This was a piece I posted on DailyKos yesterday that I thought people might enjoy, so I'm crossposting it here today.
I like writing.
Writing, typing, blogging, crafting -- I enjoy words. Sometimes I'll edge toward biting, caustic sarcasm and other times I'll slip over to goofy, inane and warped. Once in a while I'll swim through a pool of surrealism and other times I'll delve deeply philosophical, or at least what I'll think of as "deep" and "philosophical." There are the times for deadly serious, sonorous tones or passionate ranting phrase-paintings.
I don't always know what I'll end up with, but I do know when I'm "in the zone" instead of merely tapping out thoughts -- both of which differ from the times I'm simply "zoning." Why does this matter? Because words are how we express ourselves -- they convey thoughts, feelings and emotions. The way we string them together, the manner in which we punctuate the written word or articulate the spoken phrase, all form the basis for one of the deepest forms of communication we have outside of the touch shared between lovers, friends or family. Words are how we define ourselves, our relationships, our culture, our society and our government. And while actions speak louder than words, the two acting together form the basis of something powerful. Combined with knowledge and experience, reinforced by action, the power of words to do good or ill is nearly infinite.
We've all written words, we've also read the words of others. We use words -- written, spoken or gestured -- to communicate.
Even actions can be words after a fashion.
The other day, I wrote a collection of words that I posted on DailyKos, on ePluribus Media, on Docudharma and on Below Boston; that collection of words, comprising a single "piece" of writing, was itself about words -- the words that helped to define our nation.
Today I wrote another piece1 -- another opportunity to play with words, thoughts, meaning and phrases. I posted it only on ePluribus Media; I don't always crosspost everywhere. Sometimes there, sometimes here, sometimes neither nor there but elsewhere entirely. I had fun with some of the phrases in that piece -- for example, here:
...for the first time in recent history, the politics of fear and smear that have become the modus operandi of the Republican noise machine have finally begun to wear thin on the American public, reducing the banality of the shrieking messengers and their flaming notes of fecal detritus to a low-intensity, somewhat irritating buzz almost lost in the background noise of general day to day life.
Ordinary citizens -- true citizens, who believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- should take a moment to step back and see where the words and actions diverge, and where manipulation has led our nation down a primrose path that is overgrown with thorny weeds and runs through a minefield on the way toward a sea of effluent expelled from the bowels of the nation's seediest realms of political machination.
The imagery might be a tad excessive, but it was so much fun to write -- it was almost enough fun to make me forget that is was also, essentially, a very accurate description of the current state of our nation that Republican party "leadership" and their faithful followers have created.
Words are important. They can shape opinion and perception, inform as well as misinform, and control or diminish access to the most one of the most powerful tools in anyone's arsenal: knowledge.
Words can also be used to divide a nation and her people against themselves. We've seen the results of this after nearly eight years of Republican rule.
But words can also do the one thing that the Republican punditry fears the most: words can illuminate, elucidate and unite a divided public. Words can inspire a People to be more resolute and to commit to change.
Words can eviscerate false statements and delusions of grandeur.
Words can help a nation purge itself of poison-pen politicos and stand united for freedom, justice, due process and the rule of law in a truly democratic republic.
Perhaps, then, it is not purely by chance that the phrase "democratic republic" has two words from which our two primary parties are derived. Working together in a phrase, "democratic republic" defines the collection of founding goals and principles that our forefathers once sought to establish for this nation upon its birth.
Working together, both parties can purge the corrupt top layers of the Republican party and unite all our people for the express purpose of restoring the rule of law and re-establishing the concepts of responsibility, oversight and responsibility.
Ironically, the easiest way to do this is to agree that this is what we want -- that together, we want to restore our nation to what it was before it was overcome by a terrible sickness. We can agree, if all look upon the preservation and protection of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and at rejecting any attempts to subvert accountability.
We can do this, but we must all do it together.
Yes, yes we can.
- The piece I wrote on ePluribus Media can be found here.