Monday, August 23, 2004

Insanity

This article is actually from yesterday. Unfortunatly, though, I didn't get a chance to post it, so I'm doing it now. I know this makes two for the day, but we'll manage. The subject of the following news article was just to good to let go, and so, here I am, posting an article that's actually a few days old. To me, this doesn't seem like a big deal, but to some, let's say John Kerry's, whose ideas and views change hourly, this article may seem like some ancient stone which one may need a translator to appreciate. At any rate, I'm going to share it. I'll follow my usual format: this little intro, the long article, then some commentary on it. Keep in mind, this article goes back to a theme I used a couple posts back: Democrats/Liberals are JUST MEAN.


http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/103836/index.php
Phone numbers, addresses, and e-mails of over 1600 RNC delegates!
Current rating: -5
by RNC Delegates Working Group Email: rncdelegates (at) hush.com (verified)
19 Aug 2004 Modified: 23 Aug 2004

Today we are releasing a list of delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention. This list includes the names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of RNC delegates in addition to what hotel each one is staying at during their invasion of New York City.

The earth is not dying, it is being killed. And those that are killing it have names and addresses." Utah Phillips

At the 2004 Republican National Convention, the self-appointed managers of the world will be discussing their party platform of racism, imperialism and the violent suppression of human liberty. They will proudly renominate the unelected president of an illegitimate government. For the past four years, in the United States, we have seen a terrifying increase in racism against Arabs and Muslims, the passage of the draconian USA PATRIOT Act, handouts to the rich that would make Reagan blush, millions of lost jobs, and an accelerated continuation of the war against the poor and the oppressed. Abroad, the Empire has claimed the stage of history as its own, even ignoring many of its old imperial allies, invaded two sovereign states, started a bogus "War on Terror", overseen a coup in Haiti, attempted to overthrow the Venezuelan government, overseen, aided, and authorized the brutal and illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, and generally accelerated and intensified an already belligerent imperial system of domination which threatens the Earth and all its peoples. In short, the violent expansion of this rotten system is on one side, and all of us on the other. We view the Republican Party as one of the most important organizations of the ruling class, selling and intellectualizing this system to all thanks in part to a compliant corporate media system. (But do not misinterpret us, we do not view the Democratic Party as an opposition party, but rather as another side of the same coin.) With this in mind we are encouraged by the mobilization in Boston against the Democratic National Convention, and the massive mobilization planned for New York City against the Republican National Convention.

As a small contribution to the anti-RNC efforts, today we are releasing a list of delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention. This list includes the names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of RNC delegates in addition to what hotel each one is staying at during their invasion of New York City. It is not a complete list, but does include information on over 1600 delegates gathered from a variety of sources. It is based on a list that was released on the Internet earlier this summer by an anonymous affinity group. We have verified much of this data, expanded upon it, and republished it more broadly.Our objectives are to:

- Supply anti-RNC groups with data on the delegates to use in whatever way they see fit
- Supply a body of information that can be easily added to.
- Encourage the republishing and redistribution of this data.
- Facilitate making local connections.

Many of these delegates are involved in politics and business on a town or county level.A CSV (comma-delimited file) is supplied with this article (along with a PGP signature). This text-only format was chosen for distribution since it can be easily converted to many other formats like an Excel spreadsheet, HTML, or even an SQL database. (A caveat for importing this CSV file: Some programs, by default, may interpret ZIP codes as numerical data and remove the leading zero, where applicable. Check your settings and program instructions.)As stated, this is not a 100% complete list, and not 100% accurate, but much of the delegate information has already been verified.Questions or updates to this list may be directed to this e-mail address: rncdelegates (at) hush.com.Any source of contributed info will remain anonymous of course. We encourage the use of encrpytion. The PGP key for this e-mail address is available on the Hushmail keyserver or upon request.Shut down the RNC!


Ok- so here we are, in midst of a general election which as seen more mud slinging than any election I've ever seen. Here we are in a world where unneeded violence is all to often seen. Here we are in a campaign that has seen John Kerry bawl his little eyes out about how the President continues to support (or at least not scold) 527 groups which are using their resources to show John Kerry for what he is. Here we are, in a world where the democratic leadership allows something like this to happen without one word being said.

Now it's true, these so called protestors (although, what they're protesting I'm not sure) have their rights too. The Constitution allows for groups, regaurdless of their idiocy, to protest, demonstrate, scream, cry, shout and carry on in any way they see fit. This is a good thing. As I've said, oh, I don't know, roughly a million times, the United States has the best governement in the world. The rights afforded to us by the Constitution are rights unseen in most parts of the world. The protection the governement gives these rights is unique to our nation alone. We are a great country with 'certain unalienable rights.' Now, while Thomas Jefferson was probably not thinking specifically of the right to blab when he said this, this right to freedom of speech has come to be seen as unalienable. That said, no where in the Constitution does the right to harass appear. Not one place.

What is wrong with these people? When did it become a crime to have a two party system in this country? When did it become a crime to have views that don't fall into line with 'yours?'

This party has, for so many years, been based on understanding of inherent differences in society: race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, the list goes on... but apparently it doesn't go on to include 'political alignment.' The party that we have, for so many years, dubbed 'bleeding heart' seems to close its loving arms when it comes down to 'loving thy enemy.' I guess it goes back to the theme which, coincidently, has consistently shown its ugly head: not only are liberals mean, but they're also hypocrites--'we'll protect free speech, as long as you say what we want you to.'

I suppose it must be that I see the world through rose-colored glasses because of my love and admiration for the foundations of the Republican party; it just seems to me that we are not as 'mean' as our lefty friends.

Today's Moral: Friends, let me share something with you: There are people in this world who are going to take the words of the above article to heart. They are going to "use (provided personal data of RNC Delegates) in whatever way they see fit." This is a no brainer. Rather than becoming bogged down in the hate and violence and reacting with our own hate and violence, I propose we just ignore them. That's right, ignore: I-G-N-O-R-E. When we are faced with the enemies of Free Speech, we must just talk keep talking. We can't even change the tone of our voice. We've got to just keep talking in the same tone, same pitch, like we don't hear them. When they tear down our pro-Bush, pro-America posters, we'll just print out new ones and reapply them. We will pay them no mind. We will preserver. And remember, when President Bush is reelected on November 2, 2004 WE WILL HAVE OUR REVENGE!

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