News flash: WE are the monkeys

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Getting smarter

I have noticed that the people around me who tend to be conservative in nature are begining to wake up and ask questions. A little late perhaps but at least it is happening.

Blue's picture
Posted by Blue (not verified) on 24 March 2005 - 10:52am
What I think is happening

...is that the radical wingnuts have let their rage blind them. They're overreaching. But now's the time to be smart. We can reframe the entire debate, if we get our shit together.

The thing is, rage is mistaken for action, rage is mistaken for passion. On DKos now, there are people saying that if they don't froth at the mouth like rabid dogs, the only alternative is complacency.

It's stupid. It's the sucker move. And it plays right into the wingnuts' agenda.

Look at our "win": on Social Security, we responded with intelligence. We were smart. The calculator, the reframing, everything. It worked.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 24 March 2005 - 11:07am
The cards?

http://www.mediagirl.org/trackback/254

Recall the tarot on Social Security. Media girl, you who are calling our attention to important matters. Not shrill voices, but getting people to listen. You are like the Page of Pentacles.

[img]system/files?file=Cups Page.jpg[/img]

[img]system/files?file=Pentacles 07_1.jpg[/img]

[img]system/files?file=Swords 09.jpg[/img] [b]The Outcome,[/b] What is the outcome of all this? [b] Page of Cups, Seven of Pentacles, Nine of Swords.[/b] One card came out with two cards seemingly refusing to let go, so in the Old World way, this is read as a basic card with two modifiers, leading to a richer meaning.

[b]The Page of Cups[/b] is a [u]"New Message." A fish in a cup? It is the intuitive taking form. It is self-examination.[/u] It is a card of secrets. Is this the same cup that hovered over us in "what hangs in the air?" That cup is now examined - the cup that runneth over. Once cup of plenty. The American Dream according to Bush.

Modifying this card is the [b]Seven of Pentacles[/b] which is "Concern for the Harvest; anxiety about produce." The harvest was planted, but its fruits are in doubt. It is not that the farmer has not worked hard. Notice the staff he leans on, the same one we saw in the covering card - the [b]Ace of Wands.[/b] This is no "welfare shirker." He is someone who believes in the story of the "Ant and the Grasshopper." He has been a good "ant." Now, as he looks in the cup, [u]it dawns on him that he shares much with those "grasshoppers" who he once believed fell on hard times due to their own laziness and lack of planning.[/u]

We worries that despite his best effort, he will share the same fate. It isn't fair!

[b]Nine of Swords[/b] which means "Nightmare. Despair." A card of bad omen - the [i]death card[/i] of the Tarot deck. With the concern for the harvest and the card of bad omen, the outcome is about as bad as it gets if [u]we are talking about harvesting seeds that were planted.[/u]

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Will the electorate get savvy and connect the money spent in Iraq with the Social Security shortfall? Will there be resentment in that a war uncovered no weapons of mass destruction?

The Administration's money men are chomping to get their hands on the Social Security funds, yet the Administration has not offered a plan that seems to have ignited the rank and file. Social Security was never meant to be speculative. And how good are the neo-cons at managing money? It is not exactly great news for the Administration to come in and say the fund is bankrupt when the previous party left a balanced budget and the current Administration has gone trillions into debt.

I think the cards say it!

Matsu's picture
Posted by Matsu on 24 March 2005 - 11:37am
In the cards indeed

The problem is that nobody is listening, nobody is seeing the cards or the writing on the wall.

Well, not nobody. "tunesmith" on DKos has posted a similar post, and been attacked. People seem to equate rage with action, and they seem to think that reason is for wussies. I happen to believe that that kind of thinking leads to just another brand of fascism.

Nobody knows how to debate. Nobody understands dialectic. Is the Enlightenment dead?

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 24 March 2005 - 12:04pm
Monkeys

Bush is the monkey. Don't forget that. We are the ones who know better.

I agree that screeching won't help, but other than framing things better and staying calm, you haven't really suggested anything concrete. Though those are laudable goals, to be sure.

So... It's time to get smart. --And not just us progressives. It's time for the whole country to get smart, because the world isn't waiting for us to get our shit together.

But that's something for another post.

Tell me more. I'm ready for that next post!

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Posted by Ralph (not verified) on 24 March 2005 - 1:32pm
Howard Beale

Howard does not commit suicide in the movie Network. He is killed by the network when his ratings slip.

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Posted by Retrogrouch (not verified) on 25 March 2005 - 3:37pm