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Sunday, August 5, 2012

People must nonviolently wrest reins of power…

Letter from Tahrir
End dictatorship: endless war, violence, lawlessness From a Gore Vidal “State of the Union”
Excerpt, minor editing by Carolyn Bennett

We must “let the powers that be know that, back of them, there is something called ‘We the people of the United States.’  All sovereignty rests in us; not in the board rooms of [political parties].”

It makes a great deal of “difference if millions of Americans say 

We are fed up! 

We don’t like what you’re doing to the country and what you have done to the country.  

We don’t like to live in a lawless land where the rule of law [is] bypassed and hacks are appointed to the federal bench who carry on and carry on and carry on the illegalities … of  military-industrial corporate masters. 

War without end
“… This is an unpatriotic government. This is a government that deals openly in illegalities,” whether it is attacking a country that has done no harm to us (Iraq, Afghanistan) [my insert and emphasis: Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Iran] or declaring war not through Congress, as the Constitution requires; but through the Executive branch of government, the U.S. President.
We are now engaged in new wars, ongoing wars in the Middle East.”

Gore Vidal

A prolific novelist, playwright and essayist noted for irreverence in fiction and insightful analysis of contemporary U.S. politics, Eugene Louis Vidal was born in West Point, New York, October 3, 1925, and died in Hollywood Hills, California, July 31, 2012.  

Among his latest works: The Second American Revolution (1982), United States: Essays, 1952–1992 (1993 National Book Award), Imperial America: Reflections of the United States of Amnesia (2004); autobiographies: Palimpsest: A Memoir (1995) and Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006 (2006). 

Sources and notes  

Gore Vidal in an address he recorded for Democracy Now! on the State of the Union. 

“Gore Vidal Delivers State of the Union: ‘Let the Powers That Be Know There is Something Called We the People of the U.S. and all Sovereignty Rests in Us,’” January 31, 2006, http://www.democracynow.org/2006/1/31/gore_vidal_delivers_state_of_the

Democracy Now co-host JUAN GONZALEZ: “Author Gore Vidal delivering his traditional State of the Union address in advance of [former U.S. President George W] Bush’s State of the Union.”

Gore Vidal biography in Wikipedia and Britannica

 Article and Image: Letter from Tahrir Square

“Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution: A letter from Cairo to the Occupy movements & other solidarity movements,” November 6, 2011, http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2011/11/call-out-for-solidarity-with-egypt-defend-the-revolution/

“After three decades of living under a dictatorship, Egyptians started a revolution demanding bread, freedom and social justice” 


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