No, I’m not talking about a circus, a new movie release, a new box store. Federal agents have invaded the city of Portland, Oregon ostensibly to quell the rioting ‘anarchists’ who, according to WH reports, are overtaking the city. Local Portland and state of Oregon officials are saying the protests are mostly peaceful and demanding the feds get out of their city.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has sued multiple federal agencies alleging agents in unmarked vehicles have grabbed people off Portland’s streets without a warrant in recent days. USA TODAY
The AG says the tactics are similar to kidnapping. Should we be surprised? The same WH has caged children on our southern border, condoned police brutality publicly and excused the Charlottesville fiasco stating that there were ‘good people’ among the neo-Nazi torch carriers.
We can not afford to turn and look the other way, to be indifferent to the vile force posing as government protection. Non-violent protest is our trump card. MLK,Jr. and Gandhi have proven that violent government intervention cannot win over non-violence. The feds can intimidate, kidnap, beat with billy clubs, and arrest, but cannot crush the spirit of non-violent protest.
In the 1960s and 1970s peaceniks and flower children led the marches. The feds called my brothers and sisters cowards and communists. But, old passions won’t die, will they? We simply became older peaceniks. We ended the Vietnam War and we got Civil Rights legislation passed. We, the peacemakers, prevailed then and we can do so today.
“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.”
So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
….as near as the destination may be, it’s still the journey that matters….