we STAND – civil disobedience WORKS

We STAND because we hold….

good day America!

warning – this is a long one but i hope its worth ur time.

ya hoo – ya all are remembering your roots aint ya

well that is a mighty fine sight to see

(Keystone pipeline dropped hopefully, SOPA and PIPA dropped, Iraq war ended (kinda, sorta well…), working to end corporate personhood (our elected officials shall not be bought), and making sure no sneaky new rules mess up the voting rights.

DeMOCKracy – being reclaimed to be a true democracy

come on folks – keep standing cuz it is MAKING a DIFFERENCE! and cuz without it well no plant, mineral, animal, or human stands a fighting chance.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. ~ Tommy J.

(but since that is pretty much what we do now a days, we might as well get the 1% to pay their share since its THEIR ideas we are paying for.  come on even the rich dudes are saying “its a hafta do” – thank u warren buffett u give me hope )

this country, the wittle ole U S of A, was founded on some pretty ole grand principles, which she has been taking her time to realize

I type of the “We hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident….”

and we did a mighty big PUSH under that banner and PROTESTED against taxation without representation

and folks since the bedrock of our country’s principles were right,  just, and good – we grew and we soared but every time we hit the crux of badness, we had trouble and usually the trouble was BLOODY and HORRENDOUS and always due to our straying from that fundamental truism.

in 1776 we proclaimed those mighty words of self-evident TRUTH that we hold so dearly: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.”

fast forward to 1863 (4 score [20 years]  + 7 = 87 – 1863 and you get 1776) and you get honest Abe Lincoln reminding us of our origins and our purpose in the Gettysburg Address:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

and the short and mighty tribute and manifesto concluded with a call to duty – to serve justice JUSTLY.

“…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ Abe L.

fast forward to 1963 (5 score = 5 X 20 years = 100 – 1963 and you get 1863 – Abe’s Gettysburg Address, which tells you to go back 4 score and 7 years ago to 1776 – ya see its all connected to our roots) and you get marvelous Martin standing on those white steps in front of honest Abe trying to awaken the conscience of a NATION.

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.” ~ MLK

Martin goes on to delineate the injustices that African-Americans still experienced in the US of A due to the denial of JUSTICE and dreams despite the abolition of slavery in this country 100 years ago.

Read the WHOLE speech and weep folks.  That speech was delivered nearly 10 years after Brown vs. the Board of Education when the US Supreme Court finally realized that legislatively mandated – separate is not equal nor is it constitutional.  But it took guns to get those kiddies into the schools.

See Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With


And it was almost 10 years after the YEAR LONG Montgomery Bus Boycott.

And it was four month after Martin Luther King, Jr had spent some time in a Birmingham jail writing some letters that spoke of positive peace, the spiritual audacity to assert our somebodyness, and the social obligation to stand for that which is just right and true.

And it was before the bloody march on Selma (1965)- the blood being theirs and being spilled by the oppressor called RACISM and paid men with billy clubs and boots

this was probably the turning point of the civil rights movement.  words of dreams without ACTION – without STANDing for that which is just right and good and without DEMANDS are empty and meaningless.

and it was before 1968 when a shot rang out and ended a life that knew would never see full fruition.

I have always believed that Martin came for ALL of us.  not just for African-American folks and not just for ignorant white folks and not just for the 1960s but for you and me and yours and mine and for those to come.  He showed us a way of how peaceful resistance, civil disobedience, and non-cooperation can change the heart and soul of a nation to remember her roots.  We are forever indebted to him and for all the brave everyday people of this nation, who choose to stand for that which is right, just and true.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

He did not stop.

He was persecuted.

He was maligned.

He was set up and falsified by the FBI.

He was afraid but still he STOOD.

Because the truth is bigger than all of us and if we do not STAND by her we are all doomed.

And he was betrayed – he was the golden boy of the Northern liberals because he confronted and challenged the racist south but when Martin took his STAND to his Asian brothers’ plight – their being slaughtered in Vietnam – his liberal backers and financiers told him no, not now, this is not the hour nor the cause.  But Martin knew there is never a wrong time to do the right thing. and he always said and believed “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” –  so he stood.

and many others stood with him.  A sea of people STOOD and were counted.

And this is what it takes for Civil Disobedience to work folks.  Many many many good folks to do the right thing.  and it takes GOOD leaders.  Women and men who believe in the power of truth and who believe in the power of LOVE.

Civil Disobedience is a firm LOVE, a true LOVE, and a self-sacrificing LOVE.

Just ask Mohandas K. Gandhi

It works as long and as well as we do the GOOD work of STANDing.

Just ask Wikipedia, google, and all the other website systems that took a stand against SOPA and PIPA last week and Congress.

Just ask Occupy __________ (fill in a city near you) where folks have been arrested for exercising their first amendment rights to challenge corporate wrongs.  Most of the charges in these arrests have been dropped and/or dismissed.

Whether it be water hose spray or pepper spray – we gonna STAND.

Just ask Bradley Manning and the ending of the Iraq war.

If you do not know who Bradley Manning is – i can not blame you.  I knew of this person but not his name until I joined a march of the Occupy Rochester group from the public market to the Army Recruiting office on Bradley’s birthday.  I did some studying up before hand and after and i weep.  I do not think this young man will ever see a day of freedom but what he did, he did for TRUTH.

We should not be killing others in the name of “democracy” while we are constantly eroding our own and we should not be detaining hundreds, who we know are innocent but we fear what they will do to us once released because of the injustices they have experienced under our iron thumb, we should not be authorizing acts to terrorize our citizens and restrict our fundamental rights and principles and the CORNERSTONE of this country in the interest of corporate greed, individualism, capitalism, and fundamentalism. Our elected representatives need to care more about the people who elected them than their own stock options.

YES WE SEE YOU and you are busted.

The country has turned its back on so many of our core values and reeks of hypocrisy and continues to rape and pillage the soil, air, water and lives of its people that something is gonna give.  It can either be a big ole bad ka boom or two or three or it can be CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.

The choice is ours.

STAND folks before they legislate that they can throw you in the slammer indefinitely for having done so.  (or dont and get a few more NDAAs passed)

well i could go on and on about the power of civil disobedience

seriously i could go on and on about it – it is beautiful to behold and so rarely utilized cuz they always try to nip it in the bud very early by intimidation and all that other crap but just STAND folks – u is grand.  be peaceful and u cant go wrong.  Firm with love and forward march.  No death of the spirit folks – cuz living until you are 80 when you compromised everything you believed and and held dear to just so you could live a wittle longer is no life at all and when we stand WITH and FOR justice we all are served in the end.

see 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-the-united-states-still-the-land-of-the-free/2012/01/04/gIQAvcD1wP_story.html

Stand before we have nothing left to stand for and STAND while you can.

They are already roughing up and arresting folks for peacefully dancing at the foot of Thomas Jefferson (ya know the dude who wrote about those TRUTHS that are self-evident and that we hold so dearly)

Its now two score and 9 years since Martin’s five score… and we are still standing for freedom – freedom of speech, assembly, and press and for ECONOMIC JUSTICE and an end to UNJUST WARS.

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” ~ Tommy J

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” ~ Tommy J

“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.” ~ Tommy J

“One man with courage is a majority.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Stand and be counted folks – cuz u count!


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