As this year endeth, I think of what sort of people many of us are. Despite the crazies and reprobates who grab the headlines, there are still a very large number of Good Citizens out there. At least, so I believe. What do I mean by Good Citizens?
For starters, I mean those
people who are actually repelled by injustice and cruelty across the
board, regardless of the race or religious labelling of both victim and
perp. I mean those people who are careful to stay inside the law not
only because it's less troublesome; they may actually have an
understanding of the law as a common benefit to all, whether consciously
articulated or not.
This is a time when the Good Citizens need to
articulate, to themselves and others, the benefits of law, reasoning and
other ways of thinking with one's head as opposed to the heart or,
worse, the gonads. They need a good deal less of Going With The Flow and
other excuses for not examining things and thinking them out and a good
deal more of asking questions and following the money trails!
Another worthy trait which marks Good Citizens is their general
detestation of any kind of bullies. Indeed, I think it safe to say that
bullies' toadies and Good Citizens are pretty much mutually exclusive.
The problems arise when bullies cringe and whimper and do all they can
to look and sound like their own victims. This confuses many Good
Citizens--as do all the bright and shiny objects which the Corpo Media,
at the bidding of their masters who are so wealthy as to make sultans
look beggarly, toss in the Good Citizens' general direction. This is
done, at least in part, to distract the more venturesome among the Good
Citizens (I hope I'm one) from following the money trails. I hardly need
say that those masters know those trails lead right to them!
Good Citizens need to do more of is 1) create longer information strings
which lead further back into history and 2) observe less of one's
complexion or religious label and watch the patterns of behavior. Some
might find a remarkable similarity between the behavior of Southern
whites fighting against integration and Arabs repeatedly refusing to
make real peace with Israel, for example. They also might gain more
understanding of how our society has a 'default' setting for POCs marked
'Guilty for Being Other'.
Of course, once this happens then the
REAL fun will begin. Then the benign masks may well come off of
'authority' and the SWAT teams may be on constant duty as it becomes
clearer how much of an occupied country we now are. Then Good Citizens
will have a serious decision to make: how much does the second word in
the designation I give these people mean to them? Because this will be a
moment of decision such as sung by Enjolras at the barricades in 'Les
Miz'. This will be the time to decide, will you put your lives on the
line to stay free citizens and renew that citizenship? Or will you
decline into increasingly abject subjecthood? This may be a necessary
component of a renaissance of Western civilization and values. Wasn't it
we of the West who gave the world the very idea of citizenship as
opposed to being simply obedient subjects? Good Citizens need to use
their natural anger against bullies and cheats so as to make things
difficult if not utterly impossible for such anti-democratic characters!
And when we do, that will be the time to decide: are we ready to put
our bodies on the line? Despite the fact that I'm quite capable of
writing like Marat, I hope it won't come to bloodshed although the
chances of that happening are actually alarmingly good.
know history to some extent, I cannot but agree with the words of
Frederick Douglass: "Power never concedes anything without a demand. It
never has and it never will."
God bless you all, brothers and sisters, in this coming year of decision.