 2 news article. He is a wicked and dangerous man.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:40 pm

Kudos on a GREAT submission, Betsy!

 

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:56 pm
That was a great article, thanks for posting! Although my own great "political awakening" didn't fully spring to life until after 9/11, the US invasion of Afghanistan was probably my first clear indication that the Empire I live in had amassed too much power and was going to spiral downward fast. A simple look at the history of other countries and powers that had invaded it, told me our future. A look back at the centuries of other "Empires" and their downfalls showed me the parallels of what's taking place in America. The propaganda that "we are a great country" was proven false continually by the Bush Regime. It's unfortunate that so many Americans think they're "free" just because they can choose the brand of toilet paper they buy. How do we get them to see the truth? While child slaves working for a pittance are obvious, the other types of enslavement are not so clear, and we must educate the masses. I must say that I'm seeing some hope in our youth. I was pleasantly surprised to be "informed" recently about something political from one of my young adult kids. Although they may not be getting well-educated in many schools, they are sharing info with each other---this may be what saves America from itself. Hope springs eternal.
 

paul m (93)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:57 pm

Knowledge is power,,but in the wrong hands ( The Governments ) makes us slaves..it won't change because
theirs too many greedy rich people with power,,,American,,Irish,German,,French,,

 

Jason S (50)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:24 pm
thanks, good posting
 

Agnes N (703)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:36 pm
Thanks Betsy, Toni
 

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:41 pm
thank you
 

Bianca D (87)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:56 pm
Thank you Green Bee, thank you Toni.

And now, with access to knowledge via the Internet, and the ability to share that knowledge phenomenally quickly via social networks, things are changing.

*.* It's time for us to create the world we dream of living in *.*
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:06 pm
Thank you all, Carole, Lois, Paul, Jason, Agnes, Vicky, and Bianca. So far, no one can or has tried to stop the knowledge we share with each other.

So I need to say with Bianca: "It is time for us to create the world we dream of living in."
 

Ms Carol Brown (48)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:17 pm
Thanks
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:22 pm
Power to the people!
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:51 pm
Very interesting article. Wasn't happy with the pic as on one should be treated that way. But the pic speaks highly of the truth.
 

David C (75)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 5:43 pm
Wise Man was Mr. Douglass.....
 

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:10 pm
thanks Betsy for sharing this interesting article
 

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:14 pm
thanks Betsy for this important post
 

Debbie Hogan (115)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:30 pm
Absofeckinlutely. Amen.
 

Elle B (81)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:27 pm
Thank-you Green Bee.

We are living an intentional [totalitarian in essence and practice] socio-economic political "Coups" being executed M.B.M. Robber Baron Misad-Venture Capitalist style. Even Sen. Barry Goldwater [Mr. Conservative], William F. Buckley Jr. [conservative intellectual and credited with giving rise to the modern conservative movement fusing laissez-faire oligarchial Austrian School economics, libertarianism with conservativism] rejected this pile of dung and forewarned us about it. Decades late and trillions short--we have to pull out all the stops now. The greatest threat to our democracy is the "marketed trance" holding so many of the citizenry hostage and th hidden agenda unfolding while they are stuck in it.

"Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think." ―Gil Courtemanche

Some now prophetic words on funding public education:

“The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”
—3rd U.S. Pres. Thomas Jefferson

The goal of the "coups" is to privatize control ALL public lands and assets by contract and/or sale and disenfranchise major select sectors of the electorate that oppose and impede their agendas. Then the people will have no viable economic nor political means to exercise their rights. This will be the demise of our democracy. SAVE the U.S. Post Office. That is a BIG AGENDA ITEM. The plan is to pass the legislation to eliminate 1/3 or more of it this summer. They want to sell off the Post Office properties and break the unions by eliminating post office jobs. If the Post Office goes. . .so does our democracy. WE MUST SAVE OUR POST OFFICE in its entirety. It is our heritage it is the ONLY entity we have that connects each and every address in this nation. Many Post Offices are also official passport agencies.
If we lose them we lose our heritage and all that unites us. SAVE THE U.S. POST OFFICE NOW. Believe me they are trying to sneak this by and play it down. Just like they did with the 2006 legislation was passed in December so hardly a soul noticed. Paying retirement benefits 75 years in advance within a 10-year window would bankrupt just about every agency or business in the country. It is an obvious maneuver to TAKE OUT the Post Office.


There is no economic crises. . .the collective capital of our labor has been embezzled.

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." — Abraham Lincoln

"All that harms labor is treason to America." — Abraham Lincoln

"Labour was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased." —Adam Smith, 1786 [father of Free Market Economics]

Smith specified progressive, not flat, taxation:

"The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state."

"The rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

"Every tax, however, is, to the person who pays it, a badge, not of slavery, but of liberty."

Notice that the "laissez-faire market" economy proponents NEVER offer these quotes. . .just cherry-picked
out of context Adam Smith comments on "limited government."




PS. MITT ROMNEY IS A COMPLETE FARCE. . .a PUPPET in COUPS.

THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY VERY DANGEROUS. They have NEVER advocated a fully participatory democracy and have NO intentions of ever doing so. GET OUT THERE and SAVE THE POST OFFICE and PROTECT OUR VOTES!



 

Elle B (81)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:30 pm
PS. Apologies for unedited post. . .too hasty. . .in a rush...look past presentation for substance. Thanks.
 

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:36 pm
Noted, and so many great comments, I can't add anything other than to say I agree...
 

Lydia S (155)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:14 pm
Thanks , Good post , Good points.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:30 pm
Thank you, Carol, Wim, Jon (it was the best photo I could find of what is happening to our minds, it shows why we must resist), Dave, Carmen, Nicole, Elle, Sister (no apologies, your comments and quotations are inspiring and yes we must fight for the Post Office, and yes we cannot let them break the back of labor) and you, Michael, you fierce Irish American.

Debbie, Sister, you are ringing the same bells in my revolutionary mind that words in this article by a veteran of the ORIGINAL Black Panther Party do. And I 1000% admire your spelling ability.

Thank you, thank you, Brothers and Sisters for your comments and for noting this article.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:33 pm
Hi, Lydia, I just saw you, Sister, you are so right, good points.
 

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:40 pm
Amazing discussions ALL!
Thank you Betsy !
 

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:00 am
Thank you Green bee for this great post
 

Carol D (346)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:07 am
The worst from of control of the minds is the administration that is in control now making the issue of racism in this country today what it is. That in itself is the worst form of mind control!!! Great article Green Bee!!
 

mary f (200)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:52 am
Just off to vote against monetery slavery in ireland great points being made here
 

Pogle S (88)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 2:17 am
In the Society of the Spectacle we live in a world of carefully constructed illusions – about ourselves, each other, about power, authority, justice and daily life.

These illusions are both constructed and reflected by education, advertising, propaganda, television, newspapers, speeches, elections, politics, religion, business transactions, and the courts.

They are perpetuated by us from the moment we accept this as a valid view of the world. We don’t have to agree to every detail; in fact we are positively encouraged to argue and take sides over a host of prefabricated issues. We simply have to accept this view of the world; to view life from the perspective of power.

All power preserves itself by the construction of illusions; by the perpetuation of a massive confidence trick. Violent acts of repression by the state are designed to ‘make an example’ of those who dissent. As real as these acts of repression are to the individuals and groups who suffer them, in terms of society as a whole it is a bluff.

No police force or army in the world could hold down one tenth of its population by force alone.

Larry Law – Spectacular Times
 

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:35 am
Thank you for this Betsy. Awareness is just the beginning. It is up to us to instigate the changes that are required to get humanity back on the right course.
 

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:43 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 6:42 am
Lois: "I must say that I'm seeing some hope in our youth. I was pleasantly surprised to be "informed" recently about something political from one of my young adult kids. Although they may not be getting well-educated in many schools, they are sharing info with each other---this may be what saves America from itself. Hope springs eternal."

Yes, indeed, stuff is being shared on the Internet and elsewhere, to an astonishing degree. {As it is being here!}

I think our papers have been IGNORING this important story: what is going on in CANADA at this very moment; where a Student Protest that began in Quebec, over a 75%!!! hike in College Tuition fees, has turned into a NATIONAL PROTEST BY ALL SECTORS OF SOCIETY, IN EVERY PART OF CANADA -- this has been going on for the past almost 30 days!
When a Law was hastily passed, forbidding the picketing of Colleges and Universities among other things -- over 300,000 Canadians marched in Quebec, and DID carry signs within the "forbidden" limits, DELIBERATELY BREAKING THE REPRESSIVE ANTI-FREE-SPEECH LAW -- making this, according to one commentator, THE LARGEST ACT OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN CANADA'S HISTORY.
Imagine that, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE from our peaceful neighbors to the north.......
A MASS ACT BY 300,000 PEOPLE simultaneously......
[The Canadian govt is also proposing to cut their Health Benefits, and other bad stuff......]

While I think our newspapers have not been covering this story, {Gee, I wonder why, Duh.....!}.
VIDEOS TAKEN OF IT, HAVE GONE VIRAL ON YOUTUBE......
including one, a song sung by a guitarist {in French, by the way!}, called "Casseroles" --
this because marchers of all ages, children and young people, students and housewives, have in Quebec been banging on pots and pans, "casseroles". The song begins, "Tu dirons", "We are telling you....."

This is HUGE. As I said, it has been going on, and GROWING, for almost a month now!
Some are for a tuition freeze; some are for FREE EDUCATION ENTIRELY. The symbol of the Movement, is a Red Square.... since "ecarte rouge" is apparently a French-Canadian colloquialism for "endless debt". [Quebec is bi-lingual, both French and English.] There are also interviews with professors and students {in English!} you can find on Youtube.

CANADA IS WAKING UP! WHEN WILL WE DO LIKEWISE?!
The Occupy Movement as such, is rather dormant -- undercover-police-and-govt-sponsored violence has successfully disrupted it for the moment -- things like the Canadian student UPRISING can re-invigorate it!
We are just biding our time, gathering our forces, mustering, planning -- at least that part of the NON-VIOLENT Occupy Movement I am involved in!
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 7:02 am
Carol: "The worst from of control of the minds is the administration that is in control now making the issue of racism in this country today what it is. That in itself is the worst form of mind control!!!"

I cannot let this pass.
I DO NOT SEE President Obama's Administration, {whatever other criticisms I have of it, and there are plenty}, I DO NOT SEE this current Administration "using racism as mind control" or "making racism an issue".
This is GOP AND FAUX "NEWS" PROPAGANDA AT ITS FINEST.
I simply SEE NO EVIDENCE. WHERE is the Evidence?????? WHAT is the Evidence? This is simply one of their TYPICAL unsupported statements just flung out there, hoping it will stick in people's minds......

[On the other hand, maybe you meant the GOP was using RACISM AS MIND CONTROL? Because that is what IS actually the case......!]
INEVITABLY, issues of Racism can't HELP but come up, when we have a Bi-racial President and a Black First Lady. Some people are VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THIS, but just can't say it publicly. Others, you KNOW, are going to USE ANYTHING THEY CAN, to SLAM the Administration that is not "one of theirs".
Rather than "using Racism as mind control", the President seems to be AVOIDING the issue whenever he can, except in cases where it is impossible to ignore. {As in the Trayvon Martin case.}
I do not see President Obama "favoring" Black people, using Racist name-calling and propaganda as the other side definitely does, or ANYthing at all along those lines......
If just President Obama's very EXISTENCE is "racially divisive", then the Racists both overt and hidden, will simply have to GET USED TO a society of DIVERSITY.........
 

Michael M (60)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 8:21 am
Elle B. above has struck an important point.

To subsume the quality of life for any living being to the quest for social domination (in the evolved dominant culture, this is done through financial status - money, is to enslave.
As a number of comments show, this enslavement extends to those who pursue such a value system; their lives, their cognitive and emotional lives, are diminished by the limited perception whichthispursuit forces upon them.

Our lives are in fact diminished when we reduce the diversity of biological life to produce large areas of monocrops, sequestering land and developing poisons (herbicides, pesticides) to make viable this practice.

I'm sure most of you will agree that the true richness of life arises from experience of that diversity, and that the market culture which pretends that a mortal human can actually own anything outside its own skin is false and offensive.
THe integrity of every single life on earth is far too neglected, the value of each to itself ignored. That many plants have discovered the creation of seed coverings edible by animals which can disperse their kind, suggests that life may be more communal than combative. Since many ways of self-protection exist in the biological world, we might also consider that practically, the thrust of individuation that is so marvelous and valuable, shows us that integrity and reverence for life's process are values which dwarf those of a greedy primate culture in which we CHOOSE to participate.

Charles O. reaches into the precedents of the great free thinkers, the liberated minds that sometimes seem our sole hope.
Answer his question - it is worth your time - even worth your lifetime, so long as you taste as well your pleasure in being.
 

Michael M (60)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 8:27 am
As Larry Pinckney says, the known is comfortable, even to the most demeaned slaves and those raised for slaughter.

The unknown can awaken one to the real immediacy of life, but we have even humans choosing some diminished career in which they are taught to prize slaughter, embracing even the butchery of themselves. Where is the profit in vengefulness? What makes any value the art of butchery and call it valor?
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 8:48 am
Michael: "What makes any value the art of butchery and call it valor?"
A commentator on TV, I forget who right now, recently got in big trouble, because he and the people on a panel he was hosting, debated whether it was proper to use the word "heroes" when talking about U.S. soldiers in the current wars overseas. He said he was, quote, "uncomfortable" with the use of that particular word; other panelists "kindof" were inclined that way too.
These wars are acknowledged by most of us here, and increasingly, by more and more of the American public {and European allies!}, to be USELESS, PURPOSELESS, SADISTIC, and ALL FOR THE CORPORATIONS, AND NOT FOR THE PEOPLE OF ANY COUNTRIES. NOT "DEFENDING FREEDOM" IN ANY WAY AT ALL. IN FACT, JUST THE CONTRARY.
Many, many U.S. soldiers and veterans FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME WAY -- more all the time.

So -- do we "value the art of butchery"? "call it valor"? call U.S. soldiers, "heroes" for what they are doing to other people {namely, KILLING THEM}?????????????
There is a REAL PROBLEM here, in a REAL SITUATION..... not just "easy-to-expound-on Theory"........
 

Brianna B (0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:03 pm
thnx
 

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:22 pm
The problem for the 1% in America is that for the most part we KNOW our rights, but They only want us to practice the Right to Remain Silent!;) We need to get Loud, get involved (especially with our children's education), and take back the power the Constitution gave us!
 

Michael M (60)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:26 pm
Well, Barbara, it is good to read your words, and to see that you are as energetic as ever in your ideals here on care2 over this many years!

We know well that military tend not to defend freedom, except inas they defend the freedom of for-profit entities to engage in profit-making.

This appears to be the definition of freedom espoused by the USA, Canada, and China, along with most other nations.

In more historical feudal times, military might as the arbiter of profit and ensuing power was unquestioned.

In North America, once, a number of tribes attempting to preserve the existence of their nomadic peoples banded together to resist the destruction of the living resources they recognized as holy, and depended upon for their lives (not for sedentary overconsumption, but their lives formerly lived in harmony with the other lives they so interacted with).
Momentarily they overcame through violent resistance, the military minions of the exploitative invaders; but this was not their permanent way, and they disbanded to continue sharing their nomadic ways with the creatures of the vast plains who they even revered as being much the creators and preservers of their own kind.

Those others who resented the resistance to their attempt to consume all in the quest for empire, of course included many who dedicated themselves to eradicating any and all opposition to copmlete freedom to exploit all that existed there to extinction.

Now that land, from Alberta/Saskatchewan to Texas, is a far different place. Some waves of exploitation passed over, and the forms extinguished themselves, after natural conditions and commercial extinctions showed that there may only be one way to exist sustainably:
to place the most value on diversity, and to protect that diversity form diminution and dissolution above all other values.

We now live in a time when exploitation and valuation of killers in the service of that thoughtless exploitation is the most prominent philosophy. Only your own work to illuminate the grave fallacies (pun intended) of that way will change our kind to a better way of being.

But your hope is paramount: There has been no worse way of life than this denial of its value in all time.
so the world will get better, though it may require your assistance!

 

Michael M (60)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:44 pm
I am reminded of the characteristics of the wolf, of which there is one here:
Its natural integrity leads it to ignore, not even to understand the concept of taking orders.

By nature it chooses its actions with a personal integrity little known in our species.

Its capacity for bonding is, as well as its capacity for accepting any relationship, is mediated through emotion, as is true for all mammalian brains. That emotion may carry the greatest meaning - revenge is unimportant within such a native integrity.

This capacity and mediation of choices, is ancient beyond knowing, yet is suited to preserving and extending the quality of life of each individual.

Follow the stirrings of your deepest heart. This understanding was prized by the only truly democratic societies of recent times - those North American Natives.
Perhaps their learned unequivocal respect for others, allowed them a more acute understanding through their wise neighbor, the wolf.
So I add: those North American Natives: 2-legged or four. Mitakuye oyasin, people of my childhood and of the present, you have my deepest respect.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:32 pm
Bravo!
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 2:48 pm
Slavery is a waste. One properly fed and paid employee can drive two horses pulling a four or six gang plow and do the work of over 20 slaves, with the employee and horses eating the food of five men and nobody having to worry about runaways or rebellion. And that's just on the plantation cotton or corn field. If you want the work done right, pay the worker! Save the 'slavery' for a stupid machine that you pay someone to operate. That, of course, is further proof that educating people produces maximum gain.
 

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:34 pm
Those of you who correspond with me by email know this quote already, but I think it is perfect for this forum: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
--Buckminster Fuller

Our system is now obsolete. It is not the perfection that the "true believers," the Constitutionalists, think it is. Until those people come alive with new knowledge, it's not going to be easy to begin anew. But that's no reason to stop us from trying. Betsy, your first comment tells it all. Thank you for your terse encapsulation. I'm not so fond of some of the remarks quoted by Charles. .. especially the first one ("> Coercion created slavery; the cowardice of the slaves perpetuated it."). It's a lot more complicated than cowardice and education is only part of the complexity of why anyone remains enslaved, as all of us have been all our lives! Let's not disparage ourselves; we all come to the light in our own time and I don't believe it's cowardice that is the most responsible for our slavery.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:21 pm
Thanks Greenbee
 

Joe R (190)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 7:55 pm
Thanks Bee. Great article.
 

Peace Monger (185)
Friday June 1, 2012, 2:11 am
BRAVO! Thanks B for the story, greenst*rs all around.
Be the change ...
 

Kenneth L (314)
Friday June 1, 2012, 3:17 am
You have to understand how and why a human being can be a slave or a slavemaster.
And then help the slavemaster as well as yourself. You can't be truly free unless the slavemaster is too.
 

Nancy B (0)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:12 am
Thanks and so true.
 

Kristen H (25)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:39 am
I find the wording in this article to be so militant as to be off-putting. Yes, the U.S. is a propaganda state. Yes, it has imperialistic goals. Yes, corporations are the root of our evil here in the U.S. But to word an article this militantly, you limit yourself to an audience of only people who believe in what you're saying. Those you would win to your cause, will be put off by such language, and will be more likely to reject the truths you are trying to expose, rather than to open their eyes and hearts to them. In short, you're more likely to push people right into the arms of the corporate "whore of the earth" with this article, than you are to save people from her.
 

TomCat S (125)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:34 am
I agree with this up to a point, but when he gets to the end he equates the two parties. That is a false equivalence, because ofr the huge gap between the two.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 9:12 am
Michael: The Native Americans had the best cavalry in the world. In spite of what Hollywood portrays, the U.S. Cavalry by itself could never have defeated them. What once-and-for-all-time defeated the Native Americans, was putting in the railroads, and then paying professional hunters to wantonly SHOOT-TO-EXTERMINATE ALL THE BUFFALO, thus cutting off the basis for existence of the tribes. The once-huge herds were down to just a very few hundred individuals, when it was finally decided to "save a few" before they went totally extinct. Huge piles of buffalo just rotted on the plains; the starving Native Americans were herded onto reservations, where they were fed on scanty government rations of canned beef, often poisoned, whether deliberately or just by poor "quality-control". Thus further decimating their numbers. This Genocide was INTENDED TO ELIMINATE the Native Americans as well as the buffalo. Eliminate their entire, "savage, un-Christian" culture. That is why their children were kidnapped and taken to boarding schools and forbidden to speak their Native language -- "to drive the Indian out of them", as was SAID at that time.

Kristen: I disagree with you. I think the time has FINALLY come to speak out: "Speak Truth to Power", as the Quakers say. Also, I have been demonstrating and vigiling on the streets for years; and I find MORE AND MORE PUBLIC SUPPORT for these groups I am demonstrating with; with a very sharp upturn recently!
[At the beginning, we used to receive at least as many Negative reactions, as Positive. Now, it is ALL POSITIVE REACTIONS! and fewer "indifferent" ones!]
And, I see much the same sort of thing on Care2! [The few Negative reactions seem to be from Professional Trolls, who will never change....]

Michael again, Charles: What happened to the Native Americans, is a MODEL for what "they" are now doing to US, and to the WORLD!
CUTTING OFF OUR ECOLOGICAL BASE OF SUSTENANCE;
and THEN feeding us the CANNED, POISONED CRAP THAT THEY CONTROL!
{And, EXACTLY THE SAME THING they are doing to our EDUCATION. Cutting us off from our Cultural Heritage, so that we will be their OBEDIENT SERVANTS, wherever they want to put us to work -- or in their military if there are no other jobs for us!} {The Native American children were supposed to be trained to be good little domestic servants and "hired help" -- they were taught THOSE SKILLS and no others -- but that didn't really work out too well, they rebelled and became mixed-up crazies and alcoholics instead -- only a few survived the abuse, both physical and psychological, and the forced religious indoctrination.} {Those that were strong and survived, were truly the outstanding, exceptionally hardy people.}

So here we are at a REAL DILEMMA, and it is on Care2 as everywhere else.
We KNOW that poor young men and young women, HAVE to join the Military, often THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE. Often they need to pay off DEBTS from college; or have no other hope of getting into college {they think}, or any job or any life at all. This is more and more the case with middle-class young people also.
These young people are often IDEALISTIC; they are TOLD they are "fighting for Freedom" and they BELIEVE that! If they didn't have these IDEALS, maybe they wouldn't join the military, in spite of poverty and lack of choices! There is a full-time propaganda machine cranking this out......
So, these young men and young women go abroad to foreign countries THAT HAVE DONE US NO HARM AND ARE NO THREAT TO OUR "FREEDOMS";
and these young persons KILL PEOPLE IN OUR NAME, THINKING {at least at the beginning!} THAT THEY ARE "DOING GOOD" IN THIS WORLD.....KILL PEOPLE, WOUND PEOPLE, MAIM PEOPLE, DESTROY ANIMALS AND PROPERTY, DRIVE WOMEN AND CHILDREN INTO POVERTY AND PROSTITUTION {true in EVERY war!}....

Meanwhile, WE HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED TOO -- with that fine, all-purpose Slogan "Support Our Troops" -- after all, it isn't these young people's "fault", it isn't THEIR war, they suffer too.... we MUSTN'T DIVEST THEM OF THE "IDEALS" THEY *THINK* THEY ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR..... Hey that would make them feel bad, feel we don't love them.....
SO WE DON'T TELL THE TROOPS THE TRUTH. WE COVER UP. WE PUSSYFOOT. WE USE EUPHEMISMS.
And they get so CONFUSED, they GO CRAZY and, all-too-often, COMMIT SUICIDE out of their Moral Confusion and Lack of Understanding.......

SO, WHEN DO WE FESS UP AND START TELLING THE TROOPS THE TRUTH:
THAT KILLING PEOPLE IN AN OVERSEAS WAR FOR THE BENEFIT OF CORPORATIONS,
DOES *NOT* MAKE THEM, quote, "HEROES"......
I personally, think the troops would WELCOME SUCH STRAIGHT TALKING.....
just the Generals wouldn't. AND the Corporate Propaganda Masters.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 9:50 am
The relationship between the professional buffalo shooters {one shouldn't call them "hunters", there was no "sport" to it}, and the railroads, was, the shooters shot the buffaloes en masse, from platforms on the trains. They killed the buffalo to "clear the tracks", as the massive herds were once so huge, they could block a train for hours, maybe days! Mustn't stop "Progress", ya know!
BOTH the buffalo, and the Indians dependent on the buffalo, were just so much "vermin" to be "exterminated"; "useless nuisances", "in the way". The buffalo shooters were paid by the railroads -- a great example of Corporate-Government co-operation! They left the buffalo meat to rot in huge piles, but often skinned the buffalo as buffalo robes were very popular for warmth, sold to only white people, of course......

I have made a Share out of this; but I think, nobody really reads Shares any more, do they?
I see no evidence of it!
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:00 am
My Share Title lays it right on the line:
"Are Our Soldiers, Heroes? A RESOUNDING NO! NO THEY ARE NOT TO BE CALLED HEROES!"

I hope it causes Controversy. I wish. NOBODY reads Shares anymore. Nobody evidently read my last two Shares, intended to stir up Controversy. What does one have to DO around here......???!!!
 

Kenneth L (314)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:08 am
BMutiny try posting a C2NN news story of some news article from the web, something that hits home what you wish to say, then send it to your friends who will probably note it which will get it onto the front page where others will see it and I'm pretty sure that will stir controversy. As you can see this article of Green's caused an effect....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:20 am
Kirsten:
Re-reading the Pinkney article, after all the comments here, I DO agree that you have a point -- it is over-the-top Lefty rhetoric, particularly the repeated adjective, "blood-sucking" and the stuff it says about elections -- these are by now, Lefty cliche's!
The people here, have expressed themselves in more measured and sensible terms. This guy is, obviously, talking to a particular audience -- I am not sure who -- and this style of rhetoric actually strikes me as somewhat "old-fashioned", of all things! He is speaking to "Old Lefties"??? and I mean OLD......?

I strongly disagree, tho, that such language will "push people towards the Corporations".
Rather, it usually proves to be the case, that the "extreme" and over-the-top language, makes the more MODERATES look good!
When even the Moderates, as here, start using the language of "slavery" and mean it literally, and NOT as "rhetoric" and hyperbole -- then, something is really going on! A Consciousness Raising.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:39 am
Kenneth: I do post news items, I did take your advice. {Still, NOBODY seems to read Shares these days! even tho they are SENT to lots of people! easier than sending out mailings! But, to what purpose......?}

Here is my latest Care2 News Item: and, SPEAKING OF SLAVERY AND CHAINS........!!!!!!!!!!

Bob Dylan Allows Masters of War to Put a Medal Around His Neck

Society & Culture (tags: bobdylan, madeleinalbright, presidentialmedaloffreedom, mastersofwar, presidentobama, war, anti-imperialist, hypocrite )
BMutiny - opednews.com
In a White House ceremony on May 29th, Bob Dylan, a beloved war protest singer and anti-imperialist songwriter celebrity stood before cameras as the Presidential Medal of Freedom was laid on his chest

A VERY LITERAL CHAIN OF SLAVERY, YOU COULD CALL IT!!!!!!!!!!
[Please go there and post and Note!]

Friday June 1, 2012, 11:02 am

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:49 am
We end this sad denunciation of a war promotion effort to make Bob Dylan appear to be betraying himself and the poor people he sought to defend and empathize with, with a quote from one of Dylan's contemporaries, shot down as was Martin Luther King jr., surely for having been too influential in a time of easily exposed deceit to an American public not quite so decadent and war willing as today's.

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends." - John Lennon


We cannot know what Bob Dylan might come to do about this obvious and horrible contradiction intentionally featured in media this week, but throwing medals of honor back by those ashamed of holding them has become a popular practice to relieve one's conscience.
 

Kenneth L (314)
Friday June 1, 2012, 12:48 pm
Hi B.Mutiny, not Shares, I mean Submit a Story on C2NN like this article of Green's. Create it, then post it, then send the link to about 100 of your friends (through the 'send a message' thing on your page; you can only send it out to 25 people at a time so you have to select different people to send it to about 4 times or so.) I've noticed if you get about 10 comments and about 40 noteds you'll get on the front page, which is after all, where your stuff will get seen the most. which is the purpose of your news stories. Oops. Now I've given out too much information and will start getting competition lol!
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 1, 2012, 6:35 pm
Charles: Well it's a bit much, to blame the whole "collapse" on Bob Dylan! But I see where you're coming from.....
Yeah, ever since he disappointed his fans by going "electric", he sortof abandoned Da Ravolushun. One can see why, too; that TOO was immature and silly in some ways it expressed itself.....
BUT, THERE WAS THAT GLORIOUS MOMENT.........

Hey, y'all, go NOTE MY NEWS STORY ON BOB DYLAN....
Yeah, it is a nuisance to send messages out, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't, when you have lots of friends and you don't even know who's still on Care2 and who isn't.....
so with "Shares", it's only one click.... I think Shares were an earlier thing on Care2, were superseded by other things.....
GO TO MY NEWS STORY ALREADY! ON BOB DYLAN.....
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 7:05 am
Noted & posted to FB. Betsy, this is one awesome truthful post.
As Ghandi said, "You must be the change you want to see in the world".
 

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 11:37 am
Noted, tweeted, shared and tweeted. Ignorance breeds acceptance and takes away freedom. the more informed we are, the more willing we are to stand up for our rights. Check it out by the last election. Obama won, but Romney had far too many votes when one considers he constantly flip flopped and said 47% of the voters were parasites who didn't deserve to vote. Yet many of the same 47% voted for him because they were so misinformed that they didn't realize he was talking about them.
 

Alina Kanaski (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:58 am
Help put an end to slavery; sign my petition to tell Nestlé that we want slavery-free chocolate:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/525/548/sell-slavery-free-chocolate/
 
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