Sunday, March 26, 2006

A letter to the future

Dear Future,

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I decided I have to write this. I owe it to you. I owe you a big apology.

To my grandchildren, yes, you were cute and showed so much promise. I'm sorry I didn't protect you from the people who pumped all that poison into the air. I'm sorry you had to suffer so much before you died, unable to breathe because of the asthma. I wish I could say, "Had I only known, I would have stopped them," but I promised myself I would tell the truth in this letter. So here it is: I did know. We all knew. I was just too afraid to do anything. Too afraid to even say anything, lest my friends think I was some kind of radical freak.

You can understand why being thought well of by my peers was so important, can't you?

To my great-grandchildren, what few of you didn't end up dead of obesity before fifty because of all the horrible food we pumped into you since you were too young to talk, I'm sorry. Honestly, I have trouble really caring too much about you. Its not like I'll ever meet you, and even when I do you'll just be a baby, so you honestly don't matter that much to me. Thats why I supported all those tax cuts. Sure, I knew the money was actually a loan, and I know loans come due, but I really wanted to feel like I would be able to keep as much money as possible once I reached the upper income brackets. Sure, I never did, but what if I had? I hope you can accept that I had more empathy for the living rich people I wanted to be than I had for the unborn poor people I was handing the world over to.

And to the generation who will have to fight and die and spill an ocean of blood to win back their rights goes my biggest apology of all. I'm sorry I didn't make the small sacrifices now to stop the beast when it was young and weak. I'm sorry I didn't rise up, rally my fellows, and take back control of my government. I know that it was my duty as a citizen to oversee the government, but I just couldn't be bothered to change things. I didn't think they'd really pass the neosedition laws. I didn't think they'd really use their new powers against their political enemies. I didn't think letting them interpret the constitution to mean they didn't have to follow it was a very big deal. I didn't think they'd come for me.

Sometimes I made mistakes. Sometimes I simply chose the easy road. In the end, I traded your future for my present, your blood, sweat, and tears for my greed.

I don't expect you to forgive me. I don't deserve forgiveness.

All I hope is that you can learn from my mistakes. When the time comes that tyrants raise their head in your era, do not give them a single inch to hang you with. When the beast rears its head, chop it off without a moment of hesitation. When you are faced with a choice between an illusion of security and the hard road of liberty, don't choose the way I did.

Don't make my mistakes. I failed. And I'm sorry.


Friday, March 10, 2006

A Thought on "Action"

Sign this petition. Be a citizen co-sponsor! Write your congressman and demand action! Call your senators today!

Bread and circuses.

We're being had, folks. Its a smokescreen designed to make us feel like we're doing something, while at the same time effectively getting us to neutralize ourselves.

They don't have to put us in camps. We've neutered ourselves. We blindly spout about "non-violent" protest and how the truth is going to set everyone free and how if we could just educate the voters, things will be fine.

Meanwhile, they've got people in congress holding meetings where lobbyists literally line up to loot the country. Blackbeard would be in awe of the audacity of these people, to pirate away everything of value in the plain sight of everyone.

We're not fighting back. We're participating in the illusion that we're fighting back to make ourselves feel better. Like so many things in our culture, you strip away the surface and find out that what you thought was true was a comfortable lie.

Well, its time we wake up to the truth. While we've been signing electronic petitions and getting our asses kicked at "non violent" protests by the police, those who would strip our freedoms, steal our wealth, and make women into property have been advancing their agenda ruthlessly and without respite.

You have to decide, right now, how far you are willing to go. If all you're willing to do is what you've already been doing, if you would rather live the comfortable lie, then go for it. But you'll always know that as you stood by, the last vestige of freedom slipped through your fingers.

As for me, my line is firmly drawn across election day this november. When they steal the next election, we will indeed live in interesting times.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Do Americans Want to be Free?

As incomprehensible as it may seem to those of us who understand the stakes involved, we must consider the possibility that Americans simply do not want to be free. They've glanced over the whole freedom issue and decided that it simply isn't worth their time.

If this is the case, if Americans know that their freedom has been taken away by a Dictator-President and simply don't care, then no revolution, be it a peaceful revolution within the system or a violent uprising, will ever succeed in accomplishing anything except trading one dictator for another.

Even if every member of congress, the entire supreme court, and the executive and his administration were removed from office this very minute, if the people do not care about not having rights they'll simply elect more of the same. Like a man trying to solve his cockroach problem by stomping them with a shoe, we would find that for every congressperson we removed, two more people would be waiting to take their place.

If this is the case, a national scale revolution would be pointless. Provoking a police state crackdown (the only plausible method for success at this time) would do nothing but leave people even more oppressed than they are now. If these people are really this apathetic, or terrified of external threats, they will welcome the boot as it is planted firmly on their neck.

Should this turn out to be true, the only viable solution is to try and gather those who wish to remain free and form a majority in a sparsely populated state, perhaps North Dakota. Such proposals have been made before, perhaps it is time for those who wish to live free in a fair and just society under a rule of law, not a rule of lawmakers, to develop one of their own.