Nothing but talk

Larry has, rightly, accused me of overgeneralising in my condemnation of Americans. Of course there are citizens unhappy with the turn the country has taken.

Every day I see them marching in the streets by the millions. I see them writing so many letters to their representatives that the post office can't keep up. I see the ones in uniform refusing to fight. I see Americans refusing to board planes under such restrictions, putting economic pressure on the airlines themselves. I see Americans walking off the job. I see mass dissent, an uprising, a refusal to allow this insanity to continue. And I've seen it every day since the spring of 2003, when America invaded a country on false pretenses. I've seen it every day since October 2001, when the Patriot Act was signed into law.

No, wait. I haven't.

There are 300,000,000 of you. I don't see a significant number of you doing much of anything. You write articles, you complain on Usenet or in blogs, and you chat about it around the watercooler. But if half or more of you feel so strongly about this, why don't I see 150-million of you doing anything other than talk? Why does one angry mother make the news when she camps out in front of the Whitehouse? Because she's unique.

How strongly do you people really feel about the abuses your government perpetrates against you and against foreigners? Not strongly enough. Your government has been screwing you and the rest of the world since 2001. It's 2006. Five years. They're still doing it, and you're still talking about it.

Planning to vote them out in 2008, if you can and if they let you? How nice. So we can count on you to accept your criminal government for at least two more years, then. In the meantime, if you succeed, do realise that all you'll be doing is handing the same illegal powers that Bush has been grabbing since 2001 to a Democrat. Don't worry. I'm sure a Democrat wouldn't abuse them.

Yes, I agree, there are Americans who shouldn't be lumped in with the rest of the bunch. Every so often you'll spot one or two on the news.

DO something. YOU. Don't wait for your neighbours. Don't let a few brave individuals fight your battle. Fight it yourself. You're at least 150,000,000 strong. That's a lot of people just talking.

March. Strike. Refuse.
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