Just Stay Calm

This is one of the biggest problems I see in our society, especially coming from centrists.

“Just stay calm.”

We’ve been told at work to not discuss politics, it may offend someone. Everyone I work with is chronologically adult. Obviously they cannot handle holding a conversation with an opposing viewpoint without claiming being offended. Shut it down. Don’t talk about it. Keep it to yourself.

This has been one of the failing points of the Progressive movement for decades. Too many claiming to be Progressive have been neoliberals crying, “Be nice! Don’t raise your voice! Compromise! Be pragmatic! Don’t offend anyone!”

If you can’t tell, I’ve been over playing nice for quite some time now. I’m over being calm. It’s time for all of us to be over being calm. Pragmatism? Fuck you.

I am also done playing by the rules. Write me up for discussing politics at work. These rules of not discussing anything are how we never reach consensus. Know who is able to discuss politics in large groups? The religious right. Yet most of them aren’t really disuccing anything. They’re listening, being instructed what to think. We are allowed to listen to MSM pundits tell us what to think while they are paid to present specific views by corporations hell-bent on destroying all life as we know it for their profits.

We need more venues for the Progressive left to gather and have conversations. The Establishment fears this. The far right corporate slave hive cult mind is terrified we may enact policies which expand human rights,including their own.

There is a phenomenon where psychiatric patients and prison inmates become so accustomed to the institutions they have been incarcerated in that the mere thought of being discharged fills them with terror. If they have been there for years, they may do anything to get back in. This is the condition this country is in. Many people have never traveled outside the US, some never outside their state, barely outside their county. Hence, they have been incarcerated their entire lives and don’t know what the outside world looks like. They are fully convinced that restriction is freedom, denial is opportunity, that enslavement is liberty. They measure their freedom by how much they can enforce oppression on others.

Lack of medical care? Can’t afford your life saving medications? Watching your child suffer because you cannot afford a doctor? Just stay calm.

Election rigging? No paper trails? Corporate money buying elections? Just stay calm.

Corporate money buying policies? Your paycheck subsidizing corporate profits? Elected officials slaves to Wall Street? Just stay calm.

Racism? Sexism? Religious prejudice? Old white men determining what rights a woman has with her body while pedophiles and sexual predators walk free or get elected to office? Just stay calm.

Laid off? Social support being denied, cut from existence? Not sure where your next meal will come from, if you can provide food and shelter for your child? Just stay calm.

Another war? Afraid you or your adult child may be drafted soon? Fears of nuclear annihilation? Just stay calm.

One in 15 Americans behind bars, often for non-violent drug offenses? Prison inmates taking over paying jobs while you pay for prison corporations to make profits? Just stay calm.

Biased media spewing propaganda, outright lies and opinions with no facts or evidence in between ads for military contractors, drug, oil and insurance companies? Just stay calm.

Poisoned air, poisoned water, poisoned soil, unsafe medications? Just stay calm.

Temperatures rising, insane weather patterns, melting polar caps, failing crops while fracking and oil sales skyrocket? Just stay calm.

I’m sick of being calm. I’m sick of you being calm. You need to stop being calm. Maybe your only focus is Medicare For All. That isn’t going to save you from all these other threats. The threats you want to ignore. We cannot afford incremental change. It is time for radical change. Not tomorrow, not next year. Now.

I will not advocate violence but we are way past the point where we should remain calm. It’s asking an innocent man sentenced to lethal injection to remain calm while the needle is placed in his arm.

When do you think we should no longer be calm? When your latte gets cold? When your stock portfolio crashes? When your Lexus breaks down and you can’t get parts? Will it be okay to not be calm then? Why do you need to wait for the train to hit you personally while you’re standing on the tracks watching millions of others being crushed and the train is accelerating?

Stop being calm. Stop telling me to be calm. If I offend you, I’m not sorry.

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