Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day Proclamation -by Julia Ward Howe 1870

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
"Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ms. Howe's comment was certainly spot-on in 1870 following that certain "war of northern aggression" which exacted a gruesome toll on the men of these United States. Imagine an event that would have lined up all of the men in the nation and summarily executed one in every four at random. That would be the civil war.

Today what we have is quite a bit different. I know that everyone feels that this conflict is unjust and illegal and therefore one dead soldier is too many, but I think we must remember that there are corners of the world where all authority comes from the barrell of a gun and the point of a knife. You can't reason with an ideologist enemy. You can't show him mercy because he only sees weakness in the gesture. You can't compromise with him because he only cares about his agenda. You have to kill him. All of him.

Heather Annastasia said...

That's just stupid.

People are people. There are very few ideological psychopaths in any corner of the world. The vast majority of people are just like us. They want to live life and provide a good life for their children.

The problems come when there are large populations of people who have little or no opportunity to live life and provide a good life for their children; large populations of desperate people who have lost their homes, their livelihoods and their loved ones to war and oppression. The ideological psychopaths are powerless without these large populations of desperate people willing to kill themselves to free their {country, region, religion, etc.} from their enemies (real or perceived).

The more death and destruction we impose on these people, the more desperate and dangerous they will become. We can't possibly kill them all (nor should we).

Here's how the Iraq War could have gone (though it would still have been illegal and wrong): After "shock and awe," a massive amount of coalition troops move in and secure the country. There is no looting, no rioting, the electricity stays on, the hospitals and markets stay open, and people are free to go to their jobs and provide for their families. People are angry and resentful, some may be willing to risk their lives to resist, but the vast majority of people will do the easiest and safest thing: they will send their kids to school, go to work, and pay their rent.

The reason why none of this happened is because the idealistic psychopaths who are running OUR country do not want peace and stability. They want the people over there to be outraged and the people over here to be terrified. Angry and fearful people are easier to manipulate and control.

They have dismantled our Constitution right in front of us, and we have barely even blinked.

We Americans must find strength and courage. We must all put our foot down and say, "No more! We will not continue to send our children to kill and be killed by their children so that the rich and powerful can continue to profit at our expense! We understand that the vast majority of every nation just wants to live life and provide a good life for their children. We will not allow ourselves to be manipulated and controlled into doing anything other than living our lives and providing for our children. We will resist ALL ideological psychopaths both foreign and domestic."