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Dolly, Google And Original Sin

dollyRemember Dolly?  I do.  I was twenty years old in July of 1996.  Back then, I spent most of my free time smoking marijuana, hiking and recording music in my tiny bedroom studio.  You might say I was on a spiritual quest of sorts (think: Frodo).  So it must have been one evening, feeling more than a little frustrated with the progress I was making on a particular song, when the announcement came across the television that researchers in Scotland had successfully cloned a sheep, named Dolly.  I remember grabbing the first thing I could find and tearing it up- it was my mattress.  Needless to say, I was against cloning.

Ever since, I’ve been trying to understand why I reacted so strongly to the news. My wife jokes with me now, “Don’t go tearing up our mattress” when I get enraged over some bit of disturbing news, and there is a lot of that out there.  Yet, I’ve never quite matched that peak of intensity.  I haven’t become desensitized, just more tempered.  If not, this blog would be full of insane ranting, and there is a lot of that out there, too.  It wasn’t so much a reaction to Dolly herself, I’m sure she was a very pleasant sheep, completely oblivious of her artificial conception, it was the realization that if they could now clone sheep, soon they would move to clone human beings.  In fact, since Dolly, scientists have been successful at cloning other mammals, like horses and bulls and it is fairly routine now for scientists to experiment with chimeras, or creatures made up of elements from more than one species.  For example, mice with human brain cells or pigs with human blood, all in the name of advancing science and medicine.  Surely somewhere, somebody, in a top-secret lab, is experimenting with human cloning right now.  Human curiosity, especially under the manipulation of unscrupulous benefactors, frequently outstrips our sense of morals, with unforeseen, sometimes grave consequences.

There seemed to be a buzzing in the air
The barnyard creatures settled off to bed
All at once they heard the sound
Soft vibration filled the ground
Now it came as they were sleeping

Now the magic science knife
Is cutting up the molecules of gold
Now the magic scientists
Patching up the fabric of the soul
A slip of the coil

From “Clone” by The Meat Puppets [2009]

The line, “a slip of the coil” from the Meat Puppets’ song “Clone” might be referring to the double-helix structure of DNA, with the “slip” forcasting a mistake.  Knowing the Meat Puppets, it could also mean nothing at all.  But the message seems clear enough; science is continually unveiling a universe so complex in its simplicity that we would be foolish to assume we understand any of it, much less seek to control it.

I can’t help but be reminded of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  We all know it.  Is this not like eating from the forbidden tree?  In the book of Genesis, Satan appears to Eve and lies:

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

[Genesis 3:4-5]

In the Qur’an, the story of Adam and Eve is similar, except that Satan claims Adam and Eve would become like the angels or immortal by eating from the tree which God forbade:

Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.”

[Al-‘A`raf 7:20]

It is understood that “bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them” means their reproductive parts were revealed to them.  In fact, some versions of the Qur’an translate the Arabic as such.  Might we speculate that becoming aware of their private parts, while causing them to feel shy for the first time, also made them aware of their mortality?  Angels are immortal spirit beings whom God created prior to creating human beings.  They do not possess reproductive parts because they do not need them.  I’m not a religious scholar, but perhaps the shame came not from modesty about their nakedness, or guilt from their disobedience to God, but from knowledge of their inferiority to the angels and Satan (who is not a fallen angel in Islam, but another being called a jinn, made from fire).  In the Islamic account of creation, Satan would not bow down to mankind, whom he considered lesser beings, made of clay, more akin to the animals and susceptible to instinctual drives.  He was jealous of Adam and Eve and vowed to lead them astray.  Part of Satan’s strategy was to make humans feel lowly and then manipulate them though their desires.  Yes, first he damaged their self-esteem, then through careful persuasion along the way, caused them to choose bad relationships and ruin their lives- sound familiar?

In both religious texts, it is recorded that Adam and Eve became ashamed of their nakedness- of their humanness- by listening to Satan and responded to their new awareness by covering themselves.  So, while Islam places no more blame on Eve than Adam and there is no concept of original sin from which a redeemer is needed to free us, it is clear that in Abrahamic thought, evil has its origin in Satan’s defiance of God and his mission to disgrace God’s favorite creation- us.  The creation story is an allegory of the human condition.  Our very existence, at times, seems like an experiment dreamt up in heaven.  Our moral struggles are reflective of a greater struggle going on in the spirit world.  Regardless of your religious tradition, there is a mystical truth concealed here that binds all of humanity together.

It is also taught that Satan is a deceiver.  Christians say that Satan disguises himself as an “angel of light.”  To shed light is to illuminate, to give knowledge.  And who has made “Don’t be evil” their motto?  Google of course; the same company that seeks to create artificial intelligence that will “be like the mind of God”; the same company that recently appointed Ray Kurzweil, the renowned trans-humanist, as their director of engineering.   As a proponent of trans-humanism, Kurzweil believes that we can transcend our own humanity by controlling the aging process:

“We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever. Existing knowledge can be aggressively applied to dramatically slow down aging processes so we can still be in vital health when the more radical life extending therapies from biotechnology and nanotechnology become available.”

– Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near

The September 30, 2013 issue of Time Magazine featured the cover story: Can Google Solve Death?  In it, the article discusses Calico, Google’s new venture into life-extension technology.  Trans-humanists believe human beings can, through the aid of technology, control our own evolution.  They envision a time where human beings merge with technology, becoming post-human, essentially a new species.  If that doesn’t disturb you, then perhaps the announcement that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics will. Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics firm which sprouted from MIT in the early nineties.  It is the eighth robotics company Google has snatched up in recent months.  With funding from the Defense Advanced  Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Boston Dynamics has developed some of the most advanced robots and AI software in the world, much of it for military use.  For example, BigDog is a quadrupedal robot meant to accompany soldiers in battle.  It is capable of carrying up to 340 lbs. of gear while traveling at 4 mph.  Atlas is a six-foot-tall humanoid robot designed to cover rough terrain and assist in search-and-rescue operations.  Google’s emerging robotics division is being overseen by Andy Rubin, the executive responsible for the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.  Regarding Google’s acquisition of his company, Boston Dynamics founder Dr. Marc Raibert said in a recent New York Times article, “I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big… with the resources to make it happen.”  The internet giant has been suspiciously quiet about what it has in the works, however.

I think I’m on the brink of another “Dolly” moment.  Trans-humanists and proponents of a world increasingly reliant on technology might refer to me as a Neo-Luddite, because of my resistance to these sorts of “advancements”.  Well, sticks and stones.  I’m not against scientific reasoning or human advancement, but with each scientific endeavor, should we not be carefully analyzing our motives, especially considering prior advances in technology which almost always result in more inequality and de-humanization?  Always under the guise of helping people or making life more convenient, technology masquerades as a savior, but really only increases the scope and influence of the power-elite.

I am convinced the true power of human consciousness lies dormant, forgotten.  Only a few enlightened ones throughout history have glimpsed the possibilities of the human mind and have understood our role in the universe.  Technology will never solve the problem of death, because it is not a problem to be solved.  Technology will never succeed at traveling through space or time or contacting alien intelligences, because, these are not puzzles technology can piece together.  I believe we will not advance through better and faster microchips, but through complete freedom from material limitations.  But I’m just One American, what do I know?

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Who Are “They”?

manBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

[1 Peter 5:8]

You may notice I use the pronoun “they” frequently.  Perhaps that’s sloppy journalism.  No problem.  According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, I’m not a real journalist anyways, because I didn’t go to school to earn a degree in Journalism and I’m not employed by a mainstream media corporation.  By this twisted logic, she argues that I’m not protected by the “freedom of the press” clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  No problem.  I’m still protected by the “freedom of speech” clause.  Of course this is just one more attempt to weaken the Bill of Rights and further suppress dissenting voices, this time by attacking bloggers and independent media.  Regardless, I do possess a sense of journalistic integrity and I feel obligated to provide as much for my readers.  So who are “they”?  Is Dianne Feinstein among their ranks?

What is a good definition of “they”?  If you happen to listen to Alex Jones, you’ll hear him refer to “globalists” a lot, which is less vague, but I tend to avoid that term. The globalists Alex Jones exposes are not the kum-ba-ya, one-love, utopian types, they’re more like the psychopathic, evil, world-domination types.  When I think of globalists, I think of hippies.  But clearly, “they” are not hippies, or ex-hippies even, although many masquerade as Liberals.  Maybe globalism doesn’t sound threatening enough.

Up until recently I viewed the idea of world government as a necessary and positive progression of civilization; moving away from Nationalism toward a more global, human community.  Once that was accomplished, I figured, the human species could then begin to solve the problems that have plagued us for centuries: war, famine, disease, poverty, etc.  The United Nations was a step in the right direction, naturally.  And, in a few hundred years perhaps we’d inhabit a universe like Star Trek, where these problems are long gone for the human race and what constitutes scandalous behavior is a starship Captain procuring a special vintage of real alcohol, racing off at warp eight to save a doomed planet, defying the Prime Directive of non-interference.  The prognosis?  Grim.  What would it take to unite the world?  An alien invasion?  A global catastrophe?  These are questions “they” have surely considered.

“They” are not the people of the world.  The people of the world have always languished under authoritarian control, in every era, in every place on Earth.  “They” are not strictly the civilian governments or politicians or business people of the world.  “They” are not the rich.  “They” are not the whites.  “They” are not American.  “They” are not you, or me.  “They” are a hard group to identify, but there are clues.  The clues are in their actions.  Their actions reveal who they serve, as enemies of mankind.  In this sense, “they” are individuals and groups of individuals, working surreptitiously to undermine humanity and enslave us for the sole benefit of themselves, and are found operating in all sectors of society.

The enemies of mankind are deceitful.  Often their actions are in direct contrast to their rhetoric.  We find many examples of this in the federal government.  For example, if they really wanted to win the so-called “war on drugs” then they would stop using the CIA to manage the drug trade, importing illicit drugs into the country.  They would legalize marijuana, thereby slashing the power of the drug cartels along the Mexican border.  But the “war on drugs” is too lucrative.  So is the “war on terror” and the innumerable other conflicts being waged around the world.  If they were truly interested in peace and stability, then they would stop supporting unpopular, despotic leaders as long as they are malleable to American interests, and they would stop using radicals to stir up tensions and spark revolts in those same countries when they need to install a new puppet they can control.  “They” play both sides.  The past century is replete with examples of the CIA manipulating political outcomes in other countries: Greece, Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Haiti, Congo, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Panama and Iraq- just to name a few.

Little has changed in the twenty-first century.  Our leaders speak about spreading freedom and democracy while systematically toppling democratically elected leaders around the world.  They portray themselves as humanitarians rushing to the aid of the oppressed, while ignoring human rights abuses and genocide.  Why?  Because “they” hold positions of power and influence within the civilian government.  George W. Bush said in remarks about his presidential legacy, “I surrounded myself with good people… I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”  Even our President is a puppet “they” control.  If you’re not particularly bright when it comes to foreign policy or economics, you merely appoint advisers and “experts” to your Cabinet who make those tough decisions for you.  These “experts” are more accurately cronies– former defense contractors, pharmaceutical and biotech industry leaders and Wall Street bankers- who are not elected by the American people and therefore do not have the American people’s interests in mind.  “They” are totally unaccountable to the people and are frequently behind such legislative monstrosities as the Affordable Care Act, which has little to do with providing affordable healthcare and everything to do with expanding the federal government’s control over our lives.  If they really wanted to help rescue the nation’s healthcare system, the FDA would stop allowing poisons to be added to our food and water supply.  They would stop approving drugs and vaccines that destroy our body’s immune and neurological systems.  They would stop harassing companies that produce natural remedies and doctors who promote nutrition to prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  They would stop legislating against home gardens and farmer’s markets.

The list of problems that could be righted by eliminating this corrupt influence is long.  If they wanted to help relieve the pressure on the failing and overcrowded public education system, they would encourage more homeschooling, instead of seeking to ban it in states like California.  If they wanted to bolster homeland security against terrorist threats and foreign invasions, they would encourage the proliferation of civilian militias instead of seeking to limit the Second Amendment and treating American citizens like criminals.  If they wanted to empower citizens against disasters, both natural and man-made, they would encourage self-reliance, survival skills and preparation, instead of targeting preppers and survivalists and building FEMA camps to imprison the population in the event of chaos and civil unrest.  If they wanted to create jobs, they would stop forcing manufacturing companies to leave for China, India and Mexico, and small business growth to stagnate because of draconian federal regulation and taxation.

What do they want then?  Nothing short of complete control.

Call them globalists or authoritarians or criminals.  Call them evil, call them satanic if you must.  But follow the money and examine the legislation they support.  These clues will help identify who “they” are.  The United States government is not the only example of an institution that has been infiltrated.  Many private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, churches and nations of the world are in the grip of corruption.  The myth of the United Nations as a means of achieving global harmony is crumbling.    Standing in the way of their agenda will help defeat them and restore freedom and self-rule to the people of the planet.

Be sober.  Be vigilant.


War In Syria Is A War On Truth

syria_liesWhen I started this blog last month, the Obama administration was already rocketing towards complete tyranny, but then came the chemical attack of August 21 in Syria and the ensuing “debate” about U.S. military intervention.  The urgency of this situation has compelled me to discuss this now and place other posts on hold.

I cannot begin to explain the sense of dread that I feel.  Last night, as my wife and I were driving around town, we witnessed a large, black figure cross in front of us about a block away.  “What was that?!” I shouted in disbelief.  “I don’t know!” she shouted back.  It was clearly larger than a person.  My mind tried to rationalize it.  It was too big to be a deer.  My wife, who may have gotten a better look at it said, “It didn’t have a shirt on.”  What she saw was humanoid, but taller.  As we neared the intersection where the figure had passed, I turned right to follow it.  I flipped on my high-beams.  Nothing was there.  There was no commotion in the bushes beside the road.  Whatever it was had disappeared.  We were both shaken up, especially my wife.  She refused to say what she was thinking- it was a demon.  Strangely, I was silently considering the same, and I’m not a religious person.  I don’t routinely think about the “end times” or entertain warnings of the Apocalypse.  Instead of continuing to investigate what we saw, my wife pleaded with me to drive away.

Admittedly, the events in Syria and the response here at home have been heavy on our minds for weeks.  We have been stressed out, worried, angry and depressed.  Witnessing the farce that was the Senate and House meetings two weeks ago, and trying to probe the depths of evil displayed by Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and others, likely influenced our perception that demons were now walking the Earth, literally.

President Obama’s grand gesture to seek the approval of Congress was disingenuous.  The televised congressional meetings were nothing more than a charade.  The decision to attack Syria was made long ago.  The hearings were dominated by a black cloud of recklessness.  Evil, corruption and lies were laid bare.  In keeping with the demonic theme, one could accurately say it was ghastly.  Of course Code Pink was there “protesting”, but they were being used.  It’s theater, folks.  We must question, why was this televised in the first place?  Why was Code Pink even allowed in the building?  To give the appearance of fairness or respect for the First Amendment?  Sure, but also to aid in framing the discussion as a clash of ideologies.  On one side, the reluctant, war-weary politicians, on the other side, wacko, liberal peaceniks.  By carefully framing the argument in this way, the administration succeeds in creating the narrative of a benevolent government who must do what is necessary to prevent more innocent children from dying.  Sometimes, you have to do something that is uncomfortable, because your higher morals demand it.  Obama is a hero.  The American people and the rest of world lack the same resolve. You are a coward if you do not support attacking Assad.  The Obama administration are masters of the straw-man.  In other words, it’s easy to scoff at Code Pink, but it’s not so easy to dismiss real facts.  Real facts and sound arguments were not voiced during the congressional meetings, however.  On any other occasion, Code Pink would have been dragged out of the building, bludgeoned by police, arrested and paraded in front of the media as domestic terrorists, but in this case, they are allowed to sit there, quietly holding up their painted red palms, so the viewers at home can say, “Lookit them stupid hippies.”

While there may be legitimate rebel forces in Syria like the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who are dissatisfied with Assad, there are also radical Islamist groups like Jabhat al-Nusra fighting right alongside them; they share a common objective in removing Assad from power.  The goal of the FSA may be to unseat Assad and establish a more moderate government, but the goal of the extremists is to establish an Islamic state in Syria.  We are expected to forget that the Obama administration supports the rebel forces in Syria with weapons and taxpayer money.  We are expected to forget that the CIA and our special forces have been training these fighters and planting them inside Syria for almost three years.  We are expected to forget that many of these fighters are al-Qaeda.  We are expected to forget that the rebels have been implicated before in prior chemical attacks.  Furthermore, we are expected to look away as they destroy churches and slaughter Christians, Jews and minority Muslims.  We are expected to look away as they eat the internal organs of their victims and saw children limb-from-limb like vile animals.

Assad is a dictator.  He commands what was a relatively stable state at odds with Western interests.  He was beginning to bow to pressure from the West to create reforms.  There is no evidence the Assad regime carried out the chemical weapons attack of August 21, 2013.  All that has been demonstrated is that a chemical attack using sarin gas occurred and innocent civilians were killed.  In fact, as the weeks progress, more and more evidence mounts pointing to the rebels as the true culprits.  There is no real reason for the United States to become involved in the Syrian civil war, regardless of who is responsible for the chemical attack.  This obstinate push to war by the Obama administration is purposeful.  They wish to accomplish their objectives of unseating Assad and handing Syria over to chaos, before all the evidence coalesces and they are revealed as instigators in the conflict.  Make no mistake.  This is not about the children of Syria; this is not a humanitarian cause.  For Obama, getting involved in the Syrian conflict serves as a convenient distraction from multiple scandals at home mounting with calls for impeachment, and worsening economic conditions.  Simultaneously, the shadow government can advance its agenda to further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa, as justification for a larger, regional war.  Syria may indeed be the flashpoint for such a war, with Russia, China and Iran all stating they will not allow attacks against Syria to go unanswered.  Now, as the threat of an imminent attack against Syria cools off, focus seems to be shifting towards Iran as a possible target.  The reason: weapons of mass destruction.  Are you starting to notice a trend yet?  If only 9% of the American people support an attack against Syria, roll out a more “evil” target.

It’s ironic that Russian President Vladimir Putin emerges as the sane voice of reason in this crisis, as he pushes for diplomatic solutions to avert war.  So, as the United States supervises this confiscation of Syria’s chemical weapons, we can likely expect accusations that the Assad government is rushing to hide their chemical weapons or otherwise putting up obstacles.  Already, Assad has said that if Syria is expected to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, then so should Israel, who has signed but not ratified the agreement.  Interestingly enough, both Russia and the United States, who have signed and ratified the CWC, have not destroyed their stockpiles of chemical weapons, as the treaty requires.   It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see John Kerry slither up to the podium a few months from now to announce an end to diplomacy with Syria. They are still foaming at the mouth to remove Assad.  The only thing that has stopped them (for now) is the unexpected, massive backlash from the American people and most of the world.  This is huge, but be assured, the shadow government is actively looking at plans to win over the American people.  This will likely include more lies, psy-ops and false-flag operations.  You can also expect a barrage of anti-Assad propaganda in the media.  Can’t you see the headline already?  “Syrian rebels uncover mass grave.” This is how they operate.  For them, this is merely a time for recalculation.

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One American (An Introduction)

we_the_peopleWith politics more divisive than ever, it’s nothing special when another political blog pops up featuring the hallmark, “I want my country back!” rant.  It’s just another red-state, right-wing, rifle-toting redneck who somehow managed to figure his way ‘round the internet, right?  Or, it’s one of these regular, disenfranchised, middle-aged white guys just looking out for their families, who turn into raging xenophobes when their wallet is targeted.  Except, if you read a little further, you’ll see I don’t quite fit these profiles, and that’s important.  Because those who seek to control you want you to believe there is no common ground among the American people; they want our country polarized and divided, because it serves their purposes.

I was born in 1975 and grew up in a working-class family in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My dad was a Portuguese immigrant and my mom was born in Mississippi to Scotch-Irish parents.  Upon their families converging in California, they met and married.  My dad was a Teamster and drove a forklift.  My mom became a teacher and also worked at a semiconductor fab in Silicon Valley.  Our household was white, blue-collar and Democrat.  Ours was that mythical, normal, suburban life.  You know, Cub Scouts, soccer, skateboards and Nintendo.  We shared that lifestyle with families from many different backgrounds:  Black, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.  And on Independence Day, we would all have block parties, barbeques, water balloon fights and shoot off fireworks together.  We were the melting pot.

As a teen, I was repulsed by politics and politicians.  I was spiritually minded, introspective and non-competitive; I leaned about as far left as possible in my manner of thinking.  Eventually, I reasoned I should be a good citizen and participate in the election process, so I cast my first vote for Bill Clinton, who defeated Bob Dole (and Ross Perot) in 1996.  In the 2000 election, not impressed with either George Bush or Al Gore, I voted for Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket.  The events of September 11, 2001 changed my trajectory.  I remember wondering to myself that day why our jets weren’t in the air within hours.  Why the delay?  I started to open my eyes, but not in the way you might be inclined to think.  I didn’t develop a fear of Osama Bin Laden or Muslims.  Living in the Bay Area gifted me with great cultural diversity.  I had friends and classmates who were Muslim.  I studied world religions in college and as a personal interest.  I read poetry by Rumi.  When the Bush Administration decided to invade Iraq in 2003, despite no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, I started having serious doubts about the true motives of our government.  I remember the distinct feeling that something was wrong while watching the media coverage of the “shock and awe” bombardment of Baghdad.  In 2004, I voted for John Kerry and in 2008, I voted for Barack Obama, disillusioned with the declining state of the nation under Bush, but hopeful.  In 2012, I decided not to give Obama my vote for a second term and instead voted for Gary Johnson, candidate for the Libertarian Party.

The truth is, I’m not a Libertarian.  I’m not a Liberal.  I’m not a Conservative.  I’m not a Progressive.  I’m not a Democrat or a Republican.  I’m not the Tea Party.  I’m not a Socialist, a Communist or a Capitalist.  I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m not Occupy.  I’m not Anonymous.  I’m not an anarchist.  I’m not a conspiracy-theorist.  I’m not LGBT.  I’m not a Portuguese-Scotch-Irish-American.  In other words, I don’t have an agenda.  I am One American.  And I don’t own a gun… yet.

Without disparaging these groups, I have to ask, why are we, as a nation of individuals, so inclined to identify ourselves so narrowly?  Liberals are not liberal and Conservatives are not conservative.  I started this blog, in part, to demonstrate that despite our differences and contrary to what the media conditions you to believe, we all have a lot more in common.  And, we all have a lot at stake.  I am proud to be an American.  I love American culture.  I love American values.  I don’t believe in “tolerance” I believe in celebrating and embracing diversity.  I love all people.  I believe in family.  I believe in humanity.  I believe in love and compassion.  I believe in freedom.

Fully acknowledging the many blemishes on the history of the United States of America and the imperfections of the men who founded our country and wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the ideals that we, as Americans, value and aspire to are noble and unmatched in the history of Western civilization.  The values of liberty, truth and justice are worth fighting for.  The errors of the past and present should be held up to this light and made right.  Even if one argues that the Constitution was not originally meant to protect Natives, or Blacks or women or immigrants, it shall, by will of the people.  The problem is, the idea of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is rapidly being washed awayOur ability to function as a free nation will end if we do not identify the true enemies of freedom and stop them.  In America, the idea of representative government has been usurped by subservience to special interest groups, the military-industrial complex, multi-national corporations and banks.  In this type of society you are not a citizen, you are a subject.

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees my freedom of speech.  Despite this, for what I have just written in these few paragraphs, I can now be targeted by our government as a potential terrorist.  That should be disturbing to anyone reading this blog.  In fact, to be considered a terrorist, you no longer need to express disdain for the government, you merely need to proclaim support for the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.  If you’re a veteran returning from war or you proudly display the American flag, you’re dangerous.  I have always been an independent thinker.  As such, I have witnessed my own philosophy and world view morph several times.  Now it’s beginning to crystallize.  My core values and beliefs, those which have been constant throughout, have triggered an alarm inside me.  I am distraught.  Even I, not being a member of any Tea Party group, not owning a gun, not being particularly religious, can see the injustice of the IRS targeting conservative groups.  Perhaps you think this is ok, since you don’t agree with Tea Party politics.  But the fact of the matter is, wrong is wrong.  It is not politically relative.  They’re coming for everyone, eventually.  They’re coming for you too.

Those crying “I want my country back” can’t be so narrowly categorized anymore.  We’re not all “bitter clingers” or “joe sixpacks”.  We are students, engineers, laborers, farmers, veterans, journalists, police officers, taxi drivers, scientists, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, truckers, doctors, teachers, designers, athletes, mechanics, small business owners- people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

Ironically, in 2004 I stood on a street corner in Northern California with my wife, who is Lakota, and our newborn daughter holding a sign reading “Iraq Lies Cost Lives”.  Even in “liberal” California I was cursed at and threatened.  It distresses me to see people who so vehemently opposed the Iraq War and then President George W. Bush, now lining up in support of President Obama, when he has only extended and deepened Bush’s abuses of executive power.  We are a label-handicapped society.  Is this irrational support of Obama because he’s a Democrat?  Is it because he’s a Liberal?  Is it because he’s Black?  Now, as I witness liberty groups, defenders of the Constitution, gun owners and people opposing President Obama’s policies being labeled as racists and potential terrorists, I have to wonder, who do they think we are?  If you and I are the enemy, who are they?