To The Barricades!
by Lorenzo Hagerty, November 6, 2002
Another fake election is over,
and no one should be surprised at the results. What do I mean
by "fake" you ask? Well, just look at what has transpired
in the weeks leading up to "election" day:
- Florida prevented 91,000 legally registered voters from
casting their ballots, and the majority of them were people
of color. They did this by using the already discredited
and politically questionable list of felons and dead people
that they used to rig the 2000 election for the governor's
- In Minnesota, the corporate-controlled media prevented
independent candidates from participating in the crucial
debate between a tired old Democrat and the anointed business
- Poor candidates were completely drowned out in a tidal
wave of special interest campaign money, much of which was
collected directly by Bush himself.
- U.S. taxpayer money was used to fly Bush and his cronies
around the country so they could spread more fear with their
rhetoric about terrorists and the imminent destruction of
all things American by Middle Easterners.
- For some mysterious reason, no exit polling data was released.
Thus, particularly in precincts that used computer terminals
for voting, there was no way to determine how much fraud
was being committed by election officials.
- The power elite and their media lackeys intentionally
obscured real issues, like the loss of jobs, corporate graft
that is robbing our pension plans, and the devastation caused
by a phony war on drugs.
I could go on, but you already
know the story. The real question is "What are you going
to do about it?" Are you going to roll over like just
another wage slave, or are you going to stand up and be counted?
For now, you still have a choice, but if you assume you can
wait until November of 2004 to do something about the death
of democracy in this country, you have already lost.
It is time for us to be brutally
honest with ourselves. We are being lied to by the media and
by almost every politician in Washington. Of course, the lies
are extremely well packaged. For example, look at how skillfully
the Bush-Cheney junta forced Congress to spend most of the
pre-election period in a debate about whether we should abandon
everything this once great nation stood for and adopt a first
strike policy. Striking out in blind fear, as Congress has
authorized our emperor to do, is simply un-American. How anyone
could vote for a member of Congress that supported a first
strike policy is beyond me. Yet almost all of those fearful
and cowardly congress-people who voted for this insane policy
If we are to have any hope
at all of unseating the oligarchy and returning to a republic,
we must act now . . . TODAY! What makes you think you can
wait another two years to effect change? We have already seen
how a crazed, military-trained sniper can paralyze a city.
If such a madman were loose in your city next election day,
would you go out to vote? When you think about all of the
insidious ways the will of the people can be thwarted on election
day, it isn't hard to see that the usurpers who have captured
the machinery of our government don't have to declare martial
law to keep us in check. All they need is a few homegrown
terrorists and a media machine to fuel the fear, and we sheep
will remain indoors, watching sitcoms and dreaming about our
Are you an American or a slave?
Are you going to sit behind your double-locked doors until
November 2004 and hope for the best, or are you going to stand
up and be counted? We have a war to stop! We have a democracy
to restore! And we can't do it by staying home and watching
If we can't trust the government,
and if we can't trust the news media, whom can we trust? Each
other! We can and should trust the common sense of one another.
The days of quietly keeping your opinions to yourself at work,
church, school, and in other public places is over. The moment
has arrived for each and every one of us to speak out. To
me, there is no discernable difference any more between the
Democrats and the Republicans, but that doesn't mean I have
no choices at the polls. I think we actually have a three
party system: Green, Libertarian, and Rebublicrat. But I don't
think those first two parties will have much of a chance unless
we begin today to rebuild a free America. In November 2004,
our cry will be "To the Polls." Until then, the
best way to let the world know that there are still some freedom-loving
people in this country is to turn out into the streets.
First we demonstrate our unwillingness to send our children
to be slaughtered in a quest to enrich a few oil companies
and their military cousins like the Carlyle Group. Once we
have prevented the Bush-Cheney junta from depleting our treasury
and spilling innocent blood, we can focus on the important
business of restoring democracy to this land.
Let our cry not be "Poor
me. What can I do," but
"TO THE BARRICADES!"
"To the Barricades!" Copyright © 2002 by Lorenzo
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