” To establish fairness in our elections and return to the founding principles of our democracy.”
I found the line above down in my notes. It was from some Hartford Occupy person about a demo that was to take place at the Federal Court house here in Hartford. I had forgotten that I had it but was talking to a Buddie of mine and we said “Hey, why not answer the quote anyway.” Better late than never and we all have so much to learn.”
So here goes.
The USA has always been a colonial-capitalist nation, an imperial settlement since its inception, and these demands to return to a rosier and friendlier settler-colonial capitalist reality runs dangerously close to reactionary nostalgia. A desire to return to something that did not exist, a desire to make capitalism more humane like it was in “the good old days” (was it really, and for what class?), can easily turn reactionary: it not only obliterates the memory of the past’s victims, but it runs parallel to the ultra-conservative desire to return to the days when white male supremacy was largely unchallenged.
We exist in an Imperialist nation that participates in and profits from the mass slaughter of many many folks. Since the first day settlers set foot on this continent declaring a new nation and wiping out the original tribes, destroying the earth around them, enslaving Africans, and setting up a class system so some could profit and some would not we know it to be a lie this founding principles of this democracy. As queers we know full well that we did not fit and do not fit into their neat little plan of straight patriarchy, white supremacy, heterosexism and ableism. We fully realize that many in the so called 99% are not our friends and we do not have very much in common with them. The dollar bill is just not enough of a glue. We know that as we struggle we struggle also against their queerphobia which has caused us to be taunted, beaten, maimed and killed all in the name of normal. Queers everywhere in keeping their queerness, we who haven’t straighten our genes, know how to sniff out enemies of our people where ever they may be. We know how to break our chains.