Monday, September 20, 2004

Not in any official capacity, mind you

Just to be perfectly clear, I'm not saying this in any official capacity.

The people who block me from websites, calling coffee clatches 'weapons' and call my own feminist discourse 'tasteless'?

I'm not voting for them.

You don't treat a soldier like that. Oh, wait, I guess you do. That's the way they're treating a decorated veteran who was wounded while fighting in a war some people supported but didn't fight in. If a vet gets that treatment from them, what chance does a mere grunt have? And a female one at that? We know how they regard women from the way they treat them. Sorry, but flowers on Mother's day just don't impress me much. I'm not a mother. That's all they recognize. They're willing to have me fight their fights, but, well, I'm just another service person to them.

I believed what I was told. My doubts have arisen because of what I've seen---and haven't seen. I believe there has to be a standard for democracy like there is for medicine: first do no harm. When the number of soldiers killed here equals the number of people killed on September 11th, will people be healed? Especially now, now that we have inadvertantly caused the very problem we supposedly came here to solve: Al Qaeda in Iraq. They were not here before.

Now they are.

That's all I have to say for now. But for now I can say it here. And whoever wants me to fight and die, but do so with my lips zipped needs to discover what all despots do: frustrate free speech early, and watch it grow too large to contain later.

Sooner or later. Decide. Let me talk now or let me and every one like me become so frustrated that it becomes too huge to contain.

Hopefully in about two months.


14 Comments:

Blogger Mona said...

Unofficial words like these are the most powerful ones, though, precisely because they are directly based on and call forth the simple, undeniable clarity of facts.

Thank you.

September 21, 2004 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Scarlete said...

Yay, I'm glad you're here!

I'm surprised this isn't blocked.

September 21, 2004 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Corgi said...

You are the provocation for my very first Blogspot post. ^_^

Hugs from LiveJournal.

September 21, 2004 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Keri said...

Well said as always! Despite what the polls say (and I have doubts about who they are actually calling) I know far too many people that are as angry as you and I are. People who have never voted before, but are determined to vote this time.

Had to get a blog here to comment, but I think I'll try to post in it some as well as LJ. My blog here is "Just another southern liberal feminist"

September 21, 2004 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger CrazySoph said...

Hooray! The return of the spin-free zone! Still, miss you over at the old place, but what is life but change?

Crazy(going off to file her voter reg)Soph

September 22, 2004 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger this we'll defend said...

Outstanding post.

But I really don't think your LJ experience was political. I think it was an over-inclusive filter that stopped everything with profanity, that stopped your coffee-talk because it had "Janes" in it like Jane's Defense Weekly, and the decision to censor the net in the first place, while stupid and wrong, wasn't political - just absurd.

But you are right about what you feel - the purple-heart bandaids were what got me fired up. Bastards.

I was at a bar in Orange County CA before 9/11 while Gore and Bush were still candidates. A friend and I were talking (about movies, not politics) when a lady tried to hand me a Bush bumper sticker. "No thanks" I said politely. She said "what, are you a demoncrat or something?" jokinly. I said "Yeah, I am, but not "demon", just democrat. I turned to my friend to continue the conversation when the lady said, loudly, "You really are a democrat?" she said it so loud that all conversation ceased and everybody was looking at us. "Uhh, yes." After a pause she said angrily "We don't burn flags around here."

I was stunned. People nodded approvingly and glared at me. "Ma'am, I don't burn flags. What makes you think something terrible like that?" I was, as always, clean-shaven, bald (dammit) and well-dressed. I didn't look hippieish. She said accusingly "you think it should be legal, don't you?"

"yes. I think whoever does it is a jerk, but they have the 1st Amendment right to do it."

"See, you DEMONcrats are tearing this country apart. We love America. And we love Jesus. And we don't like flag-burners around here." By now a large crowd had gathered, glaring at me as if I had just insulted lady liberty and declared my allegiance to satan. I was getting nervous, but also pissed off.

I said "Lady, I'm a veteran. Everybody here that is a veteran raise your damn hand." I, as expected, was one of the few (see, they all love the military, they just had "other priorities" or "opportunites". I then said "Before you lecture me on patriotism and how much you love this country carry a rifle like me for a while. Until then kiss my ass." She huffed off and the crowd, their patriotic fury quashed, wandered off and went back to making deals and talking about those shiftless poor people (or whatever it is they talk about in south Orange county) and I went back to my drink.

And now, four years later, all of the damn nation seems to be Orange County.

I lie awake at night worrying about nov. 2nd. We MUST win.

September 22, 2004 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger Danny Howard said...

Gi'm Heck, Gin! Woop!

September 22, 2004 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger jdulac said...

this we'll defend's comments that your LJ experience isn't strictly political might be true, but the whole censorship of troops' access to information is part of that "we know what's good for you" paternalistic morality that is used as a means of social control by the forces driving so much of American politics these days. That's why gay marriage and access to abortion are considered appropriate areas for government interference in private life, while things like, say health care and education, are considered to be a personal responsibility where the government shouldn't intrude. So although not strictly "political censorship", it is political.

Daily Kos had some great comments here on a book I'd like to read, Don't think of an elephant! by George Lakoff. It explains rather well the culture clash between the conservative and progressive world view, in terms of differing concepts of the "family"... one is yearning for the strict authoritarian Dad, and the other is into Montessori and two-parent nurturing :)

on a personal note... followed you here from LJ, and joined this venue just to be able to offer encouragement and appreciation for your great writing. I want to be in line for an autographed copy of your book some day!

September 22, 2004 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger this we'll defend said...

jdulac: I think I know where you went to school. Was Varat Dean then? I was '04.

September 22, 2004 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger jdulac said...

this we'll defend: alas, my life has been centered on the east coast, and it was much longer ago than I'm likely to admit... :) but thank you (I think :))

September 22, 2004 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger MickeyMe said...

Let your voice be heard -- but always remember to cover your ass.

Only those with insecurities and closed minds refuse to allow an opposite opinion. You're making very good use of your intelligence, and that's fine.

General Shak, the retired one whose name I can never correctly pronounce, told the world when he addressed the Democrat's convention: We went to war to combat terrorism. We've created more terrorists than we've killed." He was joined by 10 other retired high ranking, much decorated military brass who spoke out against the current powers that be. Hooray!

Damn, I wish I owned an oil company! Better yet, I wish I owned Halliburton! I'd do whatever it cost to buy us out of this mess. After all, they bought us into it. Dubya had an obligation to them and he paid off.

Go, girl! Just remember, always cover your ass.

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