Original post here:
Beck thinks Raub and Occupy are different things, apparently..he maybe never saw Occupy Marines’ facebook page, or heard of the Winter Soldiers.
One person on his page comments that if the FBI “went after” the “Black Panthers” (where? who? seriously?!) that there would be “cries of racism” shaking the rafters, or something like that.
Considering I just now, I mean in recent months, began to learn about the Black Panthers, and the government’s response to them, I had to say something back. I mean: I can’t say enough, they didn’t teach us so much in school.
They did teach us to obey, to do the same thing at the same time every day, to raise your hand for permission, to follow.
What gets me is that this beautiful world, so full of potential, so full of wondrous creatures like the young bird who sings to me every morning who is right now jacking around a plastic chain over at the window, this fabulous world of blue sky and mountain and ocean and forest, what gets me is that people forget it. They forget it’s here, _I_ forget it’s here, green grass beneath my feet. This is the planet that feeds us; we breathe it, drink it, we are of it. And it is suffering from industrial pollution; that is the fight that gets ignored, while people fight over ideas.
I just can’t help seeing this fight over ideas as just another excuse to fight, to blame, to destroy. I don’t have all the answers, and neither does Glenn Beck, or Barack Obama, or George W. Bush, or any one person in any position, anywhere. We have to talk to each other to get answers, and the answer may be that the best thing to do is not fight anymore, but build. Build what? I don’t know—we need each other for that, and if we can’t communicate, we can’t come together.
I’ve been hearing ad nauseum that these computers and connections and transatlantic cables and satellites are helping us communicate, but are they?
I left the following comment on Mr. Beck’s blog:
The FBI did do this to the Black Panthers. Fred Hampton, 12.4.69, 4am, dragged him out of bed where he was with his pregnant girlfriend, sleeping. His second in command turned out to have betrayed him. The feds came in shooting, shot him dead, shot people dead, people who were doing no violence to anyone.
I sure didn’t learn about it in school, did you?
If “heads would roll under the cry of racism” we’d have learned about this.
And I really don’t like the “occupy” bashing here in this article. Scott Olsen, 2x Iraq war vet, is part of that movement. Captain Lewis, police captain in Philly, was arrested in uniform at Occupy Wall Street.
For GB’s information, occupy was infiltrated, filled with provocateurs who did violence to make demonstrators look violent, and police believed it, surrounded by people doing violence, cracked down on innocent people’s heads, it was all over the news, GB didn’t you see the pictures of old ladies who were pepper sprayed? Or hogtied and positionally tortured for hours on cold concrete floors, kicked, hit, fired upon with projectiles, thrown into jail? That’s what they did to Occupy, so why are you sitting here saying that movement was ignored? As for black panthers, that was a long time ago, for chrissake.
We are all one tribe, we are all children of this planet, sons and daughters and brothers and sisters, and as long as we set against each other and yell about revolution we will never solve problems—never, ever ever. War does not solve problems, it creates them. It is the opposite of communication. It is not going to save us, not now and not ever. It only leads to more violence.
Violence is a language and an energy that spreads. So is communication. It is the opposite energy, a cousin to music.
Raub knew better than anyone here that people must come together and put their heads together in their own communities. In the real world, real time not virtual. We can yell about our “country” all we want, and yell about how other people are wrong all we want, but look where it’s gotten us.
Peace is patriotic, communication is patriotic, caring enough to slow down and think and really look around us at each other, instead of raging at the machines, that is patriotic.
I’m really proud of Brandon Raub, of Bradley Manning, of Ehren Watada, of Camilo Mejia, of Brandon “Tex” Neely, of Ethan McCord. (And so many others.)
I’m proud of all these men and women who deserve respect and care for their thoughts about freedom, which they signed up to protect. What is that freedom if it’s not the freedom to think and speak?
I’m proud of the Occupy kids and adults and of all the folks who have come out of the woodwork to participate and say to those who make decisions: we need to change some things!!! Those folks helped and fed and gave medical care to all the homeless people and lost souls and yes, unappreciated, wounded vets who the police dumped at their encampments. God only knows how much Occupy saved the taxpayers by taking care of souls for free, but you know this amount was never figured into all the “damage” done by demonstrators that cities like Los Angeles complained about (even though Occupy and private donors offered to completely fix and clean everything that had been altered).
For once at City Hall we had folks gathering and talking about ‘what do we do, what can we do?’ They worked out a thing where you talk one at a time, and in consideration of those sensitive to noise, worked out silent communications via hand gestures, etc. So for a few months last year there was someone at our city halls LISTENING to anyone who needed to get up and talk.
Yes, it was disorganized. No, no news media covered that part of the demonstrations..which were not just demonstrations, but people coming together attempting to figure out what to do about our world, our country, our communities.
All these folks make me so proud and Mr. Beck, they deserve your respect and courtesy as your countrymen, brothers and sisters, peacemakers, communicators, and builders of conversation.
I hope you can hear me.
the planet is not
it cannot divide
and must provide
we wait and wait and wait and wait
for the next room
or in rooms
raging at the machines
—long ago sold to us as recreation.
the planet burns
boils and shakes,
through the ionosphere–
are like the frog,
and we joke
about the frog,
the silly, boiling frog.