Archive for July, 2009

When they come

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Remember the post World War II movies which demonized the Nazi bad guys, and glorified (rightly so) the heroic actions of the few who stood up to the Nazi’s, running underground resistance groups and providing escape routes to those who were ‘wanted’ for ‘relocation’? I remember them. I watched from the comfort of my unchallenged 1960’s adolescence, and imagined myself—against all odds—doing the right thing in the midst of grave threats and terror from evil authoritarians all around me. It was clear to me then what would have been the right thing to do during the late 1930’s in Nazi Germany, and I hoped that I would have had the courage to do the right thing had I actually been there. I actually lamented the dullness of my life when I was eight, and how, from that vantage point, I could see no such heroic challenge visible anywhere in my future.

What a failure of imagination!

We are there, now. Except that the current economic meltdown is not being caused by a draconian Versailles Treaty, which is what bankrupted Germany and impoverished her people after WWI and set the stage for the birth and subsequent domination of Hitler’s Third Reich. The significant difference is that ours is an ad hoc economic meltdown, conceived, implemented, and executed solely for the purpose of forcing otherwise unwilling free men and women to subvert their common sense and goodwill to the demonic state in exchange for a pittance of relief from the state’s threats of overwhelming harassment, illegal imprisonment, certain impoverishment, and inevitable death only after unfathomable suffering. Free speech will soon be illegal, and is largely so now. Due process is already severely marginalized in the zeal for imposing extra-judicial consequences for activities which heretofore have never been illegal, like owning a gun, having a baby, or refusing a vaccination.

When they come and do what we know is wrong, we will look the other way again and again until there is nowhere else to look. And then, when we have no choice but to face the truth, it will be too late.

Seek out the wrongdoing now! Confront it before it confronts you. And never look the other way. Never. Do something oppositional—no matter how small—every time you see an injustice, especially when those injustices are perpetrated under color of authority. And after one encounter, the second confrontation is just as difficult, but much more effective. Every moment of standing against what is wrong empowers you, advances freedom, and uplifts the human condition to the benefit of us all, not to mention the power of your example inspiring others to do the same. Eventually, standing up for what is right becomes a thousand times more effective than the first time, and the sooner we get that first confrontation done, the earlier we achieve total effectiveness in resisting the abuse, oppression and tyranny that these injustices are designed to impose.

Morality is the final law, and in times like these our consciences can be our only guide. And these truths are self evident, that we are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We are the new Greatest Generation, like our fathers and grandfathers in World War II, and the times we live in today presents us with the same great privilege they had—to save the World. Again.

Letter

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Senator Kerry,

Please oppose the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

You are from Massachusetts. If this bill passes, it will mark the demise of the very freedoms which Massachusetts was a leader in achieving 240 years ago.

I’m sure your mind is already made up. But as a constituent I am ethically obligated by the seriousness of the threat this bill represents to register with you my opposition to it.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act known as HR 2454 was narrowly passed by the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 by a vote of 219 to 212. It is going to the Senate, but it is not clear when. The available info about a schedule for this to come up for a vote in the Senate has been impossible to find. Announcements have been made that this will never pass the Senate, which seems to me to be a smokescreen to allow it to be passed with little attention from the public.

E-mail your senator.

As it ever was

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Hi again,

(So tedious, isn’t he. Give him some time off and all he does is plague us with giant e-mails, and fantastical ramblings. We’ll be rid of him soon enough.)

It’s me, the tedious one. Asking tedious questions, and suggesting unpleasant realities. Suggesting? Yes, for we have many realities to choose from. Some realities are more pleasant than others, but are, unfortunately, not real.

I suspect you are all aware of the first part of the Declaration of Independence. You know, the part that starts with “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” Famous words, those, penned by the good man Jefferson himself. For me, and I suspect many others, they have come to represent the entire document. But, today being Independence Day and all, I decided to read it.

OMFG!

It sounds like something spouted by one of those wacko, anti-New World Order, anti-Bilderberg Group, anti-imperialism, anti-elitist, anti-gun control, anti-Patriot Act, anti-… well, anti-American fringe groups! Imagine my surprise!

Throughout the document, the ‘He’ referred to is King George. I trust you will be able to replace him with the person–or group–who fits that bill today. It is scary how prescient this document now seems. In its sincerity, and brutal honesty, it named the demon, and called him out into the light were he could not survive. That is the genius of this document, and also the genius of this Great American Experiment of which we are all a part, begun in the Summer of 1776. And it is as revolutionary today–perhaps even more so–than when its ink was still wet.

Let me give you an example. (Didn’t think you’d get off the hook that easy, did you?)

  • For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences

Guantanamo? Secret renditions? Torture? Abu-Ghraib?

I won’t go on; this could get very messy. But I think you might find other similarities to current events.

So, I leave it to you: Here is the document, first the text of it as it appeared in the Dunlap Broadside, then an image of that same document, and a couple links. Read it, all the way through.

Then tell me: Is it not as applicable today as it ever was?

Happy Independence Day.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.
A Declaration

By the Representatives of the
United states of America,
In general Congress assembled
.

When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress,
John Hancock, President.

Attest.
Charles Thomson, Secretary.

The Declaration of Independence at Wikisource, and at Wikipedia.

Demonizing Iran from the grave

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Today, an article titled, “Why Saddam Hussein lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction” appeared on the Christian Science Monitor‘s Global News Blog. I immediately smelled a rat. The smell got especially strong when I read the part about how Hussein believed Iran “will be a greater threat” in the future. How nice of the doomed head of state to play into the hands of his murderers so neatly.

Hussein may have been a monster, but he was the head of state of a sovereign nation which we illegally invaded, and no one in Iraq is better off now than they were under Hussein. Arguable most Iragis are worse off. Frankly I don’t see a lot of distinction between Hussein and George W. Bush. Except Hussein is dead.

Back to the article. The only good rats are dead rats, and the rat I smelled is not dead; it is the NSA, the National Security Administration. I am sure they will read this before anyone else, because no one else reads what I write here. (Jeesh, the things you have to do for readership!)

I left a comment there, at the Monitor’s blog site:

Not that I would ever be suspicious of a project called the National Security Archive (smirk), but isn’t the real issue the unconscionable manufacture by the US of disinformation, codified as ‘intelligence’, with the treasonable intent of justifying a criminal war?

The story of Hussein’s handling while in US custody is undoubtedly an interesting one. Unfortunately the custodians of that information are cold-blooded liars. The Monitor would do well to keep that in mind when reporting information obtained from them.

They post comments only after review. We shall see if it gets posted. (It probably will.)

This is the most egregious example, that I can imagine, of the axiom, “the winner gets to write the history.” To the careful observer it is a cautionary tale. The rats intend to overthrow Iran as well.

Since my paranoia-addled mind is convinced that they will find a reason to lock me up, is there anyone out there I can rely on to uphold the truth? Is this why desperate people, feeling truth has forsaken the world, appeal to something other-worldly for aid; God help us? Isn’t there someone here who can help us?

Isn’t it us?

Maybe my paranoia is not a delusion.