BY Gabe Sukenik

My apologies for the interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comfort of optimism, hope, change… I enjoy them as much as anyone. But in light of today, this 5th of November, I thought we could mark this day, one certainly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our normalized, compartmentalized, desensitized weekly grind to sit down and have a little chat.

There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. Those in power now choose to use intimidation and force against vocalized objection. You need not look further than the streets of your own cities to see the state’s monopoly on ‘free” speech. Why? Because the tyranny of democracy, as your Founding Fathers knew, ‘is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master” as George Washington said. The many oppress the few. Two wolves and a sheep democratically elect the dinner menu. And the truth is, We the People are being herded to the slaughter.

We have democratically maintained a system of injustice and war, intolerance and oppression… and where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have free speech zones, FEMA detention centers, LRAD sound canons and militarized and federalized police with the surveillance to coerce your conformity and solicit your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Of course there are those more responsible than others, and they should be held accountable instead of receiving bonuses and peace prizes and bailouts and reappointments, but again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. You were afraid! Who wouldn’t be? First, terror. Then war. Then depression. There were various crises that conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. The politics of fear won out time and time again. You were placated with the replacement of the Establishment’s Executive, all while the same wolves continued to vote for dinner. He promised you change, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was the completion of the rejection of individual liberty for global governance.

Last night, I sought to end the silence on campus. Last night, I put up the fliers in the tunnels to expose the clown and the puppets that mock us all while serving their true corporate masters. More than 400 years ago, a great citizen wished to embed the 5th of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom are not mere policies nor party platforms they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest you allow the 5th of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel and if you seek as I seek, then I ask you join me and celebrate a 5th of November that shall never be forgot.

Sukenik is a member of
the class of 2010.

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