Friday, December 31, 2004
Change Since 911?
There is a common thread running through recent American history that US citizens should clearly see by now. Anyone who cannot or will not see it is woefully in the dark. These people cannot call themselves good informed citizens even though they will be the main flag-wavers when the government blows the wave-a-flag-be-a-good-patriot whistle. The common thread I'm referring to is government coverups. If people were more aware of this thread it would be much more difficult for the government to sweep the truth under the rug and get away with abuses. As it is, each new major abuse, such as 911 or Waco, is treated on its own merits and not seen through the light of this thread. Obviously if a government can get away with covering up its own abuses it will go on committing them.
A sound democracy must continually be on trial. It must be accountable to its constituents or by theory it is NOT a democracy. The "Trust Our President" mentality is for blind sheep who aren't even aware they are being led to slaughter. Blind trust only invites the abuse of that trust. There is really no excuse at this point for most Americans not to see that their trust has been abused over and over again. Many Americans live in denial that their government can do anything wrong, but history has shown many times over that a population that blindly follows its government only heads down the road to ruin. If you blindly follow and believe, then you are no better than the Nazi hordes that came close to destroying the world. If you do not demand the truth from your government, then you are leaving America open to abuse! This government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, not for powerful interests that steer it to their advantage.
Nothing has really changed since 911- the government still violates civil rights, still attacks other nations on trumped-up criteria, still meddles in other nation's affairs, still allows Israel to rampage through its neighbor's territories without sanction, still supports national leaders that act as their puppets while repressing their own people, still turns its head to corporate white collar crime and still covers up its own abuses to the American people. Only the intensity of all these things has changed, not the substance.