Individuals must take responsibility for the words they choose to use, because seditious words turn to violent actions. By Ruta Tangiiau Mave.
They say people would rather believe an elaborate lie, than
accept the simple truth, and for many years several countries including us
lowly members, of what some people say are the Banana Republics have been
lorded over and told who and what is best. Like the Disney movie Tangle, Mother
knows best. Except the tune is to Yankee Doodle Dandy, Leader of the Free
World, The land of Milk and Honey.
I must have slept deeply and not noticed the tectonic shift
of the earth plates beneath the United States of (North) America bringing them
down to Central and South America where the visuals of insurrections and
protests against governments and storming of political buildings is more common
place. Where, when voting is tampered with, the trumpets of the cavalry from
America the Great are sounded, to herald the bringing of law and order, truth,
justice and democracy (the American way) to the poor misguided country.
For all the criticism of Venezuela’s previous dictator by
the current U.S. administration, irony always finds a way. Sadly, no, there
wasn’t such an earth shattering change, but it was earth shattering to everyone
around the world, who finally heard the little boy call out loud “The Emperor’s
not wearing any clothes.”
America the land of the free, who spends 785 billion dollars
of their budget on defense every year, but has failed twice to protect its’ own
people from planes in New York and now, not even their politicians own house is
Two thousand Capitol police who showed how badass they were
when a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest marches down Pennsylvania Ave, but
are easily overrun, and in cases, open the gates allowing this mob to storm
into the building. If we are to believe Hollywood, the CIA, FBI, Homeland
security, and every other arm of defense have the highest level of ‘army
intelligence’ to know and to stop these types of actions ahead of time. Maybe
Hollywood is America’s greatest PR machine, it’s all special effects, smoke and
mirrors because they aren’t that fantastic after all?
Personally, I believe the words ‘army intelligence’ in the
same sentence is an oxymoron. So, it seems are the words United States. If they
can’t or won’t protect their own, who are we to believe they want to, or care
about protecting us from the big bad wolves of China and Russia? It’s said
people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
And the heroes of the day were not, as Hollywood would have
us believe, Channing Tatum type, Kevlar vested, black clad law enforcement
officers, it was female staff aides, who, while everyone is ducking for cover,
have the intelligence, loyalty and wherewithal, to take all 18 boxes containing
the electoral votes safely away from the maddening crowd.
Green Book, a movie about a friendship that started in the
60’s where a third generation Italian from the Bronx drives an African-American
classical pianist, and Doctorate in Philosophy, around a tour of the deep south
of America, where people were still flying the confederate flag. The role
reversal proves to be a real challenge to those in the deep south, and despite
being treated like a lowly slave, whilst entertaining the rich and racist, Dr
Don Shirley consistently upheld to his New York night club bouncer, now driver,
that violence never solves problems only dignity must prevail.
Not much has changed over fifty years, there was no dignity
shown during the storming of the Washington Capitol, but it was present during
the Black Lives Matter marches. The role reversal continues, the slaves of
America’s past continue to show up the lack of moral decency in those who say
they invented it, demand it and indoctrinate it to other cultures and
countries. As Obama has compared to Trump.
Words repeated from a podium are being labelled the reason for the siege. It’s important for everyone to take responsibility for the words we choose to use. Seditious words turn to violent actions as seen at the Reichstag (Hitler).
There are people of every culture that understand the phenomenal power of language, words. Orators, writers, poets, rabble rousing demagogues, populist politicians, spin doctors and marketers. Yet, as parents and teachers most of us have little training around the power of words nor how to structure and use them responsibly.
The power of words on the psyche of a mob or a child has long lasting consequences, when a parent or teacher tells a child they are worthless, or some profanity it echoes in their self-talk, until they believe it. The sacred begins at the tip of the tongue. Be careful when speaking, you create the world around you with your words.
We may not have Doctorates in English, but we can recognise poor sportsmanship, a sore loser and someone having a ‘Tantrump.’