The Democrats’ Silence
By Chuck Richardson
in a free speech zone can sometimes be brutal, especially when
there are no guidelines for discussion or, worse, the wrong parameters.
When the wrong rules are in play, what isn’t said is always more important
than what is said. And, of course, what is said is dangerously irrelevant
For instance, consider the recently
completed Democratic National Convention in Boston. The Israeli-Palestinian
conflict wasn’t mentioned in either nominee’s acceptance speech; nor
was NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, the IMF, the FTAA or corporate personhood.
The word torture was never uttered, and not one speaker said anything
about the possible postponement of this November’s election because
of the terrorist threat.
On the contrary,
Vice Presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, had this
message for terrorists: “We will destroy you!” And his boss, Massachusetts
Sen. John Kerry, surrounded by swift boat comrades while he reported
for duty, described the threat in ominous terms, saying that the
terrorists were unlike any enemy America has ever faced (he’s right,
of course; they have no army, navy, air force or country).
To his credit,
Kerry pledged to maintain civil freedoms during the current “war,” but
protestors outside were forced to gather in barbed wire enforced pens
that were euphemistically called “free speech zones.” You can count
that as another disgrace that was never mentioned during the weeklong
corporate-sponsored TV commercial.
The most telling omission of fundamental
reality, however, was the failure to speak of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. That’s because Kerry supports President Bush’s pro-Israeli
wall for peace. These folks subscribe, with no sense of irony, to the
“poetic” notion [sic] that fences make good neighbors.
if Kerry and Edwards had spoke on this issue, again what would be left
unsaid would be the most important element for Americans.
fact would be that Israel, despite all the terror it’s had to deal with,
has never considered canceling an election. What’s worse for the Republicrats,
the more terror Israelis face the more elections they seem to have.
Does terror affect their
elections? You bet. But if a society is unjust and wields disproportionate
political economic power, it will face the most effective and necessary
means of resistance. The “enemy” will meet our might—the inertia of
the military-petroleum-complex’s American-UK-Israeli alliance—by any
How the majority of voters
within the alliance respond to terror dictates the nature of what
will happen. In a democracy, the people always get what they deserve,
and that’s as it should be. Israelis are reaping what they’ve sown.
You elect corrupt provocateurs who have war crimes in their past because
you’re afraid, and more things get blown up as a result. When minorities
are terrified of majorities, and find themselves cornered, they fight
back or perish. Elite sponsored terror breeds terrorism within threatened
us to the final and most relevant point of all. If our intent
is, like Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his hard-line predecessor
Benjamin Netanyahu, to “destroy” the terrorists, we will truly be facing
a generations long conflict.
In Israel, a clear choice
has always been provided between the party of peace—Labor—and the party
of war—Likud. Unfortunately, in the U.S. we’re only being offered Likud
and Likud-lite. Zionism and manifest destiny are sibling concepts.
secret is that terrorism only works against democratic societies, as
the psyche of the people is capable of shifting official policy. However,
corporate (i.e.: fascist) regimes use terrorism to strengthen their
hold over their people and promote only those values that enhance
their own political economic status.
To defeat terrorism,
a democracy must either surrender its freedom, or use its core LIBERAL
values and genius for universal self-expression to generate a more just
world, eliminating the need for terrorism.
win by destroying our enemies unless we’re willing to continue
being terrorists ourselves.
reality Democrats are avoiding in order to get elected, or concealing
because they really know that they’ve sold out.
and destruction are on the way, and Democrats are offering no hope for
an alternative future.
for we the people to face reality and stop selling ourselves out to
the highest bidder. Otherwise, we’re just fat, addicted slaves enabling
the whore of Babylon.
Richardson has just published his first book—Memos from Apartment 5—available now
from Page Free Press. His work has appeared on Z-Net, The Smirking Chimp,
Buffalo Report, Buffalo Alt Press, Graphic Truth, corporations-suck.com and
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