Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Remember, Remember, the 7th of November

With apologies to Guy Fawkes, a poster on another blog paraphrased a scene from the terrific movie "V for Vendetta", where the stranger in the Guy Fawkes mask took over the television set and put forward this commentary. It is eerily applicable to what is happening in America. Read and ponder. "Remember, Remember the 5th of November, the gun powder treason and plot. I see no reason the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot."

Here's the speech.

August 9th, 2008,

Good evening, America. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration - whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday - I thought we could mark this Second Tuesday in November, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Cruelty and injustice…intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told…if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War. Terror. Disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you and in your panic, you turned to the Conservative. He promised you order. He promised you peace. And all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

Last night, We sought to end that silence. Last night, We destroyed the Old Lieberman to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than 250 years ago, great citizens wished to embed the Second Tuesday of November forever in our memory. Their hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words - they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you allow the Seventh of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek…then I ask you to stand beside me, three months from tonight at the Voting Stations. And together, we shall give them a Seventh of November that shall never, ever, be forgot!

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