After a discussion that I had with a Canadian friend of mine, regarding this article -- http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/michael-morell-bush-cheney-iraq-war -- he later emailed me this question:
" If the article is reliable, why could not the Obama white house expose these guys as crooks or imbeciles to be more generous? Or, are they all the same?"
Being quite an astute observer of the US political environment, during our conversation he was alarmed that he hadn't heard of this revelation and even more astounded that it wasn't being used as a basis for serious legal action.
Fancying myself to be a student of contemporary history, I decided to delve into this question to a greater degree than I had in the past. Why is there not a demanding movement to prosecute our home-based war criminals? After all, we seemed to feel no compunction to avoid chasing down, trying and sentencing to death German and Japanese war criminals after WWII.
Could the blame again be placed on the media, specifically the corporate controlled Main Street Media? After all, it has been repeatedly pointed out that, as opposed to just three TV channels, we now have access to multiple news channels, the radio as well as the Internet and an array of social media. Rather than the majority of us all gathering around the information "campfire" every night to have our opinions formed en masse by trusted reporters like Edward R. Morrow or Walter Cronkite. Instead, we all slink off at various times to receive our self-selected voices of our own particular concept of reason in isolated privacy. These great new tools of communication are fragmenting us instead of unifying us. We are almost secretly delving deeper into the competitive modes of thought development, rather than the critical cooperative concepts related to unification. It seems as though we have forgotten the vital last part of the phrase, "United we stand ..."
Additionally, I don't think that we realize how infantile we are behaving in our rather primative use of these new communication tools. Instead of putting them to work, saving ourselves and our planet from ourselves, we are instead playing with them like children. Seeking entertainment instead of solutions. Using them to assuage our deep-seated fears, insecurities and lost sense of control; the same as our children, with their own addictions to video games.
Perhaps these rationalizations can be readily applied to the younger members of our crowd, but what about us older folks? What has happened to my generation? The ones who had our minds opened up and expanded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Howl, Woodstock, Civil Rights, Viet Nam, and yes -- Timothy Leary? I have a sense that the bulk of my contemporaries feel beaten, since I certainly do! Looking back at my personal history, I believe that I started to object, resist, complain and fight back when, at some point, I was shocked into realizing that the vital bond of trust, between my government and myself, had been broken. Prior to that moment, from the time I was born, I had a yet unrealized sense of security that I could only appreciate after it was gone. That trust was shattered, the day I realized that my government was lying about this particular event:
Perhaps the only way to fully appreciate the mind-drilling degradation of a broken trust is to experience it. Similar to what is said about death -- in that it tends to, "" focus the mind" -- so it is with lost trust. It is like a sudden vacancy or painful hole where there was once a secure feeling. The compass is spinning and the previously clear path is now a maze of doubt and gnawing pain.
I almost immediately began to look for clues to the happy ending. Certainly the calvary will ride in with guns blazing to save the day and our country will come back to healthy life again. But the picture hasn't ended that way. In fact, unlike the books and movies I was raised on, it has turned into a long, drawn out, accelerating descent into a darkening abyss. Not only was the trust shattered, but in the aftermath the shards are slowly being ground into my very psyche.
When, in December of 2000, the Supremes took away our failing attempts at democracy by selecting G.W. Bush (Shrub) as our Chief Executive Officer -- I knew that the game was over. What REALLY slammed the Jackboot down was when Gore rolled over, handed it to them and then walked away to seek his fortune! What had been a dull but expanding ache, suddenly turned into panic as I looked around and suddenly realized that there wasn't even any way out, as "They" had taken over the theater and locked all the doors! All that we can now do is watch "their" movie play out; other than being extras, there were no parts in this movie " we are now only invested spectators -- Consumer Units.
When Obama came on the scene, I got a bit of hope I could believe in. I started examining his trail and tracking his progress. During his duel with Hillary, the Senate was getting ready to vote on the FISA Bill that was going to pull some of the rug out from under the domestic spying. BO proclaimed at every opportunity that he was going to vote "no" on that bill. Finally, Hillary pulled out of the race and opened the door for Obama to walk into the Presidency.
The next weekend, after she quit her bid for President, she and Obama snuck off to Chantilly, VA for a quick, but very secret visit, with the members of the Bilderberg Group . After that visit, BO marched onto the Senate floor and voted to support the FISA Bill -- in spite of the fact that it was going to pass without his vote, anyway. What that said to me, was that he received his pass into the White House from the Bilderberg bunch -- but there would always be secret strings attached. Now, before you write this observation off, just keep in mind that not all "Conspiracy Theories" are JUST theories!
So, here we all sit. Some of the more fortunate ones of us get to prop ourselves up in front of our big flat screens, pack our gullet with more food than we need, play our games on our smart phones and chat among ourselves about ourselves and whatever else that doesn't matter too much. The rest of us are scrambling around everyday trying to put enough energy together in order to KEEP putting enough energy together in order to just barely survive another day and keep out of the way of those who have the means to play -- on our behalf but for their benefit -- the only game that REALLY matters.
What can be done? How do we get out of this trap that was originally set in 1886 -- when corporations began their long, slow legal liberation -- and has been increasingly become more deadly ever since? How do we regain the massive power that the psycho/sociopaths have methodically taken from us? How do we extricate ourselves from the all encompassing and deadly embrace that apathy has wrapped around our majority? How do we all look at each other and deeply realize that it is us against "them" and NOT us against us? Don't bother answering any of these questions I just poised in this paragraph until you can include an answer to the first question. There are wonderful answers to all of these puzzles. However, answers and solutions are useless without viable means of achievement and dedicated leaders to plot the way.
As I have already acknowledged, I feel beaten. Beaten, but not disengaged or completely without hope. While the sparks and ideas are still coming and I feel thwarted at every prospect of an actionable solution I believe that I now understand what the salve for broken trust is. It is so simple and obvious that I amaze myself for not having realized it sooner. The ONLY way to restore a broken trust is with truth. But only a certain kind of truth will work. It has to be truth that is in the forefront of a long train of previous valid truths. Truths with a broken record of truths are not valid truths. Truths that are not forthcoming and volunteer themselves may conceal untruths or half-truths and are therefore not REAL or valid truths, either.