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Protesters in Ferguson gather

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” Peaceful protest in Ferguson.

George Orwell . . .

In the face of pain there are no heroes.

History has proven that over and over again. Oppression crushes the human spirit and makes resistance seem impossible. People live in fear and see no way out of the darkness. But there are times when people are heroic, when they overcome their pain and fear and show us all what moral courage is. We’re seeing it now. The light of moral courage is shining like a beacon in Ferguson, Missouri.

But there is always a backlash when injustice is confronted, when the moral bankruptcy of the authorities is exposed for all of America to see. That backlash is intensifying, it is vile, it is repulsive, it reeks of desperation. The corrupt authorities are the ones who are afraid now, and that fear is blinding them to the consequences of their actions.

I hear hurricanes ablowing,
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers overflowing,
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

Voices of rage and ruin are blaring from police loudspeakers, one lie after another is being broadcast by the corporate media, they’re good at it, they’ve had plenty of practice, but too many people have seen what’s happening. They know what the cold, hard truth is and so does everyone here—the authorities could have sent that killer cop back to Ferguson in handcuffs, but they sent an army instead.

We’ve seen mindless enforcers of the police state commanding peaceful protesters to disperse as tear gas canisters explode and sonic weapons howl. We’ve seen journalists threatened, journalists arrested, we’re seeing the character assassination of another young black, the slandering of the victim again, the same old orgy of finger-pointing on Fox News–the dead kid deserved it, he had it coming, that brave officer had no choice but to shoot him ten times.

Defiant citizens in the heartland of America have seen enough . . .

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