40 Reasons to Resist!

by Min Reyes

1. …because the Government’s mandate has been to represent corporate greed, not the people’s needs.

2. …because democracy does not happen only at the ballot box; it should materialize every day.

3. …because there are no super heroes, and there never will be:  it must be you.

4. …because our collective responsibility to each other trumps any loyalty to a partisan government.

5. …because a true revolution does not start with force; it can only start with freedom of the mind.

6. …because we ought to judge politicians not by what they say but rather by the number of individuals they fail to serve.

7. …because the government is supposed to protect its citizenry from corporate power, not be controlled by it.

8. …because government is held in contempt by the people for putting their self-interest over the citizens.

9. …because Aboriginal communities deserve the same basic necessities such as healthcare, education, and drinkable water.

10. …because no social group is above nor below any other.

11. …because promises are not just political rhetoric; a government needs to keep its word and honor its people

12. …because trust must be earned, and constantly maintained, not simply demanded or assumed.

13. …because a government that silences journalists silences the truth.

14. …because silence never helps bring out the truth.

15. …because complacency to abuse, crime, and corruption makes one an accomplice.

16. …because when we face tyranny, our duty to fight is not for oneself alone, but for all those who share in our struggles.

17. …because authority does not translate to abuse of power and trust.

18. …because a ‘strong stable economy’ requires a strong and empowered working class and cannot be built upon an impoverished citizenry.

19. …because the Universal Declaration of Human Rights allows for freedom of information, a right above and beyond partisan political interests.

20. …because we are humans, and our value as such surpasses material wealth.

21. …because there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor popular, but it must be done because it is the right thing to do.

22. …because no revolution ever asked for permission to challenge the status quo.

23. …because the nature surrounding us has given us life; it is not right to put a price on it.

24. …because we must be an example to our children of what is right, what is just, and what is truth.

25. …because partisan ideologies fragment reality, and we don’t live in fragments.

26. …because freedom of information is the only weapon against ignorance.

27. …because a government invading our privacy while remaining secretive itself is a grave assault on democracy.

28. …because whistleblowers would not be needed in a government that truly serves the people.

29. …because poverty is not an individual choice but rather the violent process through which those in power oppress us for profit.

30. …because while poverty is not an individual choice, not attempting to abolish it is a conscious choice.

31. …because reason & truth are enemies of tyranny and ideological oppression.

32. …because a life driven by the need to make ends meet is not living, it is merely surviving.

33. …because there is a fundamental difference between a “market society” and a “society with a market.”

34. …because dignity is not for your government to reward upon you, nor to take from you. Dignity is your birthright.

35. …because the tyranny of a government is directly correlated to one’s fear to take action.

36. …because while ignorance is the weapon that divides, truth and solidarity are the strongholds of humanity.

37. …because laws are written by fallible humans, and embody within them the historical context of dominant power relations.

38. …because even though bad laws can be re-written, the lives they impact are lived only once.

39. …because the rights and freedom we do have, have only been achieved through revolution.

40. …because at the end of it all, we would not want to look back and wish we’d have done it when we had the chance.

Editor’s Note: Min Reyes is a journalist and student of historical materialism and dialectics. Presently, Min is fully committed to the global movement of human dignity against neoliberalism. In addition to being a News Junkie Post contributor, Min can be found at her own blog, MinReyes.ca, and you can connect with her on Twitter @Min_Reyes

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9 Responses to 40 Reasons to Resist!

  1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1markg8
    July 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    A little reminder of some of Democratic Party’s accomplishments in congress during 2009 and 2010 in the face of unrelenting opposition from the GOP:

    Health care reform (which Democrats have been trying to pass since Truman in 1948 and Teddy Roosevelt proposed in 1911) Financial reform (written in part by that traitor to the cause Barney Frank with Elizabeth Warren forming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), DADT repeal, Obama saving approximately 4 million jobs in manufacturing industries by forcing GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and within 6 weeks resurrecting them with union representation on the board (taxpayers are on track to make money on that one and GM has hired back just about everybody laid off in 2009), making sure all the TARP money is paid back and recycling it back it into the economy (with $26 billion in profit so far to the American taxpayer, raise your hand if you think George Bush would have pulled that off, or even tried), 2 more women on the Supreme Court, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, more private sector jobs created in 2010 than in the the entire 8 years of the Bush administration, expansion of: Medicaid, mental health care for veterans, and Pell Grants, the Recovery Act which by itself is the single biggest accomplishment by a Democratic president since FDR (not my opinion – Rachel Maddow’s) the START treaty, and in general dragging us back from the brink of another Great Depression, hmmm…what am I missing? Oh yeah Obama got Osama bin Laden.

    Raised fuel efficiency standards, removed Bush ban on embryonic stem cell research, provided federal benefits for same sex couples by executive action. The new food safety law so you don’t buy poison eggs, spinach etc. Monday July 11, 2011 the Obama Administration announced that it would require gun dealers in states bordering Mexico to report to law enforcement multiple sales of certain semi-automatic rifles.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1peggyforpeace
      July 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

      You must have taken your list right from the Democratic Party website, or maybe the Obama reelection site. Surely you are kidding about how great things are. Unemployed people would certainly disagree with you. There were something like 18000 jobs created in June. How ridiculous is that? What few jobs that are being created are minimum wage service jobs. Would you like fries with that eh?
      As for “getting” Osama bin Laden. What a joke. IF they had captured him and perhaps actually questioned him, had a trial etc then maybe I would cheer. Murdering a very sick man is hardly something to be cheered.
      I could go on and on but I won’t. All I can say is Viva la Revolucion!

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1antifa_action
    July 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    29. …because poverty is not an individual choice but rather the violent process through which those in power oppress us for profit.

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