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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 9/15/11

No Pasaran!

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In these  tough times  it is useful sometimes to specify exactly what  you stand for and  what are the dangers you feel  and how  do  you, as a person  consider the issue of the controversy and compromise.  I would urge everyone on the OEN to join  me in this.    Here is my credo. No Pasaran- they will not pass!


1. This is my country. I came here  more than 20 years ago with $300  and a family. I  became a citizen  in 5 years after that and I took an oath to  love and protect it. I love and protect it since.  The way I love and protect it is  that when I see the types of people who destroyed my old country, the greedy malicious  coven of medieval minds- I call them what they are and I declare how dangerous they are. This is my home. No Pasaran!


2. I had been homeless and I had been poor. I had taught the poor people and the people  chronically hungry. I saw  them  and lived among them and  I saw their eyes. I had been a refugee and a man without a country.  I  integrated with many kinds of people and anyone who either by stupidity or by malice  preaches that poor people are lazy and that they are  the reason they are poor is  just a malicious  harmful creature in my book. No Pasaran!


3. I am an atheist and always will be  but I  respect religions as the great achievement of human culture, something to  learn and admire from the Gothic cathedrals  to  great Mosques. I declare that anyone who somehow proclaims that his/her religion is superior to ones of others or accuses the religion of others of being  ' violent' or something else is either a damned fool or something even worse.  Anyone who somehow  considers that religious dogmas can be applied  as  guidelines to the  secular living is an enemy of mankind. No Pasaran!


4. Hypocrisy is an enemy of Humanity. This country, my beloved is stricken by it as a malaise. Most of our media, our politicians, our representatives, our public figures  are so  drowned in it that they had forgotten how to say the  truth. They lie from morning till night. No Pasaran!


5. This country is in seizure. This seizure is purely artificial, manufactured by the greedy thieves who  used their political muscle and bought our institutions of  governing. The best and the brightest are ousted and we have a bachhanalia of demons in power  since Y2000. No Pasaran!


6. I am a technical professional.  I know what does that mean to  have a dynamic economy-it is my livelyhood. Dynamic economy,  meaningful jobs- all start with a) cultivating honest workers and b)cultivatiing and nourishing the trade-unions of working class. I am a professional and I am all for a good, highly educated  and highly demanding working class. Whoever is destroying the trade -unions is an enemy of this country. No Pasaran!


7. This country is in the crisis of identity. Pseudo- definitions like left or right  are the ones misleading.  The one and only criteria  so far  is  rich/poor. That must change. We must become one. We must impose equality in the face of institutions of the society. Democracy in such a big country  cannot survive without  equality being its lubricant. We must switch from money to merit.  We must have real power of the people. It is good for all of us except for those who  want immediate quick buck. No Pasaran!


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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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