just wanted to have a stock reply handy like the 'i am not gay' crowd. i am highly suspicious once my trust is broken- and bushco has certainly done nothing- absolutely nothing- to win my trust. by now, we are all familiar with the secrecy, signing statements, recess appointments, bullying, bribery, sheer corruption, etc., etc. it is mostly what any of us talk about on any given day. i am not big into telling folks what to think. i prefer to put information out there and let you come to your own conclusions. i say that and also make a disclaimer that the information set up is coming from a progressive slant. i make no apologies for that. we need to move beyond regressive, backwards thinking. i pretty much have hammered that topic home ad nauseum.
i have noticed that many lefty bloggers are shutting down their blogs, and while this makes me sad for purely selfish reasons, i understand. the common refrain is that we have sounded the alarm- now we need to actually act. i can't argue with that logic. how to do that differs from person to person. of course, i will share my thoughts here :)
as i have said before, i am a cynic at best and lean towards outright pessimism at what is happening in this country. my thoughts are that we are headed for some heavy shit in the near future and we need to get ourselves together to ride it out. now, i don't know if it means martial law, internment camps, mercenary armies, or what- but i think we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. i think we have to start thinking about underground resistance movements too. why? well, i keep running into little gems all over the internet- from fellow bloggers, msm, alternative news sources- and putting together the big picture- kind of depresses me. not because of the government- i expect that from them. but from my fellow americans going along. from the blackwater et.al mercenaries; to the jesus camp promoters; to the police roughing up dissenters- on their own property; to the imminent domain stealing of thousands of homes; to the atrocious and abysmal way fellow americans are being treated in the gulf simply because they are poor.
there are folks in this country who welcome the nation going backwards in time rather than meeting the future's challenges head on. they feel that going back to a 'simpler' time is the way to go- back when women were in the home full time caring for children while the men were working and having sole authority and responsibility; back to a time when the races were segregated and those 'colored folks' "knew their place" and stayed in it; back to a time when america was a world superpower and we were building our infrastructure and there was still an 'american dream' to be had. wouldn't that be nice? well, except for the women and non white folks i mean.
so- here we are with a government who is bent on global, corporate takeover through economics and fear- who thinks that the geneva convention and the constitution are 'quaint relics' and who believe that america should have a monarchy of its very own. a country where there are only haves and have nots and the have nots get to serve the masters. my fellow americans want a country where the upper crust live behind gated communities and drink evian- while the rest of us go without on a planet that is hurtling towards the destruction of the human race- through our own making and greed.
what should we be focusing on? looking at the bigger picture and what it will mean for us. think about it for a moment- we, as a nation, depend on centralized everything. food, water, utilities, etc.- the basics of life. think of a worst possible scenario- and go from there. i never thought i would ever hear 'warrantless wiretapping,' 'torture,' 'secret prisons,' etc in connection with my country. america was supposed to be the seat of democracy. but- the grim reality is that we have the aforementioned things as well as fema camps allegedly for emergency purposes, we have a battle hardened military and national guard, we have police departments with special units to break up large groups of people- you get the picture. you could argue rightly- that we have always had these things to one extent or another- and you'd be correct. but i don't think we have ever had the alignment of events and people in our history that has made all of this so ominous. we have never had our constitution shredded with signing statements and acts made into law that allows the suspension of habeas corpus, etc.
what continues to sadden me and make it a daily struggle for me to continue blogging and working to change this country- is that americans are taking sides in what can only have one outcome. these folks are willing to see their fellow americans rounded up as dissenters and protesters and tortured and placed in camps. indeed, to be a part of it. ideology has gotten in the way of democracy. so, when i see news stories about the government seeking a new place to put a research facility for infectious diseases in conjunction with stories telling of people being trained to force vaccines and other meds- it makes me nervous. when i see that the government is putting into place an infrastructure designed for hauling 'goods' over long distances- allegedly for trade- complete with upgrades to rails and highways- i get understandably nervous.
anyway, my thought is this- we all need to realize that it is not just our government we need to be careful of. not to sound paranoid- but it gives me pause that after 9/11 the feds called for service people to spy on their clients and customers. now, using the clergy and pulpits. puts a whole new spin on the word trust for me. become more self sufficient. stash some food and water away just in case. have an emergency bag packed- if you are a lefty. think about an underground resistance movement because i have a feeling we will be on our own.