Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Definition of Insurgency

One of the things that Corporate America, the American Military, and our current dysfunctional neo-fascist government all have in common is their ability to come up with and popularize names and euphemisms. These names and euphemisms are designed to do one thing: Soften or make abstract the true meanings of concepts or events. The use of the words: Insurgency and Insurgents seems to have infected all aspects of our media, our thoughts, and our discussions. What is most amazing to me is the fact that so many people on the so-called left use the words, Insurgency and Insurgents. No one seems to be aware that in using these words, they are buying into a small piece of a deliberate deception.

Let’s look for a minute at the definition of Insurgency: An insurgency is an armed rebellion by any irregular armed force that rises up against an established authority, government, administration or occupation. Those carrying out an insurgency are “insurgents”. Insurgents engage in regular or guerilla combat against the armed forces of the established regime. Insurgents usually are in opposition to a civil authority or government primarily in order to overthrow or obtain a share in government, to further a separatist or revolutionary agenda, or improve their condition.

No matter what type of spin you put on the word, Insurgency, it still comes out to really mean one thing: Rebellion. No matter how you use the word, Insurgents, they are still just: Rebels. For god’s sake, we are not fighting some abstract disconnected Insurgency; we are fighting a rebellion. And the Insurgents are not men without a cause; they are Rebels. Everyone who truly cares about this situation should strike Insurgency and Insurgents from their minds, their conversations and their writings. Rebellion and Rebels should replace them. We need to stop buying a piece of this lie and call a spade a spade. Our military is trying to crush a rebellion and kill the rebels who are perpetuating it.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

A 21st Century Common Sense Call to Action

If ever there was a time for all Americans to stand up, it is now. Americans far and wide across this vast nation should awaken from their fitful sleep. They should awaken from a nightmare that is all too real. There needs to be a general call to arms, not arms in the way of guns, but arms in the way of ideas, words, and actions. The cause of America, wrote Thomas Paine, was the cause of all mankind. "O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only the tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth!" And stand forth we should by the millions, to oppose this abomination of a government, this plaque upon the world, this destroyer of hope, this purveyor of despair, this machine of death, this exporter of destruction, this exploiter of the weak, this tool of the rich! Now is not the time to wait for someone else or put it off for another day. Now is not the time to hope things will get better. Now is not the time to say there is nothing I can do. Now is not the time to say that it’s not my problem. What is at stake here is the living, the dying, the blood, the sweat, the tears, the hopes, and the dreams of all the Americans who came before us. What is at stake here in the future of our children. What is at stake here is the future of our world. The beast now lay wounded from the consequences of its own perverted actions. Millions of swords of truth and justice need to be raised in unison and strike with deadly fury to end what should have never begun.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Being Poor in America

Every once in a while you come across something that speaks to the heart of issues and peels away the layers of euphemisms and abstractions that soften the impact of the truth. A like-minded work associate recently handed me a copy of an article from the Chicago Tribune called “Being Poor”. After further investigation, I found the author’s web site and the article. Please take the time to go to John Scalzi’s Whatever and read his, “Being Poor".

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