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Dear Rest of the World...

I'm sorry.

The country where I was born, where I live, and where I will die, is presently being led far, far, far away from its ideals. The current administration of the United States of America has no respect for the rule of law, international or domestic, except when, where, and if it suits the neoconservative master plan. The current administration, and its lapdogs in the US Congress, have not only disregarded our Constitution, but they have symbolically ripped it up and pissed on it.

The average American no longer cares, because he or she either
a) has swallowed, hook, line and sinker, the spin and propaganda put out by the neoconservative corporate lackeys that own our media,
b) is so busy trying to survive in the Bush disaster of an economy that they can't think of anything else,
c) is so demoralized by the obvious defection of our own government from the principles that made this country what we love that to care hurts too much, or
d) feels and fears that nothing can be done to srop the neoconservative machine and the corporations that underwrite it.

Even those of us that do care find there is little we can do in the short term to stop the madness. Our only hope is to wake enough people up to throw the bastards out at the ballot box in November. But I doubt that will be enough. Closing that door will only prove to inspire the rats to crawl through the hundreds of windows they have "opened" and holes they have gnawed since the 80's in the fabric and principles of the United States.

All I can say is I'm sorry. The dream was a good one: to provide a system and a place where the rule of law and human rights ruled supreme over the rules and whims of a few men or some single religion (or branch thereof), to provide a system of governance that generally obeyed the rule of law and the will of the majority while protecting the rights and freedoms of the minority.

Now the executive branch has made it plain that it considers itself above all that. We now have a king, and his cabinet, with Congress as a rubber stamp and show opponent. And we have the most WMDs on the planet. Iraq and Abu Ghraib are only the begining, I fear.

By all the gods, I'm sorry.

Ravan Asteris, 6/17/2004
crossposting or republication ok, with attribution

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raindrops
Jun. 17th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
And this is why we have that Second Amendment to that damn Constitution which the current administration finds so problematic as written, so declares that fiat draconian trumps the oath of office.

We are a nation of Laws, not of Men. The pendulum will correct itself, in time. Until then, life sucks for a lot of innocent people.

To them, I apologize. You'd think that a Yale educated monkeyboy would understand that you can't overlay fascism onto democracy wihout anyone noticing. Yes, fascism can follow from democracy (tyranny of the majority, dragged by the nose into obeisance), but it doesn't have to do so.
weofodthignen
Jun. 18th, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
Sadly, you can indeed overlay fascism onto democracy if you get people thinking the end justifies the means. It happened in Germany in 1932. We already have an example. It's not that people don't notice--the majority would rather be "safe," or live in "a Christian country."

M
ex_kerravon856
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
Dear Ravan...
I quite agree with you...I think that many would also agree if I said that your point "b" is perhaps at the heart of the matter,

"b) is so busy trying to survive in the Bush disaster of an economy that they can't think of anything else,"

...but I agree with *all* of your points as valid.

The reason I cite "b" as key is that, as I'm sure you know, via using Maslow's Theory of Behavior Modification, once you control someone's livelihood, by threat of losing same with mixed stimuli that are chaos and panic-inducing, you have a polulation by the short and curlies.

It's amazing how firebrands are so easily quenched, when suddenly one's job is threatened = family out on the street. And like Communist countries would do, when putting Maslow's theory into practice, once enough unstability is created, then you can have said population eating out of your hand, accepting the state religion, et al, Little Red Book, whatever, en toto.

In a country where its own citizens decrying prostitution of the Constitution are referred to by the Neoconservatives as "terrorists", isn't it interesting that such people used to be called "freedom fighters", back in 1776?

I'll bet if they'd thought of it, the British likely would have used the word "terrorist" for the founding fathers.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am not a patriot, I am a US citizen. And while this country remains under siege, my flag is considerably darker and more "bone-y", and will likely stay that way.
ravan
Jun. 18th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear Ravan...
My flag would be the Gadsden flag: "Don't Tread on Me!"
ex_kerravon856
Jun. 18th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear Ravan...
That flag has always been one of my favorites, too. And it would look excellent posted on a main mast, too. P-)
treecat
Jun. 18th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear Ravan...
treecat's attempt at drawing gadsden flag

links to a bigger one, people can save it and use it elsewhere, just don't make links to it on my account
jemyl
Jun. 19th, 2004 02:13 am (UTC)
Spreading the word in our little corner of the world
Dear Ravan,

I have posted your letter with attribution on our local forum. You may get some from there finding you here and commenting. I think most will be more positive than you might imagine.

I am still of two minds on our current administration. I think that there is so much more I need to research before I make up my mind. I have never been particularly enamoured of the Bush group, because of the way they tend to over-react at the wrong time here at home. Their domestic policies are the pits.

I have seen some things on the net concerning the agenda of al queda and the extremist muslims, long term, that make me believe that the war in Iraq had to come about. It was not done the right way, but I think it needed to be done. I will have to go back to research the rest of those references before I can comment logically on that. I do think that the administration has lied to the American Public about the whole thing and sold us way short. If we were told the truth, we might be more scared, but I think we would be better able to make good decisions.

There are just some things that we are going to have to fight for. Among them is the right to be both Christian and Pagan and Jew in this country. The extremist muslims are determined to not let that happen.

The Patriot Act is an abomination. During declared wars, we have, historically, detained citizens suspected of terrorist type activity. Rights have been suspended at those times. Nevertheless, Bush and Company have not, to my mind, justified full wartime homeland security needs to me, or anyone else. They are operating on a pretext of striking fear into everyone of the unknown terrorist lurking next door. Some of their actions make McCarthy look like a boy scout and I am old enough to remember the McCarthy era and trials. We said never again, but now are doing worse.

Anyway, I admire your stand. I am not sure I totally agree. I don't completely disagree either. I appreciate your post particularly because it will keep me investigating and thinking about what you have said.
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