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  •  Propaganda is one reason (13+ / 0-)

    maybe the only reason.
    people are brain washed thinking  the bad situation they're in is their own fault.
    brain washed in to thinking voting for the 'lesser evil' will bring change.

    I'm not into violence, but I think a small riot would do wonders to open the eyes of our politicians.  The violence of the police frightens a lot of people from going into the streets and voicing their frustration.

    I came of age in the 60's and had my share of violence directed at me by police, but I came back for more, because I had to. Looking at Tx I feel we're going backwards. It's like a bad flashback! I've been there! Same fight different day!

    Flash mobs might do it. That way they can't put us in cages. And bring some rotten produce. :)

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 05:45:28 AM PDT

    •  Can't change others; you can only change yourself. (7+ / 0-)

      It starts so innocently, with reasonable-sounding phrases like that. Designed to keep us from stressing ourselves out, beating our heads against the wall. Our passivity is framed as a choice we'd better make, for our emotional health.

      We may or may not have internalized the oppressor's consciousness. But we HAVE internalized decades of ideas about what makes a person psychologically healthy. And curiously, that portrait just happens a person who calmly and happily goes along with the status quo.

      Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

      by Lucy Montrose on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:27:08 AM PDT

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