Thursday, January 28, 2016

Politics: Make it Personal

Hola mi Gente...
Getting political today! This is what I was thinking all day yesterday as I toured Elmira Correctional Facility and spoke to the men incarcerated there...

I will be in prison all day today. At the very least, I can be a witness and, working together with the voices of the incarcerated, we can bring a light to this dark underbelly of “America.”

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Contrary to what you may believe, politics is not something you sometimes watch on TV in-between the tons of garbage reality shows many consume so blindly. Politics impacts your  personal life more than any dumb twunt that gets the date or the chance to debase him or herself for our cynical pleasure. Therefore, if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to implement policies that harm you or those you love, take it personally.

Get Angry

The “Machinery of Justice” will not serve you here -- it is slow and unfeeling, and it is theirs -- all of it. Only those without access to power suffer at the hand of Justice; the creatures of the power elite slide out from under with a wink and a grin. If you want Justice, or even fairness, you will have to snatch it from them.

Make it personal.

Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way you stand a far better chance of being taken seriously next time -- of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous, makes the difference -- the only difference in their eyes -- between players and the “little people.” The power brokers don't give a damn about respect -- respect has no value for them. You have to make them fear and loathe you.
Players they will make their deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again, they will justify your liquidation, your displacement, your suffering, and the brutal banality of it all with the ultimate insult that it is the way of the world, it is politics, it is a tough life, it is “just business,” and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck that...

Make it personal.

My name is Eddie and I’m in recovery from civilization… 

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