posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 01:42 PM
The recent news of the US military spying on American citizens, on American soil is just the latest installment of a story that started when George
Bush took office in 2001. The "Patriot" Act, which did away with such niceties as habeas corpus, allowed the government to hold citizens
indefinitely without charging them with a crime, allowed the FBI to search an American's home without even NOTIFYING the citizen, etc etc, was
another part of the story. People suspected of crimes are now whisked out of the country on secret airplanes, to secret locations, where they
are tortured, and all without a charge against them. Government secrecy is at an all-time high. The percentage of government documents which are
signified as being TOP SECRET is nearly 30 times greater now than it was during the most critical parts of World War II.
Today, we are fighting a war in Iraq that the Bush Adminstration claims will bring freedom to the people of that country, while he works overtime to
deny basic freedoms to the people of our own country. Free and fair elections were held in Iraq just a few days ago, but here in America, the very
computer equipment that will be used in future elections is manufactured by a corrupt corporation with ties to powerful politicians, and the equipment
itself is shown to be easily manipulated to change the results of elections. During the term of his father, the walls, both real and figurative,
surrounding the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union were torn down. Under the leadership of the second George Bush, a new wall is being put up to
create a new totalitarian state right here in America. I guess, in the election of 2000, when the guy who got the fewer votes became president, we
should have gotten some idea of what was coming.
Americans, both Democrat and Republican, conservative or liberal, are finding themselves in the same sinking boat of freedom. While coopted media
figures, who describe themselves as "fair and balanced" while being paid to push certain opinions, create make-believe conflicts to keep the
population focused on meaningless issues like "The War on Christmas", the very soul of a nation which began as an experiment in liberty is having a
prison built around it, brick by brick.
So Merry Christmas, everyone. While you're walking through the mall with bundles of consumer goods whose only purpose is to distract you from the
death of a great nation, while you stare at a television with glassy eyes, watching arrogant fools like Bill O'Reilly making fools out of you, while
the credit cards in your pocket buy you only a future of enslavement or poverty, the most important resource of the United States, the freedom which
gives this country the opportunity to change the world for the better, but is only being used by insignificant bullies to cover for their own
shortcomings, is leaking away like air out of a balloon.
Is this the great "victory" we are told was ours in the Cold War?