where do we go from here?
You know what's moving about Kevin Tillman's piece? It's based on love. It's angry and it's highly intelligent in its criticism, but the energy comes from love --for a brother and for something Kevin still believes in in America.
That energy is missing in a lot of the blogosphere I frequent. What I see instead is anger, rejection and doomsday crying. All of that is justified, but if it doesnt ride on a base of love, or belief in something bigger than the moment, it just comes out as defeatism.
I love the blog Stop Me Before I Vote Again (what a great title!), and it's viewpoint that the Democratic party is useless (and worse) is undisputable. But where do you go from there? The frequent commenters on that blog mainly echo the disgust of the bloggers, but have nothing to say about how to get to something different. It comes across as defeatism.
Let me put it this way: if the US is going to launch a war that ends the world, there's probably nothing we here can do about it. If Israel starts something, well, it's probably sayonara to Israel, and maybe sayonara to the global economy. The US certainly looks fascist at times, but we're not quite to the Nazi German level, yet. Even if they start rounding us up and throwing us into the detention centers, it's not all over, yet. Some of the best writing from the Soviet Union , and Poland, was done under much more repressive conditions than we will ever see. Even Shakespeare, the greatest poet of the western world, wrote in a bloodier, scarier time than we do, and created such life-affirming characters as Falstaff, such heroes as Hamlet and Cleopatra, such sublime comedies as Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tempest.
My S.O. is always arguing we should leave the country, go to Spain, before it's too late. I say, I'm not going to leave as long as Michael Moore, Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, Daniel Ellsburg, Sermour Hersch, Amy Goodman, Juan Cole, Noam Chomsky, Scott Ritter, John Conyers, Cynthia McKinney, Tavis Smiley and countless others like them are staying. If you've got a mind and a heart, stay and use it. Fight back. Dont give in to end-times fears. I think that's Kevin's message. Will you listen?