Finally, those of us willing to see outside the matrix must take our outside-the-matrix perspective and apply it to inside-the-matrix affairs. Elections, for example. Instead of being at the effect of two political parties that have outlived their uselessness, we the people have to "remind the tail who is dog." In other words, we must look at voting for either or neither party as a strategic act designed to restore rule of the people. It should be obvious that at least on a national level, the Republicans have proven themselves unworthy of our trust. But that doesn't mean the Democrats have proven themselves worthy, does it?
So the first thing we must do is release now and forever any "hope" that the Democratic Party will save us. It cannot, and it will not. But we Americans can and will save ourselves, our Constitution, and our country, and in the process we may save the Democratic Party. Or not. Once we stop thinking of the Democrats as our only alternative or the prime vehicle for political action, we take ourselves out of the passenger seat (or the trunk) and put ourselves in the driver's seat.
Again, it's the tail and dog conversation. Instead of automatically rallying behind the Democrats as so many of us did in 2004, we must now invite the Democrats to rally behind us. With them or without them, a growing number of aware Americans are seeking a government of truth and transparency, a courageous foreign policy that offers a true alternative to domination through warfare, sustainable local economies and development of renewable energy. Because of the clear and present dangers facing us -- from global warming to global hot spots to fascism in our own country -- we have decided to put aside divisive cultural issues and work together for the things 80% or 90% of us agree on: Government of, by and for the people where the government does our bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder.
I am calling this new movement the Front and Center movement, where folks who decide to use their intelligence intelligently, leave the comfortable and obsolete positions of "left" and "right," and come front and center to face the music and dance together. To hearken back to the principles of our Founding Fathers, we are here to work together for the good of all and in the process be free to pursue happiness for ourselves. It means, as Albert Einstein suggested, seeking solutions at a higher level than the problems.
The Front-and-Center Strategy for 2006: A Vote of "No Confidence"
Unlike the parliamentary system most European countries have, there is no Constitutional mechanism for giving an American administration a "vote of no confidence." And yet, a majority of Americans seem to have no confidence in the current regime. What can be done? Two things. First -- as an important strategic step -- we must do all in our power to give the Democrats a majority in Congress in November. This, by the way, is NOT because the Democrats deserve it, but because we the people deserve it.
A Democratic landslide in the Congressional elections will be the wake up call in the "up-wising." It will demonstrate to the powers that be in power that the American people are now awake and paying attention, and may well be the first step in slowing the regress of the regressive forces and initiating progress for a change. On the other hand, it will expose the Democrats to finally be "for" something instead of ineffectually hedging so as not to put their own policies to the test.
No matter what the Democrats do or don't do, the Republicans losing ground in Congress will be the first step in the American people rendering a "vote of no confidence" to a regime that has violated Constitutional law, international law and the moral values we claim to live by. As an agent of "education," the Bush regime has served a valuable purpose: It has demonstrated that America has now fully betrayed our Founding Fathers and has become just another self-serving empire.
The rest will be up to us, the people of America. Should there be election fraud again this time -- and all indications are there will be -- it will be up to us to point out discrepancies between exit polls and poll results. (Exit polls and poll results matching has become the international standard for determining election fraud. There were some striking anomalies in the 2000 and 2004 elections.)
On another front, every week the official 9/11 story loses a little bit of it's mythic "halo." Last week, for example, a Republican Congressional candidate in New Hampshire called the official 9/11 story "a hoax." Even more significant, this was the first time that the progressive online news service, Truth Out, has run any article on anyone questioning the official story. Meanwhile, David Ray Griffin has published a new book, Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action. The significance of this book is that it was published by Westminster John Knox Press, the official press of the Presbyterian Church. (As I scanned some of the press commentary about this, I noticed that any questioning of the official story is trashed as "Islamist propaganda." I suggest you check out Griffin's book for yourself -- particularly the recently-released transcripts from eye witnesses and firefighters who likened the buildings falling to "planned demolitions." Oh, and by the way ... whatever did happen to that anthrax investigation?)
No matter what the outcome in the 2006 elections, the up-wising will continue. No one is going back to sleep. The Vote of No Confidence movement will very likely lead to a bipartisan grassroots movement to impeach the Bush Administration. Whether or not it succeeds in removing the President before the end of his term, the movement will be an important step in revitalizing the body politic and giving America moral credibility in the world once again.