the general opinion of people i've met whom i've discussed the issue with don't realize that American Forefathers made it easy to rebel for a reason. They've adopted a (VERY ironic) mantra of "love it or leave it", it's been so ingrained that America is the greatest country evar that they don't think they've got any right to complain.
"You have a constitution, freedoms, liberties. Why would you want to rebel against a country as great as this? That's unpatriotic, this is America, love it or leave it. You're just as bad as the terrorists"
Yes, it is quite ironic that the urge to rebel is actually patriotic, yet the very idea taboo to those who call themselves patriots because they support the government.
We can vote, ... however the problem with that is, with the current system my vote is worth it's weight in gold. Nothing. The only way I could hope to have that changed, election reform, requires those who have managed to acquire power to change the very system that has given them their power. Not likely.
... and so, perhaps, if we honestly feel that there is a problem in this nation that ought to be remedied at any cost, there is another stumbling block. The United States Government has, over the years, developed the single most powerful military force ever to grace this planet, and at the same time, has managed to disarm what may be the single most armed populace to ever grace this planet. We no longer have the power to defeat our government in open rebellion, even if we had the motivation to do so. You saw how easily our military force steamrolled one of the top ten militaries in the world. I'm currently waiting for government approval to purchase a six-shooter. The average Iraqi is more well armed than myself. And so that brings us back to the choice of voting.
Should I be able to forcefully change my government because I, and the minority like myself feel that it is breaking its own laws, spending its credability like a a crack whore in mexico, and making us less secure? The answer to that is an emphatic no. Sadly, in my opinion due to politiking and the trust that the average person places in their government, the majority still feels that President Bush is doing a fine job making us safer by fighting the evil terrorists of Iraq. Whatever their reasons, all I can do is try to change their minds. I can shout over and over exactly what the joint resolution for the approval of the use of force in iraq did and did not say in relation to the war powers act, but much like you can lead a horse to water but can not make him drink (without the aid of an inhumane high pressure hose), I can shout all I want, but cannot make them listen -- and even those who listen, I cannot force them to agree -- and even those who agree, I cannot force them to care -- and even those who care, I cannot force them to act. If I could force them to, I still wouldnt.
quote:Originally posted by Venus Please don't judge us by our weakest link
Man, I was starting to warm up on you yanks and then this archetype waltzes in. I think it's called 'lack of situational awareness'.
ZiM, don't put your faith in things like guns. Its a dangerous substitution or symbol for freedom, and what do you want to use it for? Shooting feds when the shit goes down? I think its all going to be too late by then, so focus on the peaceful alternatives. It feels weak at first, I know, but you probably won't regret it. And you get to THINK.