Here it is, July 4, Independence Day, and what is anyone
doing about it? The standard patriotic pose is about as genuine as the
President's Day White Sale with cartoon characters of Lincoln and Washington
hawking kitchen appliances.
I hate to introduce a taboo subject, but this country really
needs a revolution. The founding document says, "Whenever any Form of
Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to
alter or to abolish it, and to institute 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."
This is the document these hypocrites like Bush pretend to
be sending us to war for. If ever there was a time for revolution, this is it.
The abuses of King George may have been worse in theory because it was
established in law that he was a king and had power over everyone. But beyond
the theory that we are now free, today's Baby Bush has launched more abuses and
atrocities against the American people than the king ever did.
In a personal letter, Jefferson went much further than he
wrote in the Declaration of Independence. ""God forbid we should ever
be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always,
well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to
the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such
misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
. . . And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let
them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and
pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of
liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and
tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Before someone drags me off as a "terrorist" for
saying so, let me say that I am serious, but revolution does not have to be
bloody like the Russian revolution, or the bloody military coup launched
against the democratic government of Chile by Nixon and Kissinger. We have
Nelson Mandela as an example now. We have Eastern Europe as an example. We have
Ghandi and Martin Luther King as examples. The American people really must
restore the republic, reestablish the rule of law and democratic government,
but it must be done by adept application of every tool and strategy in the age
of smart machines and the information revolution. Guns and bombs are
irrelevant, of no use in this struggle. It will take intelligence, and
intelligently exercised force.
It's not a struggle of guns or muscle, but a struggle of
ideas. Arthur Schopenhauer wrote, "We should see the scientific, literary
and artistic Zeitgeist declared bankrupt about every 30 years; for
during this period the errors contained in it have grown to such proportions as
to crush it by the weight of their absurdity, while the opposing view has at
the same time been strengthened by them."
We are definitely past the point when the intellectual,
legal, historical baggage and sheer inertia of the current social, economic and
political structure is beyond the point of manageability, that is for anyone
but the tiny minority that is temporarily profiting from the current crisis:
the Halliburtons, the Bechtels and all the other corporate giants who are thriving
in the current undemocratic, unsensible situation. And they too will be
overtaken by the natural forces being unleashed by the environmental
catastrophe this civilization is creating.
When you have people like Nancy Pelosi saying that
impeachment is just too much of an effort, too much trouble, against a regime
of mad criminals like this, you know we are beyond the point where the
political system makes any sense or even begins to achieve what it was set up
to achieve in regard to the well being of the people. Pelosi -- I love her.
She's smart, spunky, classy, articulate, knowledgeable. But what is she talking
about? What is she supporting? The right of the status quo to continue no
matter how destructive it is to the integrity of the constitutional republic
itself? Something is seriously wrong here and these establishment figures
really need to shake off the lethargy and look at what is happening, i.e. the
destruction of the democratic foundations of the country. This is how serious
In a minute or so, the right to having an abortion will be
overturned and the legal basis for civil rights will be reversed and nullified
by a block of corrupt thugs who have been placed on the Supreme Court by a
usurper who seized and holds power without democratic support. The Supreme
Court is now dominated by appointees of criminal presidents like Bush, Bush and
Reagan, all of whom worked actively to establish an imperial executive branch
that can conduct wars or whatever it wants in defiance of the public, the laws,
without even the knowledge of the people.
As Brent Budowsky put it, "The United States Supreme
Court is moving to reverse long-cherished American notions of constitutional
law." He refers to "a pattern of extreme actions that violate
cardinal American ideals on matters including torture, the Geneva Conventions,
attacks on the Bill of Rights, presidential assertions of authority to violate
statutes with non-binding statements, secrecy of unprecedented scope, the
inability of Congress to perform its historic function of preventing executive
abuse, and now a bitterly divided Supreme Court that threatens values long
thought to be part of our national consensus."
Our lethargic career politicians, servants of corporate
America, have stood back and let things degenerate to this point, as the Bush
administration has grabbed one handful of power after another, discarded every
law and principle of accountability, equality, justice, anything that limits
the power of them and the corporate elite they represent. Now it's up to where
these people who blatantly put Bush in power in defiance of the whole concept
of elections, are going to "legally" nullify everything the
constitution has meant in practice over the last two centuries. Are we to stand
and let that happen because procedurally they occupy their positions
legitimately, even though the criminals who placed them in power were in power
illegitimately themselves, and are clearly determined to destroy democracy in
Therein lies the rub. That is the crisis of the republic. It
is well past time to overthrow the corrupt, rotting order and reestablish a
legitimate one. It takes not guns, but determination, clarity, which is
something that Nancy Pelosi is not displaying when she commits herself to let
the Bush administration get away with whatever it does with no fear of action
taken against them. It's crazy, but it's a collective insanity. That is what
must be shaken off. There are many, many in the population who have that
clarity, few in the political and media classes. It's time they got the
Good thing, as Pete
Seeger said, there are more of us than them. And in the end, the pen is still
mightier than the sword. It really is still a battle of ideas, which is why the
raw massive power of the corporate media are such a factor. But even that power
is not holding out. As things get worse, more and more people are seeing beyond
the bull that constitutes the corporate media diet.
A quote by Willis Harman
is empowering. I can't resist bringing it forth one more time: �Throughout
history, the really fundamental changes in societies have come about not from
dictates of governments and the results of battles but through vast numbers of
people changing their minds -- sometimes only a little bit.
�Some of the changes have amounted to profound
transformations -- for instance, the transition from the Roman Empire to
Medieval Europe, or from the Middle Ages to modern times. Others have been more
specific, such as the constitution of democratic governments in England and
America, or the termination of slavery as an accepted institution. In the
latter cases, it is largely a matter of people recalling that no matter how
powerful the economic or political or even military institution, it persists
because it has legitimacy, and that legitimacy comes from the perceptions of
people. People give legitimacy and they can take it away. A challenge to legitimacy
is probably the most powerful force for change to be found in history.
�To the empowering principle that the people can withhold
legitimacy, and thus change the world, we now add another: By deliberately
changing the internal image of reality, people can change the world. Perhaps
the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in.�
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