northanger (northanger) wrote,

buzz words



GON 32 = POLITICAL SOLUTION IN IRAQ = ALWAYS THE STILL POINT IN THE TURNING WHEEL (Dick Cheney, Gerald Ford eulogy at the Capitol 30-Dec-2006).

actually, quizzed both my brothers the other day about Iraq. both are my younger brothers, the first one was in the military & seminary, & the second is the baby of the family & our token republican. older brother made me mad when he said i was yelling at him. he was telling me what it was like to be a soldier — dear john letters & all. he was against the "surge" saying the military couldn't handle it. i guess i got frustrated because i was trying to understand Bush's pov. baby brother made me realize that "political solution in Iraq" was sorta buzzy in my mind. what do you mean by political solution? his example was integration. basically, you can't integrate by force. however, political solutions provide structures for desegregation & integration (Brown v. Board of Education ruling made state-sponsored school segregation unconstitutional; Civil Rights Act of 1964 repealed Jim Crow laws; Voting Rights Act protects minority voting rights &c).

not only is "political solution in iraq" buzz wordy, but "people of iraq have to stand up for themselves" sounds ... familiar. in 2005, estimated 12% of black males & 1.7% of white males in their late twenties were in prison or jail. african americans have a history of not standing up in this country. yup, this is apples/oranges thinking, but as an african-american i see parallels between our Iraq policy & the problems with racial equality in this country. i see comparisons between Iraq's civil war between Sunni-Shia & the United State's civil war between North-South. essentially, both are conflicts between brothers. i'm wondering whether a country with deep unresolved divisions as our own can reasonably assist any country in dealing with its own historical, internal, religious, ethnic divisions. the problems with the black vote are still enormous in this country. what are reasonable expectations for a Shia majority, Sunni minority? none. i thought we invaded Iraq to remove weapons of mass destruction. are they gone yet?

today, i know NASA's basic plan to complete the International Space Station. i know how they succeed & know how to rate their performance. i know their time frame & their big picture words. i can't say the same for our Iraq policy. yes, i'm concerned about the high number of Iraqi deaths. however, i think i can reasonably assume what's actually important to us politically. stabilizing Iraq & maintaining our oil supply. we already got the regime change.

success in america isn't difficult. you've got four downs to get ten yards, otherwise turn over the football. i volunteered one day for a Los Angeles organization that wanted to achieve #1 status. however, its sister organization in the UK ended up #1. so the guy who worked there was telling us how they looked at this: what were we doing, who were we being, that made us number #2?

Bush's new Iraq policy? oxymoronic. it's an old rule book about how the world works & the future looks horrible. we'll be in Iraq for years. this book states our continued military presence ensures the region is stablized for our own interests. what are those interests? what is our structure to ensure those interests? go ahead & surge, but for fuxake, spare me the fucking poetry. coz that's the fucking problem with this whole mess, Bush isn't clear in his own head about what he wants to accomplish.

today my governor hobbled up & got sworn in for his first full-term, but first his wife won my heart with a Hopi poem:

On this extraordinary morning, I wanted to share with all of you a poem that I read while reading Alice Walker's new book. And it spoke to me on so many different levels. It's a Hopi prayer. And it's rooted, really, in the — the feelings of peace and unity and reconciliation. It goes by many different names over the ages, but the name that speaks to me the most and the one that I like, and it's called, "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For." And it goes like this.

"We have been telling people that this is the 11th hour. Now we must go back and tell people that this is the hour. Here are the things that must be considered. Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to one another. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time. There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there will be those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel like they're being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off towards the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, for, the moment we do, our spiritual growth and our spiritual journey comes to a halt. The time of the lonely wolf is over. Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration, because we are the ones we have been waiting for." [+]

then our Governator gave an amazing speech about his own mistakes & his hard cutbacks. but more important, he stood in California's future, recognizing its coat of many colors, & created something. we are now the model "not just for 21st century American society, but for the larger world" .... "my dream is that California, the nation-state, the harmonious state, the prosperous state, the cutting-edge state".

i'm all in.

at Landmark Forum there's this idea of "surviving something". are you surviving something or creating something? are you complaining or finding solutions? i'm not into surviving George W. Bush the next two years. he does what he does, but i'm gonna find folks that are speaking a powerful & dynamic future.


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