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Tue Aug 19, 2014, 02:49 AM

 

Appreciation thread for all folks here committed and dedicated to issues and advocacy over politics

. . . we have a desperate need for information and activism out here in the country, not shallow appeals for fealty to politics and politicians. If you didn't realize it already, I'd like to point out to you that there's a fight on in America for the very heart and soul of our democracy; a fight to elevate our principles and values over the ephemeral and ultimately compromised politics of convenience and opportunity.

What I think has garnered our attention in Ferguson, beyond the very real and tragic death of a jaywalking youth at the hands of a policeman - and the failure, so far, to move decisively to prosecute the killer - are the sparks of hope which have flashed from the edges of the smoke, gas, and rubber bullets hurled at the very conscience of the town as we watch the people in that community scatter and then regroup - over and over - and return again and again with the same demands for accountability from their elected and appointed officials and officers.

Certainly they realize by now that there's no real impetus at all from their leaders to accommodate their demands without their constant presence and protests. Outside of the cameras and the images which have flittered in and out of our view screens from these independent sources of live feed; in the vast area of neighborhood surrounding the sleepless edges of the target area of press and protest; there's something substantial which is transcending the long-ago faded hopes that the attention and commotion from their demonstrations for justice and accountability would produce livelihoods and futures which would lift the community out of despair and provide the prosperity and self-determination promised by the politics and politicians of past and present.

Theirs is a lasting brand of hope and aspiration which will always stand and regroup long after the cynical and opportunistic blasts of smoke and gas have dissipated into the compromised air. We are fortunate to witness such courage and resilience in the face of such unbelievable and unimaginable anguish. We are inspired by it, and challenged to stand firm in our own beliefs, and to regroup our values with every deliberate diversion and deliberate distraction. We're inspired to hold fast to our own principles in the face of derision and ridicule for not adhering to some petty political motivation or motive.

Here's to this generation's patriots who doggedly place progress over the politics of the day. Here's to this new generation's defenders of liberty, freedom, and democracy! Here's to the end of the reign of this one-percent confederation of corporate interests. Here's to us!

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Reply Appreciation thread for all folks here committed and dedicated to issues and advocacy over politics (Original post)
bigtree Aug 2014 OP
Uncle Joe Aug 2014 #1
sheshe2 Aug 2014 #2
ReRe Aug 2014 #3
PowerToThePeople Aug 2014 #4
LuvNewcastle Aug 2014 #6
Katashi_itto Aug 2014 #5
bigtree Aug 2014 #9
Heidi Aug 2014 #7
bigtree Aug 2014 #8

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 02:54 AM

1. Well said.

Thanks for the thread, bigtree.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 03:10 AM

2. This is something I can appreciate....

Obama Speaks Carefully So That He Doesnít Prejudice The Federal Ferguson Investigation

President Obama showed his commitment to seeing that justice is done in Ferguson by sending Attorney General Eric Holder to the scene and doing everything in his power not to prejudice the investigation during his White House remarks.

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The president said, ďObviously, weíve seen events in which there is a big gulf between community perceptions and law enforcement perceptions around the country. This is not something new. Itís always tragic when it involves the death of someone so young. I have to be very careful about not prejudging these events before investigations are completed, because although these are issues of local jurisdiction, the DoJ works for me, and when they are conducting an investigation Iíve got make sure that I donít look like I am putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other. So itís hard for me to address a specific case beyond making sure that itís conducted in a way that is transparent, where thereís accountability, where people can trust the process. Hoping that as a consequence of a fair and just process, you end up with a fair and just outcome.Ē

Because of the DoJ investigation, the president canít publicly reveal his true feelings on the death of Michael Brown and the actions of the Ferguson Police. A fair and just process is one of the keys to restoring peace to Ferguson. A feeling of injustice is the driving force behind people taking to the streets. Stability and peace will return to the community when the residents believe that justice is being done.

The local authorities have demonstrated that they have an agenda. They are actively trying to smear Michael Brown in order to justify the actions of their police department. This is a case that has to be handled by the federal government because officials in Ferguson have proven that they canít be trusted. President Obama will someday be free to speak his mind, but that time is not now.

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/08/18/obama-speaks-carefully-prejudice-federal-ferguson-investigation.html

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025408826

I appreciate this Presidents dedication and honor of the rights of the people in Ferguson. Most especially I thank him for his respect of Michael Browns rights. So that anything he might say here and now could prejudice this case. Our President is a quite man, yet he is a smart man. Thank you Mr President for sending in the FBI and AG Holder to find the truth.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 05:13 AM

3. Hear! Hear!

...."to this new generation's defenders of liberty, freedom and democracy!"... on the streets of Ferguson, St Louis Co, MO.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 05:27 AM

4. Not sure I can agree completely

 

Here's to this new generation's defenders of liberty, freedom, and democracy!


I would posit that there is nothing to defend currently. We have lost to tptb, the 1% oligarchs, and the mic. It will have to be more like the generation which takes the country back.

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Response to PowerToThePeople (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 05:59 AM

6. You're right. We lost the country to the oligarchs a long time ago.

I hope we're able to recoup our losses. I think we'll see relatively soon whether or not that will happen. It's not going to be easy at all; some of us won't make it to the end. I hope people are getting prepared to lose a lot before we reach our goal.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 05:59 AM

5. K&R!

 

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 12:43 PM

9. many thanks for the k&r, Katashi_itto

 

. . . and for your own commitment and dedication to these important issues.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 06:23 AM

7. Here's to justice!

Good morning, bigtree, and thank you for this thread.

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Response to Heidi (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 08:48 AM

8. g'mornin, Heidi

 

. . . here's to us!

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