- Posted September 7, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
GONZO on Occupy
James Cartee (from here on I'll go by Xavier Neuro) here again, with a follow up on the DNC experience..
For those of you who forgot: I put together a free night of theatre, music and drinks in the Arts district: NODA during the DNC in Charlotte, NC. We brought a double dose of political discussion with Marx in SOHO and Gonzo: A Brutal Chrysalis, aiming to explore a wide range of issues from the viewpoint of two very different historical figures: Hunter S. Thompson and Karl Marx.
As mentioned before, James Walker (Karl Marx) has been a vocal leader of the occupy movement here in Charlotte so I decided to check out what all the fuss was about in full Hunter getup. I had made it out late with Tom Ollis- director of GONZO- and we both got swept up into their final protest.
During the noisy stroll through the streets I just started to rattle off lines from the show just for the fun of it. You should have seen it... all of us, together... together going all the way out... out to the very end... the to very end of wherever it was we were going! Those around me thought it was great... Personally I thought they needed a leader with a more cohesive message with a complete and cogent theme. At least someone who was willing to push the envelope into the absurd. I mean I understand the notion of saying 'ENOUGH OF THIS ATAVISTIC FEAR AND INTIMIDATION!'... but you can't sell me on your chant of 'This is what democracy looks like' when you're unwilling to trade a little comfort for chaos. When the message your trying to pass from the middle of the street only falls on the powers in blue that lined those very same streets one has to ask: Where was your audience? Where are they? Well, one good jab I heard was the note that why folks slurped down shrimp and cocktails inside there actually were folks out trying to make a point. They had been out in four days of down pouring rain just for a chance to say something. What they fail to understand is, that people have become all too comfortable with their place in the system and anything that might disrupt their fledging little apple carts is seen as dangerously risky. If not for the fact that I have siblings with kids I might feel sorry for the dolts (The shrimp eating dolts...) but those dolts can't sell me on their cry of 'I've got mouths to feed!' cause these protesters have mouths under their tents too! Somehow selling out their children's futures by supporting the same ineffectual, non- threating politicians make for a comfortable life. One where everything is close at hand. Sleep is easy at night and there's nothing to do but play the game like every one else. Personally, I'm beginning to hate the word Democrat. It's becoming synonymous with crap sucking amoeba in my lexicon. But I digress- what the occupy folks fail to understand is that you can hoop and holler all you want... but what you really need is a true platform! They need something more than the apoplectic ramblings, the demented incoherence that never seems to coalesce into the trenchant poignance necessary to offset the fatal damages done to the nation by deregulation, constant war, Citizen's United and the recession. It seems they misfire time and time again breaking down into paralytic frustrations because they can't seem to inspire a counter attack amongst the folks who can see beyond this election. So screw em! The only way to get to the heart of the beast is to use the damn system against itself by throwing yourself into it time and time again. Organize! You already have those perfectly legitimate and obviously marginalized members of a bustling society that has long since stopped caring about them. The taxed, but unrepresented. Hands that would take power if it were offered to them. Bring on those hardcore folk! Those who know how to play the game! Those who play on the same level as the pros and want to play with you so that the game gets all the more intense and savage for those who have no idea that you have dealt them in. The people who are completely unfettered by the petty psychological shackles that doom so many to complete irrelevance. Find those fearless machines with a halting wit, suave manner, and smart enough to navigate an unforgiving margin with inexplicable grace! Use those folks to the utmost in psychological warfare- Freaks and fellow fiends unite! Be the power that can show up at a poll and overwhelm a candidate with only financed, perfunctory or lukewarm support. Let it be about freak power taking over one office at a time. Let it be you making decision on development, exploitation, law enforcement and personal liberty. A whole new form of government spot on with Jefferson's notion and Lincoln's idea that people like us are the best last hope for Earth! Those Tea party ghouls did it! The Dems and Republicans trade off doing it every chance they get! Those tea party folk engage in the most diseased and deranged conversations I've ever been a part of. If those swine can do it so can you- Don't give up on the idea that with the right election crew, a dedicated grasp on the issues at hand, and a little cash, an outside candidate can have a real shot at any elected chair. It’ll be harder in some places than others, but be the living proof! Go up against sophisticated pros who massively outspend you at every turn- grab em by the balls! Let it be you calling the shots on development, exploitation, law enforcement and individual liberty. Be an unmistakable beacon for the rest of America! Remember- it all comes back to one thing: You need a victory in this morass of idiocy that's descended on this country and threatens to send it and it's dreams into banal oblivion! Also remember, most people are are absolutely useless in making this kind of fundamental and radical change. It'll be up to each individual involved to find the familiarity you'll need with internal systemic operations to make for a truly effective Representative and not just some gadfly who is nothing more than a constant lighting rod. You have to use their tool of abandoning all sense of compromise. You have to accept that there will be no reason for it any more with those folk. This NEEDS to be about Freak Power taking over, one office at a time. SHOW THEM that you are going to run things your way and everyone else would have to deal with it. A whole new type of government, spot on with Jefferson’s bold ideas and Lincoln’s notion about people like us being “the last, best hope of earth.” Never run in fear with your tails between your legs back to your drugs and booze. Don't be run off run off by a gaggle of gun-toting rednecks who can't stand a proper exercise in true democracy- I'm talking actual vote here folks... not screaming in the streets (although you'll need that too.) Just remember- politics is the ultimate game... and in it, the ultimate players. Peripheral frustrations can doom a campaign with distractions. Just let greedheads who want to steal it out from underneath us know- loud and clear- "Not this time, suckers."
I'm not sure it's going to happen... maybe it all falls on deaf ears... who knows. Perhaps just the right person needs to blow on the lit tender underneath the kindling. Maybe that's why I got swept up into the chaos...
Til next time space cadets-
Segments of this rant brought to you by Mr. Addis and GONZO. Cause these days you got to life a fire under the balls of a burning man just to get a reaction...