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COUP WATCH: GOP Pops Blood Vessel As Bush "Victory" Evaporates Under Scrutiny

by Paul H. Rosenberg Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at 12:37 AM

Media-initiated ballot reviews in 2 Florida counties have already apparently erased Bush’s supposed margin of victory as the efforts just barely began. GOP says "Bush is President. Pay no attention to the men beind the curtain."

COUP WATCH: GOP Pops Blood Vessel As Bush "Victory" Evaporates Under Scrutiny

Media-initiated ballot reviews in 2 Florida counties have already apparently erased Bush

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King George

by Elysian Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at 1:31 PM

As a child of the '60's I watched nightly both the protests of the peacelovers and the body count rise. Both of these numbers seemed to swell both independantly of each other yet parallel.. They were analogous each other in another key correlation- the people watching this madness unfold on national television every night became anesthetized to both the numbers of dead (unless of course it was Your son, grandson, etc) and to the sight of another screaming horde of the young enveloped in clouds of teargas supplied oh-so-generously by the stormtroopers.

In a visual medium such as television, one green body bag looks the same as every other- as does each throng of a thousand marching hippies with signs. It began to seem as if the stations were simply replaying the news from the night before, the only changing aspect being in location.

The extraordinary became mundane - until Kent State.

As I watched the film clips of the Seattle protests I felt transported back in time. Many survivors of the '60's felt the same. There were two noted differences though between then and now. Then there was a common focus- a laser beam of energy, action and thought directed at a discernable end point. The other difference is that somehow the stormtroopers are much more frightening in deportment, arms, and strength. It is as if they have been trained for this for years and years in expectation of an eventual rebellion by people who are waking up to the truths of the world. Perhaps they have been.

Unfortunately for the peacelovers, we have not. What we can do at this point is look to the mistakes made- and learn from them. Another mass of screaming protesters will not make a statement on the national conscious. It simply gives the fascists more ammunition to use against us- as they have so many times... and gives the infiltrators an opening, as happened at the RNC.

Many who are holding center stage currently are the ones who years ago began the process leading up to this point in history. Understand that they have decades of experience in handling us. They look at us as children tossing tantrums in the corner. And when we have seemingly disparate issues-we are in several corners, divided; all too predictable in our actions.We need to close these gaps- womens rights, the environment, economic imbalance, sweat shops, race etc. etc. and realize that all of these issues add up to One issue. That issue is the same as the one fought for in the 1960's -

Life vs. Death.

The ones who have orchestrated this coup are Pro-Death.. Let this be our focus:

The Death of democracy, the Death of Freedom. The same bell is being tolled for us all.

That being so- then I propose a March of Mourning- a Funeral dirge.

The protestors in Washington and elsewhere should - EN-MASS - dress in black from head to toe, paint thier faces white in unity, and walk in TOTAL silence -carrying no banners, no posters.. Instead, carry coffins: coffins draped in black cloth bearing one word -DEMOCRACY- in letters as scarlet as the blood of those who have died in defending it.

At the moment of the Coronation of King George the thousands of protestors should - as ONE body- silently turn thier backs on the scene of the crime.

I can think of no stronger visual or visceral impact than this. A silent, unified condemnation that would be utterly horrifying to the Pro-Death people.

This way there can be no infiltration of ranks - there can be no censure by those who would want to call us 'rioters' and 'anarchists'- and no arrests or beatings that 'they' seem to delight in.

And for those watching, an indelible image to contemplate.

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by Fred Hilgart Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at 2:52 PM

Are we surprised that Gore actually won? All we needed to do is watch the republicans from the election officials to the politcians, to the (less than) supreme court in their hysterical effort to stop the vote count and we should have known Gore won. But hey, we wouldn't want to besmirtch the validity of the president (appointed) now would we.

One of the frightening problems we now face is the fact that they have been emboldend. Most police detectives know that if a criminal is successful in committing a crime he/she is most likely not only to commit another crime but to escalate the criminal behavior. One need only to read and hear the republicans now to see the truth of that principal.

If we disagree with the actions of this pretender we are going to be called divisive. Once in office he will use the coming recession to further resrict the basic human rights of the people. He says he wants to be a dictator and that he will try to do.

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Re: King George- Brilliant!

by John M. Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at 4:47 PM

Perfect Elysian! They gave us a death- so lets give them a funeral they will never forget. No rioting or screaming in the streets for them to chide us over or beat us for. If anyone gets violent it will be the hordes of right-wing supporters that you know will be there- Let them look like the animals they are. Another point, you know all the 'stormtroopers' will also be dressed in Black- as will probably the new 'King' and his entourage. Let them be unwitting participants (at least in manner of dress) to the Funeral.

One idea to add to your article - let all involved carry a couple of black towels or cloth to drape over any who are in the crowd for the inauguration itself and who wish to join. A non-violent march such as this will be bound to gain many, many people who would wish to march in the mourning.

Theres no better way to put a damper on a wedding than for it to compete with a funeral right next door.

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Fine, Elysian, do it!

by Rokcircle Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at 5:44 PM

Or will you be content to watch your idea from the safety of your home on corporate television, just as you watched in the 60's, just as you watched the Spirit of Seattle. Get out there this time! Get involved! Form an affinity group and manifest your idea! But... you're afraid that those who have a different idea, who might dare to raise a ruckus about the crowning of King George would be labeled anarchists? Ha! Thankfully there will be anarchists who will be proud to be called that and who couldn't give a flying fuck WHAT the media thinks about their passionate struggle for true democracy. Bury democracy? We never had it in the first place in the United States! Our Constitution was designed to suppress it! True democracy has been struggling back to consciousness ever since America assimilated and suppresed the autonomy of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee,


the oldest living democracy on earth. There, still alive in the hands of our elder sisters and brothers, the ones who regard the seventh generation when making their decisions... there, sitting on the ground, close to where truth is, democracy is waiting to be freed from it's suppression. And the sacred tree is waiting to bloom.

But something did die in the United States with this "election". It may have been the sacrosanct image of certain pompous, partisan, black robed "superior" brains sitting high off the earth behind their hard, wooden barricades... left brained coyotes who have succeeded in making it infinitely more difficult to understand their decision than it would have been to simply determine the will of the people. Their moral enthronement has received a mortal wound. An enthronement given to them only by the rule of a Constitution designed to serve neo-kings who would enslave land and people while waving the Republic flag. What may have died in America is the high horse

upon which illigitimate authority sits. What hopefully rises from the burial ashes will be the will of the people.

A will that has the courage to continue an American Revolution that has yet to be won.

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King George

by Fred Hilgart Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at 6:05 PM

Up to and during the "Gulf War" Portland Oregon was the site of some of the nations largest protest rallies. (20.000) people jammed Pioneer Courthouse Square for one of them) But, after the war the peace community staged one of the most dramatic and well attended marches I have ever seen. It too was silent and many wore black. We marched to the banks of the Willamete River where we each put a little paper boat with a candle in it, in the river to float to the sea. It was estimated that 25,000 people marched in this "mourning march."

We need to do this.

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With all respect

by Elysian Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 at 2:11 AM

The Nations and the People have been seeing this moment coming for a long time. The farseeing elders saw that a leaders who would betray another people would also betray thier own given time. Rokcircle, the revolution has yet to begin as you said. Believe me though that every word I typed was with the seventh generation before my face. The 'America' that so many have believed in has been a sham since the beginning. But it was a sham overlaid with an ideal that cannot be overlooked. An ideal of democracy and freedom for all. Perhaps it is that ideal itself that has died- seeing as the democracy, as you said, never existed.

This 'country' began with the worse genocide known to mankind. And even the truth of that has been stolen from the People, along with the constitution -the bones of which was created by the Iroquois confederacy.

Perhaps it is only now that the true meaning of 'theft' will become felt by all people- not just native, or black, or the poor, but by all.

I see an uprising beginning - a new birth of consciousness among all who are awake and are awakening- yet many sleep still. You know my meaning Rokcircle. It is for those yet asleep that will perhaps see the full impact of my proposal. Not only those asleep, but those who have condemned the protestors as they saw only the violence televised and never once got the message.

I say this once, beat them at thier own game. They expect a repeat of Seattle, they are prepared for that. Give them what they do not expect, surprise the enemy- leave them empty handed and awaken the nation. We are working against a visual medium run by people who will scew the content in any way they wish. What can they do with a field of people in black?

btw. I do not own television. I was born in 1960 and so was unable to participate in the way that my heart longed, even as a child and I yet have not the finances to enable me to do so now. But I can use the gifts that I do have in this battle, and will continue to use them to the best of my ability.. for the seventh.


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by Rokcircle Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 at 3:28 AM


If you are local to the Los Angeles region, there will be opportunity for you to get involved during the Week of Moral Outrage, here in LA, from Jan 15-20. There will be a planning meeting WEDNESDAY, DEC 27, 7PM at The Community Room, Lafayette Community Center 625 South Lafayette Park Place (between Wilshire & Hoover) LA. This is for local expressions of voter outrage, through marches, rallies, protests, etc., sponsored by several local organizations including the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

I have been protesting and counter-protesting the last six weekends down at the Federal Building in defense of the spirit of democracy and for the right of every vote to count and have seen first hand the kind of mentality that is in opposition to voter's rights. I have heard more than once from this opposition that we live in a Republic not a Democracy. This kind of mindset would love to see a demonstration of the Death of Democracy. But I personally will not give them that satisfaction, because as long as there is someone alive to beat a drum for the heartbeat of our mother earth, democracy and freedom lives. There are those however that feel the need to mourn, who have a similar vision as yours and who want to participate in a democracy funeral. I respecfully invite you to hook up with them to express that vision. I hope you can make it to the meeting. We need people there who care about the seventh generation.


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Coronation Day

by Elysian Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 at 12:00 AM

I see what we are coerced into supporting as a Plutocracy rather than a Republic. I do not know what else it could possibly be at this point in time. But rather than quibble over labels - now is the time for strength in togetherness based on ideals alive in the heart of every man and woman who longs for freedom.

There is a 'fire in the belly' that burns brighter and hotter with each day for so many - including my own. I don't think any amount of disillusion or deprivation could kill that fire in a human being.

But the 'many tentacled beast' as I have heard it called is so large and so entrenched now that it will take a great deal of effort on the part of all who are feeling the pain of its grasp to break its grip on the world. Unfortunately the ones most deeply affected have little in the way of resources to join in the fray. It appears the 'beast' has those pretty well tied up.

I did note that several hundred 'protesters' had no trouble getting to Florida pretty quickly- at a moments notice it seemed- as well as no problem in having room and board paid for. That is organization that we Have to learn from and emulate if we are to see any results at all.

I am several thousand miles from L.A. and supporting a family alone on very little income. That limited income being a direct result of the actions of those who helped bring about this Coup.

Most of the bumper sticker on the cars in my area sport BUSH/CHENEY or SAVE THE UNBORN or NRA bumper stickers, (lions and tigers and bears oh my) or I would gladly organize my own protest.

A friend of mine and I did attempt to organize here a couple of years back, knowing there HAD to be a few closet freedom fighters nearby. She moved when the local council of churches planted a pipe bomb in her mailbox after her refusal to submit to an 'exorcism' ..oh yea. It's that bad here. And don't tell me to move, if I could afford to move I would be in L.A. on the 26th. Regardless, I am glad my post opened this dialogue and gave others able to attend the information they need to do so.


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