Surveying the important work my fellow activists are accomplishing is inspiring indeed, and there is no question that we are making a profound difference. We’ve protested against nearly everything that moves, including such wrongs in the world as Bush, the electing of Bush, Republicans, the right wing, capitalism, prisons, the police, rule of law, democracy, progress itself, the American army in Iraq, the American army, America, Americans, armies, Israel, Jews, Jewish religious symbols, the former existence of the World Trade Center, heterosexuality, Bush’s plan, Bush’s poodle, Bush’s cat, Bush’s haircut, and so on. (work-unsafe examples of each of the above can be found here)
But we must bear in mind that all the efforts of nihilism could come to nothing were we to leave out one critical thing.
Those brave patriots who protest against military recruitment and schools everywhere which prohibit the military from opening their mouths anywhere in earshot of a potential young goose-stepper are on to this one thing, I believe. As were those astute Oaklanders who fitly recognized the word ‘marriage’ to be hate speech. As was that teacher last year who encouraged her students to destroy an anti-abortion display. As are all of us who continually call for the clamping of clamorous conservative voices on talk radio.
These were all steps in the right direction, to be sure, but have we gone far enough? Is there more we could be doing?
As Henry David Jefferson once said, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of the tree of liberty to one who is hacking at the root.” Do you get where I’m going with this?