Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Times Then & Now

Somethings, as they say, never change.

And so politics, power and war are those things. This is the union leader Eugene Debs' famous 1918 "Canton, Ohio" speech read by actor Mark Ruffalo. It landed Eugene Debs in prison for 10 years. Freedom of Speech, as we have seen throughout our history, is relative to who's in power.

Where were the voices over the war in Iraq? Who decided that war and who fought the battles? And why were the voices in asking questions silenced over the same reasons Eugene Debs was silenced?

Why haven't those in power be held accountable for an unjust war based on lies and fought with our money, as war for oil and profit?

Where are the results of the promises when it was sold? And where are those who gave those promises?

Then and now, same story, same reasons, and same people renewed.

This reading was part of a reading of Voices of a People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove) at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA on Feb 1, 2007.

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