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2004-11-10 - 1:26 p.m.

about the war?


what can I say, I went and got political again... oh, not a lot... just a few words and I'll let the mood pass since I just woke up and found interesting quotes on a site about a protest song by this guy who apparently sang it just a mile or few from where I sit right now and I was doing something else that day... He was banned from the University of Miami (an expensive private school that I suppose has the right to ban public protest and free speech... hearing about this, I was not unhappy to see their football team did not live up to expectations in their first year in the ACC, but that's besides the point)...

I applaud Ian and wrote the comment included below, clicking on the most recent post on his message board, to do just that... before I posted my applause, however, I read the thread of posts I clicked on... and other words posted there... some very Presidential... Eisenhower was an interesting Republican General-of-the-Armed-Forces President of the United States, ya know?... did I spell his name right?... in any case, there were words from soldiers in Iraq, words from veterans of past wars, declared and undeclared, and assorted military skirmishes (or so they are called... did I spell that right?)... there were a few Anonymous posts, typical of those who choose that user name, snarky and empty of meaningful or balanced thought, but I apparently clicked on a thread started by an anonymous poster and therefore mentioned him or her in my post...

all this to say that I am not very political... I wrote a few thinks in 2000 when I was in newsgroups a lot and was prodded for more thoughts than my head could contain at any given moment... I have a simple mind (the irony that Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love you on {you know the scene in the cab with the driver singing?} is on should not escape our rambles)... I prefer it uncluttered by blood stained rhetoric or complicated issues about which I can only confess more ignorance than knowledge (and certain uncertainty about truth or enough information to develop any sort of educated opinion or make any sort of informed choice)... that is why I do not think much about politics (or religion) for that matter... it hurts my head...

sometimes...

but then, that's mostly excuse (the hurting head thing)... my current loner life allows me to wander the fringes of culture and not become involved in any massive movements or beliefs systems... I am not a follower, I know what I believe to be right and wrong for myself, but I am not a leader and believe I have no right to tell you or anyone what is right or wrong for you... I believe in honesty without harm... any more is just window dressing or unnecessary complication...

still, I love words... I love communication... I love music... I love sharing... I love being agreement with others... and so I am pleased when I find a song I can agree with (pleased enough to leave that hanging participle or dangling preposition or whatever it is)... and I was pleased enough to think about the bodies bleeding or dead on the ground in a far off land, today and throughout history... and the screaming battle cries that have motivated humans to do despicable things to each other throughout the years on virtually every bit of soil and sea that we call this Planet Earth... and the real-world effects that war and politics and any leadership or power structure has had on human lives or our lives in recent history... and very briefly, this is what I wrote about that...

Applause for the effort, the words, the wong.

I mean the song (typos are embarrassing, but I usually leave them in because they amuse me and often give me reason to question my subconscious motivations and meanings, but that's besides the point). I definitely support the suggestion that you re-record the song for better clarity and distribute it as widely as possible.

I believe few people in the world today have enough information to make a truly informed decision about which party or candidate to support, for they all seem to go in the same direction. When was the last year the inflation rate went down, or the earned income for average Americas went up. When was the last year the gap between the rich and the middle class and the poor stopped growing larger? When was the last presidency that was not marred by some sort of social or economic scandle or blatent misrepresentation of facts? When was the last time the overall taxes we pay, the overall money the government takes in from our labors, truly went down?

Disillusioned, I am. Cynical, I am. Ignorant, I am.

On the other hand, I applaud efforts like Ian's. I applaud those who believe in a cause and are willing to stand up and do something about it. I do not believe in harming others (or the planet), though I respectfully I applaud troops that think killing is the right way to make the world a better place, even as I disagree and hope they don't think killing me would help. I do not applaud those who would tell you or me to kill someone else while they do not participate in the killing activity. When leaders put themselves and their loved ones on the front lines (as once was the case in war in human history), perhaps more truths will come out.

Your voice is needed, Ian. Every voice is needed.

Maybe Anonymous mean unheeded (since the fact is much of the truth unheeded by most Americans of both parties these days in our daily lives), after all, the n and h keys are kind of close on the keyboard.

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here's the thread I fell in on (for greater context and such)... and thank you for pointing it out to me... you can listen (maybe even hear)... you can see the video for free there too... I will be looking for more from Ian and hope to find it...

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