November 25, 2010 – On this Thanksgiving day, let’s be thankful that we are
By The Cerebral Aesthetic Vagabond
Once upon a time there were some truly brave men who desired to be free as well as brave. “Give me liberty or give me death,” said Patrick. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master,” chimed in George. “I’ve got that beat,” said Thomas, before adding his own two cents’ worth: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
These men of principle all agreed that they must act to protect the rights of themselves and their countrymen from looming tyranny. They wrote a constitution, one of the most thorough of its kind, a document carefully crafted to reign in government abuse and elevate the sovereignty of the individual above that of the state. Brandishing their newly authored document, these brave men asserted their freedom according to the laws of nature and declared their independence. Their oppressor was not amused, however, and sent soldiers to enforce his will, but the soldiers lacked the ardor and motivation of the freedom loving people and were repelled.
Earning its freedom, the new nation set about becoming one of the most industrious and wealthy in all of history. The nation was the envy of the world and people from all over the world clamored to become citizens of it, patiently awaiting their chance to partake of the benefits of freedom. Wave after wave of legally admitted immigrants added color to the fabric of the nation, sharing their knowledge and skills with it, making it ever more vibrant and resilient.
All was not bliss in this new land of the free, however, for from its earliest days people not wholly devoted to the nation’s foundational ideals sought to subvert it. One such individual, Abraham, spoke seemingly in support of the nation, uttering such flowery words as, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” In reality, though, this esteemed gentleman was one of the nation’s earliest presidents to act like a dictator. Instead of forthrightly addressing the legitimate grievances of some of the states of the union and as if to prove his own statement above, this gentleman chose to wage a bloody civil war aimed at subjugating the recalcitrant states, emulating the very tyrant the nation sought to escape less than a century before.
After Abraham, a president named Woodrow dragged the nation into war again. Even worse, Woodrow ignored the boast of a man named Mayer, who said, “Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws,” and in tyrannical fashion turned over control of the nation’s money to private hands, an act that would bring the nation to the brink of destruction a century later.
There were other would-be tyrants following Abraham and Woodrow, one of the more well known being a man named Franklin. Ironically, Franklin once said, “Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars,” but then went out of his way to draw the nation into ruinous wars over in Europe and Asia, all the while behaving like a dictator.
Despite suffering a string of needless, contrived, for-profit wars, aspiring dictators and presidents with colorful nicknames, such as “Tricky Dick” and “Slick Willie,” the nation continued to thrive and prosper. People worked hard, became better educated, applied their education to create innovations and watched their standard of living rise to the highest, or close to the highest in the world, at least until the problem of exponentially growing debt owed to private parties became untenable, as such schemes inevitably do.
Besides the problem of unsupportable debt, all that good living was as much a bane as a boon, for the people of this once great nation became fat, lazy, sick, uneducated, cowardly and unprincipled. Spending more time watching mind-numbing television than paying attention to what their “leaders” were up to, these people failed to notice a new tyranny burgeoning in plain sight before their very eyes. The people watched idly as the nation’s marvelous constitution was systematically vivisected, suffering a slow death from a thousand cuts. In any case, the people were too weak and tired to do much of anything except tilt back their recliners, a morsel of junk food in one hand, a remote control in the other. The people patted themselves on the back, however, because they lived in a free country, unlike the people in other countries, such as China and Russia. While the people in the “free” nation mocked the “Communists” in China and Russia, they failed to notice that the same type of tyranny that crushed the life out of the Russians was sprouting right within their own nation’s borders.
Even when the “leaders” of this “free” nation brazenly admitted their tactics, such as when a latter day George said, “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda,” the people just shrugged and resumed watching their televisions, which were thankfully free of any troubling scenes from the two exceedingly ruinous wars launched by George.
Even as the nation’s government morphed into the largest criminal empire ever conceived, the people continued to believe in their government and in their freedom.
Even when confronted with the fact that the “free” nation had more people in prison than Russia and China combined, or that it had the highest per-capita incarceration rate of any nation in the world, or that the prisoners were exploited as slave laborers for private profit, a practice for which the people condemned China, the people still believed themselves to be “free.”
Even when the tyrants began to disrobe the people in public and grope their private parts, while promising more widespread impositions of the same kind in the future, the people still believed themselves to be “free.” When some people pointed out that such treatment was not consistent with genuine freedom, the fearful supporters of these tyrannical policies replied that they were necessary to keep the people “safe.”
Safe from what, the people did not know or care. All they knew was that their government told them the practices were imposed to keep them “safe,” and that was good enough for a people who forgot what Benjamin told them long ago: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The people, happy in their ignorance, failed to observe, or refused to believe that most of the terrifying acts perpetrated against the people were carried out by their own government in order to frighten them into submitting to the government’s tyrannical agenda.
Even as it became inescapably apparent that the nation’s elections were rigged and that its politicians were completely bought and paid for by people who did not have the nation’s, or its people’s interests at heart, the people continued to participate in these phony elections, all the while congratulating themselves for performing their civic duty.
At least they were safe and besides, they still had the freedom to watch the television program of their choosing, as long as it was one produced by one of the half-dozen companies that controlled all forms of media in the nation. The people conveniently forgot that they used to derisively refer to such concentrated control over the media in other countries as “propaganda.”
The brave, free people that founded the once great nation died out, leaving in their wake people who were too lazy, frightened, drugged out and ignorant to do much of anything except warm a seat cushion in front of their televisions, while their government ran roughshod over every aspect of their lives. At least they were safe. Or so they foolishly believed ...
People often like to characterize Americans as ignoramuses. Is it a fair characterization? Watch this video and draw your own conclusions. Not enough for you, eh? Here’s another damning video. Between these two, which succinctly betray the ignorance of Americans about the bloody wars being fought in their name and the world in general, and this one, which shows Americans as crazed consumers, it’s no wonder the country is in the deplorable state it’s in.
Although the first video suggested that Americans feel no impact from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which explains their apathy toward those wars, it also mentions a price tag of one trillion dollars for those wars! If Americans would consider what one trillion dollars could have bought here at home, but didn’t – new factories, improved infrastructure, a solar energy “Manhattan Project” (do Americans even know what that was?) – the wars are having a clear impact on all Americans. Furthermore, the deficit spending to finance the wars is helping to destroy the domestic economy, which again, affects all Americans. And they wonder why they are losing their jobs and homes. Sigh.
Ironically, 69 years ago today was “a date which will live in infamy.” I wonder how many Americans know what happened on that date. I’ll be they know the date that some celebrity got out of rehab, though. Disgusting!
Would that Americans could speak so spiritedly and articulately as the lad in this video.