Recently, one of my editors gently chided me for �ranting�
and �raving.� To which admonition I responded -- inwardly -- with a
resounding touch�, since I do rail (silently) and, in print, against the
plethora of rhetoric, and dearth of action-as it were.
So, I thought I�d talk about mobilizing, or rather get a
discussion started regarding the subject at least. I suppose that for we progressives
mobilization is sort of like talking about traffic, or the weather -- you know,
the old �everyone talks about it . . ."
Seeing as to how action, for us, requires mobilization (and
it is continually being asked rhetorically), why don�t we have the dedication
towards mobilization? It is repeatedly pointed out that the fascists have both
the dedication, and are mobilized. Just what the hell is wrong with us
Why is it that we cannot mobilize? I most certainly can give
no definitive answer to that question? Most assuredly I can take a stab at it
by offering theories and conjecture; but I honestly do not believe that anyone
can answer that question, myself included. However, having experienced my share
of the streets, I will offer this point for discussion: the biggest reason we
don�t/can�t mobilize is that we are afraid. That�s right, we�re afraid of the
USAPATRIOT Act; the Justice Department; the cops or whatever. We�re afraid of
losing our �creature comforts,� of losing our job, our friends, or something.
From where this progressive sits, that is the biggest damn
problem regarding why we can�t mobilize; we�re too damn afraid of making a
sacrifice. So we�ll talk the talk, rail against the inequities, tune in to Air
America, watch LinkTV and pontificate. But we will not mobilize. There has to
be enough of us out there, we need about 15 million. Just 15 million to sit on
their progressive asses and not turn a dime, not trade a penny. Don�t bank,
don�t pay, and just keep your hands in your pockets and boycott the capitalists
for about two weeks. I mean, like, there are already some 40 million folks in
this country who are living like that right now, and they are not doing it by
choice! The corporate bloodsuckers continually increase the number of people in
the poverty ranks and pretty soon we�ll all be joining them whether we want to
or not. Then maybe, we�ll become mobilized.
Forty million plus people in this country -- the supposed
land of plenty -- live in poverty. That�s almost 15 percent of the population
people, the highest goddamn percentage in the developed world! Do you think
that they are not sacrificing? We progressives need to be thinking about those
40 million people each and every day. They are all around us; from the hills of
Tennessee to the streets of Miami, from Louisiana to the Great Plains. Every
damn year since George W. Bush took office their number has grown.
Since Bush and Corporate Amerika began their assault on the
poor in the United States, 6 million people have entered the poverty ranks. And
the crime of it all is that many of these people have jobs, many of them hold
down two jobs; just to maintain a poverty level in George Bush�s Amerika.
According to Bread for the World,
13 million children in the United States live in households that experience
hunger. That�s one in 10 households in Bush�s Amerika. This is an increase of
1.4 million. And these numbers are a couple of years� old. Are they sacrificing
So back to mobilizing, one would think that we could put
together 15 million progressives in solidarity with the homeless and hungry in
Amerika, is that doable or not?
We could join them in the soup lines, under the freeway
overpasses, in the hallways and doorways of this affluent country. We could
march arm-in-arm down Wall Street, and into the offices of the corporate
bloodsuckers. We could steal a page from history�s notebook and camp out on the
banks of the Potomac until the politicians recognize our demands: health care
for all, and for all a real living wage.
We could all join in a national boycott of Wal-Mart, Big
Pharma, DuPont, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil and every damn greedy corporate bastard
of the Fortune 500. We could sing and shout, �We Shall Overcome� from the
rooftops of K Street, into the corrupt halls of Capitol Hill. We could link
arms and storm the White House gates in sheer numbers, and take back �the
people�s house.� All this we can do, and more.
But if we cannot do this; or until we can do this, I personally
have drawn up Frank Pitz�s discussion topics� -- or talking points if you will.
Since a great many of you out there still hold out a deluded hope for change
through the ballot box, even though the ballot box is rigged against us, I will
join your ranks reluctantly, and with conditions.
Here�s the skinny from this revolutionary in the desert. Any
progressive, liberal, democrat, radical, anarchist, Green, blue, red or other
who wishes to garner my vote now and forevermore needs to pay attention to my
talking points. In reality though, these points are much, much, more; they are
conditions if you will.
These are the conditions under which I will give you my
will be an immediate, unilateral, unconditional end to the wars now being
fought, financed by, of and for the United States.
American troops in foreign lands will immediately be repatriated to the
wounded, maimed and psychologically damaged veterans will be ensured
whatever level of medical and financial care they need for the rest of
their lives; no strings, no hoops, no damn part A�s, B�s, C�s D�s, or
any other stupid alphabetizing or acronymizing bullcrap.
will never be another preemptive war, in my lifetime, my children�s
lifetime, or my grandchildren�s lifetime.
will be an immediate repeal/rescission of all the NAFTA, CAFTA garbage.
American corporations who have moved offshore will be penalized at a rate
of 20 percent of their before tax profits for each and every worker they
have displaced, or other wise �downsized.� These funds to go into union
health and welfare programs.
will immediately become illegal for an American corporation to avoid
paying taxes by establishing a P.O. Box offshore.
corporate CEO will make more than 70 percent of the salary of his/her
highest paid worker, annually.
worker who wishes to belong to a union can do so without fear of corporate
or political reprisal.
will be a national minimum wage of $15 per hour.
will be single-payer health care for all, from cradle to grave.
will be public financing of all elections in this country; local, state
will be no lobbyists or other corporate shills writing or making
legislation, on a local, state or federal level.
United States citizen will have the right to vote, and that includes every
American citizen who may be incarcerated.
companies will be nationalized, and their prices and profits strictly
three years, every automobile manufactured or sold in this country will
either be a hybrid or have a mileage rating of at least 40 MPG.
10 years renewable energy shall comprise at least 35 percent of the United
States energy portfolio.
20 years, renewable energy shall compromise 60 percent of the United
States energy portfolio.
nuclear power will be phased out, and all current subsidies for that power
woman in this country shall enjoy freedom of choice.
as an institution in this country shall not be legislated to mean a union
between one man and one woman. Marriage as an institution shall be open to
any/all consenting adults regardless of sexual persuasion.
more. . . .
Okay people, I suppose I could go on all night here, but you
get the point. For those of you out there who want my vote, read all the above.
For all of you out there who read this, send me, not the editor, your talking
points/conditions to add to this list. If I can�t have a revolution, then I
damn well want some candidates with cojones; be they male or female. I�m sick
and tired of Republicans and Republicans. Aside from perhaps Russ Feingold,
there ain�t a real damn Democrat out there. Okay gang, send me those talking
can reach Frank Pitz (with your talking points) at firstname.lastname@example.org.