(This thread's relevance to this forum won't be immediately apparent. Bear with me, however)
I just came across a trailer for Back to the Future 4 that was shot last year. I've started watching it, and as I did so, I found myself thinking
that I hoped that if Michael J. Fox was in it, that they weren't going to push him too hard, because years ago I learned about his diagnosis with
Then something else happened, however. I started crying. Although it hasn't happened more than once or twice, over the last 20 years I've cried or
at least felt severely upset every time I've seen him in the media, because I remember how active he was in the films. I also love the strength of
the Geminian influence in him; how even as he ages, in some ways he'll never look much older than 17.
The proverbial celebrity worship behaviour doesn't normally occur with me at all, and it doesn't even with him, for the most part. I just wish that
if anybody had to have that disease, that it could have been someone else. There are things that happen at times which are very difficult for me to
emotionally tolerate, and that is one of them.
I think this really illustrates the level of grief that I'm feeling at the moment, more generally, where America as a country is concerned. I live in
Australia; but part of the reason why I couldn't stay in Nimbin, and had to come back to the Internet full time, is because of the degree of fixation
that I have with America and its' politics. I have been exposed to the pro-American cultural indoctrination as much as anyone, growing up, and a lot
of it has really become internalised; more than it should have been.
I love your country, Americans; probably a lot more than I should, especially because I haven't been there. A lot more than is healthy. I have spent
close to the last 20 years of my life, doing little else but focusing on your politics. I know virtually nothing about Australian politics at all. I
think, however, that what I really feel positive towards, is what the country was
, and not what it is now. I think that's also why the
American military get treated so badly on this forum; not just by me, but by people who actually live in the country as well.
We feel betrayed by you. Even those of us who live outside of the country do. You wanted America to be the proverbial light of the world, and as a
result of your exported culture, many of the rest of us on the planet were raised to want that as well. The problem is, that you also aren't any
more. Abu Ghraib has happened, and any number of other horrible things. Iraq in particular has been almost completely destroyed.
I don't know whether there are many of you within the country itself, who are as obsessed with your politics as I am; but if there are, then I am
begging you to take whatever steps you can, towards the restoration of the Republic. The Jeffersonian system has been almost completely legally
destroyed at this point, and there are new assaults mounted against what is left of it every day.
America wasn't meant to be the proverbial Great Satan; an instrument of psychopaths to spread death and misery all over the globe. She was meant to
be the exact opposite.
I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:
"We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny,
For future generations, this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave."
"The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep.
But tyrants labored endlessly, while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more
than a slave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave."
"You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money's spent."
"Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S."
"Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold.
You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our nation turn from God in shame,
You've taken Satan's number, as you've traded in your name."
"You've given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep the country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail."
"Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars."
"Can you regain freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children to live in fear and be a slave?"
"Sons of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our great republic and each God-given right,
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!"
As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from which he came.
His words were true, we are not free. We have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.
If he stood by your bedside, in a dream while you're asleep,
And wondered what remains of our rights he fought to keep,
What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
-- Thelen Paulk
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