Tuesday, June 17, 2008

maybe travis is right...(he may be)

travis' blog. i'm still going to retain my hope for the time being. Only time will tell how everything pans out.


Grabloid said...

The folk singer Utah Phillips died a few weeks ago...the incredible independent news program Democracy Now! played an archived interview that they had with him the day after his death. This is a clip from that interview. I thought it would be appropriate here as it comes close to summing up my feelings about voting and this upcoming election. (btw...this is the Travis that Torben is referring to on this post...)

AMY GOODMAN: So, are you going to be voting this year? Are you going to be endorsing anyone? What do you think is the most important form of participation these days?

UTAH PHILLIPS: Well, now, you’ve got me boxed in. Amy, you know, you make—you ever made of vow? You know, like Catholics make vows, don’t they? You make a vow of celibacy or a vow of poverty. I made a vow to Ammon Hennacy shortly before his death, that, you know, he would never—he was an anarchist, a great anarchist. And he would never speak when I was running for the Senate. He would never talk, you know, for me. Another you learn things the hard way, don’t you? He made me promise that I wouldn’t engage in systemic politics ever again, that there was another way I had to do this.
Ammon never went to the polls, but you couldn’t tell him he hadn’t voted. He did vote. Ammon’s body was his ballot. And he cast it in behalf of the poor around him every day of his life. And he paid a terrible price for that. You couldn’t tell him you hadn’t voted. You said, “Yes, I did vote. I just didn’t assign responsibility to other people to do things. I accept responsibility and saw to it that something got done.” It’s a different way of looking at voting, isn’t it? And you can do that all the time. You could have your life in this way. I lived my life. My body is my ballot. It’s a lesson I learned from Ammon. That’s my way. That’s the vow I took, and I’m not going to break it. Right?
Given that, I can’t, of course, ask people to do something that I wouldn’t do, you know, but it does appear to me that these fascists that have taken over have got to get—we’ve got to get rid of them. They’re not Republicans, and they’re not Democrats up there. You know, they’re something else. They’re corporate fascists. And they got to be out off there. And the only organized force on the planet—in the country that I know of that can do that is the Democratic Party. God help us all. You know, it’s like buying a seat on the Titanic, the Democratic Party, but they’re the only force, organized force, that has the ability to do it. So it’s imperative that the entire progressive movement come together, like they did in the Great Depression at the time of the CIO....

h2oetry said...

Very interesting, thanks for posting Travis(and consequently Torben of course for the post).