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Black Rage May 26, 2010

Posted by The Typist in 504, FYYFF, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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Here, go read this by Sam. I have had the good sense to delete most of what I’ve written about the oil flood out of concern for what Fatherland Security might think.

America Norte’ (or it’s bought-and-paid-for political leadership) is letting us die, and it’s a conscious decision, part of the same one that sent Category Five hurricane protection into endless study land.

As I stood through the Pledge, Anthem and American the Beautiful at my daughter’s high school graduation last night, I realized my heart has already emigrated to wherever it is the land of the free and the home of the brave has decamped to.


1. Maitri - May 26, 2010

The land of the free and the home of the brave hasn’t decamped yet. Not as long as you and thousands of people like you still fight for it. Like I said to Sam, it’s just not right to give up on it yet, for how can you give up what is yours? That which is you.

What’s the point in staying when you’ve already checked out? Right? So, as long as we are here, we make it right.

It’s not bigger than us.


2. mf - May 26, 2010

Maitri, I understand the enthusiasm of someone who’s family has enjoyed so much from the opportunity to come to the United States. I sit on the news and watch the Democratic congresswoman demanding troops to close the Mexican border and I know that they will come even if we start to shoot those we catch.

I am not leaving New Orleans. I was born here. I will die here. Anyone who disagrees with the latter proposition is welcome to join me.

I did not leave the United States. The United States left me.


3. Maitri - May 26, 2010

It’s not so much immigrant enthusiasm as it is the realization that bemoaning the loss of America on our blogs is also a luxury.


4. sam - May 26, 2010

Thanks for the link. I understand Maitri’s point of view. She’s living in Cleveland, not a bastion of enlightenment and forward progress. I remember when my daughter lived there for two years and she was just amazed at the level of incompetence there, so we’re not the only ones dealing with that, that’s for sure. And she’s also right that we are lucky to be able to put a rant like mine online and not have it instantly taken down by the powers that be. I actually thought about that as I wrote it.

That having been said, I also understand your saying the US has left you. My rant yesterday was a cumulative thing. So many things have been done in our name and I am angry that other countries may judge me based on something the government did that I vehemently disagree with.

And I’m worried about the country my grandson will inherit, politically and evironmentally. I guess it all just came pouring out yesterday.

Friends like you two are what keep me going some days.


5. Maitri - May 26, 2010

Just remember that Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga catching fire here started the EPA. If we fight like we’ve never fought before, perhaps something similar can happen in Louisiana. It’s so awful that China and Germany have surpassed us in solar cell technology (even if one can’t do much politically in China and they still ask immigrants for papers in Germany). Like Buckminster Fuller said, “We’re burning up our spaceship!”


mf - May 26, 2010

Burn on, big river, burn on.


6. mf - May 26, 2010

And, hell, they know who I am. I was declined access to the VP candidate by the Secret Service while working for the damned Dukkakis campaign, and was singled out in the damned newspaper as one of the Fargo 42 who would not be allowed in the same building as Bush the Second.

Yes, I have the luxury of dissent because They know Americans are basically lazy and stupid. If this were any other country we would be under martial law on the coast by now.


7. adrastosno - May 26, 2010

Okay, y’all take a deep breath. Exhale. Feel better.


8. coldH2Owi - May 28, 2010

I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments. Something has happened that has moved this country to a place I no longer recognize. As a youngster I felt that we actually lived in a progressive society, one that cared about its people, its land, its principles. Now, having just turned 61, I feel, see, hear, & suffer this awful change. All I can say is that I tried my best. It’s not over, Kate Smith is dead, but the future looks grim. I’m not sure what to do next. NOLA was a late love for me, one I had not felt before in my life. What the federal government, even the country, is doing is criminal. I sure would like to take heart, but I’m at the 4th St. stage – I have no faith to lose & I know it.


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