Betreff: The Politics of Victimization-
Von: "oliveleslee"
Datum: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 18:00:47 -0000

Please read the article (below 'my point of view') entitled "The 
Politics of Victimization' which is very relevant to our 'posturing'.

Here's the real problem from my point of view:
1- the reason that politicians never do anything we want them to do --
 for example, like get out of Iraq or protect the environment, etc. 
is not because it is so difficult to do...or because they 
are 'unthinking' or 'thick' or, it is because they are 
very intently following a different agenda. They're own. They never 
intended to do the things we wanted and never will.
2- a systematic overthrow of the U.S. government has already taken 
place but we still believe it has not. There is already a ton of 
evidence showing that not only was computer fraud rampant in the 
presidential election but Kerry and the Democratic party do NOT want 
a RECOUNT. Must I connect the dots here? And as much as Nader 
squawks -- not too loudly -- he does NOT want the votes counted 
either. Nobody was voted in. They were put in charge.
3- It is a lost cause to contact elected officials about being 
targeted with electronic weapons. THEY ALREADY KNOW ALL ABOUT IT. 
Barbara Boxer (if I recall rightly... I MIGHT be wrong but I don't 
believe I am) Covert electronic harassment is NOT a problem for 
elected officials. It is their SOLUTION. It always has been. THEY 
WILL NEVER WILLINGLY GIVE IT UP! If YOU were THEM would you give up 
being able to murder people without any visible evidence? 
   Let's take a further look at reality... now they are legally only 
able to use a certain amount of electronic force. But they are 
capable of using much, MUCH more microwave energy...  And I don't 
doubt for a minute that they will disintegrate people when 
the 'gloves come off' -- which is what they did to people in Panama.
4- If the FIXED elections and lack of news coverage on this doesn't 
hint at how deep the takeover is -- coupled with the new Patiot II 
which allows secret arrests, secret incarceration without an attorney 
but criticism of the government illegal and other laws which have 
been passed right under our noses show we have been taken over by 
fascism... I don't know what else can be said. In truth, we are in a 
very, very bad situation that most Americans do not even realize we 
are in. And there's not much more to say than that.

The Politics of Victimization
[From a poet and activist in Maine who's worked for many years as an
advocate for victims of domestic abuse.  It draws some parallels 
between her work and the reaction of many Democrats to the election.]

Watch Dan Rather apologize for not getting his facts straight, 
humiliated before the eyes of America, voluntarily undermining his 
credibility and career of over thirty years. Observe Donna Brazille
squirm as she is ridiculed by Bay Buchanan, and pronounced irrelevant
and nearly non-existent. Listen as Donna and Nancy Pelosi and Senator
Charles Schumer take to the airwaves saying that they have to go back
to the drawing board and learn from their mistakes and try to be
better, more likable, more appealing, have a stronger message, speak
to morality. Watch them awkwardly quote the bible, trying to language
of America. Surf the blogs, and read the comments of dismayed,
discombobulated, confused individuals trying to figure out what they
did wrong. Hear the cacophony of voices, crying out, "Why did they
beat me?"

And then ask anyone who has ever worked in a domestic violence 
shelter if they have heard this before.
They will tell you, every single day. The answer is quite simple.
They beat us because they are abusers. We can call it hate. We can
call it fear. We can say it is unfair. But we are looped into the
cycle of violence, and we need to start calling the dominating side
what they are: abusive. And we need to recognize that we are the
victims of verbal, mental, and even, in the case of Iraq, physical
violence. As victims we can't stop asking ourselves what we did
wrong. We can't seem to grasp that they will keep hitting us and
beating us as long as we keep sticking around and asking ourselves
what we are doing to deserve the beating.

Listen to George Bush say that the will of God excuses his behavior.
Listen,as he refuses to take responsibility, or express remorse, or
even once, admit a mistake. Watch him strut, and tell us that he
will only work with those who agree with him, and that each of us 
is only allowed one question (soon, it will be none at all; abusers 
hit hard when questioned; the press corps can tell you that). See him
surround himself with only those who pledge oaths of allegiance. Hear
him tell us that if we will only listen and do as he says and agree 
with his every utterance, all will go well for us (it won't; we will 
never be worthy).

And watch the Democratic Party leadership walk on eggshells, try  
to meet him, please him, wash the windows better, get out that spot, 
distance themselves from gays and civil rights.

See them cry for the attention and affection and approval of the 
President and his followers.

Watch us squirm. Watch us descend into a world of crazy-making, 
where logic does not work and the other side tells us we are nuts 
when we rely on facts. A world where, worst
of all, we begin to believe we are crazy.

How to break free? Again, the answer is quite simple.
First, you must admit you are a victim.
Then, you must declare the state of affairs unacceptable.
Next, you must promise to protect yourself and everyone around you
that is being victimized.
You don't do this by responding to their demands, or becoming more 
like them, or engaging in logical conversation, or trying to persuade 
them that you are right. You also don't do this by going catatonic
and resigned, by closing up your ears and eyes and covering your head
and submitting to the blows, figuring its over faster and hurts less
is you don't resist and fight back.

Instead, you walk away. You find other folks like yourself, 56 
million of them, who are hurting, broken, and beating themselves 
up.You tell them what you've learned, and that you aren't going
to take it anymore. You stand tall, with 56 million people at your
side and
behind you, and you look right into the eyes of the abuser and you 
tell him to go to hell. Then you walk out the door, taking the kids 
and gays
and minorities with you, and you start a new life.

The new life is hard. But it's better than the abuse. We have a 
mandate to be as radical and liberal and steadfast as we need to be. 
The progressive beliefs and social justice we stand for, our core,
must not be altered.We are 56 million strong. We are building from
the bottom up. We are meeting, on the net, in church basements, at
work, in small groups, and right now, we are crying, because we are
trying to break free and we don't know how.

Any battered woman in America, any oppressed person around the 
globe who has defied her oppressor will tell you this: There is 
nothing wrong with you. You are in good company. You are safe. You
are not alone.You are strong. You must change only one
Stop responding to the abuser. Don't let him dictate the terms or
frame the debate (he'll win, not because he's right, but because
force works). Sure, we can build a better grassroots campaign,
cultivate and raise up better leaders, reform the election system to
make it failproof, stick to our message, learn from the strategy of
the other side.

But we absolutely must dispense with the notion that we are weak,
godless, cowardly, disorganized, crazy, too liberal, naive,
amoral, "loose",irrelevant, outmoded, stupid and soon to be extinct.
We have the mandate of the world to back us, and the legacy of
oppressed people throughout history.

Even if you do everything right, they'll hit you anyway. Look at 
the poor souls who voted for this nonsense. They are working for six 
dollars an hour if they are working at all, their children are dying
overseas and suffering from lack of health care and a depleted
environment and a shoddy education. And they don't even
know they are being hit.