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SPEAK OUT SPEAK UP

IMPEACH GEORGE W. BUSH

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In This Issue:

  • David’s Notes: 
  • American Dreamin’ 
  • Impeach George W. Bush 
  • Untitled 
  • Getting the News
    BBC, CBC, Short Wave, Manchester Guardian
    Anarkiss NewsWire
    Toward Freedom
    Satire for Survival at Satire Wire
     
  • What Mr. Marley Said
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    DAVID’S NOTES:

     

    DAVID’S NOTES

     

     

    A few people have written asking why it’s been so long since the last Judevine Mountain Emailite–#23, the 911 issue, came out on 9 October 2001. I’ve been wondering that myself. I’ve been working, or trying to work, on this issue since the first of the year, but I just couldn’t seem to get it done.

     

    Then a friend of ours wrote recently saying, “I have been running scared for the last couple of months–burnt out from all the reading and posting; horrified at the mounting evidence of intersecting ulterior motives in every institution from government to private enterprise; feeling powerless in the face of the massive beast slouching toward us all.” I think that’s right. Many of us are, at least I know I have been and still am, in some way traumatized by all that’s happened since 911.

     

    Just a little more than a year ago the Bush juggernaut stole an election. Then his pals on the Supreme Court installed him as President of the United States. And less than a year later, in spite of Enron, Bush’s own jingoistic and insane rhetoric, a collapsing economy, and actual warfare, he is the most popular President in the history of the country.

     

    A lot of us have been stuck in a malaise of dolor and inaction brought on by how depressing the past year’s events have been. Yet we all know that depression and upset does not take the place of action. As Edward Abbey said, “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.”

     

    It’s time to start to fight. The question remains: How? What to do? Each of us will answer these questions for ourselves in various ways. Each of us will find our own time and place and method of action. What’s certain is: we need to get going.

     

    This sentiment is growing more popular the further away we get from 911 and the more we see the disastrous effects of the Bush administration’s decisions. Robert Kuttner had an especially good article in the Boston Globe recently. It’s called “Bush Blunder Shows It’s Time for Dissent.” To get the complete article email Anarkiss NewsWire at: anarkiss@mindspring.com. Ask for it by title and give the date: 2/13/02 .

     

    This issue of The Judevine Mountain Emailite then seeks to contribute something to the growing need for action and protest in the face of overwhelming silence and inaction.

     

    This issue is also a family affair, being as it offers two poems by The Editor’s daughter, Nadine Wolf Budbill. The nepotistic, good old boy network of Bush-Cheney-Rehnquist-et.al. got nothin’ on us!


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    AMERICAN DREAMIN’

     

    THE DREAM:

     

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
    OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    AND TO THE REPUBLIC
    FOR WHICH IT STANDS
    ONE NATION
    UNDER GOD
    INDIVISIBLE
    WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

     

    IN MY SLEEP I AM HAUNTED BY
    THE SEPTEMBER SCHOOL DAY WHEN
    ALL YOUNG PEOPLE STOOD AND RECITED
    THESE WORDS IN
    SYNCHRONIZED UNISON
    EAST COAST TO WEST COAST
    ORCHESTRATED
    ACROSS TIME ZONES

     

    THE DREAM HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE
    HAS BECOME THE ILLUSION, THE DELUSION
    AND WE BELIEVE IT
    WE BELIEVE IT?

     

    IF ON THAT SEPTEMBER SCHOOL DAY YOU
    WERE JUST A LITTLE BIT
    REBELLIOUS
    REFUSED TO STAND
    ‘CAUSE YOU’D ALREADY HAD THE NIGHTMARE
    NO LONGER BELIEVE THE DREAM
    YOU GOT SLAMMED INTO A LOCKER IN THE HALL
    CALLED A TERRORIST / A-RAB-LOVING / FAGGOT
    ‘CAUSE YOU’RE EITHER WITH US OR AGAINST US
    YOU’RE EITHER WITH US OR AGAINST US
    GOT IT KID?
    YOU’RE EITHER WITH US OR AGAINST US
    AND THAT DON’T LEAVE NO ROOM FOR
    QUESTIONING
    AND THAT DON’T LEAVE NO ROOM FOR…

     

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE 
    SWALLOWED IT WHOLE AND SPIT IT BACK UP ON DEMAND
    RIGHT HAND ACROSS MY HEART AS I STAND
    JUST WORDS FALLIN’ OUT MY MOUTH, JUST WORDS, JUST WORDS YA’LL

     

    TO THE FLAG
    RED WHITE AND BLUE
    AND IN 1492
    COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN
    OH SHIT, MY PAPER ON BETSY ROSS IS OVERDUE
    THE ONLY WOMAN IN MY HISTORY BOOK
    MADE HER MARK ‘CAUSE
    DAMN SHE COULD SEW

     

    OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    TO THE REPUBLIC
    FOR WHICH IT STANDS
    ONE NATION

    WAIT, I HEARD ONCE ABOUT THE CHEROKEE NATION
    SIOUX NATION, IROQUOIS NATION AND I’M FAILIN’ MATH
    BUT I’M PRETTY SURE THAT ADDS UP TO MORE THAN ONE

     

    UNDER GOD
    WHO WEARS A WHITE MAN’S FACE
    NOT GODDESS, NOT ALLAH, NOT JAH, NOT YEMENJA

     

    INDIVISIBLE
    PREFIX I-N MEANIN’ NOT / DIVISIBLE MEANIN’ DIVIDABLE / MEANIN’ NOT DIVIDED / BUT THE BLACK KIDS AND THE WHITE KIDS AND THE ASIAN KIDS SIT AT DIFFERENT TABLES IN THE CAFETERIA AND THE WHITE KIDS GET BUSED IN FROM ACROSS TOWN WHERE THEY LIVE IN HOUSES NOT PROJECTS AND THERE’S LESS TRASH ON THE STREET AND NO TOXIC WASTE DUMP HIDDEN BENEATH THE CONCRETE

     

    WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
    BUT I DON’T FEEL SAFE WALKIN’ HOME ALONE LATE AT NIGHT
    BUT MY COUSIN’S IN JAIL ‘CAUSE
    HE WAS AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME
    DRESSED TOO COMFORTABLY IN HIS BROWN SKIN
    BUT MY UNCLE RAPED ME WHEN I WAS 10
    PAID FOR A GOOD LAWYER AND THEN
    DID IT AGAIN

     

    WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE
    WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE
    WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE
    FOR THOSE
    WHO CAN AFFORD IT

     

    THE DREAM HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE
    THE BOOGIE MAN IS REAL
    THE MONSTERS AREN’T JUST UNDER THE BED
    THE DREAM HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE
    HAS BECOME THE ILLUSION, THE DELUSION
    I AM HAUNTED BY THAT SEPTEMBER SCHOOL DAY
    SYNCHRONIZED RECITATION ACROSS TIME ZONES
    MY NIGHTMARES DILATE WITH IMAGES OF
    YOUNG PEOPLE
    THEIR RIGHT HANDS ACROSS THEIR CHESTS
    STANDING BESIDE THEIR DESKS
    IN CLASSROOMS WITHOUT BOOKS
    IN CLASSROOMS WITHOUT WINDOWS
    IN CLASSROOMS WITHOUT CRAYONS
    IN CLASSROOMS WITH TOO MANY KIDS
    WITH TOO MANY POOR AND BROWN FACES

     

    AND I AM HAUNTED BY THAT SEPTEMBER SCHOOL DAY
    SYNCHRONIZED RECITATION ACROSS TIME ZONES
    MY NIGHTMARES DILATE WITH IMAGES OF
    YOUNG PEOPLE

     

    THEIR RIGHT HANDS ACROSS THEIR CHESTS
    STANDING BESIDE THEIR DESKS
    IN CLASSROOMS LINED WITH I-MACS
    IN CLASSROOMS FILLED WITH
    NEW BOOKS, GLU STICKS, AND CONSTRUCTION PAPER
    IN CLASSROOMS WHERE EDUCATION PER PUPIL HAS
    AN ANNUAL PRICE TAG OVER 30 G’S
    IN CLASSROOMS WHERE WHITE SUZY AND WHITE JOHNNY
    JUST GOT BACK FROM VENICE, ST. THOMAS, OR HAWAII
    MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE
    SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY

     

    THE WRITING ISN’T ON THE WALL
    ‘CAUSE WE’VE MEMORIZED IT ALL
    SWALLOWED IT WHOLE
    SPIT IT BACK UP ON DEMAND
    RIGHT HAND
    ACROSS YOUR HEART AS YOU STAND
    WORDS FALLIN’ OUT YOUR MOUTH
    JUST WORDS
    THEY’RE JUST WORDS YA’LL
    THEY’RE JUST WORDS

     

    Nadine Wolf Budbill wordfierce@onebox.com

     

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Nadine is a social justice educator and poet/performer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. She can be contacted at the email address above.


     

     

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    IMPEACH GEORGE W. BUSH

    Nothing has Changed
    In the days following 911 everyone said how our lives had been permanently, irrevocably changed. It became a mantra. I said it too. I even wrote an essay called “The End to the Age of Impunity”–see JME #23–in which I argued that America as the nation that acts anytime anywhere with absolute impunity and disregard for other nations was over.

     

    Everybody was wrong. And I was the wrongest of all. Nothing has changed. In fact we as a nation now act with greater impunity than we ever have. And from all indications, if George Bush and his party and the American people who support them get their way, we have only just begun.

     

    The plague of Pax Americana is upon us.

     

    Impeach George W. Bush
    Because of what George Bush and his administration have done since 911, we are guaranteed to have terrorists after us for generations to come, an economy hopelessly in debt for military spending and basic individual rights here at home infringed upon in ways not seen since the 1950s. Bush, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft are the real Axis of Evil. And all of this because America responded to 911 as it always responds, not with considered action but with firepower.

     

    Geov Parrish said it as succinctly and as well as anyone. “Any ‘War on Terrorism’ must ultimately be a war of persuasion, not conquest.” It’s such a simple and obvious point. It’s hard to fathom why no one in Washington can get it.

     

    George W. Bush should be impeached and then put on trial for treason.

     

    For Geov Parrish’s article go to: http://dupagepeace.home.att.net/civcas3.html

     

    Israel and Palestine as the Metaphor for the New Pax Americana
    And because the United States believes that conquest not persuasion is the method best suited to our way of doing things, because we believe that with our great technological advances in weaponry we can rule the world, with our overwhelming firepower we can face down the poorest, least equipped nations in the world, we will surely end up just as secure as Israel.

     

     

    It’s as if Israel with all its weaponry–supplied by the USA–and Palestine with rocks and slingshots is a living metaphor for this new War on Terrorism. Maybe we should call these new wars The Missiles/Box Cutter Wars.

     

    Given what we know of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, imagine how secure the future of The United States will be if we persist in ignoring Geov Parrish’s advice that “Any ‘War on Terrorism’ must ultimately be a war of persuasion, not conquest.”

     

    What We Could have Done
    What could we have done instead of what we did? We could have shocked the entire world, by (1) withdrawing all of our forces from Saudi Arabia, (2) announcing to Ariel Sharon that he and his government must immediately withdraw from Palestinian occupied territory back to the pre-1967 war boundaries, and (3) load every bomber we have with food and medicine and school supplies and building materials and fly them all to Afghanistan and then begin distributing all that to the beset people of Afghanistan. All this could have been done under the watchful eyes of armed guards supplied by the U.S. military. We got plenty soldiers, you know. We could have begun a massive rebuilding of Afghanistan similar to the Berlin Air Lift after World War II. We could have undone the Taliban and their narrow minded, religiously fanatical idiocies by overwhelming the Afghan people with kindness and good will, and not only would we have done a good thing, we would have fought a battle in The War Against Terrorism like none other. In other words, a war of persuasion not conquest.

     

    Just a couple of decades ago, and in spite of our firepower, a bunch of ill equipped but determined little guys in black pajamas and flip-flops beat us into submission and humiliation in Vietnam because we had no interest in trying to understand what grievances lay behind the conflict in that far away land.

     

    Will we ever learn?


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    UNTITLED

     

    MY REFUSAL OF
    FABRIC-AIDED
    RED
    WHITE
    BLUE

     

    LEAVES ME
    NAKED

     

    NO PROTECTION
    NO IMMUNITY
    NO THING TO HIDE BEHIND

     

    I AM HERE

     

    AND

     

    I AM
    AS
    UNAMERICAN
    AS
    AMERICAN
    CAN BE

     

    Nadine Wolf Budbill
    wordfierce@onebox.com

     

     

    * * * * *GETTING THE NEWS

     

     

    In order to get any kind of honest or real perspective on what has happened since 911 and how the rest of the world feels about it, you must get outside mainstream American news media coverage of the war and it’s aftermath, including NPR’s coverage which has been shamefully timid.

     

    BBC
    Perhaps the most easily accessed foreign broadcasts come from the British Broadcasting Company. In the United States, Public Radio International distributes BBC broadcasts to a number of its affiliates around the States.

     

    For the PRI affiliates that carry the BBC World Service in your area go to: http://www.pri.org/PublicSite/listeners/program.html

     

    The BBC is available on line at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/default.stm

     

    CBC
    If you live in the northern United States you may be able to get the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Their news program “As It Happens” is a good source of a different perspective on events. “As It Happens”, by the way, was the news show National Public Radio took as its model when NPR set out to create “All Things Considered”.

     

    “As It Happens” is at: http://radio.cbc.ca/programs/asithappens/The CBC in English is available on line at: http://www.cbc.ca/ 
    In French at: http://www.radio-canada.ca/

     

    From Our Friend in Canada
    And from our friend in Canada, Fortner Anderson, comes these additional recommendations. “There’s also zmag.org. Also myafghan.com, or dawn.com a good Pakistani source, and rediff.com for an Indian point-of-view.”

     

    Short Wave
    Short Wave broadcasts in English are another good source of a different perspective. There are numerous ones to choose from. There are English language broadcasts from China, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Belgium and other countries around the world. Get a short wave radio and start looking around. It’s a fun and an ear-opening experience.

     

    The Manchester Guardian
    And, of course, one of the best sources of differing opinion always is the Manchester Guardian which is available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/

     

    Two Sources Inside the USA
    Here inside the boundaries of The United States we’d like to recommend two sources.

     

    The Anarkiss NewsWire
    Geoffrey Gardner in Sullivan, NH circulates the Anarkiss NewsWire to all who request it. This is NOT a website and to get Gardner’s emailings you need to e-mail him at: anarkiss@mindspring.com.

     

    Once on the list you will get daily mailings. The Anarkiss NewsWire attempts to get around as widely as possible news and commentary, from sources at home and abroad otherwise not readily available, about “The War on Terrorism,” its roots and consequences and its various meanings.

     

    The Anarkiss NewsWire also includes a daily poem touching on questions of war, peace and politics. These poems are floated under the rubric, News That Stays News, following Ezra Pound’s dictum–in the ABC of Reading (1934)–that “Literature is news that STAYS news.” The poems are intended to balance and improve upon the all too real news of each fleeting day.

     

    Toward Freedom
    Toward Freedom : A Progressive Perspective on World Events is a magazine that is dedicated to being “an international news, analysis, and advocacy journal. Toward Freedom seeks to strengthen and extend human justice and liberties in every sphere.”

     

    It’s Advisors and Board Members include: Ossie Davis, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robin Lloyd, Robert Nichols, Dennis Brutus, Grace Paley, Martin Sheen, and David Dellinger.

     

    Cleanly presented in an 8.5 by 11 format, Toward Freedom ranges widely over both domestic and international issues and is readable, accessible and direct. Very Highly Recommended.

     

    A year’s subscription, eight issues, is $25.00 US ($35.00 international). Send checks to Toward Freedom , P.O. Box 468, Burlington, VT, 05402-0468, USA

     

    More information and articles at: http://www.towardfreedom.com/index.htm

     

    Satire for Survival at Satire Wire/dot.com.edy
    All of us have been inundated with reading material since 911. We need a break. And we need a laugh.

     

    Absolutely the funniest piece we’ve come across in recent weeks is an article called: “Axis of Just as Evil” which is available at:http://www.satirewire.com/news/jan02/axis.shtml

     

    Another good one is “FBI to Issue 5-Day Terror Forecasts: Recognizable Format Should Make It Easier for Americans to Organize Week. Go to:http://www.satirewire.com/news/feb02/forecast.shtml

     

    Another, “Bush Asks Non-U.S. Olympians to Unite Behind America by Finishing Behind America.” Go to:http://www.satirewire.com/news/feb02/olympics.shtml

     

    These and many others are available at Satire Wire / dot.com.edy at: http://www.satirewire.com/index.shtml

     

     

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    WHAT MR. MARLEY SAID

     

    Finally, Dear Reader, we leave you this time with these parting and inspirational words from a certain Mr. Marley who knew, far better than most of us, whereof he spoke:

     

     

    Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
    Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
    Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
    Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight!
     

    You can fool some people sometimes,
    But you can’t fool all the people all the time.
    So now we see the light.
    We gonna stand up for our rights!
     

    Oh, you better: Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
    Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
    Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
    Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight!

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