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Disclaimer - this is for all women:

You don't have to have given birth to be a Mother, either.  Those who have not, by circumstance or choice still know well of what I speak, having witnessed as a female the roles of their own Mothers, and their Sisters who may have had kids.  

We act as caregivers, to our own and others.  Its who we are, not who we have borne.

Dear Mothers,

Society has often put us in a second class position; the patriarchy on which it was formed limits our potentials in so many ways.

Perhaps it is because the know the truth:  We hold immeasurable power.

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I have some questions for you my dear ones, on this Mother's Day across the pond, and the US Mother's Day to come.  

What will you do with that power?

I know things are tough right now.  You are working more than ever, while making do with far less than ever too.  Its enough to try and punch the clock, shop, feed your family, perhaps make repairs on a home that is under water.  And the news, oh the news!  Its like a white out, bad news after horrific news, an onslaught impossible to see your way through.  But as the calming center of your universe, sometimes you have to look away.  Or perhaps chip away by attaching yourself to smaller causes of your choosing.

You and I know.  Things just aren't right.

Part of the power we hold are the words we use.  No matter the gender or the nature of the little humans we raise or influence, by sheer volume how we see the world is how they will see the world.  The men in our lives too, are always influenced by our wisdom. We shape far more than our male counterparts may imagine... at least the more sexist of them.

 photo Child-Poverty-In-America-Is-Absolut.jpgSo I want to ask you some questions.  Say you have 5 children, and its dinner time; do you feed them all?  Do you give more to the fastest, the brightest, or perhaps the one who grabs at it first, and lays claim before his siblings?

If you are short, do you abandoned the youngest because he is a drain on your family? An unproductive leech?  Or perhaps the sickly one, why waste food on someone who might not make it anyway?

Only a monster would do that.  I am sure, as fellow Mothers, that would never occur to you. But that is what Capitalism does.  They are at the head of our economic family like you are at the head of your dinner table. They have convinced you to help them, by throwing out the most at risk, or blaming them for being a "drain" on your meal so you will push them away from the table, ensuring those who you choose will have more to eat.

Capitalism is a meritocracy for the greedy.  It makes no differentiation to circumstance.  Those born to money get the most food, those born without have their dinners taken from them. Those willing to grab more, faster, get to leave their siblings hungry.  It rewards behaviours we would never promote in our own young.  

We are the Mothers.  We are the ones who have to realize, and use our voices to say "No more."

Lets say you live in a town, and the Mayor has just announced they are sending a raiding party to the next town over.  They aren't calling it a raiding party, of course, they are calling it a "Preemptive Strike," with some premise of "danger" to you and yours.  Of course, you know better.  Your sister and her family live there.  They have coal, and your Mayor wants it.  

Would you send your 16 year old as a volunteer to go slaughter that town?  With your sister there?  What if your sister didn't live there, would it be ok then?

Thats what we are doing every time we let our children join our military.  That is what the Capitalist system HAS to do.  Steal resources to get richer.

You're a Mother, and you wouldn't send your child to go kill your own extended family, nor to be killed by them defending themselves.  

We have to use our voices to say "No More" to that too.  We have to quit treating those who have, for whatever reasons, joined such raiding parties as heroes.  Victims, perhaps, but not heroes.  No one to be emulated, worshiped, never telling our sons and daughters how noble they are.  Wars cannot happen if we teach our young not to participate in them.

You see, if everyone isn't our family, then really no one is. We aren't killers, we are nurturers.  We are bringers of life.  We are the calm waters that soothe the cyclone.

We are all that...until we aren't.  Then we can be scary.

Remember the old saying, "If Momma ain't happy, then nobody's happy"?  There is no wrath like a Mother protecting her young, in the animal kingdom - and humans may be the epitome of the spirit.

Men fight their battles, but no revolution has ever been won until the Mothers stand up.  Until we say, "No more."  I am sure wiser, more learned Mothers than I can substantiate that fact.  I am no historian, but I sure have heard the folklore... from strikes to rights, from revolutions to epic tales.  When women stand up, the world quivers!

When we put our bodies in front of the guns, and dare our fathers, husbands, brothers and sons to shoot us.... things come to a standstill.  We are the last line of defense to sanity.

Are you really happy?  Do you live in fear and stress, and wonder how the hell you can give your children a better life?

Is this living?  Is this the Motherhood you had envisioned when you were a dreaming child?

I think not.  And I think you all know its true.  You have heard of the 1%, know about the banksters.  I think you know that all of Washington has been coopted by the money of those shoving you and yours away from their food laden table.  I think you know that we are making War on people who do not deserve it in the least; droning other Mothers and their children so the metaphorical Mayors can steal their stuff.  You know whats wrong, and have been trying to make the peace at home, stay under the radar, perhaps wear blinders so reality isn't so scary.

Dear, dear Mothers.... its well past time to say "No More!"

When we set a table, everyone eats.  When we have neighbors, we share with them and help them, not steal from them.  When someone is at risk, hurt or sickly, we heal them.  That is what Socialism is, Socialism does.  Motherhood is inherently Socialist!

When you open the overpriced cards on your Mother's Day, think not of the sentiment held within it.  Think what those same children would write to you 20 years from now... in whatever world you now choose to give them.  A predatory Capitalist world eating them alive, or a Socialist world in which all are cared for.

Make this the year you are the Momma Bear Protecting your Cubs, dear Mothers.

Time is getting short.  

When the Mothers stand up?  Shit hits the proverbial fan.  When Mothers join hands?  Things change.  When Mothers are determined?  People stop dying needlessly.

I wish you the happiest of Mother's Days; may you spend it pondering what you really want it to mean to you, and generations to come.

You DO hold immeasurable power.  You are the strength of humanity.  You are half the world's population, and if the Mothers of the world stood together, no force on Earth could stop us.

Use your wisdom, feel with your heart, let your rage be channeled, and do what is right. Be a Mother.

Love - and I mean I truly love you,

Another Mother


Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on - Uh
Right on baby
Right on baby

Originally posted to Anti-Capitalist Meetup on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy and Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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  •  Sincerely hoping... (12+ / 0-)

    that this light, but heartfelt piece reaches some of the women of dKos, who haven't really rethought Capitalism, and gets them to join the group to learn more....

    Peace!

    ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

    by Diane Gee on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:03:31 PM PDT

  •  Tonight's AC meetup has been x-posted to: (4+ / 0-)
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    Diane Gee, annieli, Galtisalie, Justina

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:11:44 PM PDT

  •  ACM Schedule (5+ / 0-)

    April

    6th: NY Brit Expat
    13th: Justina
    20th: Geminijen
    27th: Annieli

    May:

    4th:
    11th:
    18th:
    25th:

    We are all set for the month of April with 4 posts all set. We are now recruiting for May. If you can write something, please pick a date. UnaSpenser said she could do one sunday, we need 3 other people; please can you volunteer? :)

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:18:07 PM PDT

  •  My mother had her flaws (7+ / 0-)

    but she raised me to believe in civil rights, equality, that women have strength, and she worked as a teacher, raised two rambunctious boys, and took care of a severely ill husband for years with little if any help from any quarter.

    She was atheist, feminist, smart, educated. She was a good role model for us. Alas, in the end her depression led to her demise.

    A toast to women's equality, and may I continue to purge from my psyche any last remnant of patriarchy I may have absorbed from society.

    "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

    by ZhenRen on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:34:37 PM PDT

  •  My mom was a first wave feminist ... (9+ / 0-)

    a strong believer in trade unions, democracy, and equality. She was not educated as she was a working class girl born in the late 1910s and education for working class women back then did not exist and she desperately wanted me to have an education. She desperately wanted me not to be trapped by patriarchy, but she told me that most probably, no matter how good and smart I was, I was going to be screwed over because I was a girl and women are treated as second class citizens irrespective how much bourgeois economies love to use the word equality, that reality was quite different. So, when it happened, I was not surprised ... it may seem hard, but at least I knew that it wasn't me, but the system and it was useful to know.

    She did her best, she tried her best, she was in many senses an inspiration ...

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:48:23 PM PDT

    •  My Mom? (9+ / 0-)

      She was a liberal, but I don't remember her ever addressing patriarchy at all.  I do know that when I wanted to take a mechanics course in the summer, she asked why.  I told her because if I could be in all the honors classes I was in, I should at least have a basic understanding of cars.

      She never batted an eye.  

      She had steel and compassion; though saddled with alcoholism, brought to full blown by the death of my eldest sister when she was only 18 and I was 6.

      I was a tomboy, bought my own horse... later flew planes and such.  She never gave me gender roles or told me I couldn't do anything, so it never occurred to me I couldn't.  She just supported anything I did.

      She made me independent enough, I can do anything.

      ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

      by Diane Gee on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:54:37 PM PDT

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  •  thanks for a great diary (9+ / 0-)

    if only my own mother could appreciate this:

    When we set a table, everyone eats.  When we have neighbors, we share with them and help them, not steal from them.  When someone is at risk, hurt or sickly, we heal them.  That is what Socialism is, Socialism does.  Motherhood is inherently Socialist!

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 04:11:22 PM PDT

  •  Wonderful diary. I was raised in patriarchy. As (7+ / 0-)

    a free-thinking species being now, who happens to be male, I am comfortable with and grateful for being led by socialist women because they generally have better less ego-driven judgment for the reasons you so well-expressed. My own mother and her mother had it really bad and were unable to heal their deep wounds from the suffering they endured from early ages. I see poor girls and women similarly subjected to truly horrible treatment, including dehumanizing "career" choices in capitalist society. Not Sophie's choices but still horrible. Only socialism can provide a basis for fair paths without oppression. Peace, regards, and thanks.

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 04:34:09 PM PDT

  •  Just the right chord. (3+ / 0-)
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    No matter what lens you look at it through, it is women who raise the sons. And it is women who have all the power. Yin always defeats the yang.

    About a year or two ago, I took a closer look at this. I wondered why, in the 21st century, women still hadn't used their power. Many of the academic papers I read concurred that women were about a century away from coming into their own -- because with great power (socially) comes a new kind of responsibility, where being a woman matters not at all and has no bearing. Camille Paglia said about women who wanted to take the reigns at the power level -- if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. As I recall, this was in the context of Anita Hill. Paglia believed that Hill set women back about a century, whining about a public hair on a coke can in a Senate hearing.

    I agreed. Hill made me ashamed for women. I was ready to move on, but women had to go through decades of "He touched my breast at work!" lawsuits. Says, Paglia, "Knee them in the nuts and get back to work. You have worlds to conquer."

    I sat in on one of the early, but seminal sexual harassment trials, post-Hill. This dressed-for-success woman working in a large firm heading toward the glass ceiling -- she had a habit of keeping M&Ms in her suit pocket. One of the men she worked with impulsively took an M&M out of her pocket. He was a rung above her on the ladder. In doing so, he violated her breast space. Then blah blah blah there was a history of Hill-type sexual innuendo -- she testified. "Of course there was," I thought. "This is planet earth. So what? All that matters are your goals and the company's success." To me, she came off as a twit.

    But the jury came back with an umpteen million dollar award for her. Pretty much everyone was stunned. Naturally, that case made big news and "sensitivity training" became a big industry across the land. I saw it as another defeat for women. They can't get through the glass ceiling without breast protection, poor things.

    In her case and in the case of Anita Hill -- I'm talking about dynamic woman stepping up to the plate in the big leagues. Poised for power. I'm not talking about protecting the disadvantaged woman workers of America. There are abuses there. There continue to be abuses. It's illegal.

    Anyway, I decided to try an experiment here to see if women have make any progress in terms of taking responsibility in a big-picture way. I wrote a Diary called "Do Men have a Right to an Abortion."

    Tim and Tiffany have a summer affair. They're both going off to college in the fall. Tim won a full scholarship to Princeton. His whole future is in front of him. Tiffany turns up pregnant, her hormones kick in, she wants to keep the baby. Tim is horrified and wants her to get rid of it. She wants him to get a job at Best Buy and marry her.
    Then, I proposed this:  Men have a right to file for an abortion -- or severance -- within the first three months. If the woman refuses, the man is cut free to live his life unencumbered.

    To me, that's a parity of rights. It is just. Tiffany has the right to choose to raise a baby alone, or get an abortion and get on with her life. Tim has the right to dump college, get a nowhere job, and raise a kid or he can head off for Princeton and put all this behind him.

    Neither has the right to impose an unwanted parenthood upon the other.

    It's called equal rights.

    The comments section of the Diary clearly demonstrated to me that women are not yet willing to take responsibility for their own reproductive organs. In almost every case, they wanted to punish Tim and make him pay through the teeth for the rest of his life -- if Tiffany decided it would be fun to have a babydoll to dress up.

    There were cries of "He should have worn a rubber!" as respondents distanced themselves from the reality of a woman's come control over her organs, which were granted her by the Supreme Court.

    Most of the female respondents thought I was a man (which is telling). Most of the men participating, were afraid to say much at all --  and couldn't believe I had the balls to pose the issue, assuming I was a guy. Generally, there as a lot of anger coming from the women.

    ::

    And, that's when I realized that the academic papers on full equality for women were right -- it's still about a century away. Women aren't ready yet.

    •  Oh, and Happy Mother's Day. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  You've known me forever (3+ / 0-)
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      and I have never been a good feminist.  My own sister ended up losing both her job, and her husbands job for filing a BS lawsuit because one of her peers rubbed her shoulders for less than a minute at a bar they were all drinking at after work.

      Unlike her, and her perfect life, I have had 3 solid rape attempts on me, and one that was marginal.

      I told her I would have have told him to take his hands off of me, or I would rip his arm off and shove it up his ass.

      We cannot cry about being powerless, while refusing to employ the powers we have.  I get it.

      ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

      by Diane Gee on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 06:46:36 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, of course Diane (3+ / 0-)
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        I wrote that long passage because I wanted to share it with you. Not many folks understand this position. The point was, that I agree with you that women have the power. Have always had the power. But they have a distorted view of themselves as victims -- and are not yet able to grant men full equality. It's petty.

        And I was kinda bummed to think we have to go through another visionless century of ladies overcoming their cultural resentments.

        •  In the kind of society many of us propose (3+ / 0-)
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          Diane Gee, Pluto, isabelle hayes

          no mother would have to raise a child alone, with no help from others. Men who don't take responsibility and fail to "bring home the bacon" would not be a problem. Women and children would be completely supported.

          "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

          by ZhenRen on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 08:03:07 PM PDT

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        •  There is a difference between (2+ / 0-)
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          bourgeois feminism and working class feminism.

          Anarcha-feminism... that's what I want.

          "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

          by ZhenRen on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 08:05:03 PM PDT

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        •  Its hard (5+ / 0-)

          to give men "equality" over our bodies... when in reality we are so short away from being property.  I understand the resistance to it.

          And in reality?  Even in situations where the men had the choice, within marriages and such, they still often bail, leaving women to be sole supporters of kids.

          We cannot even get control of birth control in this system... we cannot get it with health plans, yet men can get Viagra.  

          We do have some power, but far from having all we should be grabbing.  Lets be realistic - if men had the veto power, and a no-pay clause, no matter what pillow talk promises were made, they would flush their responsibility in pregnancy a lot.

          But we are digressing wildly from the premise of the article - if we ever stood up, and wanted true Socialism, every being would have their basic needs met, making the bearing of children - or not, way less frightening.

          ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

          by Diane Gee on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 08:31:28 PM PDT

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  •  My theme song. (3+ / 0-)
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  •  very nicely done (3+ / 0-)
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    just the right tone.

  •  As I stated, this is a wonderful diary. Round 2: (1+ / 0-)
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    It truly is. I wanted to come back in part to say that again. Yet I also want to confess to a part that, after a day of pondering, gives me a little pause from my otherwise monolithic endorsement. That does not mean that it is not correct in its intent at all, but I at least want to express honestly a bit of hesitation on my part. It is similar to what I just wrote in a comment to Pluto about this provocative and challenging diary: http://www.dailykos.com/....

    Together, you and Pluto have shaken up a lot of my thinking about U.S. foreign policy, and although I am not at this time ready to fully agree, I think that you are contributing to my Socratic process, so it is invaluable to me.

    Here is the part that gives me some trepidation:

    I think you know that all of Washington has been coopted by the money of those shoving you and yours away from their food laden table.  I think you know that we are making War on people who do not deserve it in the least; droning other Mothers and their children so the metaphorical Mayors can steal their stuff.
    I do not think that "all" of Washington has been coopted. First, some like Bernie Sanders are in the system but not of the system. Others, let's say for instance, mainstream Democrats, who are way to my right on most things, may also be playing a game to get elected and by being elected, may accomplish some good. I think for instance of Obamacare. Lousy legislation in many ways, but I do not know that given U.S. politics it was not on the left wing of the possible, sad to say.

    On the "War" and drones part, I am more in agreement, but even here, I am not completely comfortable. Part of it has to do with my belief that some form of armed response to 911 and Bin Laden was justified and since it was emanating from Afghanistan, that seemed like the place to go, and then we had to go to Pakistan to get him. Not saying what we did was ever 100% right, but something was justified. And I can in my mind readily contrast this with Iraq, where we never should have gone. Iraq really was about stealing "coal" (oil). But I do not believe Afghanistan was. I know it has a lot of resources, but I do not believe that is why we went there. I had a friend get blown up in Afghanistan who was trying to do the right thing. He has largely recovered thank goodness. And I think the Taliban really is an evil movement.

    Meanwhile, I agree with you that innocent people dying because of the means that are chosen even to do a theoretically just response cannot be justified in all or most situations. And I think that the drones usage is quite troubling, not only in terms of innocent lost lives but also in terms of where it might end and what it means for our world going forward. But ultimately, if someone innocent dies from a drone, or from a bomb, or from a bullet, they are still dead, and that is a tragedy.

    I am all for drastically reducing the U.S. military, so don't get me wrong on that. I also think the CIA is pretty close to the Taliban in some of its conduct and should be eliminated. But I am not of the belief that everything the U.S. does foreign policy wise or militarily is automatically evil. Mostly what the U.S. military does is keep the world safe for capitalism, but not everything. E.g., WWII, getting Hitler was fully justified.

    Okay, I have spilled my guts. I figure that the only value I bring to most conversations here is my honesty, so you have that! Thank you again for this great diary.

     

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:13:05 PM PDT

    •  I forgive your for this obscenity: (1+ / 0-)
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      Part of it has to do with my belief that some form of armed response to 911 and Bin Laden was justified and since it was emanating from Afghanistan, that seemed like the place to go,
      To this day the Afghans have no idea what the World Trade Center is or what happened there.

      But we spent ten years slaughtering them and their children and furthering the heroin trade -- when the Taliban had nearly wiped out by 2001. Now, it has increased eight-fold -- which happens to be the global currency for weapons trade on the world market -- exposed even in the Reagan years.  Defense contractors have long enjoyed and stuffed into their Cayman accounts the profits they exploit through the backdoor profits from the drug trade.

      In that way, Afghanistan was doubly profitable for them.

      Murdering the people of Afghans was just a happy bonus. Still is.

      •  I agree the corrupting influence of the defense (1+ / 0-)
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        contractors makes it impossible to trust any U.S. military initiative. I agree about the innocence of most of the Afghan people and that we should not have done most of the things we did military-wise there. I agree that the Taliban had drastically cut opium production. I am totally against the global drug war. The morphing of the Taliban, as bad as they are to those they rule by intimidation and brutality, with Al Queda, was the same type of morphing as Saddam Hussein with Al Queda. Thank you for the rigorous response.

        garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

        by Galtisalie on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:12:34 AM PDT

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        •  To address some of these concerns, I've (1+ / 0-)
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          come to the conclusion that a UN force should be the one to do most military actions. The U.S. military should not be involved in most international actions.

          garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

          by Galtisalie on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 08:54:28 AM PDT

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          •  Exactly. The moment we invaded (1+ / 0-)
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            …and started slaughtering citizens in Afghanistan (and Iraq) was the moment USians lost their freedom, security, their control over their government, their influence in the world, and their futures, domestically.

            All they gained was million upon millions of terrorists across future generations determined to seek revenge upon the USian torturers and murderers of their families. And the complete disdain of the world.

            Payback has barely even begun.

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