Are The Times A-changin’ ?

Citizens of Brattleboro, Vermont, aghast that the Bush regime goes unchecked in its illegal occupation of Iraq, slaughter and destruction in Afghanistan, and threats to Iran, as well as its shredding of the US Constitution, decided to take action. 

“Brattleboro residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont.” 

That statement is the beginning of an article in the Rutland, Vermont Herald about what people there want to do in the face of inaction of Congress to impeach Bush and Cheney and stop the occupation. 

The city of Berkeley, California gave the parking space in front of a marine recruiting center to Code Pink and encourages people to “nonviolently ‘impede, passively or actively,’ the work of the recruiters.” 

 Berkeley_parking _sm2.jpg  Code Pink member writing slogans in parking space.

Further the article reports:

“‘Berkeley has been opposed to the Iraq war since the beginning; it’s overwhelmingly unpopular in this community,’ Mr. Bates [mayor of Berkeley] said. ‘And people feel this is an opportunity to express their discontent.'”

That city also voted a resolution demanding the impeachment of Bush and Cheney in 2006 and another against the bombing in Afghanistan in 2001! 

Read the full article here:

Berkeley Finds a New Way
to Make War Politics Local

This reminds me a little of the spirit of the resistance to the Viet Nam war.  Are the times changing?  Will Americans demand a stop to the war?  What will we do when the Democrat who is elected in November and installed in January (I always say that now, because since the coup, we no longer have a legitimate government and the president is not rightly inaugurated; that’s another matter, but pertinent here) and fails to end the occupation, will we become more assertive?  Will we find a way around the media lockdown that keeps dissent nearly invisible?  What are we going to do in this country? 

The Rutland Herald is not a major newspaper and the article in the Times is buried in the back pages.  I think the policy of the Times is to keep up at least the appearance of a free press with articles like this appearing, but actually serving the regime with its editorial policy.  People I know who read the Times daily, miss this article and others like it, which are never on the front page and never part of a series about dissent in the country.  The Times is trying to have it both ways, unlike the media which just lie and suppress facts.  In some ways it is more dangerous. 

Will Americans demand a free press? 

It will be interesting to see.  I want to have hope.  


One Response to “Are The Times A-changin’ ?”

  1. nancy Says:


    There is change in the wind. Can you feel it. It started to blow in 2006 and it is getting stronger. Most important, we must stand up and be the change we want to see. The wind will blow us in the right direction if we are willing to stand up and accept and give the direction.


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