these days in america life for most folks goes on in a familiar pattern- work, school, dinner, chores and homework. perhaps a daily commute or a trip to the grocery store- the very essence of peace and tranquility. for, you see, america is the greatest nation on earth- a nation where every man woman and child has equal opportunity to rise above his or her station in life if only they work hard enough to do it- and god sanctions it of course. we are a nation of strip malls and suburbs and gated communities tucked away in scenic byways in the land of plenty.
unless you are poor; unless you have 'minority' status; unless you live in louisiana; unless you are a liberal; unless you are non christian. in just about 6 years, this nation has been turned around 180 degrees. the facade we thought was true turned out to be a false one. the seeds were sown in the decades leading up- make no mistake- but the pieces of the puzzle were being put into place. you don't have to take my word for it- all of the pieces are out there to put together. most folks make themselves unavailable to do so- because it isn't nice to think about. it is easier to believe that americans love each other as brothers and sisters and that we are "one nation under god; indivisible with liberty and justice for all"- except that we really aren't and even our 'cherished' institutions are not what the appear to be.
has anyone wondered why we are having so many food poisoning cases throughout the country this year? why most of the medications on the market do more harm than good? why there are so many unanswered questions about what really happened on 9/11/01? why our government lied to us and continues to lie to us and still faces no repercussions- indeed has passed more legislation to shred our constitution in the last 5 years than thought possible- and in secret. why the secrecy? why the illegal immigration issue has suddenly become such an issue when there are millions of mexicans who have lived here side by side with us for decades?
has anyone asked themselves if they think that our government could ever be behind domestic acts of terrorism? why they felt is necessary to run this country on fear for 5 years? why the letters containing anthrax were sent to only democrats in the senate- namely daschle and leahy?
in the past 5 years, we have seen the rise of a police state stemming from legislation from a republican held congress and executive branch that has concentrated the government's power into one place- the white house. the patriot act; the military commissions act; the insurrection act- which leahy is trying to repeal. we have become a nation where it is fine to spew hate rhetoric and call it entertainment; where it is commonplace for the federal government to listen in on phone calls, read private emails, monitor blogs, intercept snail mail, look at financial records domestically and abroad and show up at your house if your internet blogging is deemed subversive. it is shrugged off that we use the practice of rendition to kidnap and spirit away people who may or may not be innocent to places that use torture. we condone that these people are not charged with a crime or have no recourse for a chance at clearing their name- american citizens as well as foreign. it's ok because we have a common enemy to hate- muslims.
i don't condone terrorism and i also don't condone hypocrisy. the time has come to be less tolerant of hate- domestically and abroad. yes, the muslim folks blow themselves up and take others with them- but is what is happening here- under the guise of fighting terrorism in the name of the christian god any less terrifying? both use fear as the underlying force to keep folks in line. both are insidious and both need to be stopped. many folks pooh pooh what is happening with the christian right as a bunch of evangelical nutjobs- and they would be right- these folks are nutjobs but they shouldn't be pooh poohed. they are an intricate part of what is going on in washington these days and are a force to be reckoned with- no pun intended. whether you believe that what is going on in america is the beginnings of fascism or not- i think that we can all agree that something is going to happen here and something will happen soon. according to limbaugh, the unofficial mouthpiece of the right, this week, that something is coming after the 2008 elections. what that something is- i certainly don't know. i do know that i will be preparing.
the sad part about the overwhelming sense of gloom and doom most folks are experiencing right now- is it can be overcome. folks know that the uneasy feeling is an intuition- but they push it back into the recesses and go on about daily life. i am not advocating that you stop living daily life. i am advocating that you listen to that voice inside that is telling you that something is wrong. i am advocating that you prepare for the worst. the government that we have right now can be stopped. the tide that has taken us over can be stopped. we proved that by our involvement in the last election. it will take a sustained effort to continue to battle the forces that are trying to take away the constitution in the name of security and religion. we can do it- if we have the will. we did it once 231 years ago.
- Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them… We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.
- The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945), Karl Popper
- The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945), Karl Popper