The "Good General's" DaughterSubmitted by fonta on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 11:37
Perhaps if BurningSirus had “acknowledged” rather than thanked Granger, the voices that divide would have been silenced. Who among us can believe in the Bill of Rights, higher human motivations, the conviction and consistency of Ron Paul and, yet, attack the intellect and character of another. That is not the Ron Paul message nor is it in accordance with our Constitution or in the best interests of progressive change. The DP often digresses into attacking the messenger rather than acknowledging the right of the messenger to have a personal plan of attack against the powers that be and the evil that lurks in our world. Drawing from a well-known RP “incident”…I compare that to laughing and ridiculing “The Golden Rule”… a concept found in most religions and even the best of humanism.
One number separates Granger and me as far as longevity on the DP…#406 and #408. You are absolutely right in thinking that “longevity on the DP” means very little; however, I have read Granger’s posts for a very long time and feel certain that I know where she is coming from. Knowing that she has struggled to find her footing…what she believes and what she can do…I acknowledge her right to do so and applaud her tenacity and conviction. I also acknowledge that she is human and as such can be provoked…can bristle…can, like all of us, respond to a personal attack.
I am one of many who now visit the DP and seldom post and there are many reasons for that. On the same day that I saw the “thank Granger post,” I watched the video about Mikko and “The General’s Son.” Intellectual contortionist that I have sometimes been accused of being , my mind drew analogies between the journey of the Israeli General’s Son and Granger, daughter of the “Good” General Ron Paul …one member of his diverse family of those sincerely dedicated to bringing about a better world and fighting amongst themselves about the best way to do so…even believing “their way” is the only way.
After hitting DP “search” I saw that the Mikko video had been posted. There were many interesting reactions to it; however, none about the re-education, change and actions of Mikko. At least there were few attacks on his personhood and yet all the evils of Zionism, hatred of Israelis, distrust of Iran, came out. Perhaps I got something far different from the video than most. I acknowledge Mikko and find in his transition and activism hope for a better world and a blueprint of “one way” inroads can take place.
Mikko points out that “if” Jews had a right to their biblical and historical homeland than many other races and people do as well. His heart and mind told him…”the Zionist stance can’t be right.” He openly addresses this moral and logical discrepancy in speeches despite the fact that it is an uncomfortable truth to many. Many Jews were against the State of Israel…many are very anti-Zionist, but afraid to say so.
Mikko bravely dug into the “real” history of Israeli aggression and imperialism as well as the real beginning of Zionism and the map of Israel today. He fortunately had a mother and in his later years, a Father , who saw through the ruse and embraced change in attitude. He forgave himself for being caught up in and believing the educational “propaganda” that led him at one time to fight for Zionism and Israel. Mikko was “teachable” …seeking truth and being able to change was “his” road less traveled and he now bravely tells others
Mikko speaks to activist groups where he finds the issues far more important than race or color or religion or nationalism. His stance, which is not the only possible stance, is that what happened happened. The issue is no longer whether or not there should be an Israel. The issue is no longer how to divide Israel and “give” the Palestinians who remain some tiny proportion. The issue is to look at the current situation and recognize everyone’s right to live together in peace and equality. To dispel any notion of “pie in the sky” ideology…he says that he EXPECTS it to happen in his lifetime or he would not be doing what he is doing.
Mikko won his battle against early indoctrination not by “villainizing” Zionism or Palestinians or the UN or US aggression brought about by greed and avarice. He won his personal battle by entering into honest dialogue with those he had once been taught to hate. Not only does he acknowledge that he had been wrong, he disavows the myth of Jewish intellectual and racial superiority as pure bunk…propaganda of the most transparent kind and, in doing so, exposes the power of propaganda to sway a people.
Mikko ventured into Palestinian territory and found that what he had been taught to fear posed no threat whatsoever. In fact, he was welcomed and found way more that he agreed with than that he disagreed with. He began working with the Palestinians and bringing what he had learned to church groups…Christian and Jewish.
Mikko goes into the “enemy camp” speaking to his Jewish roots in synagogues telling the story of his journey and the conclusions he has come to. He tells them not to be “afraid” of rejection and being called a self-hating Jew, instead to laugh at such rebukes because the inequity and violence in the world are far more serious than reacting to “name calling” and ignorance. Mikko goes into Christian communities and tells the story of his journey and the conclusions he has come to. He leaves religion out of it…as he bravely answers so many of the questions I have had about the Jewish people and their “texts” not by addressing these questions, but by the stance he has bravely taken. He even says, don’t be afraid of being called “anti-Semitic” as there are far more important things going on in the world than to cower to “name calling.” He only briefly touches upon the meaning of “Semitic” because that is not the issue unless you want to miss the forest by focusing on the trees.
So how does this relate to Granger? To me it is a direct parallel. Granger has been an activist for most of her adult life. She has researched the history of the political parties from the inside of many. She has stepped back and looked at the entire landscape of where we are now. She has asked herself, “What can I do personally.” And, then she has done it with passion, conviction, consistency and tenacity. She has entered “enemy camp” and through her character found a voice and become respected and listened to.
She has brought to the DP her stories of Committee experiences. She has acknowledged over and over others’ right to disagree and has remained in the battlefield of her choosing even when brutally attacked. Not everyone likes Granger’s manner of expressing herself. Her steadfastness propels some into feeling attacked when she is only explaining her position. Undoubtedly she will remain in the grassroots, local Republican arena long after this election.
She does not like what she sees historically in the Republican Party…it once and even now represents everything she is against. However, she is taking a road less traveled as others are doing because she sees the possibility for change and the probability that among elected Republicans and those who vote for them, Mr. Romney will have to contend with passionate voices of dissent. She acknowledges that the validity of a multi-pronged attack. To each his own.
I acknowledge the right of the “Good General Ron Paul’s Daughter” and the “General’s Son” to work from a grassroots level making inroads toward peace and change. Personally, I applaud their efforts. I applaud your efforts, whatever your stance if you recognize others’ right to have a position they fervently believe in as well. However, I do not applaud anyone throwing stones, reveling in erudite rhetoric, basking in feelings of intellectual superiority, disavowing that there are many valid paths to truth and change. I have never known Granger to do so.
I will fade back into the DP woodwork now. Fonta over and out.