The Revolution IS Coming!

Quotes by Malcolm X
Quotes by Malcolm X

 

How can I be content if my brother is in pain?

I would not turn my back if I saw my sister slain.

 

The world has had enough and the rich will lose their head.

Those who try to stop us will lie among the dead.

 

Peaceful, we have tried and it only got us where?

The poor are over here and the poor are over there!

 

No corner of the globe will hide the thieves and liars.

Light a billion torches, fry their spying wires.

 

Rest is for the dead and we have no time to waste.

They must know real fear, they must have a taste.

 

The lords have played their hand and took our rights away.

Do you think we’ll get them back if only we will pray?

 

Stand strong and hold your ground, they cannot kill us all.

Tear down the corporate sign and breach the outer wall.

 

Progress will be made in one form or another.

The protests they have squashed and dissent they try and smother.

 

Hate has been their tool and we shall overcome.

They treat us just like dirt and they tell us we are scum.

 

No time to run, no time to hide, the stakes are just too high.

And when they come for you, you must fight or you will die!


Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

Ask yourself this question. Has the ‘ballot’ worked?

Frustrated!

Frustrated24Many times I have wanted to call it quits with regards to doing this ‘blogging’ thing and many times I have decided to forge ahead, to continue. Even though, like many, frustration kicks in because you put so much effort in before you click that ‘publish’ button. Some will get a few ‘likes’ and maybe even a comment or two and you think to yourself, “why did I go through all of the effort to research, to type and to find relevant images to display?” “Why has no one enjoyed the epiphany that I have experienced? Don’t they see what I see and if they do, then why have they not acted upon it? I’ve given them all the data they need in which to do what needs to be done.” Now, therein lies the problem. Do what? What can they do? What am I doing? I have been over this forwards, backwards, sideways, upside and down and there is just nothing that can be done to solve a multitude of the problems and issues that many face on a daily basis.

There will be no savior to sort this out for us. There will be no one person who will stand above the crowd and ‘fix it’. There will be no second coming of Christ, for those of you who believe in the first coming of Christ. We go on each day until there is no ‘next’ day. We open our eyes. We get out of bed and we do what we have to do to survive. This has been going on for centuries and it will continue until either we fuck this planet up to the point where it expels us all or we drop dead. GMO foods may kill us, a drone may kill us, or a vehicle accident may kill us, but either way, we will be just as dead. There is no way that we can fight every single battle there is. We are human and we are weak and fallible and the human body is going to seek sustenance over spirituality when push comes to shove. We can think that we have all the inherent goodness in the world, but if it came down to sacrificing ourselves in some way(I don’t know quite how) for the good of the many, what would you do? What sacrifice is worth it? What would be the point? What would change? History has shown us that even those who are held in high esteem, the ones who are in the history books for effecting change, what good did it do them? They sacrificed themselves to make people aware of the suffering and injustices perpetrated on others and look at where we are now? Not just here in America, but all over the world. What good did it do for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to step out of his comfort zone and get assassinated for his efforts when the Supreme Court just dealt a blow to all that he and others marched and protested, got arrested and brutalized for? What good does it do to quote Gandhi? What good does it do to quote Mother Teresa? What good does it do to quote Malcolm X? George Orwell? Or any other ‘visionaries’ who tried to warn us of where we were headed.

Yes, some people have awakened, took a look around and said, “we’re fucked!” But what else can they do? If they have not the money to build affordable homes for the poor, if they have not the money to purchase land to grow food for the hungry, if they have not the money to pay the medical bills of the uninsured or money to simply put to good use and help as opposed to aiding in destruction, then there is nothing that they can do except to try to not contribute to the problem. There are so many so-called faith based charities that are nothing more than tax exempt corporations who are not helping the poor, they are not mitigating the consequences resulting from a lack of housing, food and health care. They are in the business of lining their pockets with one hand and preaching bullshit on the other. It is hypocrisy. That is all I see when I look around, hypocrisy in the guise of charities and government officials who grandstand to win votes and then disregard their constituents needs and instead, sell themselves to the highest corporate bidder for their own selfish agenda. Self is another key word of today. Selfish, self-fulfillment, self-serving, self-centered, self indulgent, self-satisfying, self, self and self. It is all about ME, well isn’t it? If not, who is it about? Is it about YOU? What can I do for you? What can you do for me? You scratch my back and I will scratch yours. That is the mindset of today.

Why do you think that when the holidays approach, people will gladly line up and stand in freezing, below average temperatures and trample each other over what is considered to be an unbeatable bargain? Why are they like that? Why is it that they can somehow find the time to pitch a tent for a week or more in a store parking lot to grab that huge TV, but when it comes to lining up to protest against homelessness, hunger, lack of medical care, there are a few stragglers wandering around with signs while people pass by them in vehicles yelling at them to “get a job!?” No one yells at those who are lined up to buy the latest Apple product to, “get a job!” The emphasis is placed on materialism to the exclusion of all else. If you don’t have it, you’re a loser. There are going to be winners, but there are going to be so many more losers and the winners have the microphone. The winners own the papers, the media and they feed us Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber and Rihanna and we eat it up. When Kate Middleton or Michele Obama struts an outfit, there is a stampede to purchase said outfit. That is what is important? No, but it is to those who have been programmed by the people who control the media and who shove down their throat what is important.

So, just because we have not joined forces and somehow stopped a world takeover does not mean that all of us are simply sitting around awaiting the latest chapter on Tim Tebow, it is just that we are all limited in what we can do. I can volunteer. I can advocate on behalf of those who are suffering. I can even sometimes help house a homeless person. I can continue to keep the issues in the forefront. It does not matter if I never get a ‘like’ or a following. If I am talking to myself, so be it. The fact that I am sharing my thoughts, sharing what is important to me, sharing my frustration at the status quo may be all that I can do because I see no other way to get my two cents in, but I will not point the finger at another and say, “you are not doing enough.” I know not what they are dealing with and so I will concentrate on what I am dealing with and hope that I can somehow find it in me to help someone else, even if it is only one person. I cannot change the world. I can only say to the world, “we’re fucked!”

A WorldWide Hostile Takeover

Does he know that he has become the new symbol of the government shutdown? SERIOUSLY?????
Does he know that he has become the new symbol of the government shutdown?
SERIOUSLY?????

As I look around the blog world, I see quite a few people seemingly unable to figure out why we are where we are in this point in time, in regards to worldwide chaos, a global crisis of poverty, pain, struggle, fear and a loss of pensions and safety nets, worldwide amidst a Worldwide hostile takeover and why there has been no revolt in America while there have been mass protests around the world.

I shall start by way of explanation taken from a comment I posted on the blog:

http://injusticebydesign.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/why-dont-americans-revolt/

The people who want a revolt are the same people who petitioned the government to secede from the union when Obama was sworn in as our president. Now, I hate the SOB too, but not for their reasons. That group has always been vocal and up-in-arms because they want NO government. Many of the Libertarians are happier than a pig in slop because of this government shutdown because they see it as testament that the show can go on without government all up in their business.

On the other hand, there was no mass protest when the WIC(Women, Infants & Children)program was defunded. There was no mass protest when Head Start was defunded. There was no mass protest when the Federal workers were furloughed. There was no mass protest when Housing Choice Vouchers were not released and people remained homeless. There was no mass protest even when millions of seniors and disabled people were thrown under this debt ceiling crisis bus and those people would suffer the most, next to the WIC recipients and the homeless. And if you look on the front page of MSN, you will see that a child standing before the gates of a closed zoo is what is considered the ultimate disturbing photo that went viral, not a photo of a senior citizen weeping over how he/she is going to eat and purchase meds, not a photo of a poor, working mother crying anxiously over her hungry baby because of the loss of WIC and certainly not a photo of a homeless person staring up at what would have been their home, had not the government shutdown.

I have heard more anguish being poured out over the closing of Federal parks than I have heard over any of the really serious issues that have been created by this government shutdown mess. Like I always say, I despair of us!

And next up we have another comment that I made on another blog which resonates with the point that I am trying to make here.

Seriously? Did others not of a dark skin pigmentation think that they would never feel the wrath of the aristocracy? It was only a matter of time before they would ‘turn on their own’. The Indians have been all but wiped out, the Black people are either shooting each other to death over drug turf wars because of abject poverty, disenfranchisement and a lack of jobs due to racism and as if that isn’t enough, they are incarcerated by the millions. So, now they have been dealt with and people seriously thought that it would cease with them? It is quite obvious that no one was paying attention to the Sunday morning sermon about “I am my brother’s keeper.”

We now have an entire world in chaos, poverty, war, strife, bedlam and pandemonium and there is not a thing that we can do about it. This mess has been allowed to go on for far too long and now that it’s hit the fan, there are those who are in shock. Well, too bad, so sad. That is what we get when we do not look out, nor care for one another. When we have the mindset of “I’ve got mine, to heck with you and yours,” then this is exactly why we are at this point!

On every continent on this planet, people have warred with one another, whether it was over land or religion or ethnicity, and it continues. We take from each other and destroy this planet, piece by piece in the process and then we have the unmitigated gall to wonder how we came to this? I do not wonder. I know why. Though some have kept their grasping hands within the confines of their own continent or country, others have ventured beyond their own borders to steal and kill from others and rape the people and the assets of their land. People have been confiscating the property of others since the history of man can be traced. Why should it stop now? How can it stop now? Yes, we will point to some little island with a few hundred thousand people and hold them up as a shining example that we can stop the powers that be in their tracks, but if we really think that this can be accomplished among those who would rather destroy someone because of the color of their skin, than come together, who are we kidding? When throughout all of the mess that has been caused with the shutdown of the U.S. government and we can point to a picture of a child standing before the locked gates of a zoo and say, “this is the REAL atrocity of this shutdown, then we truly are sick, pitiful, hopeless, stupid and deranged and most definitely hell bent on staying that way!

But hey! THE most important thing is that, a child can’t go to the zoo! The sad fact is that the child is already in the zoo, it’s called, “the planet!”

The Sad, But Undeniable Truth

broken people

Recently, I wrote a poem, “Join The Movement.” The purpose behind my writing that poem was to galvanize those of us who are suffering, those of us who see the suffering of others, those of us who are tired of war, into action. I wrote that poem because we are being literally scared to death. Many of us are terrified of even protesting. Why? Because we have seen the brutality unleashed by our government’s mafia brutes, otherwise known as the police force and let us not forget, the military. The people who ARE the police, who ARE the military are our relatives, our neighbors and yet, they would ‘put us down’ without hesitation when commanded to do so. Without them onboard, we are doomed. That is the truth.

Another sad truth is that corporations and our government know us so well, because our every move has been monitored, everything from what we purchase, to where we eat, to where we sleep, to even our health care providers. This was not some spur-of-the-moment decision. This was a thoroughly well crafted and well executed, years in the making, grand scheme to get us to where we are now. Despite the technology at our finger tips, there is no way that we can galvanize the worker bees, the drudging drones, the abject poor, the broken and weary masses to do what needs to be done because many are just too weak and too far gone to even raise their voice in protest. The ‘lords’ have done their homework and it is paying off, big time!

I realize that there are those of you who want to believe that at this point in time, we are going to strike back and take back what has been stripped from us while we were looking elsewhere. Please, take a minute and look around you. People are doing the same thing today that they did yesterday and they will continue to do this until they exist no more. They have accepted that things are as they are and that is the way they are going to be. Meanwhile, our government, run by corporations, is showing us that there is a lot more suffering and anguish ahead and what’s more, they are telling us in no uncertain terms, that there is not a goddamn thing that we can do to stop them because they know that THIS time, things have gotten too bad for too many and the will to thrive and not merely survive has been crushed.

Many people have been deluded into think that we have stopped the bombing of Syria. No, we have not. It has been postponed. Make no mistake, another reason for blowing up Syria will be contrived. The same was done when this government wanted to control the oil rich Middle East, and it was contrived by blowing up the Twin Towers and to this very day, a majority of Americans hate the Muslims and anyone who even remotely has Middle Eastern ties. Those people did us no harm, you can thank your government for the deaths of those 3,000 people. If you look through the annals of history, you will find that this government has never flinched when it came to inflicting torture, never flinched when it came to mass killings, never flinched when it came to using chemical weapons on its own citizens, so why do you think that this government would flinch at killing 3,000 of its own citizens to further its agenda? Who benefited from the invasion of Iraq? Who benefited from the invasion of Afghanistan?

How many of us seriously and truly believe that we will one day wake up and collectively say, “enough is enough!” My vote is on the twelfth of never because right now, those who do not care about each other far outnumber those who do and I just read yesterday that a ‘white supremacy’ group is trying to purchase every building in a small town in North Dakota to set up a ‘white’s only’ town. Really? With this much hate, we are going to speak as one against those who would destroy us all? We have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting people to put aside their differences, their biases, their hatred of one another to come together for the good of all people. That snowball doesn’t stand a chance when people hate each other more than they hate those who are trying to destroy each and every one of us, one by one. We fail to realize that when one of us dies, it is then time for the ‘lords’ to turn their attention onto the next until like a puff of smoke, another one, gone. We are ‘tribal’ by nature as some would say and when we see one tribe wiped out, that does not dismay us. We will simply take what was once theirs, that is until another more powerful tribe swoops in and claims it for themselves. History has shown that those who are weakened are easily overcome. History has also shown that those whose weapons are inferior are easily overcome. Remember the people who are native to America? Remember the slaves who were dragged from Africa? We have been weakened to the point where we are for the most part, broken. How many homeless people can stand up and face down government forces? How many hungry people have the strength to even play a pretend ‘Hunger Games’? How many of us are willing to go the distance, do whatever it takes to put an end to the ‘lords’ rule over us? Who will put their needs aside for the needs of the many? Who will pay the ultimate sacrifice? Yes, I realize that there are people like Chelsea Manning who is sitting in a prison cell at this very moment for exposing war crimes, torture, hypocrisy and lies done in our name by the United States government. Edward Snowden is in exile in Russia because he exposed the massive secret surveillance system, the NSA that our government has been using to monitor our every move. The problem is that even with this knowledge we now have about what our government is capable of, we have only murmured and grumbled among ourselves. We have not roared our outrage. We have done nothing. Millions of us should be outside the prison where Chelsea Manning is being held, demanding her release. But we’re not. So, what good did it do Chelsea Manning to sacrifice herself so that we would have the knowledge that we have and yet, do nothing. Oh, we preach about the wrongs and we preach about rising to the occasion but, it always ends with the question. When?

Do we not have our computers, our smartphones, our huge high definition televisions, our vehicles that can anticipate an accident before it even happens. Now that last one might just blow your mind when you realize that since the ‘lords’ have this technology, the technology to ‘anticipate’ what is going to happen BEFORE it even happens, who then holds the ‘trump’ cards, certainly not ‘We the People’.

If I thought that it would do any good or be of any use whatsoever, I would write a million poems urging a call for action, to ‘join the movement’, but would it do any good? Actually, I think that I have answered my own question and THAT is the sad, but undeniable truth!

Suffering Around The World:The Plight Of The Indigenous Peoples

It pains me to have been reminded that not just people indigenous to America are ill-treated, but that other people around the world who are indigenous to their region are also being subjected to ill-treatment, contempt, outright ignoring of their plight, abject poverty, low unemployment and a host of other ills.

I read an article about the Aborigines of Australia and how the suicide rate among them is skyrocketing. This is mirroring the exact same thing that is going on here in America on Indian Reservations. In both instances, these people have the same issues in common; an unconcerned government, abject poverty, high substance abuse, suicide, hopelessness, despair, anger, frustration and they are the First Peoples of their land.

When the Europeans settled here, they supposedly paid the Indians for their land, however, many land treaties were ignored or broken and the land was simply stolen. The Indians were killed and several tribes were wiped off the face of ‘America’. The First Peoples were herded onto reservations, had their culture stripped from them, along with their land and were told to assimiliate or else. History has shown us that to the ‘victor go the spoils’ and that history is also written from the viewpoint of the conqueror, never the conquered. History is also ‘airbrushed’ as many do not want their misdeeds to be seen in the true light for what they were, enslavement, killing, stealing, raping, pillaging and much of this was done in the name of religion as was the case with the African slaves dragged from Africa to America and yes I know, Africans are not Indigenous to America, however, their treatment is also disgustingly abhorrent as was what happened to the Indians.

The Aborigines suffered the same fate as the Indians Indigenous to America. People showed up from different lands, many were convicts. A penal colony was formed at Botany Bay set up by Great Britain. The following includes more on that:

The first 736 convicts banished from England to Australia land in Botany Bay. Over the next 60 years, approximately 50,000 criminals were transported from Great Britain to the “land down under,” in one of the strangest episodes in criminal-justice history.

The accepted wisdom of the upper and ruling classes in 18th century England was that criminals were inherently defective. Thus, they could not be rehabilitated and simply required separation from the genetically pure and law-abiding citizens. Accordingly, lawbreakers had to be either killed or exiled, since prisons were too expensive. With the American victory in the Revolutionary War, transgressors could no longer be shipped off across the Atlantic, and the English looked for a colony in the other direction.

Although not confined behind bars, most convicts in Australia had an extremely tough life. The guards who volunteered for duty in Australia seemed to be driven by exceptional sadism. Even small violations of the rules could result in a punishment of 100 lashes by the cat o’nine tails. It was said that blood was usually drawn after five lashes and convicts ended up walking home in boots filled with their own blood–that is, if they were able to walk at all.

Convicts who attempted to escape were sent to tiny Norfolk Island, 600 miles east of Australia, where the conditions were even more inhumane. The only hope of escape from the horror of Norfolk Island was a “game” in which groups of three prisoners drew straws. The short straw was killed as painlessly as possible and a judge was then shipped in to put the other two on trial, one playing the role of killer, the other as witness.
source:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-australian-penal-colony-established

As bad as the transported convicts had it, the Aborigines suffered even more.

Clashes with colonists

When Europeans first began to colonise Australia, towards the end of the 18th century AD, they found cultures and environments which, in hindsight, were of incalculable value.

Much of this ancient legacy has been destroyed forever in the subsequent two centuries.

Contact between new settlers, under imperial British rule, and Australia’s indigenous people, led to the decimation of many Aboriginal groups due to disease, dispossession and in tens of thousands of cases, outright murder.

As populations declined and were fragmented, many unique linguistic and cultural traditions as well as valuable knowledge about the land and its fauna and flora were lost forever.

Land Theft

Seizure of Australia by British Imperial forces was claimed to take place under British law.

Even at that time, the British legal system had developed some traditions of fair dealings with native populations inside colonies.

These constraints were not applied on the ground in Australia. Invasion and blatant land theft by settlers were justified under the astonishing legal fiction of “Terra Nullius” – the notion that Australia was effectively unoccupied before British colonisation.

The lack of indigenous systems of land ownership (in the European tradition of private land ownership) was used to give credence the idea of Terra Nullius. The basic idea was that it was impossible to rob Aboriginal people of land, as they’d previously never owned land.
source:www.didjshop.com/shop/AbCulturecart-About Australian Aboriginal Culture-the world’s longest continuous culture?

It would seem to be the case that Indigenous Peoples all around the world have been grossly abused, misused, killed and had their land stolen from underneath them and yet, centuries later, their plight is still the same.

And the Indians Indigenous to America?

The following is from “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” written by Dee Brown:

“On the morning of November 29, 1864, 600 Cheyenne and Arapahos camped on a bend of Sand Creek were awakened by the sound of charging hooves. Two thirds of these 600 were women and children as the government granted able bodied men to go east and hunt buffalo to feed their hungry families. Only 35 braves were in the camp. This made the ensuing charge all the more frightening for the women, children, elders, and remaining braves.

So great was the fear of the coming charge that men, women, and children ran from their lodges into the biting cold taking no time to fully dress. The partially dressed Indians began to gather under a huge American flag above Black Kettles lodge (Black Kettle was given the huge American flag and peace medals by Abraham Lincoln and Colonel A. B. Greenwood in Washington only a year earlier and was told that as long as the American flag was above them, no one would be harmed). The braves present surrounded the women and children gathered under the flag. At 8:00 am more than 700 cavalry men under the command of Colonel John M. Chivington and Major Scott J. Anthony, rode in and fired on the huddled Indians from two directions. After the initial charge the US soldiers dismounted and continued the indiscriminate killing of men, women, and children. During the killing unspeakable atrocities and mutilations were committed by the soldiers. Accounts from two white men, John S. Smith and Lieutenant James Connor, described the acts of dehumanization.”

According to John S. Smith, Colonel Chivington knew these Indians to be peaceful before the massacre. Smith witnessed, as did helpless Indian mothers and fathers, young children having their sex organs cut away. U.S. soldiers mutilated Native American women, cutting away their breasts and removing all other sex organs. After the Massacre, soldiers displayed the women’s severed body parts on their hats and stretched them over their saddle-bows while riding in the ranks. The sex organs of every male were removed in the most grotesque manner. One soldier boasted that he would make a tobacco pouch with the removed privates of White Antelope, a respected elder. Conner witnessed a soldier displaying the body parts of a woman on a stick. The fingers of Indians were cut off to get at the rings on them. Connor remembered a baby only a few months old who had been hidden in the feed box of a wagon for protection. When the soldiers discovered the baby some time later, the baby was thrown onto the frozen ground to die. In going over the site the next day, it was noted that every corpse was mutilated in some way, and scalped.
source:Native American Atrocities – http://www.lastoftheindependents.com/chivington.html

..and we have the gall to call ourselves, ‘human’.