"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."....Steve Biko
Keep in mind though; those in power will not go without a serious fight. The problem this time around, is the GOP is running out of ammunition. They cannot run on the economy, no matter how happy a face they put on it, it only amounts to lipstick on a pig. The average person today KNOWS the truth about this economy. They know they have to work harder and longer, for less money and less benefits. They see the games republicans play with their lives. They saw last week when the GOP proudly attached the elimination of the estate tax to the minimum wage increase, forcing democrats to vote to hand back billions of dollars to the richest people in this country if they wanted to see an increase in the minimum wage. They know having 13.9 trillion in debt and an 800 billion dollar trade deficit are not causes for celebration. They feel the middle class being squeezed into poverty while the rich get richer. They understand that this Congress has not created enough jobs to cover the new job seekers, let alone deal with the unemployed. They KNOW these things, because they are LIVING them. Without the economy, the GOP cannot run on the state of education as so many children were left behind in this country over the past five years. They realize that when the republicans talk about education, it is only talk. They cannot run on the environment, as real scientists have been dismissed and ignored for five years as we have seen global warming become a reality for nearly everyone. No, the GOP is staring at real problems with their record and when that happens, it is time for the ole Karl Rove two-step.
We saw the battle plan this past week as the talking points released to the media machine operated by the Bush regime included words such as Islamo-fascism, rise of Nazism, and cut and runners. The Lamont victory on Tuesday spoke volumes for how fed up America is with the fear-mongering tactics used by the GOP for the past five years. It portends good things for this November, if the oppressed can remember the game plan of the oppressor. One day after the Lieberman defeat, we saw people like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove rush to his defense. Cheney went as far as to disgustingly say that Lamont is the type of candidate "preferred by al Qaeda types." Then another day later, we conveniently have a dastardly terror plot foiled. Every member of the GOP media machine was out in full force, claiming this was a vindication of the illegal spying, the war on Iraq and basically anything the Republican Party has allowed to happen for the past five years, including the abhorrent Patriot Act. Of course the part they left out is how the foiled plot was actually timed to occur right when it did, as the administration had foreknowledge for months. I will be keeping a close eye on what happens to these arrests as usually when this much noise is made; it turns out to be much ado about nothing. Four of the people arrested have already been released.
The plan is pretty clear for the Rovian machine. Paint anyone who does not support the war efforts as cowards, who are weak on security, and cut and runners. I understand why Rove would play such a card, no matter how ridiculous it may be. First of all, it has already worked for so many years, why abandon it and secondly, it is the only card the GOP has left to play. America this time will be smarter however. Making them empty their liquids on line for flights will not be enough this time around. Here is the dirty little truth the GOP hopes you forget this November...
We have heard the buzz words and the focus group tested phrases. We understand that there is no rise of Nazism and that the only fascist developments are in this country where corporations have taken over the governing of the people. We know that democrats do not want to "cut and run", but rather we want to end a debacle, save as many lives as possible and allow the entire world to help in the rebuilding of Iraq, a country we have destroyed. We understand that it makes more sense to listen to a man like John Murtha, who has more experience defending this country then this entire chickenhawk administration combined. We will not allow the swift-boating of anyone, anymore. The media can shove Mel Gibson-gate down our throats for weeks, as they did Natalie Holloway and Michael Jackson before him, and it will not matter. Call me a foolish optimist but I am starting to believe that the mind of the oppressed has awoken to the truth and a new day is dawning over our democracy.
Unless they try and steal the elections again.