"To the Prettiest One"
Time for the Golden Apple Corps to roll [Law Enforcement Officers please note that the baseball grenade spray-painted gold and marked with the Greek word Kallisti (my own tribute to the Golden Apple of Eris) is inert: all my weapons are perfectly legal civilian arms, and I don't intend to use them unless people start shooting at me]. I've said before in posts concerning the nature of violence that one of the main factors determining the dynamic that violence takes and who's involved is IDENTITY. I.E., premeditated violence (especially war) usually results from an "Us versus Them" mentality.
The problem with our country currently engaging in violence against other countries, especially in a new war (when we're not finished the previous conflicts yet), is that this is precisely a time when the United States is in the grip of a huge identity crisis. Our Elites and "leaders" (I use this term EXTREMELY loosely for our current batch of high officials) don't trust their underlings, or the press which manages their public relations. These are precisely the targets of the NSA's now-renamed-but-still-active FIRSTFRUITS domestic wiretapping program. Essentially, the only reason General Hayden and some other bigwigs don't have their feet to the irons in the Star Chamber at the moment is because they conduced this surveillance under the auspices of a "Training Program" (ever see "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith? Same justification) - thus they never had to keep records of whom they were tapping and why. With such documents, the Bushies would be damned when it comes Impeachment time: at least some of the targets of the surveillance were EXTREMELY likely to be key members of Congress and Administration posts: the very people who would try the President and his crew and push them off the plank. It's hard to get sympathy from someone whom you've shown your deep distrust of by spying on them.
It seems that there's an Us and a Them even within our own country. I'll be blunt: there's the Us that includes everyone who believes America should be a nation of laws and that these laws should be just and provide equal protection to every American. We believe that officials (both government and corporate) should be held accountable for malfeasance and that we must demand results based on facts, the keys to progress, to building a better world. Imagine a world where we can have faith in our nation of laws, with the hope one day that this bright example of ethical behavior and mutual respect would be a beacon and a blueprint to the rest of the world (wasn't this what the American Dream was supposed to be all about???). I call us "We the People".
Then there's the "Them" that thinks that their special class should run the government for their own benefit and use it to hide their crimes behind an official curtain, usually "National Security". Some of the darkest crimes of our century have been attributed to these official criminals: we're talking huge amounts of cocaine and heroin trafficked
(the profits supporting death squads in Latin America and drive-bys in Urban America), weapons sent to war zones in exchange for blood diamonds and the dubious promises of warlords and dictators, international trade of sex slaves
, occult murder
and political assassination
. But while they control the puppet show, they decide which dolls sit on a pedestal and which get put in a cage. They think that as long as they can manipulate the people who have come to power and place their true puppets in the highest seats in the land, that they can never be deposed from their comfortable seats, and that We the People will slave away to their benefit forever under the burden of impossible debts, increasing taxes, and illegal official actions... without complaint. Let's call them "They the Scumbags".
That last bit is the kicker: without complaint. We the People have a long tradition and history of protest: from the Whiskey Rebellion to the Million Man March, the Boston Tea Party and the WTO protests in downtown DC. However, this tradition is being put on the chopping block: the new laws state that you cannot protest where the people you're protesting actually are - instead, you must be several blocks away (out of sight, out of mind), and if you're a protester that leaves the protest area, you can be arrested.
Hate to say it, but our First Amendment, the MOST IMPORTANT AMENDMENT TO THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, has been trashed. Gone, finit, done. Not only has our right to free speech been nipped, our press has been muzzled, and most importantly, we're no longer allowed to petition for redressance of our grievances against those who have wronged us... at least, we're not allowed to do so LEGALLY.
Here's the point: we're being told from the Top Down that "We're allowed to act illegally in a blatant fashion, even admitting it on TV, but you must obey the law and not question our misconduct". Meanwhile, we've been told that if we've got a problem, we can always carry a sign and chant... but not anywhere near the people who need to realize that there are a several hundred thousand to a few million people that want them to pay attention and stop whatever bastardry they're perpetrating at the moment. So the only effective protest tactics we've been left with are now illegal. So... they're breaking the law, thumbing their noses at us and expecting the cops and military to fall to their side and stick it to us while letting their dirty backroom games continue... all the while daring us to do something about it and presumably sink to their level.
Perhaps, but that's only if the cops and military personnel have all lined up and sold their souls... which I'm pretty certain hasn't happened en masse yet because those cops and soldiers are paid less than most mid-level white collar employees, and they STILL don't get the respect they deserve. I'm of the opinion that most career cops and military personnel do what they do because of a deep sense of honor and responsibility to their countrymen. They put themselves in harm's way for shitty pay in all sorts of weather and hours because they love our country... and hopefully their neighbors. I think that the cops and the military who HAVEN'T sold their souls (there are probably more than a few at the upper echelons) are probably more disgusted than even I am at the blatant corruption and brinksmanship radiating from They the Scumbags. Really the only thing keeping things together at this point is the terror that if we break ranks and refuse to cooperate with illegal policies, that there'll be an insurrection on American soil between loyalist and rebel factions, and untold misery will result.
Well, I hate to say it, but that's inevitable if the rule of law breaks down. If we can't trust our government to obey the rules it lays down, then we need a new government. Preferably this will be achieved without bloodshed, but if the political and media channels are thoroughly tied up, the intelligence channels are set to block anything working through the system, and even the traditional "people power" of protest can't budge this shitheap... well, there's always the Amendment that backs the First Amendment (and I believe all the others): the Second."A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
Let's break this down here. Everyone remembers the end part: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed": this has been the rallying call for the NRA for over a century. However, more important than the fact that we're allowed to own weapons is the first two parts of this most important of Amendments.
"A well regulated militia"... hmmm, seems that the Founding Fathers thought that it'd be a good idea to sit down with your fighting-age neighbors and get to know each other, to establish a local network for common defense and communication. Might not be the worst idea today. "Well regulated" implies that there would be a command structure, discipline, regular communications between members (perhaps meetings) and established signals to ensure rapid deployment at need. The second part, "...being necessary to the security of a FREE STATE" (emphasis mine), seems to imply that the Founding Fathers thought that these militias would be a bulwark of security, not just against external attack, but also against internal corruption: it's a scary proposal to rip off people that are both well-organized and well armed. We often hear that "Sunlight is the best disinfectant", referring to the fact that corruption and dirty deals can't stand public scrutiny. When subjected to the inquiry of a group of ordinary folks, most bullshit is usually pretty easy to detect: you can't fool all the people all of the time. When a group of ordinary folks is led by people of extraordinary morals, unity of action is quite possible, even spontaneous. And unified popular action is precisely what They the Scumbags fear most... because they CAN'T GET IT TO HAPPEN FOR THEM, BECAUSE THEY WORK FROM FEAR RATHER THAN TRUST.
When your leaders don't trust you, when they demand that their security apparatus investigate your representatives and media officials to ensure they're toeing the official line and repeating the proper lies, when they blatantly lie and break the law to ensure their continued domination of the political sphere, when they cut off all means of legitimate protest against their regime... this is PRECISELY the point where conscientious military and/or federal criminal investigators should throw down the gauntlet, where the Congress should protest loudly in the people's stead, and where our media persons should be publishing the high crimes where all can see them: when you're covered in leeches the last thing you worry about is modesty. The end result should be the triumph of law and justice done... or the destruction of Law's meaning and the blatant exposure of tyranny, that we may know our enemy face to face.
Well, I'm here to cheerfully report that we've always had an answer to Open Tyranny in the Second Amendment. It's pretty fucking hard to ignore a bullet. I'm all for letting the Constitutional process work: I'd far rather see a responsible Washington DC than a burned one: Thomas Jefferson
himself said "delay is preferable to error": in this regard, most especially. However, there was another thing he said that makes a lot of sense today:
"What country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & 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 & tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Consider yourselves warned, Scumbags. If you step down peaceably, we'll see you get all the rights and legal protections you deny your enemies while we duly process you. If you rip our nation apart, and insist that we are ruled by secretive, falliable (and deceitful) men and not by public Law, the blood of the Tyrants WILL join that of the Patriots on American soil. It's happened here before, and by God, it'll happen again at their insistence. The American People aren't asleep: we're just waiting. Waiting for the echo of the Shot Heard Round the World... and once the writing's on the wall, we'll fall in; first in a trickle, then in a flood, from the tributaries of the communities, from the rivers of our own government. Ask anybody from New Orleans: nothing stops a flood... except high ground, and if the Levee of Law is breached, then They the Scumbags will reap what they've sown. This Flood of Liberty will wash away those who do not stand on moral high ground, will bring down the false high grounds that have been eroded by years of corruption. The silt left behind after the Flood will be fertile ground for re-growing America, as long as we remember the lessons of our new Rebellion and those of the first: NEVER be complacent about tyrants. Their carcasses make the best fertilizer for Liberty, and their penitent make good examples. Give it up, Georgie and Company: if you want to walk away from this one with a few chips, fold while you've got the chance. The American People are calling your bluff.
I leave you with another quote from Jefferson, this time from the times of the Alien and Sedition Acts, a very dark episode for Liberty in our county's eary history:
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."Wayne Madsen Report
has a letter from former US Army Counter-Intelligence Special Agent Dave Debatto:
"Folks, cliché or not, what we are witnessing here with this blatant shredding of one the most important of our constitutional guarantees, is the beginning of the end of the republic. Make no mistake about it. When a sitting administration, through it’s highest officials, willfully, knowingly and arrogantly violates the laws of the land as well as the sacred trust it has with the American public, then the end of the government as we know it is right around the corner."