The dissent of man

How do you fight when you feel you have no power? TTers use their wits and their wit, this week.


Salon Staff
January 27, 2006 3:35PM (UTC)

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Beat the Press. Media atrocities -- Part VII

Macdaffy - 12:42 a.m. Pacific Time - Jan. 26, 2006 - #2662 of 2670

Humor is one of my redoubts against depression and helplessness. I can't find the origin of the quote "depression is rage and anger turned inward" but -- even though I can't make a proper attribution -- I am a believer in it.

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The smallest resistance is important. Checking in here and expressing your outrage helps. Maybe someone who has come to Table Talk out of curiosity or even malice will read your words and see things differently. Answering blowhards who tout Bush to your face with "he's not my president" or something as succinct will help. Don't argue. Dismiss. This isn't up for discussion any more. Bush is the worst president we have EVER had. That knowledge -- that belief -- is power. I wish to hell I could find that thread about the difference between knowledge-based and belief-based people. My two cents? At some point, your knowledge must become belief. If you believe, then you've got to live it. If you know that Bush is ruining our country, you must take a page from the conservative playbook and live your belief.

Don't do anything stupid or radical. Don't quit your job or slap somebody or go postal on the White House lawn. Just have some integrity. Integrity isn't simply telling the truth; it's being who and what you are without hesitation, apology, or compromise. It's living your truth as you see it.

Just stand up and walk out when the local Bushista tries to hold forth about how pernicious liberals are. Show intolerance without being intolerant. Say "I don't agree with that" or "You're wrong" or anything that expresses your displeasure -- your disagreement with -- the "Conventional Wisdom." You will give courage to someone who agrees with you. You will be a chink in the blowhard's armor; not every sheep is baa-ing with the Bushista chorus.

The neocon radicals have shouted and browbeat and bought themselves into their current position. Reality is giving lie to them without our intervention. Have some integrity. Turn your belief outward rather than inward. No way is too small. It is how they began this assault. It is how we will end it.

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WOBBLIES! WOBBLIES!

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pt bridgeport - 12:11 p.m. Pacific Time - Jan. 22, 2006 - #1093 of 1100

If tomorrow all the rights were gone
That I've treasured all my life
And the prez could say, "Lock him up for good"
And not even tell my wife,
I'd praise Bush to the stars
Throughout the livelong day,
'Cause he's free to waterboard me
And they can't take that away.

Chorus:
I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know they'll see
My every move, and I won't forget
They've got their eye on me,
And I'll gladly stand up!
To be frisked down
Keeping my tongue still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt this is Bush's land.
Bring back the USA.

From Coleman of Minnesota
To the shill from Tennessee,
Across the plains of Sugarland
From sea to quavering sea,
Down in each trembling hamlet
That's tuned to Fox today
There's fear in every American heart,
And it's time we stand and say:

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Chorus: (The melody of the first four lines is repeated like a stuck needle, twice more, before the relief of having the damn thing over with washes over us.)

I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm watched,
And I won't forget the terrorist threat
For which my rights were scotched.
God knows we're in more danger now
Than we have ever been.
Panzer tanks and commie ICBMs
Were so much rin-tin-tin.
Now a bunch of creeps hiding out in caves
Have us shaking in our skin,
So it's time to ditch that Bill of Rights
Our forefathers pencilled in.
Which I'll gladly give up!
When the Prez rolls through
And dissent falls still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt it's Bush's land:
Bring back the USA!


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