anarchism, art, Europe, poetry, Rights, Spain, We The People, Writing

The Land Is Yours

Workers,  artists, the land is yours

Fascists have no claim on it

Farmers, mothers, the land is yours

Stalinists have no stake in it

 

The land feeds you, it shelters you

Capitalists will pillage it

The land conceived you, it birthed you

Priests will diseffect you from it

 

Swains, partisans, the land is yours

Fatalists have no love for it

Songstresses, bards, the land is yours

Puritans will sanitize it

 

The land inspires you, delights you

The abject will denigrate it

The land endows you, renews you

The callous will despoil it

 

The land is yours

Will you fight for it?

 

 

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Activism, poetry

This Flag

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This flag

it is a rag

it ain’t my bag

to salute this piece of cloth

signaling defeat

and deceit

in the eyes of those

unfortunate enough

to be “liberated”

in its name

This flag

is just a rag

a blood one at that

used to mop up the

trail of tears

and 500 years

of genocide

red as the blood that stains the great plains

white as the skin of the conquerors

blue as the blood of those who profited

and who profit still

on the tyranny

and calumny

that reigns

under

that

flag

that

rag

to me

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What Does Memorial Day Mean?

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“Memorial Day will be celebrated … by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of governments.”

—-Howard Zinn

There has been a campaign on social media to promote something called the “Go Silent” campaign. As to this “Go Silent” campaign to ask for a moment of silence on memorial day; I will not be taking part because I find this request insulting and condescending to the people of the US. We The People have the right to free speech, we have the right to speak out against the injustice being perpetrated against innocent people all over the world by the US Military in the service of US Government/Corporate interests. I will use tomorrow to speak out against the glorifying/deification of war dead, which only serves as a way to silence and shame discontent and dissension from the people against the crimes being done in their name.

No war or military operation the US has fought has been just or warranted, not since at least WWII, and since the end of the Vietnam war we have had a volunteer force so anyone who has died since then has died because of a choice THEY made to be a part of an armed forces in services of a government that has perpetrated slaughter on a massive scale, especially in the Middle East. Why, why does the “protection” of our “freedom” and “liberty” and “way of life” seem so often to require the wholesale destruction of other nations and peoples?

This memorial day I will be honoring not the US war dead (they have plenty of people celebrating their cause) but instead the victims of US imperial brutality in the name of “freedom”. Also remember, the best way to honor the war dead, veterans, and those who are still serving is to make sure they are never again sent to fight a war of aggression in the name of national security, corporate interests, or plain old fear. The holiday has also become yet another excuse for Americans to self-righteously congratulate themselves, to worship the military for the sake of it being the military, and also an excuse for retailers to sell cheap foreign made goods to eager consumers. I am not asking that you believe what I believe or act how I act, but I am asking that you take a long hard look at what it is exactly that we are memorializing this day, and why.

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Conservatism, essay

“I’m Just A Monkey on A Gun”: The REAL American Sniper

Chris Kyle at Work

Chris Kyle at Work

Is this what it has come to in this nation? Are people like Chris Kyle really supposed to be celebrated like a “hero”? Men who admitted in their own autobiography that they looted the houses and bodies of the people they killed in Iraq, who calls the people he killed “scum” and celebrates their death as a sign of American exceptionalism and a step towards more American “freedom”?

A man whose supporters attack others with rape, death, and assault threats for daring to even express dislike for a movie made about him? Is this a hero? A man who said he enjoyed killing and would do it all over again? We are supposed to celebrate that? On the day we celebrate the life of a true hero, Martin Luther King, Jr., a man killed by a sniper, a film is out in theaters about a man who killed 200 people with a rifle. There is something perverse about that. Something wrong…something sick in the American spirit that we can find room in our hearts to celebrate as heroes people who kill others in the name of a freedom that they then rail against and denigrate at home whenever someone they do not agree with exercises it in public. “Kill the ragheads!” “Death to liberals” “That feminist should be raped!”…we see this online and in person every time some one has the temerity to dare and question the conservative myth-making industry. We must move past such false heroes as Chris Kyle, abandon them and call them what they are: drones, enforcers of power and privilege, or in other words, Cowards.

The US Public has long celebrated cowards, people who do with their fists and their guns what they cannot or will not do with their minds or their hearts. It is part of our American inheritance, our Imperial ethos, the same sensibility that could turn Christopher Columbus into a hero and the Native Americans into perennial villains. It is the faulty nature of American morality itself, our collective belief that our power is good, or rage is justified, and our desires matter more than anything else.

So, in conclusion, and to put it as simply as I possibly can: If you think “American Sniper” Chris Kyle is a hero, you are morally repugnant. The man was a racist, xenophobic, sociopath mass murderer and confessed war criminal. Move on and grow up. As Chris Kyle said about himself, quoted in a profile posted on CNN, [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/03/us/texas-sniper-killed-kyle-profile/] : “I am just a monkey on a gun.”

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American Flag, art, Democracy, Liberty, Memorial Day, Politics

Memorial Day

I did not ask to
Be born in
America
I will risk
Seeming Naïve
And say
I wish I had grown up
In Germany
Where they learned
Awhile ago
To not ever
Allow a
Flag
To demand
To much respect
I do not thank the people who died
Because I have no right to thank them
They did not die for me
They died for themselves
For their own reasons
Or because they
Were forced to fight
And die
I do not thank those
Who killed for no reason
Other then the
Flag was raised
And the Senators
And Mr. President
Said
“These are our enemies today”
Don’t tell me that
I am more free
Because some ululating
Woman in Kabul
Got her face blown off
By a drone attack
Wars are not things
To celebrate
But to regret
Even the blessed war
WWII
Was a war
The Nazis
Deserved to die
For what they did
But we do not deserve to be revered
For killing them
Death cannot relinquish its hideousness
It cannot be cleaned by a more noble kind of death
I do not stand for the pledge
And I do not salute our war dead because
They are not MY war dead
They died in wars
That I did not ask for
I did not ask to be an American
I did not ask for what you call freedom
I only want to be
A person with the freedom I deserve as a human
Is a dead man any less dead for
Being a hero?
Is a Iraqi any less dead if he was killed
By a patriotic American GI
Instead of by
Saddam?
Good is done
And good has been done
But war is not a good
Men do good by men
And never at the whim
Of anything but their own conscience
There are no war heros
There are only hero in spite of war
It does not take a gun to make a hero
Why is there no day
For those who fought
To not fight?
To not kill?
War does not make a man a man
It just makes him more palatable
To old men who forgot what it is like
To actually think for themselves
Memorial Day
Has no meaning for me
It is just another day when
I am expected to respect
The actions
Of the Nation
That I never asked to be a part of
And to revere
The Gods that I do not believe
Exist
I will not bow my head in remembrance
Of our fallen soldiers
Because I have nothing to remember about them
They are their own men
And those who loved them
Will remember them and
What they believed
Better
Then I ever will
I mean no disrespect to any dead man or woman
Far from it
I just did not ask for them to die
For whatever reason they did
I will salute those who died
To protect others
Or for a glorious and meaning full personal belief
I respect the men I have heard of
Who fought to free the slaves
But I do not revere that war any more then I
Revere death
I did not ask to
Be born in
America
But I was

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