We Should March On Washington

(crossposted from daily kos) (here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/…

Too many promises betrayed, and now this new war escalation.

Is this blog called “Daily Kos” or is it called “Daily Barack Obama?”

I thought we were activists.

We should march on Washington. We should recognize that no good change ever was effected without a lot of pain, in the past.

Civil rights for African Americans? Not exactly a walk in the park. Vietnam? Kinda rough too.

So, why do we think anything is different this time around?

That means sacrifice, though. For me, that means I sacrifice my garden. It won’t stay alive while I march on Washington, this spring. The climate here is warm, and they don’t like leftists here. Any friend I might have had, would want to march with me.

A year’s death in a garden is a big deal for a gardener. You only get so many years.

I hope I can take my dog with me. I hope someone will give me a ride. I can chip in for gas and other expenses.

To protest the war.

To protest the stupidity.

To protest the bigotry.

To protest the devastation.

To say “No, this not only is not good enough, it’s not within light years of good enough. You are selling us out.”

And you here who worked so hard to get this administration in power, should recognize that the most.

You should be with us, when we march on Washington. You should be right up there looking Barack Obama and company in the eye, and saying:

“We trusted you. We worked for you. Hell, we busted our butts working for you.

“We prayed for you to win.

“And we were ecstatic on election night, when you did. It changed our lives when that happened, it changed us.

“And now, where are you, Barack Obama? Where are you, Democratic Congress?

“Why are you sending us down the same bad roads?”

But no. Asking why isn’t the point any more. The answers are never really there.

Nothing ever changes. We must march on Washington. We have to stop asking, and start telling.

Miep

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    • Miep on December 4, 2009 at 8:30 am
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    I don’t think I ever left.

    But, perhaps changed by you dharma bums; I have instead rejoined it.

    Like I wrote in my tip jar there;

    “I’m serious.”

    • Inky99 on December 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

    And like some commentor there said, we should take it a step further and peacefully occupy the offices of our lawmakers and demand that they defund this fucker.

    I must be really bored, I’m reading over at DK.

    • Miep on December 4, 2009 at 9:03 am
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    http://www.dailykos.com/commen

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    Guy just whipped it out, linked and blockquoted and all. Awesome!

    • Miep on December 4, 2009 at 9:21 am
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    http://www.dailykos.com/commen

    So telling. Yet so wrong. (1+ / 0-)

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       mieprowan

    You started off dead on with this:

       We should recognize that no good change ever was effected without a lot of pain, in the past.

    100% right.  We need to get to work.

    And yet your only solution is yet another protest?  When do we ever do anything but protest?  When do we pick up a shovel and work in the affirmative?

    If we were going to march and show our numbers, we ought to have done so in favor of health care reform – or in favor of something for a fucking change.  But another show of outrage?”  Do you seriously think anyone cares anymore>  We are all outrage all the time.  it is all we on the left do.

    Like what Obama is doing or not, almost all of it falls into the category of cleaning up an existing mess.  The time for outrage was every step of the way in the creation of that mess.  But screw outrage.  as you said, no change ever came without pain.  So buck the fuck up and get to work  organizing for positive chain instead of opposing the guy who is our best hope for change.

    I stand with the President.

    by snout on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 01:14:35 AM MST

    &&&

    I thought this was great; sent it to top comments.

    • Miep on December 4, 2009 at 10:25 am
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    what I’m saying (0+ / 0-)

    and I really appreciate your work here commenting on this essay..

    is that we can talk and talk and talk, and people can die and die and die.

    30,000 more troops into Afghanistan.

    Daily Kos was, as a group, so happy to elect Barack Obama.

    For god’s sake; we don’t send 30,000 more troops into dangerous places assuming these people, often children, will come back safe and sound.

    Barack Obama just decided to kill several thousand more American kids.

    Is that what we elected him to do?

    People, is that what we elected him to do?

    Miep

    “It could be worse – I could have missed my calling” – Sheryl Crow

    • Diane G on December 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

     & You are brave to post it there!

    Here & wwl? Well, yeah, we get it, we are supportive!

    March on!

  1. we need to make the status quo uncomfortable. With Bush we could feel the inevitable. With Obama we’ve been sold a paper tiger, an empty vessel. The progressive blogosphere is full of the disenchanted. It is time for action.

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