november 6: what lawyers can be

dear readers,

november and its election day, fast forward one year and where will we be as a nation?  will we vote, and how will we vote?  with our dollars, our feet, our ballots, our fists?  today im taking a look at the lawyers of lahore, thousands of suits protesting in the streets, getting grimy in the trenches for democracy, arguably, and certainly reminding me: see, this is what lawyers can be.    

wassup, i go by naxal, this blog site takes the new york times headlines and flips em into poetry you can feel.  all the news thats fit to flip, for your reading pleasure.   

november 6, 2007

first check out this brief report, with incredible pictures (sample shots below) and succinct analysis: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/world/20071105_PAKISTAN_FEATURE/index.html

the last question asked by david rhode in the above feature has to do with who the u.s. is going to support in this face off.  democracy or dictatorship?  rhodes boils it safely down to the simmer of our era: what political structure is more effective at fighting terrorism?  do you see how thats so punked, so safe.  no matter what answer the u.s. choses, our regime will justify it by saying they are fighting terrorism the best way possible.

and if the u.s. once again goes down in history as overtly and factually backing a dictatorship, then when do we as citizens of the world and of this country recognize the presence of both democracy and dictatorship in our very own political structure.  or am i trippin?  is this turning the mirror back onto our own country old hat, been there done that?  or is slander, material for mccarthy era trial damnation, circa paul robeson? 

sometimes i really can’t tell whether we’ve leapt past this analysis to simply coping with our current dictatorship or whether we are so far behind that the fourth of july and the blue angels shows really do make us feel revolutionary, embodied, empowered in the red, white, and blue special being offered on democracy. 

speaking of democracy.  when the emergency hit argentina in 2001, suits and undershirts alike came out into the streets to protest their broken economic opportunities.  when the musharraf regime attempts to oust the chief justice of the supreme court earlier this year, lawyers protest the infringement on democratic process.  and now, in lahore, pakistan, thousands of lawyers, including well known corporate lawyers, are in jail, injured, in the streets leading the fight for a better political apparatus than dictatorship.     

some folks are pointing out that its only the country’s elites taking the streets and that means popular opinion backs musharraf.  but that goes against all common sense.   lately, the u.s. has seen millions of anti-war protestors dismissed by major media outlets out of pocket, why?  because the protestors are all liberal, activist types, students, anarchists, queers, anything but mainstream, and everything but corporate suits. 

see, i think that when the suits come out swinging, we gotta take heed, believe.  the phenomenon reminds me of the monks burning themselves in protest of the vietnam war and, more recently, turning their alms bowls over, turning the other cheek against the violent political regime in myanmar. 

you know the canaries in the mine analogy?  suits, monks, lets imagine them as the canaries.  well, when the canaries get hyphy and refuse to even fly in the mines, you know damn well: something aint right.   

inherently and naturally, i trust protests from people who have everything to lose.  i trust the fists raised of those who demand nothing but peace.  for what do the lawyers of lahore stand?  at the very least, they stand as a warrior model for lawyers around the world.  this is what lawyers can be.

stay tuned for more of all the news thats fit to flip from political poet, naxal.

 peace,

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