Rescue: 2008

It’s been nearly two months since I announced the formation of the Rescue Party and my subsequent run for the White House. The response has been…well, there hasn’t exactly been a response. So, in the name of shameless self-promotion, I started this e-mail conversation with my running mate, Rosemarie “RMJ” Jackowski:

Rosemarie Jackowski: The way I see it, the Rescue Party is needed because so many inside and outside of the US need to be rescued from US policies. Today there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it looks like Blackwater is being thrown out of Iraq. The bad news is that Blackwater is coming back to the US. The rest of the bad news is that Blackwater is just one of many major problems. It seems to me that the burden of changing things falls upon the voters. The voters get what they vote for. They continue to vote for Democrats and Republicans and then are surprised when nothing changes. Since the last election many Democrats feel that they have been betrayed by those they voted into Congress. Roughly 95% vote for Democrats or Republicans. About 10% of those voters are members of the wealthy privileged class. I understand their votes. They are voting for the status quo. They are voting for their self-interest. That means that 85% of those who vote are voting against their own interests. They are voting against placing limits on the power of corporations, improving working conditions, health care for all, peace, etc. The world needs to be rescued from US foreign policy but 85% of the voters in this country need to be rescued from their habit of uninformed voting. Those who have not studied the issues should not vote because they only cancel the votes of those who have done their homework.

Mickey Z: It’s not a coincidence that elections play out they way they do here. Decades of conditioning in the form of corporate and government propaganda have created a malleable populace. Even those who identify as “left” or “progressive” or “liberal” are often traveling on the preordained path.

RMJ: Yes, Mickey. I agree. Most people have been conditioned to “think inside the box.” That does not excuse citizens of their responsibility, especially when the government is slaughtering civilians in their name. At some point, everyone is responsible for the vote that they cast. For me it is not complicated. Voting for a Democrat or Republican is voting for war. War is the ultimate in child abuse. People get tired of hearing me say, “Look at the Fisk war photos.” (http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm)

MZ: Unfortunately, most people see it as complicated. It’s so much easier to believe the company line that America is spreading democracy, defending freedom, and all that shit. If only we had a campaign fund, we could crisscross the country with the Fisk photos.

RMJ: Those images defy description. Seeing them for the first time was an event in my life that I will never forget. Looking at the photos of beautiful children — children now bloodied and with body parts missing has had a permanent affect on me. There is one photo that is forever imprinted on my mind. It is of a little girl in a pink dress. She has dark hair and a very pretty face. At first glance I did not know why this photo was in with the other war photos. Then I realized that the little girl was missing the whole back of her head. It had been blown off by a bomb.

MZ: A bomb paid for by you and me and all the other taxpayers.

RMJ: That is exactly right. You, I, and everyone else who pays taxes or in any way supports the economy of the US is complicit in war crimes.

MZ: Sounds to me like we should send out a rescue party…so to speak.

RMJ: Yes, definitely yes. Mickey, do you think that any other political party could defeat the war mongering Repubs and Dems? How much money would have to be raised to give the voters of the USA a real choice in the voting booth – and will voting alone be enough to create change or is creative thinking and outside intervention needed?

MZ: That’s the root of the problem right there: money. As long as you need a half-billion dollars to become president, the system remains rigged.

RMJ: Yes, money is the root of the problem – not only the money necessary to become president but also the “secret money” that finances the government’s dirty deeds all around the world. As long as the “Black Budget” is allowed, citizens have no access to the most important information necessary to cast an informed ballot. What would you do, as president, about the “Black Budget” and so many other government secrets. What about the secret prisons all over the world? What about torture? Someone recently said that the government needs to keep secrets and lie to the people because if it told the truth there would be a Revolution.

MZ: If that is the case then, as president, I’d immediately tell the truth and then stand back to watch the revolution begin.

RMJ: Maybe our campaign slogan should be “RESCUE THROUGH REVOLUTION.”

(To be continued)

Rescue Party campaign contributions can be made at http://www.mickeyz.net.

Mickey Z. is the author of 11 books, most recently the novel Darker Shade of Green. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on an obscure website called Facebook. Read other articles by Mickey.

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  1. gerald spezio said on October 17th, 2007 at 8:35am #

    I tried everything to get to Mickey’s recommended robert fisk website, but I failed completely.

  2. gerald spezio said on October 17th, 2007 at 8:49am #

    Mickey’s referral to robert fisk’s site is a killer.
    Easiest to to type robert-fisk.com to get to the site.
    Then go from the site.
    Don’t give up.

    A real killer.

  3. Robert B. Livingston said on October 17th, 2007 at 11:12am #

    Here is a description of Pelosi’s San Francisco spokesperson Dan Bernal viewing pictures of some of these children.
    http://tinyurl.com/2b6dxo
    The next time he saw me he gently chided me as if I were a naughty boy for describing him the way I did. (I was trying to describe him as truthfully as I could.)

    I told him once that the best thing he could do was to resign his job in protest– I also asked him once if Pelosi was being blackmailed in some way (he refused to answer that question).

    It is hard for me to fathom how intelligent people like Dan Bernal still rationalize our indefensible wars.

    I can only conclude with Nader, that they fear the nitroglycerine in the White House more than doing what is right and necessary.

    Perhaps it is the tragedy of the human condition that we all, best of us included, fail in so many ways. At the same time, our condition can occasionally rise to confront and vanquish our worse demons. To not attempt to do so is to to completely fail our purpose for being here.

  4. Tony S. said on October 17th, 2007 at 2:06pm #

    I’m seriously hoping that maybe the United States electorate will become less malleable as we descend deeper into Bush neo-fascism. But as more strong-arm Blackwater tactics are applied to U.S. citizens, they may be even less likely to express dissent. The upcoming election could likely be cheated anyway, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeb Bush came out as the next U.S. President.

  5. rosemarie jackowski said on October 17th, 2007 at 4:27pm #

    Thanks for these comments. Keep ’em coming. PLEASE, get everyone you come in contact with to look at the Fisk photos. Pay special attention to the 3 photos of the little girl on the first page, second row – the beautiful little girl with the back of her head blown off by us. That is the photo that changed my life. Of course I knew that things like that happened, but seeing the photo changed me forever.

  6. Brenda said on October 17th, 2007 at 8:03pm #

    I saw many horrific pictures at robert-fisk.com but didn’t find the ones of the little girl in pink. Can someone help me find the right group of photos, please? I don’t seek them as a voyeur, but have a feeling they might be able to move some intransigent friends and family who keep defending our continued atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan with “yeah, but…”.

    Thanks if you can help. I’ve been working in peace activism since Jan ’03 and am profoundly frustrated with our failure to stop the carnage.

  7. Deadbeat said on October 17th, 2007 at 8:06pm #

    What is consistent especially with Liberals is denial. They especially deny racism and Zionism and the effects they have on U.S. culture and policy making. A liberal will take a look at the Fisk photos and dismissing them with some blurb regarding collateral damage as follows:

    “We are sorry that this unfortunate incident occurred. It was not our intent but we must remain ever vigilant in the ‘War on Terror ™. We mustn’t let our guard down as we find an alternative to oil sine that is the main reason why we are at war and even Alan Greenspan admits that. And since Greenspan was FED chairman for 20 years he has enormous credibility.

    Thus we need a plan to use alternative energy such as biofuels so that the starving people of Latin America can growing foodstuff that will be consumed as in our quaint hybrids cars and help expand the economy creating new jobs for everyone. Also we must not overlook the threat of peek oil with oil rapidly approaching $100.00/barrel. Nevermide the fact that I voted to give our President the unconstitutional authorization to go to war. It was due to the fact that I didn’t have all the information at the time. And besides, Saddam threw out the inspectors and was not forthcoming about his weapon cache. Regardless, I don’t believe we should impeach the President because that will only make swing voters not like us and we don’t want to lose the red state white voters.

    Finally, cannot and must not abandon the only ‘democracy’ in the Middle East who are surrounded by fierce enemies and support their apartheid … er … security ‘fence’. blah blah blah”

  8. corylus said on October 17th, 2007 at 9:50pm #

    I haven’t yet looked at the photos suggested, although I may. Yet I am not one who needs the “shock” value — I’ve been shocked and heartbroken and enraged and despondent since the days of the Clinton sanctions against Iraq. I’ve marched and demonstrated, and been harasses by Homeland Security, the Capitol Police, and the Secret Service for the words I’ve written in over a thousand letters and emails to Congress and other politicians and decisionmakers. I’ve sent long, heartfelt letters of conscience to friends and associates asking that they too take some form of action in protest against the madness that has consumed this country. The response has been mind-shattering apathy and inaction.

    I recently referred well over one hundred friends to the Afterdowningstreet.org website to sign the petition to the U. S. military asking the armed forces to refuse to attack Iran; I consider most of my friends to be well educated and somewhat liberal (as worthless and misleading as that categorization is). Regardless of what anyone thinks about the effectiveness of such a petition, the simple act of signing in support I consider to be the least a person can do to register a voice against the insanity. Yet only 2 of my friends have signed on over a week’s time (and perhaps independently of my correspondence to them). Either I’ve become a very poor judge of character and vastly overestimated the humanity of my friends, or they, like so many others, are afraid, misinformed, and distracted, and we are well on our way to a nation that by scale will end up being much worse for the rest of the world than was Nazi Germany. I think, unfortunately, that most people have been blinded and psychologically co-opted by the system that enslaves them, and cannot see outside their comfortable life boxes to take meaningful action. And for the life of me, as someone who’s spent decades trying to find a path to effective political action, I’m not sure I can blame anyone — including myself — for sticking one’s head back in the ground. Perhaps I need to refer them to these photos with the simple message that “this is your child.”

  9. rosemarie jackowski said on October 18th, 2007 at 6:42am #

    Deadbeat…I agree. The usa is overflowing with crocodile tears. The “we didn’t really mean to kill all of those children” argument is used all the time by liberals, Dems/Repubs, etc.

    Brenda…Please look again for the photo. It is there, honest.

    corylus…You are right. These ARE our children. I share your frustration. The idea that being usa’ers gives a special entitlement is currently being encouraged in so many ways. The usa courts have denied legal and human rights to the prisoners being held in Gitmo and in the secret prisons all around the world. The idea that “others” are not equal under the law is very disturbing. In many ways we are all “others”. The attitude of the majority in this country toward immigrants is a perfect example a pathological national superiority complex. I do not blame the government. It is a matter of individual responsibility. Any individual who believes that he should have special rights because of where his mother was when he was born, needs to rethink his position. Geographical prejudice is no more acceptable than racial, ethnic, economic, or religious prejudice.

  10. gerald spezio said on October 19th, 2007 at 5:36am #

    Robert Fisk’s website is better than all the typing and linear print in kneeling and praying Christendom with its boundless mercy for – nobody.

    And those pompous beltway bastards with their communications credentials are always going on about protecting our children.

  11. AJ Nasreddin said on October 22nd, 2007 at 8:04am #

    So, what are you going to do about all that DU spread over the Middle East that’ll take some 40 billion years to go away by itself?

    It’s not enough to boot some out of office. Don’t expect the Muslims to sit on “good will” given the track record.

  12. AJ Nasreddin said on October 29th, 2007 at 4:16am #

    4 billion years – not 40 billion. Anyways, too long.