- "It Looks like Freedom - but it feels like Death."
- Leonard Cohen
- It's been said that everything is different now, but
not everything has changed. Nature continues, with some serious new twists,
but nonetheless it continues. So it is with people: our lives have been
drastically affected, and there are cracks within the systems, but: "that's
how the light gets in." There are constants in the chaos that we
cannot escape, in both the world and in ourselves. Truth and trust and
the consequences of our failures to shoulder our responsibilities are only
some of the timeless interactions that are now under siege. How we deal
with our choices about these age-old concepts is what will determine the
- This didn't begin with GWB, it goes all the way back
to when people left the nomadic way of life for the more settled ways of
the agrarian revolution. To make that change, people began to claim parts
of the land for themselves, first as individuals, then as city-states,
and finally as nations. To enable these changes, nature was cast as the
enemy, and with that alteration, people lost interest in the global balance.
That's what has allowed us, to ignore, the real balances needed to maintain
a healthy and viable world.
- Many think that the USA has always been a place of freedom
and democracy for most of us. This was the concept in the Declaration of
Independence, and to a lesser degree in the Constitution. But it was only
a thin veneer to cover the lustful face of power that lived beneath the
finery in those words. Noble concepts are still possible; but they have
yet to be fulfilled. Despite the underlying greed and hypocrisy the ideals
are still there, waiting to be tried: whispering their promise of a better
life; if only more people could hear and understand that ancient siren
call, perhaps there could be real change.
- Mount Rushmore is the embodiment of "Manifest Destiny"
and with the carving of four American Presidents into the granite mountain
face of "Six Grandfathers," the Black Hills of South Dakota were
desecrated. These were images of those who oversaw the slaughter of their
tribes, and then staked their claim in that stone of their own sacred mountain,
over those from whom this country was stolen.
- We speak of the founding of this nation in freedom and
democracy, without remembering how we came to inhabit the entire continent.
The rest of our history was built on this pattern, mostly on far distant
shores, but always in answer to the same hungers that drove the extermination
of the original (50 million) people of this land. That kind of power, thus
acquired, never willingly gives up its position. If this is to change,
then those who want to alter the way that power is used must take power
- When the Cold War ended, the world didn't even pause.
Nothing changed and everything should have: because very soon that golden
moment for global peace was lost. What happened instead was that the ugly
human thirst for power and control became engorged again with its ancient
lust for more and more and more.
- The USA is now two countries, the living and the dead.
Those who want only "more:" are waging a war-on-the-world and
they will pay any price, with other people's lives and treasure, to obtain
what they seek. The tyrants have used many separations to keep us from
seeing the truth of the above, but crunch time is coming, and there is
no time anymore for the little diversions between people. This is about
the survival of the species. The fear and horror created so far will soon
become self-canceling, once people realize that "terror" is nothing
but a shell, for the theft they seek to mask. When the walls of secrecy
are breached-then the truth will be clear.
- The dream of democracy and freedom is not even a pitted
path, it is something that must be forged by each person through the wilderness
of their own lives and it must be won anew by each of us. We have allowed
others to picture our freedoms as some kind of interstate freeway system
of rights, without responsibilities-and nothing could be more misleading.
The supposed " safety and security" that we say we seek, is an
illusion than can never be attained. To pretend otherwise is to deny the
everyday realities of ordinary life, and common sense.
- Look at our laws for the poor and the powerless. They
come from a faceless machine, utterly without compassion or recourse. For
the wealthy 'the law' is nothing but a toothless hag that is only there
to fatten up ill-gotten gains. The gap between these two faces of "the
law," widens each and every month. Our 'representatives' have been
nothing, since they discovered how to vote themselves money (ala the military-industrial-congressional
complex). So we're a nation of the unrepresented, soon to be disenfranchised
completely. We began by giving our responsibilities to the government
wholesale: because we couldn't be bothered to take an interest in the arcane
practice of politics, and now we are outraged at what has become, of what
we thought of as our birthright. The responsibility for government is,
and always was ours, until we gave it away, and then ignored what those
we gave it to, did with our rights and our treasure.
- Bush never left the USA before he ran for president
yet daily he decides who to trust as well as what global situations are
serious. He is an officer without portfolio. Bush has never known success,
has never been serious about anything except his own pleasures so
how can the world take anything he says seriously? Kerry, for his part
has always been a number two, a far too willing tool for the use of the
powerful. Neither man has any use at all for the vast majority who must
work to live. This 'election' is a farce by any measure, and the public
needs to face this fact because it is what has become the truth.
- What's ahead may 'look like freedom' but more and more
it begins 'to feel like death.'
- Our "laws" will soon decay even further, adding
farce to treachery, until the Outlaws are able to intimidate those still
resisting; because if that doesn't work then impeachment will follow.
The 'first term' has only been a preamble for the confirmation of their
illegitimate rule, through yet another miming of the public act of voting.
This Coup was accomplished four years ago, what remains is to be able to
announce that fact to the world, and that will happen, unless they lose
in November. If they're still in power after the election: Then we should
prepare for shortages of all types, for a massive military draft and for
black-markets in a number of major areas. What's happening with the Flu
shots is only the tip of an iceberg. Look at the military's most recent
- Price gouging, hoarding, and increased gang violence
will also become far more common than they have been and that's the
good news. Here's the other side of the same coin. http://www.rense.com/general58/fearthecomingtrain.htm
- The above may be circumstantial, but our real problems
lie in the fact that if we cannot trust others, we cannot live in the vitality
of any moment. We shall become entombed in the trivialities of life, "imprisoned
between the interrupted past and the assumed future: Living in an illusion
that is as blind to the wonders of possibility and to the miracles, as
we are to the horrors of today." That does not constitute living by
any known equation.
- People have the power to stand up to this charade; in
fact each of us is far more able to do so, than are the politicians, who
have a vested interest in continuing the status quo. 'Responsibility' is
personal, and once it's clear, that you can create your own reality and
alter that which has been blocking far too much of life - then there are
- Look at the airline industry. From their golden age in
1939, the airlines began a meteoric rise, until they succeeded in achieving
de-regulation (privatization). Thereafter the equations between costs (real
or created) and profits (for whom and for how long), as well as between
competition, services and expectations, all changed radically. After the
murder of the air-traffic controller's union by Reagan, the writing was
carved into the wall for the end of public choices and the beginning of
the fall from continued viability. The airlines moved from simple corruption
to corporate dominance, and now they're in a major meltdown, because privatization
didn't work. So the choices that customers make can create a huge difference
today, and not just in the airline industry.
- When people stop using corrupt or badly designed services,
those services will change or die, and government is one such service.
The US government is non-responsive in the extreme, totalitarian in its
outlook, and leaning heavily toward fascism as we move toward November.
Even the once all-powerful "mob" has learned that wars are bad
for business, and counter-productive for growth so why can't these
governmental Outlaws see the need for real and lasting peace, especially
now, in the Middle East? Eighty-seven attacks a day, and that barely gets
two lines on the evening news no effort to explain why things are
so bad and getting worse what's the policy, we can see the secrecy-where's
- We don't have to have all the answers but we do have
to know what the questions are. Whoever wins in November, we will lose,
unless we begin to question everything!