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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:31 PM
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I aim to misbehave
The America I grew up believing in is supposed to include everyone. Yes, I realize that the America I grew up believing in never really existed, that it was an ideal that we never quite managed to achieve. But in many ways the America That Never Was became a shining beacon of hope for the whole world. Behind the commercialism of Coca-Cola, Levi's jeans, and so many other American products that people across the world clamored for and fought to get, lies a belief in the dream that America used to represent.

America was the world's big sister, represented in iconic fashion by the lonely statue standing in New York Harbor, arm upraised. The big sister that didn't spy on its neighbors, but held the torch that lit the way to freedom and equality for all of mankind.

We've lost sight of that thanks to this administration and its flunkies. We turned a cynical eye on the rest of the world, the world that grew up looking at America and saying "we want to be like THEM when we grow up," and collectively spat in the faces of those who said out loud "that's not what America is supposed to be about."

On 9/11 we were struck a devestating blow and, as we reeled in shock, the rest of the world stood up and said "hey, you can't do that to our America!" People all over the world, even in those countries labeled by this administration as part of the "Axis of Evil," marched in protest at what was done to us.

When we went into Afghanistan after Osama Bin Laden, the will of the world went with us. "Catch that murdering bastard," they said. "Put him on trial and let us all show evil what we think of those who would do such a thing to our big sister."

They were our allies, our friends, and our little brothers and sisters.

But when we turned our attention from Bin Laden and went after Saddam and Iraq, the rest of the world paused a moment and looked at us, wondering what we were thinking. They knew that Saddam, though hateful himself, had not attacked us, was not the person who they wanted caught and punished.

In our arrogance, we turned our fury on our allies and friends, and said "if you're not with us, you're against us."

Though that was never true.

We slapped them down and turned our ponderous might against a tiny nation that never had the power to resist us.

Now the same meme echoes within the United States, pressed with ever increasing volume and force upon those who would question this administration and its policies. We are told that we are traitors, and that only by supporting everything that they're doing can we hope to win the "War on Terror."

I disagree. You cannot fight against an idea, against a concept, with the power of military might. You can only fight an idea with another idea. The idea of the America That Never Was, the idea that was abandoned by this administration, is the best weapon we could have leveled against the threat we faced. That America believes in Truth, and Justice, and Hope for the world.

I stand by this assertion, and if people think it's wrong, if they think that by somehow not supporting this administration's wrong-headed policies of death, destruction, secrecy, and cynicism means that I do not support the soldiers that have been callously thrown in harm's way, I cannot change their minds.

But if you ask me to support this fiasco, this abandoning of America's ideals in the name of fear, hatred, and rage, I can only say with a resounding voice "NO!"

I will not turn against the America I believe in. I will not accept an America in which only the powerful have a voice, and in an America that thinks that might makes right. I will not abandon America in its hour of need just because they think I must.

If they think that being a good American means going meekly along with the plan, I have news for them.

I aim to misbehave.



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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:37 PM
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1. Mythsaje
Another eloquent statement, you're on a roll lately. I think I'll join you.


I aim to misbehave


:patriot:
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juliana24 Donating Member (209 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:01 AM
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14. I think lots of people will be misbehaving on thier 1040's this season ...
:D
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:38 PM
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2. Mythsaje, your word-smithing is improving daily! Damn fine post!
K&R
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:45 PM
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3. Here here!
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Reader Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:45 PM
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4. Shiny!
Fellow browncoat, perhaps?

;)
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:47 PM
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5. Absolutely!
Some phrases are meant to resonate, and that, in my opinion, is one of them.

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Reader Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:52 PM
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6. Gorram right!
I'm partial to "Fought for the losin' side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

'Course, once we throw that piece of goh-seh out of office, we won't be the losing side anymore, will we?

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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:54 PM
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7. Here's to hopin'...
:toast:
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:07 PM
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8. kick for misbehaving
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 01:07 PM by zippy890
good post :dem:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:19 PM
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9. K and R
I aim to join you.

Very nicely said, a pleasure to read.

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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:24 PM
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10. Well behaved women (people) rarely make history.
-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:17 PM
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11. Keep it kicked for the weekend
People keep odd hours around here on weekends and this one is really an inspiration
which all could benefit from

:kick:
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:50 PM
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12. A kick for peace!
What really matters is how we conduct ourselves here, I firmly believe.
I say this as we, but it is up to each and everyone of us to decide for ones self.
Remember, its not the goal, but how you you play the game, that it "is" Your journey, what you have control of, that really matters.
The time will come when we will all suck that last breath, and when mine comes I hope only to remember what I gave to our little family here.
All in a dream, lucid, care to dream? peace
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:01 PM
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13. Kick
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:57 AM
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15. Why, if I wasn't a feisy one...I wouldn't be me!
I aim to misbehave. Absolutely.

Peace.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:03 AM
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16. sometimes I misbehave wrong
or is that 'wrongly' ---?

Anyhow, I'm with ya all the way. That was a serious post and your reasoning is solid. If it were a LOGIC course or an ARGUMENTATION course it would be sound and supported.
It's just that we are the 'fact-based' community and not the dumass 'message-based' community. And with no TV news, they remain unreachable.
That's why I like Air America Radio so much.
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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:11 AM
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17. Nothing new. This has been growing for sixty years.
Since our "finest hour," we've been an empire in decline. A few steps behind Great Britain, perhaps, but still creating a nosedive straight to Hell, one that has been uniquely American.

Bush is only the straw that broke the camel's back. Our values have become, if you believe in euphamisms, "misplaced." Personally, I'd say that we're seriously fucked, and we did it all ourselves. It's not Bush's sole fault; it took a lot of screwing to get in this condition.

And, like you, sometimes I really identify with Mal and The Gang...
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:15 AM
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18. There is no "sweet little grandma" in my shoes!
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 02:07 AM
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19. Beauty!
Kicked & rec'ed!

What a read ... I love it! May we email this to all? It's too good to confine to just these pages!



I'm all for misbehaving!
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:42 AM
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20. Feel free to spread it around...n/t
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:44 AM
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21. Fuck yeah. - n/t
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:48 AM
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22. Love the Serenity Quote.......
:hi:
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 05:36 PM
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23. And I aim to keep good stuff kicked
so others can be inspired to misbehave also! ;)

:kick:
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mongo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 05:54 PM
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24. That was fucking fantastic
I have never seen a post on DU that puts how I feel into writing quite so well.

Thank you for that.

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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 06:39 PM
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25. No, no, thank YOU...
:)
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 06:44 PM
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26. I can help you misbehave I am a very bad grrl....................
Right click and choose Save Target As to download and print a flyer:

IMPEACH BUSH
http://bushcheated04.com/impeach.pdf

IRAQ WAR: What is it good for?
http://bushcheated04.comwar2.pdf










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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 10:23 PM
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27. It's that time again
:kick:
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 03:19 PM
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28. And, one last time, for the week day worker bee types
:kick:
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