Friday, January 1, 2010

There is something very wrong with this country, isn't there?


I thought we could mark this New Years Day, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being passed along by telephones, and men with guns will soon  monitoring, documenting, interpreting and logging who visits this blog.


250x250-whtBecause while intimidation and the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice in the form of torture inflicted by the hand of the government on defenseless people.  Intolerable, no inhuman, things have been done by the authority of this once great and just nation, and most disturbing of all these heinous crimes against humanity, liberty, the rule of law, and our very own Constitution have been committed in our names.  And where once we had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. Where once we had honorable men of conscience as leaders, we now have a consortium of self-interested and self-serving criminals in the employ of special interests that have bought and paid for their allegiance.

How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease, economic uncertainty, technology outpacing our moral maturity to assess the difference between right and wrong, environmental disaster, doomsday harbingers. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to a higher authority to sort it all out, our government. They promised you order, they promised you security, and all they demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

On this very soil more than 200 hundred years ago a handful great patriots wished to embed forever in our memory that when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.image

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Today I withdraw my consent, and ask that you join me.

Today I end my silence. Today I sever and dissolve all allegiance with that unconstitutional and illegitimate government, to remind this country of what it has forgotten, to remind the world that fairness, justice, liberty and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives , they are paradigms, they are principles.  While politics may be the art of compromise, when we compromise our principles, then we  abandon that which those brave few fought so hard and sacrificed so much to give humanity.