reply to post by Hefficide
Excellent post, thank you! What I find particularly admirable is that you could write a post of this length & maintain your focus, not letting it turn
into a rant.
My memories go back a little further: I remember sitting in front of the family tv, watching what seemed to be endless documentaries about the fall of
Nazi Germany in the aftermath of WWII. Born just 3 years after the end of that conflagration, I was still so young that I can remember not quite
understanding at first that those emaciated bodies being bulldozed into the mass graves used to be people. I can still remember the shock & horror
when I finally made the connection.
Occasionally, a documentary would feature quick clips of the executions of some of those convicted of war crimes at Neuremburg. This may have given my
parents some satisfaction, but it didn't do much for my outlook on the whole thing. I'm not sure the Axis countries qualify as a "manufactured"
enemy, but your post got me reminiscing (if you can call it that) about my first memories of my introduction to the concept of "The Enemy".
All that soon paled in comparison with the threat posed by our new enemy, the former Soviet Union, who had nuclear missiles that could reach our
country if launched. As I was living in New York City, it was a given that mine would be one of the first targets of choice. Reach our country my
foot, they could drop one right on my head!
Having seen the filmed effects of atomic bomb tests, I spent some nights, while trying to fall asleep, thinking about whether or not thermonuclear
annihilation would hurt before I was vaporized. All these years later, I usually sleep easily & soundly,thank you, but in those early days, sleep
sometimes came slowly indeed.
And no, I never believed, either, that my school desk would protect me from the instant shock wave & inferno, even if I put the tilt-up seat down over
my huddled self as instructed.
Anyway, I agree that having a Boogieman keeps us more malleable & feeling we need our Big Daddy Government to take care of us & protect us, or at
least they hope it'll end up that way. For me, the true evil here is that the Boogieman du jour is also held up as a common enemy in the hope that
TPTB can keep us pulling together, united against that common enemy while still divided as a people, & business can continue as usual.
In this way, we're being held back from growing to the point at which we will realize the need to communicate, to work out our differences, & to come
up with an agreeable idea on where we want to take this "noble experiment" called America.
You know, I hope those who come to ATS looking for "the conspiracy site Loughner belonged to" will encounter this post first. You not only spoke
your own piece admirably, but also did a good job of representing what I see as the best side of ATS.