Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

I. Demand Change.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
They want rain without thunder and lightning.
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.

Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass, 1857.

II. Get Rid of Ass Clowns of All Stripes.

Remove from office arrogant, power-corrupted jerk-offs like former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (done -- he's in jail as of this post, and under federal investigation) and Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (found guilty on seven counts, but not to be sentenced until after the election and swearing in of the next Congress -- if he wins his bid for re-election next week despite conviction, S. Palin will be able to choose his replacement in 2009).

Why does it take so long to get rid of spoiled politicians and CEOs? To quote Douglass again, from the same 1857 text as above: Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them . . .

Today's Rune: Communication.


Bubs said...

Great quote!

Charles Gramlich said...

The Douglas quote may be true but it's also incredibly depressing. One wishes we could have progress because humans would be reasonable.

the walking man said...

I wonder if this will be the first time in American history that power will refuse to concede, will them holding the reigns refuse to turn over the drivers seat?

The arrogance of them that sit at every level of power is, to them, a right not the privilege of service.

While watching that miscarriage yesterday, I wanted, would have paid for, the opportunity to wipe the smug, smirking smile from killerpatrick's face. It would have been true interactive TV.

Johnny Yen said...

That's one of my all-time favorite quotes. Douglass was brilliant.