|January 19, 2005|
Our Nation Has Become an Obscene Parody of Itself under Bush
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
But I have to say that I just can't muster up anymore fear. Might say I am all-feared-out. What's there to fear when every single one of one's worst nightmares have come to pass in my country, even though it has never been the Shining City on a Hill that old Dr. Feelgood Reagan tried to paint a few centuries ago (just ask some of my ancestors, the Cherokee). Come to think of it, it was another well-known, my-way-or-the-highway sort of blowhard, strutting, scumbag, who committed that atrocity, now known as the Trail of Tears -- Andrew Stonewall Jackson, against the order of the Supreme Court, as I recall. No need going through the litany of horrors which have been committed by that city on a hill, darker than we would like to believe.
This week as the 40-50 million dollar Coronation of Mad King George unfolds, in and of itself a monument to obscene wealth and privilege, we find ourselves bogged down in a never-ending struggle with Resistance Fighters in Iraq that any Private in the Army can tell you we cannot win; social security is about to be gutted right before the baby boomers retire; and health care has tuned into a cruel joke in this country, where drug companies spend more on advertising that on R&D and your local pharmacist can tell which drug reps have been in the neighborhood because they are all filling prescriptions for the same super expensive drug when there are older, equally effective ones, and probably safer, truth be told, that could have been prescribed. Bush rewards them for this behavior. Healthcare is now a full blown racket.
As if all that weren't
enough, Bush's favorite project of making all the children of the nation
as stupid as he is, is succeeding, I understand
from teacher friends. Kids are not learning critical thinking, and
that is one talent they are going to need badly in the world they will
inherit, if they do, indeed, inherit one at all. It is for damn sure
that most of their parents are not shining role models when it comes
to any kind of thinking, let alone critical thinking.
It also makes everyone of us who voted for the Senators who voted for Gonzales, and all of us who pay taxes to pay their salaries conspirators after the fact, in war crimes. In paying these people we are enabling atrocities to be committed in our names and with our resources. This, in my mind, makes us all culpable.
Being a survivor of the Vietnam era, I knew where this was all headed when, as Andy Card said, the Bush administration in Sept 2002, rolled out its brand new product, better known as Bush's Iraq Quagmire. It was then that I had to make my decision. I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and that is not with this government and what has become, as I expected, its criminal policies. I became a war tax resister. Since then there have been more and more reasons for my action.
These people, our employees, have lied about 9/11. They have lied about Iraq. They are now lying about Social Security. Most of their lies have been in an effort to scare Americans and make them feel vulnerable, others have been to attempt to cover-up their mistakes and intentional behavior that would be even more shocking than Abu Ghraib to most Americans.
It is now time for massive Civil Disobediance, on a scale not seen in this country since the Revolution and the ousting of that other King George. Tax Resistance is a very good place to start. Look carefully at the Budget and you will understand why.
It isn't only the criminal and unjust war, there is also the funding, with tax payer money, of the Moonies abstinance program for schools. Now we can argue 'til the cows come home about whether or not teaching abstinance only is a good idea (I think it is a non-reality based idea, but that's just me), but do we really want our tax dollars going to have the moonies infiltrate our schools? Were it not for the Bushs' support, Sun Yung Fool, the self-proclaimed new messiah, would probably be in prison today. I don't want my tax money going for any kind of religious indoctrination, much less that of the Moonies. This is only one example where our tax dollars are being used to dimantle the Constitution. There are others, even worse, but I am sure that you can come up with plenty on your own.
Civil Disobediance should, in my mind, never be a first choice, under most administrations and Congresses, but this administration has shown time and time again that it does not wish to hear from people who do not share its view. As a matter of fact, it has shown nothing but contempt for the opposition. Congress has shown time and time again that it is unwilling or unable to confront, in any meaningful way, and hold this administration accountable for its many astoundingly disastrous policies and criminal behavior on the world stage. We have spent the last two years marching, demonstrating, raising money, working ourselves into a coma on the election, blogging our fingers off, etc, etc, and if anything, we are worse off than we were. We might as well have spent the last year in Amsterdam, high as a kite, for all the good it has done.
These people only understand violence and money. I am not into
violence, though I will damn sure defend myself and mine, so I say
money away. Do you you really want to pay for top class healthcare
for these people in Washington who cannot figure a way to make even
minimal healthcare available to all Americans? I don't. The
very idea of it makes me furious, but I cannot afford to have a stroke,
I would lose everything, which ain't much to begin with.
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