If you’re American and you’re facebooking on the 4th of July; you’re a loser. 

vintage americism

...strive 'til we stride!

If you’re African-American and you’re celebrating the 4th of July; you’re ignorant, because your slavery and humanity was ignored on this day, in the country you broke your back to build.

If you’re Native American and you’re celebrating; you’re a fool, because all that happened for you was other people’s fight for the right to steal your land.

If you’re a European American and you’re celebrating; you’ve likely been bamboozled, for only landowning white men were made full citizens by the war that was to follow this day.

If you’re a woman and you’re celebrating; you’ve disgraced yourself, for after all your contributions, you wouldn’t have an equal say until centuries after this day.

If you’re new here and you’re celebrating today; you are welcome, but perhaps you should have fought and died in your country for what we have here.

As for me, my nationality is a matter of circumstance.  i am free, and so i celebrate, on this day and every other, for i am free from slavery to those who are themselves enslaved, to slavery to the Lord of slaves, who Has Forbidden His Self from oppression, whose Mercy has overcome His Wrath…

is Democracy Islamist?

Democracy comes from the greek words ‘demos’ (people) and kratos (power).  It means the power of the people.

Or does it mean the institutionalization- often by force- of western socio-political norms?

The rise of Islam-‘ism’ in Pakistan is democracy in motion.  It is the people voting with their feet.


This is the most telling quote in the article:

“Islamists in Pakistan have flourished in part because governments have failed to provide for people’s needs… Islamists fill the gap through their welfare organizations, clinics, mosques, religious seminaries and other networks. The impoverished masses then support their philosophies and political activities.”

Islam-‘ism’- whatever the word means- works for the Pakistani masses, just as Reagan’s “freedom works” quote rang true for his people at his time.  Islam-‘ism’, in that sense is not “taking over.”  It is winning the election being campaigned every day in every street and every home for the hearts of the people.  It represents them.  It takes care of them.  It is in them, by them and for them.  Islam has political implications and Muslims, it should not be surprised, will freely and willingly- that is democratically- democratically elect Islam-‘ist’ leaders.  Why wouldn’t they when they outperform their secular government, celebrated by everyone except the people they rule over?

One point should not be confused:

Democracy in Pakistan IS Islam-‘ist’.  Islam-‘ism’ in Pakistan IS democracy.

It’s what the people want.

If we question the grassroots, populist rise of a political movement in the face of corrupt, impotent, openly foreign-aligned government, then we question our commitment to democracy.  If we block such a movement, we, insofar as we value democracy, are hypocrites.

“Democracy”, we would be saying, “is for us.  Autocracy that we support for people who aren’t like us…”

Isn’t this the message we are sending?

One of the core tenets of democracy is  people’s right to be what other people think is wrong.  Allah Help us if we don’t extend them our full support…