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Joe Bangert Sounds off about the 2004 Election

Dear Friends and Fellow Partisans and Peacemakers in Blue (color of peace in VN)!

On last Tuesday night I was focused for either victory, revolution, or reform. I still favor revolution, but what we have us counterrevolution, and heading backwards fast.  

 

‘What could be more natural? After sorrow, come happiness’! Ho Chi Minh wrote these lines while in prison in 1944.   I await happiness but it does not appear to be on our far horizon.  {But still Boston is a blue city on a hill in a land named Blue Hill (‘Massachusetts’ a Wampanoag word means – ‘Land of blue hills’)  still is looked over by Ho Chi Minh (in BLUE)

painted on the famous gas tank in Dorchestah

For, it seems, half of us are locked in a time warp which may last for ‘four more years, or eight’  you see part of our new conumdrum is the Bushes have reproduced their spawn.  Could Jenna or Barbara Bush beat out Chelsea Clinton  in the 2019 election?  Stay tuned.   Coyote News Service here-    I could not bear writing these lines two days ago.

I have finally crawled from my bed this morning (Friday).    I made coffee, checked to see if war had begun, then heard that DC jets were already strafing elementary schools in blue states (Little Egg Harbor, NJ), as Marines prepare for the largest ground assault since the battle for Hue City back in 1968 in Fallujah, Iraq.  Death death death = Bush.   Onward Christian soldiers!  Marching off to war.

The painful thing for a lot of us who lived through this election was it was a lot like the disappointment we felt back in 1972.   I want to try to capture how things felt at the Westin Hotel in Copley Plaza in Boston on that raw morning of November 3rd

So my most hidden fear has manifested- the ghost of the electorate of ''72 has morphed towards war and fear.    Soooooo    I guess we swallow, rest and plan for the Counter Inaurgural March in January, then  like '72 redux, we prepare to undermine his presidency through a lawful way with scandals and corruption being the millstone that Nixes bush out of office BEFORE 2008 and takes Cheney with him.

On the positive side-   I always realized that electoral politics is a risk.   I gave my all to this contest.  I lost well, another lesson learned from being a warrior in the US War in Vietnam!

How quickly the bubble of being Kerried away was about to break- either into the captured Presidency, I had thoughts of a job for life at a future Kerry Presidential Library, or???? Maybe Burma….. into thin air.

Sure I was there when Kerry announced his bid for the Presidency at Fanueil Hall in September, 2003. I had labored in the primaries in both New Hampshire, where on one day with the wind chill factor had it -15o below zero.   I then moved down to Virginia and worked in Richmond, and Spotsylvania.   I played spameister (with regrets to those still Hannoyed with me)  to a lot of you, and the isolation I felt in my own life was broken by reforging and renewing old friendships and camaraderie when we were being demonixonixed into ‘reds’ back in the day,  have now been named and branded for being liberal ‘blues’.   Go figure. I have no regrets at all, in adding to my already chocked full old ADEX ONE /FBI  file with new segments added by the Right and ‘documented’.   ‘Singing for the enemy’.  Meeting with the Viet Cong before the war ended…..all true (C’est vrai!)    Singing is a retroactive treasonous offence.   The reds now know this, but they are not quite sure of the actual songs.  

Being one of the last surviving VVAW Yippies I challenge you-   Are you ready for new 60’s?   I am and I must!  The w curse must be reversed!   Aim below his bow line- near his swift boat intake valve.   Steady!   Aim!   Look again!

Is there corruption?    I look at the rust line.  Cronyism?  High crimes and missed demeanors?  Let’s look for tapes.   Let’s look for sore eye assist in the red zones.   Chill and think about ways you can put the PEACE ON EARTH back in this upcoming Season’s holidays (holy days for you bushcatholics)   Oremus!  Indeed.    I had a dream this morning before I woke-   It was a serenely dreamy visit by the Lord Buddha her/hisself.   Buddha told me not to waste rancor sloshing around in my own chest cavity but to ‘chop wood, carry water’- to control the things I can TODAY!  I stopped putting off living..

  So I toked some to the four directions of the Goddess of Mercy and went into my yard swirling with leaves in brisk winds 

and heard a voice saying ‘Build a LARGE STATUE OF BUDDHA’.   Well I knew I could’nt do that by myself- so instead I looked around where last I worked the land-   Ahah- We in southern New England have yet to have a frost yet- and I spied two clumps of dutch iris some customer shared with me for painting her living room.   I’m too cheap.   Well being on the cheap methinks better get those bulbs in the ground before the first frost.   I looked around and cut through the chronic ambivalence I have in planting flowers in my garden, too many variables-   I thought!  EUREKA   I’M  A BLUE.   So I dug holes and planted the Irises which are blue/purple in my walkway to remind me in Springtime how blue I was in November!

I’ll write each of you individually about how to build the statue my God told me to build. Anyway cut to the quick.

  I shared the great hope we all had of ‘changing the course’   My brother and I showed up after standing outside until the dwaining daylight at our posts at the poles.  I received confirmation that two credentials were waiting for us up at 60 Canal Street.   We showered and dressed in our victory duds and drove up furiously.   Such happiness- such illusions of grandeur we imagined-  my old pals the REAL Swift Boat Vets-  Del Sandusky, Wade Sanders .They were waiting- real Blue Sailors indeed with their great and long suffering lives.   Just how many people stopped their lives dead in their tracks in a fervent aspiration to elect a VVAW veteran to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-   How cvlose are we, I thought, is it ‘gonna happen’- tonight, tomorrow, two weeks? –I  wondered who would be the first VVAW guy I’d bump into. As we easily passed the gauntlet of security and throngs of supporters we entered the  My first hit was bumping into Bobby Gregory, Chris Gregory’s younger brother. We smoked a few butts and floated upstairs with his wife who somehown got me into the ‘Millionaires for Kerry’  DNC’ Finance Committee ‘Watch Party’   needless to say the place was jammed.  Free drinks and free food.   Boy do these millionarires know  how to live I thought.   Then it happened- DOUBT crept up behind my back, as the mid west US showed the great divide.   All Red states from Canada to Mexico.  I still was hopeful, California, New Hampshire in which I just worked in over the weekend.   Well it turned out to be none other then Professor Ken Campbell.   He bragged like Marines do that Chris Gregory got him a ‘Yellow Area’ for family and friends only.     We got the credentials although my twin thought I might be full of chowdah he smiled when I said’ the envelope please,    Good for the ‘GRAY AREA’ VIP indeed, it was a touching moment.   We were sure of complete victory.

  I stayed outside in the square shouting futilely, I guess   'KERRY OR REVOLUTION'!   Then after doing so a few times as raindrops swell and fell upon us, I turned around to a complete sea of empty tan chairs with VIP names on them, just John and Joe Bangert, identical twin brothers who are a band all their own- and NO BODY ELSE IN THE 'GRAY AREA' near the stage.   Then I see them- the sisters- Peggy and Diana- filter into the stands- a microphone is set up and the crowd surges all around us- out of nowhere march John Kerry's sisters.  The hand writing on the wall is postponed until tomorrow.   Time to beat feast back to the ‘Blue Peninsula’ of Cape Cod and regroup.

The Republican Party is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom. The committee chairman explained that the condom more clearly reflects the party's stance today because a condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually getting screwed.    –An old Kerry supporter and friend

But now what?     I think we, at least, stay in touch.   And round robin this thing until the dreamy cream separates from the milk.  I’m still down- but I know even the ‘vet’ tag separates us from ‘non-vets’ .     I know we gotta rebuild a fierce Antiwar Union, and we have to fetch those conservatives against the war in Iraq to unite with.  We need to build a United Front, and it must be internationalized.

Bulbs planted, leaves raked up and composed.   Two glorious days without TV and talking heads  and  pundit bandits.

I propose a simple blog where we can gather post, record and stay in the loop.   ?Vets Against   the Bush Agenda?  (VABA)   VABA VABA Do!

Name change, statement of purpose, strategies and ways and means should be conducted at a two or three day meeting.   Somebody find a deep pocket to pay for this event -   Save all email trees-

Call another Vet you worked along side recently and see how they are doing.   Rest up then take initiative!

Remember the passion of Alice Herz, and Norman Morrison and Thich Quang Duc,  Nguyen Thai Binh  and now Andrew Veal!   Affirm life, roll up your sleeves, be on the lookout for the fat lady and fight, fight , fight for another day.

TAKE ON THE WAR- WE DID IT BEFORE!

Love,   Joe Bangert

Sorry for being so long winded!

It’s time for the WARLORDS TO BE DISOBEYED!

RESISTANCE TIME IS HERE!     LET’S MEET AND……………………………….

Take to defeating the warmongering mongooses among us.   Off with the yellow magnets!  Off with the red, white and blue magnets! 

SUPPORT THE WARRIORS!    DEFEAT THE WAR IN IRAQ AT HOME AGAIN!  GET READY!   GET SET!   LET’S GO!

TO THE FRONT FOR PEACE! 

PEACE!   SHALOM!    HOA BINH,  SALAAM,   SIOCHAN,  LA PAZ!

    EN NUESTRO MONDO!

PS    I saw a photograph of Marines briefing before heading into Fallujah- Marine as old as my two sons and two daughters, and maybe even younger-   our children- fighting for Empire and Oil, the legend on the attack map labeled   ‘LEGO’S’ = ‘MOSQUE or structure over 40ft’

                                        ‘POKER CHIPS’ =             structures under 40 ft’

War is the trivialization of both lives and property.

It’s not broken China, it’s invaded Iraq! 

Build a new GI movement!   RESIST!   ORGANIZE VETS!  BLUE VETS, RED VETS, WHITE VETS, BLACK VETS, YOUNG VETS OLD VETS!

My two cents!

Deterred, but never defeated! 

Let’s Kill THIS WAR NOW!

PEACE ON EARTH!   BY BUILDING A PEACE MOVEMENT FROM BLUE SEA TO BLUE SEA- ALL OVER OUR EARTH!

HOKAHEY!     (FBI#  ‘Bureau 100-462292’)