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(en) US, Boston, 93 days until the excitement begins... Why Bother To Protest the DNC? Why should I bother?

From <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://blackteasociety.org/index.html)
Date Sat, 24 Apr 2004 09:42:44 +0200 (CEST)


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Why should we protest the Democrats? I know I hate virtually all
that Bush has done to this country and the world since his
administration was placed into office. Why don't I like Bush?
Because he is corrupt, doesn't allow the American voice be heard,
because he bases his policies on the ideas and visions that are only
shared by the elite and mega-rich. He veils this agenda in a
well-spun and calculated manner by which millions of Americans
are deceived and the rest are intimidated.
For months now we have been inundated with the call of "Anyone
but Bush!" But then who are we encouraged to support; who is it
that is rallying this anti-Bush call? The Democrats. Are they
REALLY the answer? Our gut tells us no, but out of fear and a
lack of choice we turn to them. When we listen to them, we get
angry. We get angry at Bush, at the Supreme Court, at
Republicans, really at anyone who doesn't agree with Democrats.
Bottomline...we get angry. But is that what America is about?
Anger? Not my America.

I'm tired of living in fear, living in anger, living in despair. I'm
tired of hearing how this year the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts is spending more on prisons than on higher
education. I'm tired of walking down the street and seeing the
homeless and feeling guilty that I can't give them a dollar. I can't
give them a dollar because our government hasn't created an
environment in which jobs that pay a fair wage can thrive. We
have a government of Democrats and Republicans that taxes me
to the gills and lets corporations walk away with tax exemptions,
tax credits and loopholes. Who has given us this state of affairs?
The current structure of government. A two-party system.
Republicans AND Democrats.

Where in the Constitution does it say that there should be two
parties, let alone any parties? I'll save you some time...it doesn't.
What the United States Constitution does talk about is a
government by the people and for the people. At the time, that
was revolutionary. Unfortunately, the revolution fell just short. We
must continue the revolution of creating the
country and the world that the founders of this country envisioned.

The world I want to live in is one of hope - one where the rights of
every individual are respected, validated and heard. Neither the
Democrats nor the Republicans do this. Sure they say they do and
they craft elaborate policy schemes and deceptive rhetorical flourishes
that appeal to the masses and gets them elected when the other side has
power. But once the power of government flips from one side to the other,
they both act the same way. They go right back to the status quo
(perhaps with some minor adjustments).

Well, I'm tired of the status quo and minor adjustments. The
status quo SUCKS. Major adjustments are needed. We can be told
that it's the greatest thing on Earth, but then why do hundreds of
thousands sleep on the streets without a home; why do millions
go without basic healthcare; why are trillions spent on weapons
and only millions on educating the future of our world? Why?
Because our bastardized democratic government has been overrun
by capitalistic and greedy corporations. Our government has
slowly been stolen. And we must take it back. We will take it back.
One day at a time. It has already begun. Come join us.

Everything we read in the media and are surrounded with tells us
that everything is great. We should just shut up and go shopping.
But our gut tells us that this isn't right. That there is more to life
than the movies, the stores, the cars, and sex, drugs and rock and
roll. Not that those things are evil. I happen to enjoy sex, drugs
and rock and roll, as well as the occasional movie, road trip and
new shirt. But I know that there is more to life than those things.
You know this, too.

Tired of things the way they are? Stop your bitching and do
something. Be the change that you want to see. Volunteer.
Organize. Mobilize. Educate. Speak out.

Come join us as we envision a better world and protest the powers
that have gotten us to such a sad state of affairs.

copyleft 2004 - Bl(A)ck Tea Society
question - comments - concerns, email: nodnc04@hush.com
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The Bl(A)ck Tea Society is an ad-hoc coalition of
anti-authoritarians organizing in the Boston area and beyond to
resist the Democratic National Convention.
contact: nodnc04@hush.com
Next Bl(A)ck Tea Society meeting:
Wednesday, May, 2004 7pm @ MIT


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