on ending the never-ending war in the middle east

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

REGARDING CURRENT PROTESTS against the never-ending war in the Middle East, I re­member the anti-Vietnam War demon­stra­tions waaaaaay back the late 1960s and early ’70s, comedian-turned-activist Dick Gre­gory praised the demon­stra­tors but said that they would have little ef­fect on Nixon and Kissinger’s at­ti­tudes or on Amer­ican policy.

Gre­gory said (and this is from memory) that if we REALLY want to make a change in US policy, we had to do it with how we spent our spent our money.

He said that if only 10% of Amer­i­cans re­fused to buy a Coca Cola or to a Mc­Don­alds for one week, Coca Cola and Mc­Don­alds would see that the war ended the fol­lowing week.

Well, we didn’t do it for that cause and we won’t do it for this cause . . .

No laughing matter

The fol­lowing is from Rolling Stone (Au­gust 20, 2017): Dick Gre­gory, pi­o­neering co­me­dian, au­thor and civil rights ac­tivist, died Sat­urday at the age of 84. The St. Louis-born Gre­gory got his start in comedy while serving in the Army in the Fifties, where he worked on his craft in talent shows. After years of per­forming to pre­dom­i­nately black au­di­ences at night­clubs while holding down a day job at the post of­fice, Gre­go­ry’s big break came in Jan­uary 1961, when Hugh Hefner asked him to fill in at the Playboy Club in Chicago.

Hefner signed Gre­gory to a three-week res­i­dency, then ex­tended the con­tract, the New York Times re­ports. The res­i­dency al­lowed Gre­gory to be among the first black co­me­dians to be em­braced by white au­di­ences, even as he held a mirror up to them for their role in racial in­equality at the time. Both Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby cred­ited Gre­gory with blazing their path.

“From comedy to civil rights to a life ded­i­cated to equality, he never waned. Im­mea­sur­able gen­er­a­tional sac­ri­fice. A trans­for­ma­tive block­buster co­me­dian who oblit­er­ated the color line. He quickly re­al­ized that the in­equities and trav­es­ties of life were no laughing matter. There is no ques­tion hu­manity is better for it, we will allow his leg­endary his­tory to stand for it­self. Gen­er­a­tions will delve into his sac­ri­fice, comedic ge­nius, focus and aptitude.

For now, we simply want to re­flect on his Ser­vice and Grace. Civil rights, wom­en’s rights, chil­dren’s rights, human rights, dis­abled rights, an­imal rights. Dick Gre­go­ry’s DNA is vir­tu­ally on every move­ment for fair­ness and equality for all liv­ings things on this planet. He was rarely one to rest and never one to stop cham­pi­oning for peace. Hope­fully now he may find some sem­blance of them both.” (Chris­tian Gre­gory, son)


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I’m won­dering if it could keep Rep*blicans outta da White House an’ getta De­mo­c­ratic ma­jority in Congress!?!

I wasn’t looking for a rev­o­lu­tion, I was thinking about the 10% premise.

And, how does one stim­u­late the dis­en­fran­chised, ap­a­thetic minority—be it by age, re­li­gion, or race—to take the leap?

Spam the weird-web? TVidiot? News­pa­pers? Flyers? It all costs... time and money.

I think that I’ll just keep talking it up, talk to my kids, speak up at club func­tions, and con­tinue my left of center ‘tude.