Are We All Destined To Be Enslaved In A World That A Writer Of Fiction Could Have Imagined?
“We have become sheep going passively to the slaughter of a once proud brave and dignified society…Are we now on the brink of a heartless mean assed ignorant future being subjugated by the very people we abhor the most?” - Chris Bearde-
Last Night I posted These Words, and perhaps I didn’t go far enough. I think we should all be reminded at this juncture in history of a True Advocate for change, one who gave his life on the road to changing this nation; Martin Luther King Jr.. He did not write/speak from the safe anonymity of cyber space; he did not seek for others to elevate his books on Amazon.com. He was a real leader not a faux patriot of whom we have all too many, the types of folks who at Kent State would have cowering in their dorm rooms instead of facing the “Black Beady Eyes” of destiny on blanket hill.
The infection of the corporate ideological right are stronger than they have ever been because the infection has become global, by no accident no coincidence, and it about time people face that fact that words will become fashioned into swords sooner of later or we all destined to be enslaved in a world that a writer of fiction could have imagined.
Have no dignity; have we no principles worth dying for; have we no self-esteem, or are we content to be pawns in an evil game with the hope that others may suffer and that we will be spared?
You May Not Want To Hear This But: Midterm Elections Demonstrate Need for Revolution, Now Add: Bush Confessions, Pre-Meditated Middle Class Destruction…
Americans must stop being deluded and distracted by the forces of division, misdirection, dissection of issues and cries for incremental rational peaceful acceptance of a new reality that is being imposed upon us. I f we continue to do nothing, continue our feeble protests within the system this nation as we would have it exist will be lost. It is the system that has failed.
We have permitted that failure with our apathy, timidity and feigned resistance. Those would fundamentally alter the governance of this nation do not give a damn about what we say. We are well on our way to being a lesser nation, a lesser people, a subservient fear cowering mass who will become the raw, and expendable materials of those who be our masters. The Masters Of War, the Wall Street High Rollers and The Corporate Powers Eisenhower foretold and warned this nation about have immerged intact from their “all-in-gamble that has given us our 2nd “Managed Depression”.
Only this time they know enough to gain greater controls over us through enforced unemployment and homelessness. They prepared to spend what it takes to maintain power, control as puppet masters of congress. Our nation has gone politically mad and we are with whining accepting the most bizarre and absurd of human conditions being imposed upon us. If you believe it can’t happen here; you are a fool!
The Constitution is meaningless unless we require that it be honored. The laws of this land are meaningless if we permit our leaders to be exempt from them.
We know we’ve already crossed this Bush threshold but we must go back there..
This week amongst all the other increasingly disgusting ‘American in Decline” events the Bush/Leno/Tonight Show/ love fest STILL stands out as the # 1 “pewk maker”
How low can things get? Who thought this one up …it’s even beyond the right-wing “people cruelty button!”
Are the talent bookers on crack?
Could anybody tell me what on earth Leno would think a smirking little weasel of a half-man, who willingly and proudly tortured and killed thousands in the most horrendous way, should be a part of an entertainment show?
A smirking little excuse for a PRESIDENT, a liar and draft dodger who is now cashing in on his 8 years in office by selling a freakin’ book on television!
This is truly the Twilight Zone!
We are, it seems, in an extremely steep decline in the basic values of humanity.
“Bush on Leno….war criminal kills 750,000…Leno kills integrity!”
Bush on Leno …war criminal cracks jokes…Leno is a joke!!
Are we now a nation that votes our enemies into power without knowledge of who they really are?
Are we a nation that in Arizona this week saved $4,000,000 by cancelling its organ transplant program that condemns many people to early death?
Are we a nation that refuses to pay women the same rate as men? Are we a nation that to save money wants to take away our seniors financial safety valve? And on and on…and on…to gay bashing…health care smashing…Michelle Obama lashing…education slashing…
And now are we a nation that watches Jay Leno kiss the putrid ass of a war criminal who not only destroyed an entire Middle Eastern country’s infrastructure on false pretenses but destroyed the lives and hopes of millions of Americans by being a Wall Street white-collar criminal also!!
There he sat, as if he did something to deserve an accolade..and there sat Leno giving him a forum to appear lovable and harmless…and there sat an audience of Americans laughing and applauding some of whom probably lost their homes, their jobs and their hope…But there they sat like the freakin’ sheep they’ve become…. believing more media bull shit! The American people completely oblivious as to what went down and how …to this very day… they put up with such creeping dictatorial crap that simply defies description.
THEY VOTED FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DESTROY THEM. DUH!
THEY PASSIVELY STAND IN AIRPORTS WHILE THEIR BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED BY UNEDUCATED THUGS USING UNPROVEN PORNO SCAN MACHINES THAT BUSH APPOINTEE MICHAEL CHERTOFF’S COMPANY MANUFACTURES AND PROFITS FROM.
UNPROVEN MACHINES THAT OMIT RADIATION NOT BEEN PROVEN TO BE COMPLETELY SAFE! ALL IN THE NAME OF HOME LAND SECURITY.
SOMEWHERE IN A CAVE OSAMA IS SMILING AT WHAT HE HAS WROUGHT ON WHAT IS LEFT OF THE DIGNITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HE HATES SO MUCH.
***Hey they can x-ray my weenie, they can grope my balls, they can stick their fingers up my ass…at my age I have no dignity….BUT… don’t start up with my family please… My wife…my kids …my grandkids…
And about all these continued indignities…about all these encroachments on the rights this country fought for…nobody is standing up and shouting loudly …“ENOUGH ALREADY!!”
Unfortunately not even the PRESIDENT!
We have become sheep going passively to the slaughter of a once proud brave and dignified society…Are we now on the brink of a heartless mean assed ignorant future being subjugated by the very people we abhor the most?
Are we in for a future of JAY LENO appeasement …a future of JOHN BOEHNER arrogance….a future of domination by an Australian/ Saudi/ owned media future where one corporate government and one corporate media point of view rules…a future where this blogger and others like him have their nails pulled out and their passports revoked and they’re sent to the “Chuck Norris Internment Camp for Radical Hippy Socialist Freaks and Gays Who Have the Audacity to want to be Treated like Humans!”
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Underlining the following people is an act of retribution and affront. They are the direct perpetrators, agents for the state of Israel that in Dec.- Jan. 2008- 2009 attacked scores of people in the besieged Gaza. The people listed here held positions of command at the time of the attack therefore not only did they perform on behalf of a murderous state mechanism but actively encouraged other people to do the same. They bear a distinctive personal responsibility. They range from low-level field commanders to the highest echelons of the Israeli army.
All took an active and direct role in the offensive.
In underlining them we are purposefully directing attention to individuals rather than the static structures through which they operate. We are aligning people with actions. It is to these persons and others, Like them, to which we must object and bring our plaints to bear upon.
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inside public officials’ locked cabinets. This is a form of resistance that can be effectively sustained for a long while.
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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 22:10:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Art McGee
Subject: [BRC-NEWS] Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
From: Art McGee
Subject: [BRC-NEWS] Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
By Rev. Martin Luther King 4 April 1967Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City
[Please put links to this speech on your respective web sites and if possible, place the text itself there. This is the least well known of Dr. King's speeches among the masses, and it needs to be read by all]
I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.
The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.
Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation's history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.
Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, as I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: Why are you speaking about war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live.
In the light of such tragic misunderstandings, I deem it of signal importance to try to state clearly, and I trust concisely, why I believe that the path from Dexter Avenue Baptist Church -- the church in Montgomery, Alabama, where I began my pastorate -- leads clearly to this sanctuary tonight.
I come to this platform tonight to make a passionate plea to my beloved nation. This speech is not addressed to Hanoi or to the National Liberation Front. It is not addressed to China or to Russia.
Nor is it an attempt to overlook the ambiguity of the total situation and the need for a collective solution to the tragedy of Vietnam. Neither is it an attempt to make North Vietnam or the National Liberation Front paragons of virtue, nor to overlook the role they can play in a successful resolution of the problem. While they both may have justifiable reason to be suspicious of the good faith of the United States, life and history give eloquent testimony to the fact that conflicts are never resolved without trustful give and take on both sides.
Tonight, however, I wish not to speak with Hanoi and the NLF, but rather to my fellow Americans, who, with me, bear the greatest responsibility in ending a conflict that has exacted a heavy price on both continents.
The Importance of Vietnam
Since I am a preacher by trade, I suppose it is not surprising that I have seven major reasons for bringing Vietnam into the field of my moral vision. There is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I, and others, have been waging in America. A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor -- both black and white -- through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the buildup in Vietnam and I watched the program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.
So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.
Perhaps the more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.
So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would never live on the same block in Detroit. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.
My third reason moves to an even deeper level of awareness, for it grows out of my experience in the ghettoes of the North over the last three years -- especially the last three summers. As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked -- and rightly so -- what about Vietnam? They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted.
Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.
For those who ask the question, "Aren't you a civil rights leader?" and thereby mean to exclude me from the movement for peace, I have this further answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, we chose as our motto: "To save the soul of America." We were convinced that we could not limit our vision to certain rights for black people, but instead affirmed the conviction that America would never be free or saved from itself unless the descendants of its slaves were loosed completely from the shackles they still wear. In a way we were agreeing with Langston Hughes, that black bard of Harlem, who had written earlier:
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!
Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land.
As if the weight of such a commitment to the life and health of America were not enough, another burden of responsibility was placed upon me in 1964; and I cannot forget that the Nobel Prize for Peace was also a commission -- a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before for "the brotherhood of man." This is a calling that takes me beyond national allegiances, but even if it were not present I would yet have to live with the meaning of my commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ. To me the relationship of this ministry to the making of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me why I am speaking against the war.
Could it be that they do not know that the good news was meant for all men -- for Communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for black and for white, for revolutionary and conservative? Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the one who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them? What then can I say to the "Vietcong" or to Castro or to Mao as a faithful minister of this one? Can I threaten them with death or must I not share with them my life?
Finally, as I try to delineate for you and for myself the road that leads from Montgomery to this place I would have offered all that was most valid if I simply said that I must be true to my conviction that I share with all men the calling to be a son of the living God. Beyond the calling of race or nation or creed is this vocation of sonship and brotherhood, and because I believe that the Father is deeply concerned especially for his suffering and helpless and outcast children, I come tonight to speak for them.
This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation's self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.
And as I ponder the madness of Vietnam and search within myself for ways to understand and respond to compassion my mind goes constantly to the people of that peninsula. I speak now not of the soldiers of each side, not of the junta in Saigon, but simply of the people who have been living under the curse of war for almost three continuous decades now. I think of them too because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution there until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries.
They must see Americans as strange liberators. The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence in 1945 after a combined French and Japanese occupation, and before the Communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them. Instead, we decided to support France in its reconquest of her former colony.
Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not "ready" for independence, and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long. With that tragic decision we rejected a revolutionary government seeking self-determination, and a government that had been established not by China (for whom the Vietnamese have no great love) but by clearly indigenous forces that included some Communists. For the peasants this new government meant real land reform, one of the most important needs in their lives.
For nine years following 1945 we denied the people of Vietnam the right of independence. For nine years we vigorously supported the French in their abortive effort to recolonize Vietnam.
Before the end of the war we were meeting eighty percent of the French war costs. Even before the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu, they began to despair of the reckless action, but we did not. We encouraged them with our huge financial and military supplies to continue the war even after they had lost the will. Soon we would be paying almost the full costs of this tragic attempt at recolonization.
After the French were defeated it looked as if independence and land reform would come again through the Geneva agreements. But instead there came the United States, determined that Ho should not unify the temporarily divided nation, and the peasants watched again as we supported one of the most vicious modern dictators -- our chosen man, Premier Diem. The peasants watched and cringed as Diem ruthlessly routed out all opposition, supported their extortionist landlords and refused even to discuss reunification with the north. The peasants watched as all this was presided over by U.S. influence and then by increasing numbers of U.S. troops who came to help quell the insurgency that Diem's methods had aroused. When Diem was overthrown they may have been happy, but the long line of military dictatorships seemed to offer no real change -- especially in terms of their need for land and peace.
The only change came from America as we increased our troop commitments in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept and without popular support. All the while the people read our leaflets and received regular promises of peace and democracy -- and land reform. Now they languish under our bombs and consider us -- not their fellow Vietnamese --the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move or be destroyed by our bombs. So they go -- primarily women and children and the aged.
They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the hospitals, with at least twenty casualties from American firepower for one "Vietcong"-inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million of them -- mostly children. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals. They see the children, degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers.
What do the peasants think as we ally ourselves with the landlords and as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe? Where are the roots of the independent Vietnam we claim to be building? Is it among these voiceless ones?
We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops. We have cooperated in the crushing of the nation's only non-Communist revolutionary political force -- the unified Buddhist church. We have supported the enemies of the peasants of Saigon. We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men. What liberators?
Now there is little left to build on -- save bitterness. Soon the only solid physical foundations remaining will be found at our military bases and in the concrete of the concentration camps we call fortified hamlets. The peasants may well wonder if we plan to build our new Vietnam on such grounds as these? Could we blame them for such thoughts? We must speak for them and raise the questions they cannot raise. These too are our brothers.
Perhaps the more difficult but no less necessary task is to speak for those who have been designated as our enemies. What of the National Liberation Front -- that strangely anonymous group we call VC or Communists? What must they think of us in America when they realize that we permitted the repression and cruelty of Diem which helped to bring them into being as a resistance group in the south?
What do they think of our condoning the violence which led to their own taking up of arms? How can they believe in our integrity when now we speak of "aggression from the north" as if there were nothing more essential to the war? How can they trust us when now we charge them with violence after the murderous reign of Diem and charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land?
Surely we must understand their feelings even if we do not condone their actions. Surely we must see that the men we supported pressed them to their violence. Surely we must see that our own computerized plans of destruction simply dwarf their greatest acts.
How do they judge us when our officials know that their membership is less than twenty-five percent Communist and yet insist on giving them the blanket name? What must they be thinking when they know that we are aware of their control of major sections of Vietnam and yet we appear ready to allow national elections in which this highly organized political parallel government will have no part? They ask how we can speak of free elections when the Saigon press is censored and controlled by the military junta. And they are surely right to wonder what kind of new government we plan to help form without them -- the only party in real touch with the peasants.
They question our political goals and they deny the reality of a peace settlement from which they will be excluded. Their questions are frighteningly relevant. Is our nation planning to build on political myth again and then shore it up with the power of new violence?
Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.
So, too, with Hanoi. In the north, where our bombs now pummel the land, and our mines endanger the waterways, we are met by a deep but understandable mistrust. To speak for them is to explain this lack of confidence in Western words, and especially their distrust of American intentions now. In Hanoi are the men who led the nation to independence against the Japanese and the French, the men who sought membership in the French commonwealth and were betrayed by the weakness of Paris and the willfulness of the colonial armies. It was they who led a second struggle against French domination at tremendous costs, and then were persuaded to give up the land they controlled between the thirteenth and seventeenth parallel as a temporary measure at Geneva. After 1954 they watched us conspire with Diem to prevent elections which would have surely brought Ho Chi Minh to power over a united Vietnam, and they realized they had been betrayed again.
When we ask why they do not leap to negotiate, these things must be remembered. Also it must be clear that the leaders of Hanoi considered the presence of American troops in support of the Diem regime to have been the initial military breach of the Geneva agreements concerning foreign troops, and they remind us that they did not begin to send in any large number of supplies or men until American forces had moved into the tens of thousands.
Hanoi remembers how our leaders refused to tell us the truth about the earlier North Vietnamese overtures for peace, how the president claimed that none existed when they had clearly been made. Ho Chi Minh has watched as America has spoken of peace and built up its forces, and now he has surely heard of the increasing international rumors of American plans for an invasion of the north. He knows the bombing and shelling and mining we are doing are part of traditional pre-invasion strategy. Perhaps only his sense of humor and of irony can save him when he hears the most powerful nation of the world speaking of aggression as it drops thousands of bombs on a poor weak nation more than eight thousand miles away from its shores.
At this point I should make it clear that while I have tried in these last few minutes to give a voice to the voiceless on Vietnam and to understand the arguments of those who are called enemy, I am as deeply concerned about our troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved. Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy and the secure while we create hell for the poor.
This Madness Must Cease
Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.
This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words:
"Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism."
If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. It will become clear that our minimal expectation is to occupy it as an American colony and men will not refrain from thinking that our maximum hope is to goad China into a war so that we may bomb her nuclear installations. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horribly clumsy and deadly game we have decided to play.
The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people. The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways.
In order to atone for our sins and errors in Vietnam, we should take the initiative in bringing a halt to this tragic war. I would like to suggest five concrete things that our government should do immediately to begin the long and difficult process of extricating ourselves from this nightmarish conflict:
- End all bombing in North and South Vietnam.
- Declare a unilateral cease-fire in the hope that such action will create the atmosphere for negotiation.
- Take immediate steps to prevent other battlegrounds in Southeast Asia by curtailing our military buildup in Thailand and our interference in Laos.
- Realistically accept the fact that the National Liberation Front has substantial support in South Vietnam and must thereby play a role in any meaningful negotiations and in any future Vietnam government.
- Set a date that we will remove all foreign troops from Vietnam in accordance with the 1954 Geneva agreement.
Protesting The War
Meanwhile we in the churches and synagogues have a continuing task while we urge our government to disengage itself from a disgraceful commitment. We must continue to raise our voices if our nation persists in its perverse ways in Vietnam. We must be prepared to match actions with words by seeking out every creative means of protest possible.
As we counsel young men concerning military service we must clarify for them our nation's role in Vietnam and challenge them with the alternative of conscientious objection. I am pleased to say that this is the path now being chosen by more than seventy students at my own alma mater, Morehouse College, and I recommend it to all who find the American course in Vietnam a dishonorable and unjust one. Moreover I would encourage all ministers of draft age to give up their ministerial exemptions and seek status as conscientious objectors. These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.
There is something seductively tempting about stopping there and sending us all off on what in some circles has become a popular crusade against the war in Vietnam. I say we must enter the struggle, but I wish to go on now to say something even more disturbing. The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves organizing clergy- and laymen-concerned committees for the next generation.
They will be concerned about Guatemala and Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy. Such thoughts take us beyond Vietnam, but not beyond our calling as sons of the living God.
In 1957 a sensitive American official overseas said that it seemed to him that our nation was on the wrong side of a world revolution. During the past ten years we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which now has justified the presence of U.S. military "advisors" in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counter-revolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Colombia and why American napalm and green beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru.
It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken -- the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investment.
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. n the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not just."
It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.
This kind of positive revolution of values is our best defense against communism. War is not the answer.
Communism will never be defeated by the use of atomic bombs or nuclear weapons. Let us not join those who shout war and through their misguided passions urge the United States to relinquish its participation in the United Nations. These are days which demand wise restraint and calm reasonableness. We must not call everyone a Communist or an appeaser who advocates the seating of Red China in the United Nations and who recognizes that hate and hysteria are not the final answers to the problem of these turbulent days. We must not engage in a negative anti-communism, but rather in a positive thrust for democracy, realizing that our greatest defense against communism is to take offensive action in behalf of justice. We must with positive action seek to remove thosse conditions of poverty, insecurity and injustice which are the fertile soil in which the seed of communism grows and develops.
The People Are Important
These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light." We in the West must support these revolutions. It is a sad fact that, because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries.
This has driven many to feel that only Marxism has the revolutionary spirit. Therefore, communism is a judgement against our failure to make democracy real and follow through on the revolutions we initiated. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores and thereby speed the day when "every valley shall be exalted, and every moutain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain."
A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.
This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept -- so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force -- has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John:
Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says : "Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word."
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The "tide in the affairs of men" does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out deperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: "Too late." There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. "The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on..." We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.
We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world -- a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.
Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter -- but beautiful -- struggle for a new world. This is the callling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost?
The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.
As that noble bard of yesterday, James Russell Lowell, eloquently stated:
Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth and falsehood,
For the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God's new Messiah,
Off'ring each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever
Twixt that darkness and that light.
Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet 'tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong:
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above his own.
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On November 20, 2010 · 8 Comments
Webster dictionary: Fascism – a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
Government and government partnered multinational corporations are in the process of taking over every aspect our our lives. American constitutional freedoms are being taken away while most live in apathy distracted by free bread and circus’. Fascism is being implemented in the name of safety, security and prosperity. But make no mistake, if we continue in this direction the end results will be tyranny.
We call ourselves Christian patriots and dare think that we are winning against the Fascist and Marxists statists because a few more Republicans were elected to Congress? People just do not get it. Freedoms continue to be being taken away as I speak without people even being aware or seeming to care what their government is doing.
In case you have not noticed, mostly older adults and Christian educated people make up the Tea Party movement. The impact we who believe in the Constitution are having on the young people in this nation hardly registers with them at all. Thinking that we are now changing the direction of this nation is mostly a tea high.
Most of your kids have already been programed by the far Left or they will be. Those in power know that time and demographics is on their side. Some elected officials are giving lip service to the conservatives but the statist “progressive” agenda continues unabated through the entrenched bureaucracies in education, government and multi-national corporations. The so called progressives realize when the old voters that speak of the “America way” – die off , only the collectively programed will remain and there will be no opposition to their statist Big Brother for all. Or at least none opposed would dare to openly say so.
We cannot get back to constitutional government if the people are taught to be politically correct lemmings from the age of four through college in our collectivist government run schools. The Leftist indoctrination starts in preschool and it continues all the way through higher education. How can those programmed and brainwashed to be slaves to government learn to live as free men? Once all are indoctrinated by the delusional philosophies of agnostic men how is anyone going to change the system? Those that are programing everyone for world governance by the elite believe that their rule is inevitable. It is. Even Bible prophecy tells us that, but it also tells us about the disastrous result.
The next two years very likely will be the high point of the rebellion against the rise of the Marxist statists that in many ways already run our nation. If they do not take total control back in 2013 it will happen in 2017 because all those that are now addicted to bread and circus’ and those that were added from our school system and by coming here illegally from other nations will then be the majority in America and they will vote in statists.
The following fascist like abuses of power are taking place as I speak even though conservatives are apparently too busy reading tea leaves to notice and stand against them.
The 9/11 attack has done far more damage to this nation than the thousands killed and the immediate property damage. It gave government a blank check to do just about anything it pleases in the name of national security. The Department of Homeland Security was created after the attack but it is now a bloated agency of hundreds of thousands of people with a political hack as its head and it is out of control. There are now 72 federally funded Fusion Centers around our nation that collect all kinds of information on citizens that never broke any law. Who needs Big Brother when Big Sister is already here.
Homeland Security is now directing the the TSA to irradiate people at airports. They want to see all air travelers nude or if they opt out they must submit to what amounts to sex molestation if they want to travel. This kind of searching would be illegal in every state in this nation if it were not that Homeland Security was directing it. These immoral searches are a direct violation of the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. There is nothing reasonable about these searches.
If they truly wanted to make sure that we were secure they would profile and search those that are the real danger to the public. They happen to be Middle Eastern looking Muslim men. No one that looks like Grandma or your wife or child has ever blown up any airliner in the history of the world.
So why do they do it? Because liberals controlling our government bureaucrats have to be politically correct. They want all to suffer this indignity for the sake of not profiling and doing a little extra checking on a few swarthy Middle East looking men. The reason they will not profile the real danger but they have no problem abusing children and Grandmas is that they are afraid to offend many of those that wish to kill us. Yes, liberals are not rational beings and that is why they are also considering an exception for just Muslim women.
One way to keep terrorists off airplanes is to stop terrorists from coming in our country but Homeland Security seems to care little about our leaking borders where potential terrorists probably are coming in every day.
Those that fly now stand in lines like lemmings waiting to be terrorized by our own government TSA! So who is really winning the war on terrorism when winning the war means losing a free nation? Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
The Senate just passed a bill in the name of food safety that will allow the FDA to control all food production in the United States. I hear it basically gives the FDA almost unlimited power to do whatever it wants. It could put small food producers out of business. Gee, maybe that’s why 14 Republicans also voted for this bill.
So, while Republicans talk about less government, many of them keep approving more government, and more government controls over everyone. By the way, this bill has already passed the House so once they iron out the differences you can be sure that it will go to Obama and that he will sign it.
Don’t ask me for details about what is in the bill it would undoubtedly take 100 lawyers a year to figure it all out. It is much like that Health Care Law and the Banking and Finance Law that gives government control over everything in those areas of the economy. In fact, if you keep reading you will see that pretty much everything in our nation is now controlled by our government.
So, when family farms and ranches are put out of businesses in favor of the multi-national corporations, and you can only get genetically modified seed and chemicals from multi-nationals, and growers can only sell to government approved buyers in these multi-nationals, and the farmers market that you liked so much is no longer allowed to operate because it might present some food safety hazard, you should know why it happened. Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
Do you think that the global warming issue is dead because Cap-and-Trade your wealth to the third world for the phony baloney wealth transfer scam is tied up in Congress? Think again. The EPA just decreed that it will enforce the Clean Act through permits. (CO2 was recently declared by our Judiciary to be a harmful pollutant so it now falls under the Clean Air Act so the government says our government can regulate it.)
How is anyone going to build a coal plant or develop a gas or oil well when they cannot even get a permit without satisfying all the bureaucratic CO2 decrees? What do you think that will do to energy costs in this nation? (Oh, they now just call it guidance for obtaining a permit. But, what sane person is going to invest in anything that opposes the EPA guidance that has a way of becoming law before they can recover a nickle?) Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
This section is mostly old news but its here because it helps prove my fascist point.
Financial institutions too big to fail were bailed out by the State. Corporations too big to fail were bailed out by the State. Two and one half trillion dollars has or will be created by the Federal Reserve (private bankers) to buy up U.S. public debt and private debt (Fanny and Freddie).
The already passed banking bill of Senator’s Todd and Frank was designed for the next bail-out among other things. Now government will not even have to go through Congress for the next bail-out.
Obviously our Government and large banks, and large multinational corporations are all in bed together and they have near dictatorial control of the economics of this nation. The whole top of the power food chain are controlled by a few thousand people sitting on various thrones (government heads, financial institutions, corporate heads, billionaires, religious leaders, and various pimps and Queens. Heck, just read the CFR and Bilderberg membership and you will know the name of most of them. Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
The federal government is almost ready to announce a huge land grab for creation of new wildlife refuges and monuments. Some of it will be on the Mexican border and it will be controlled by the Interior Department. The Interior department has a history of making it difficult, if not impossible, for the U.S. Border Patrol to do their job to protect our borders.
Much more of this protected land will be where there is abundant oil shale and that means there will be no drilling for oil. Some ranchers using this land will be put out of business. The Federal government now owns about 1/3rd of the land in America and is looking for more land to control through this land grab and the Endangered Species Act and the Wetlands Act. Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
The Senate just voted to give federal government the power to pull any website by the request of the Attorney General. All he will need is a order from one of his handpicked judges. If he get that any domain name can be pulled off the Internet without any legal recourse. This dictatorial power was given to stop those stealing the material of others on the Internet. But, there are already laws in place to deal with that and people can always sue. There is something called due process of law, where you are innocent until proven guilty. But, not anymore on the Internet. One Attorney General and one Judge can determine the fate of any website.
I suppose like most things this censorship will be applied at first as it was intended but who is to say that it will not be politicized and that soon you will see anti-administration and non-politically correct websites disappearing from the Internet? This law would be bad enough if the Attorney General were not a political hack, but he is. Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
Only government approved political correctness is allowed in the government, in the military and in multi-national corporations. The issue is not if your agree with my points of view, the issue is my right to have them. Dare anyone say that Islam is evil and you may lose your occupation. Dare anyone support Israel and it is likely that you will be mocked. Dare anyone oppose the homosexual agenda and you will lose your job and be labeled a homophobe. Dare anyone say that Iran’s or N. Korea’s nuclear capabilities should be neutralized and they are likely to labeled as far Right war mongers. Dare anyone put up or wear a religious symbol and you will be told to remove it. Dare anyone say that Jesus is Lord or pray in his name and it is likely that you will be admonished by your boss. Dare anyone say that Jesus is coming again soon, and you will be called a dangerous religious nut job that should get mental help or find another job. Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
Let’s not just think these fascists are limited to federal government and multi-national corporations either. Some states and local government are already police states through their various “protective” agencies and law enforcement. There are too many horror stories out there to be listing specifics. I am sure you already know some because they happen every day. Here is but one example: When local DWI task forces sets up roadblocks that are said to be set up and funded to arrest drunk drivers but over 95 percent of the arrests and citations are for other infractions such as seat belts and insurance, tell me that the real purpose is not a catch-all fishing trip to fund their next roadblock? And no wonder, that is how some local police officers get their overtime pay. So of course police officers support these obvious constitutional infringements. Think I am exaggerating the numbers? Those percentages are borne out in my local paper almost every week and it usually is more like 99 percent. Anyone in America seeing the rising fascism yet?
So let’s not be naive. Just because a few more Republicans were elected to office does not mean that we will return to constitutional government. The facts are that all trends still say otherwise. If we are going to return to constitutional government it will take a real cultural revolution that will change the whole system back to moral absolutes that protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It must start by stopping the indoctrination of our Children by Marxist amoral social engineers.
Having a tea party is hardly a fitting description for what is necessary to stop the rising fascism in America. People better start taking this cultural revolution very seriously, it should be as serious as a cold civil war. And if people do not see that real soon it will either become a hot civil war or world fascism will replace democratic republics all over the world. If this cultural revolution does not first start in our churches and with our religious leaders, than you might as well stick a fork in America, because we are done as a free nation.
Stupid Americans have put their future in the hands of liberal elitists who intend to destroy our way of life (1)
Onward de-sissified Christians soldiers marching off to war singing Hey Hey, Ho Ho, the far left radicals have to go. (12)