Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iranians Are Showing Major Juevos -- Unlike "Murkans"

By Manifesto Joe

Maybe they had it right, in a sense, when they said it can't happen here. In 2000, the U.S. had a presidential election blatantly stolen, with the 5-4 blessing of our Supreme Court. Four years later, the national election results sharply contrasted with the exit polling, and it was eventually demonstrated that the technology and means to "hack" some of the voting machines existed.

With few exceptions, almost no one raised any serious hell in the U.S., either time.

Not so right now in Iran, and richly to the credit of the people there. They are being asked to buy the idea that nearly 40 million handwritten ballots can be accurately counted and tallied in about 12 hours, and then with a clearly unpopular hard-line incumbent president winning by a huge, overwhelming landslide. Guess what -- they aren't buying it.

The unrest has become vast, with all those young Iranians taking to the streets in defiance of official repression. It makes me feel proud of the Iranians. And, it makes me feel just a bit ashamed of Americans. In words paraphrased from an old movie set in Mexico, with Federales looking for a gringo troublemaker: "Don't just stand there like burros! Haf you seen heem?"

We, my fellow "Murkans," just stood there like burros. Twice. No juevos, no cojones, either time. Nada.

The Iranians, for better or for worse, are not. Before them, recently, the Ukrainians didn't, and to good effect. Even in Mexico, many didn't "just stand there like burros" after a questionable election outcome in 2006. And in Tiananmen Square, 20 years ago, and not in any election setting, the world witnessed one of the greatest, albeit futile, exhibitions of human courage ever seen.

So, where was the outrage in America in 2000, or in 2004?

I'd say we lost it when we stopped being America, and became, as George W. "Il Doofus" Bush always mispronounced it, "Murka."

And when we became Murka, a semiliterate frat pledge master like Il Doofus could have the presidency of the whole damned country stolen for him, perhaps twice. And amazingly few people said anything.

The unrest in Iran probably won't change things at the official level, and some unfortunate souls will be killed or injured. It may be all for nothing in the short run, as was the case with Tiananmen Square. But sometimes courage means that you have to fight injustice, even when you know you're going to lose.

We haven't shown that kind of courage here since about 1970. Way back then, with the long hair, bongs, ugly tie-dye and all -- we were actually America. Not Murka.

Right now, the whole world is watching -- but they're not watching Murka. They're watching Iran, of all places.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.

3 comments:

Marc McDonald said...

This article sums up exactly the way I've been feeling lately, while watching the latest news reports from Iran. I find it interesting how the same MSM, which snoozed through the 2000 and 2004 stolen U.S. elections, is now all over this story.

Jack Jodell said...

Alas, our MSM has been a CORPORATIST media for many, many years now, and theyir owners, by and large, WANTED W to win. This "Murka" we now live in is, at times, a pretty pathetic place. We run with sound bites rather than doing careful, detailed examination and analysis. 24/7/366 cable and satellite news, rather than being broad and all-encompassing, is spectacle or conflict-driven, overly simplistic, shallow, and very repetitive. We are slaves to entertainment, constantly bowing and praying to the neon gods we've made, to paraphrase Paul Simon. We pay relatively little attention to the rest of the world and know little about it, and that's why people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Il Doofus, Bolton, and Rupert Murdoch easily talk us into ridiculously imperialistic wars. We are obsessed with ourselves and unless something hits us or our family directly in the pocketbook, we often do not respond at all. We are drowning in hedonism and narcissism.

I applaud the courage of the Iranian opposition in their fight for a true outcome to that obviously stolen election. I hope they will be successful in their protest, as were the Ukrainians recently, and will not end up brutally repressed as were the Chinese in 1989, the Chileans in 1973, the Czechs in 1968, or the Hungarians in 1956.

R Southern said...

It'll all be different when everyone has their own atomic bomb. Whether it'll be worth watching on CNN is another matter.