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November 12, 2004
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WHAT'S HAPPENING by Todd Mangatal
To all among our on-line family:
Hope all is well and everyone's preparing for the holiday season that's upon us. It seems that this election has been on the minds of many here in the U.S. and around the world. We received many comments last week resulting from Susan's views. What's surprising is there are so many different viewpoints about what took place (well I guess it's really not that surprising). Personally, I was not surprised with the outcome of the elections. Many people had stepped to me in the weeks leading up to the elections stating that things would be better after George Bush got out of office, and of course my comment was "I guess you'll be waiting 4 more years". Realistically, what would have gotten better? Would they have gotten better overnight as everyone seemed to believe or implied? I don't think so! So much has been done, and things are so screwed up already, I think it would have taken more than a new President to improve things. Look at the situation we are in? Gas is over $2.00 a gallon, which is appalling! We are in a crazy war! Do we really know why?
From the comments I received over the past weeks, some members of our on-line community seem to think they know why we are at War, and I've been sent all kinds of valuable information about why. Such as policies, treaties, and all kinds of crazy government issues. I've even been asked questions about Hitler, and so many other things that truly hasn't convinced me that this war is justified. I personally think war is a primitive way of settling differences or scores. This is supposed to be the 21st century. I can talk to the world in seconds just by a mouse click, and we are still fighting wars with bombs and guns. The solution is simple, find out what seems to be the problem with the people we are at war with. Obviously there is a problem, so deal with it and solve it without so much bloodshed! To many innocent lives are being lost on both sides, imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and our comfort zone was invaded, and this war was taking place in our home towns, do you think it would have so much support? Again, I don't think so, because most of us are watching it on TV, I'm sure to many it's like watching a movie and it's not real, and people's lives have not been turned upside down. If you notice, the media rarely ever tells how many from the other side (Iraq's) have been killed, but obviously when you are bombarding a city with bombs whether smart or stupid (bombs), people are dying, but we never hear about that. I guess they aren't important. What have the people of Iraq done to us, not the government, but the people? They are suffering! If they are fighting back as much as they are fighting back, there is obviously a problem. If it was you and your home land was invaded, I'm sure you'll be fighting too. Would you be wrong? I think not!
Additionally, so many things that I've heard from our leaders really troubles me, the main one being the statement "we are going to hunt them down and kill them". I remember hearing George Bush say that after 911, and now if you listen to the conservative talk shows everyone is repeating that statement. What happened to "thou shall not kill", what type of example is this to our youths who are so troubled as it is. This shows, if you have a problem with someone then the way to deal with it is to "hunt them down and kill them". Yes, this is what's been happening on the streets in our communities for years, but I've always been told that it was wrong. So how can the President of the United States of America make a statement to the world that we are going to "hunt them down and kill them"? This is a very strong statement, and it gives the wrong message. Of course I don't condone killing, but in this day an age with the technology that we possess, a problem could be eliminated without any loss of innocent lives. Yes, we do have the technology, and we have used it for years.
Surly, this is bigger than what we see, this is all about power, control and money! No, this is not power for George Bush and the U.S., this is bigger than George Bush and the U.S. I know you will say I sound paranoid by my next few statements (that's what they say about most messengers), but there are people controlling everything that is happening, that we don't see, but they are there pulling the strings, planning the wars, plotting who's going to die and who's going to rule, they even crash airplanes into buildings from time to time, and no they are not the "so called" terrorists. So whether it's George Bush or the next person, what has to go on, is going to go on. Everyone has been so upset over the outcome of the elections, but what we need to do is open our eyes and look at the big picture, think logically about things that have happened.
Message To My Brothers and Sisters
One thing we must realize is America is still separated, and right now it's really not about black and white, it's about Money and Power and the have and haves not. We can sit back and cry about what's going down, but it will get us no where. If this is about Money and Power (as I believe) we need to control some money and some power, and we need to be the "haves" instead of the "have nots". Why is it that the majority of our people who voted went democratically? They are looking for social change and of course they hate George Bush and his policies, but one of our big issues is social programs. If we had control of the money, more importantly if we worked together to help ourselves, these social programs such as national health care, welfare, etc. would be unnecessary. We the people would have a strong financial base to help our own, and the Government could govern, which is how it's supposed to be...right? Our problem is, like I always say we cannot work together, and this is beyond George Bush. Once we start working together and stop hating we will have a voice, we will have power, and we will be in a position to deal with the powerful. Until that day comes, we will always be second class citizens in this World.
One day in my entire life I felt there was hope for us as a people in the world, and that day was the Million Man March. It was a day filled with joy, happiness and togetherness, but I guess it wasn't real. I guess it was a fantasy. Even though we all stood and repeated the great Million Man Pledge, which was the answer to all of our troubles and problems, by the next day it was tear down time, and the hating started. Things were being said like, this was a Muslim thing, Minister Farrakhan took all the money and he was doing this for his personal gain, etc. However, what we failed to realize is Farrakhan was just the Messenger, delivering a message that we just won't seem to hear, but we need to hear. I am far from being a Muslim, and my religious beliefs are quite different, but I believe this pledge will solve all of our problems.
Million Man Pledge
Please read it daily, live by it, and things will begin to change!
Back to the elections, it's very simple, John Kerry was not going to change our lives, if John Kerry had won nothing would have changed for us, we'd still be killing each other, we'd still be pulling one another down, we'd still be in jail, and we'd still be loosing out in the economic race. It's not about John Kerry, it's not about George Bush, it's not about Anthony Williams or even Marion Berry, but it's about UNITING AND RESPECTING ONE ANOTHER, and for every one of us that achieves success we must help 10 others achieve success. Once this is done we will gain economic power as a people and our voice will be heard! Many of you may or may not agree with some of these points, however I want to hear from you, so just hit me back with your spin email@example.com. If you are interested in working to make a change, and are willing to start working together for the betterment of yourself and our people, hit me back. Together we can make a change!!!
Until Next Week...Jah Bless!
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a wonderful weekend!
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November 14, 2004 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2004
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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