It’s a bit of a mixed feeling to realize that millions and millions of people who didn’t get this distinction two, four or six years ago now understand that the “political’ issues we now face aren’t about right and left, they’re about right and wrong. On one hand, what took you so long? On the other, thank God and welcome aboard.
Although the media has downplayed it -- it doesn’t fit with the general stupidization program of creating a lot of heat but very little light -- more and more actual conservatives and even members of the religious right are coming to see the Bush-Cheney regime as a rogue administration and a thin cover for criminal enterprise. Such right wing stalwarts as former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr and Richard Viguerie (one of the architects of the far right wing) have formed an organization to protect our civil liberties from our own government. Chuck Baldwin, an associate of Jerry Falwell, has become an open advocate of impeachment and writes a very articulate column. These folks are far bolder than the Democrats in this regard, and they will play a key role when impeachment happens -- and it will.
Now some of you reading this who have a deeper spiritual understanding of love, forgiveness and the ways in which we do indeed create our own reality might be wondering “Gee, this whole impeachment thing seems pretty ‘anti’. Shouldn’t we be focusing on what we want instead of what we don’t want?”
Indeed, the point can be made that the failure of the Democrats in 2004 -- aside from the minor issue of voting fraud in Ohio and Florida -- had to do with John Kerry’s approach of “Vote for me, I’m not as bad as George Bush,” and failure to articulate any compelling positive vision. However, the real issue goes much deeper.
Ending The American Hostage Crisis
It has nothing to do with loving or hating George Bush, whose policies have educated and awakened more Americans than all of the “progressive” leaders combined. It does have to do with what we need to recognize as the American Hostage Crisis. The American people -- and particularly our soldiers in Iraq -- are being held hostage by a ruthless criminal cadre (this is not hyperbolic invective; the definition of “criminal” is “one who commits crimes”). The people up until now have been blackmailed into supporting a war of choice with the cynical cry, “Support our troops.” As if our troops sent themselves over there and now we have to rescue them.
The people of America are now at a crossroads that will determine whether the world continues hurtling down the highway to hell, or whether we change course in the direction of our true human potential, what Swami calls “humanifest destiny.” I say the world because if the United States honors the intentions of our founders and accepts the evolutionary role of genuine self-governance, the entire world will cheer -- and breathe a sigh of relief. Under the guise of true moral authority, we will be able to isolate the sociopathogens in the world and deal with them as criminals instead of what we’re doing now -- killing the people the criminal elements are holding hostage, and creating new converts for the criminals.
There is something positive to be built, but it cannot be built on a foundation of lies. That is why the so-called “surge” or any other policy to “stay the course” Iraq will not succeed. The entire structure -- why we’re there, what’s been happening since we got there, what our future intentions are -- all lies. Those troops we are “supporting” are being sent in as surrogate targets for George Bush and the American empire, an empire that isn’t even ours but belongs to a slew of multinational corporations that could care less whether America lives or dies. That’s what American soldiers are discovering, sadly, that their most ardent “supporters” at home have been unwilling to face. Until now.
America’s next step -- and only step -- that can take us forward is to bring the Bush-Cheney regime to justice. This isn’t about vengeance, it isn’t about punishment. It’s about truth. That element that has been so lacking in our political environment that it has caused a spiritual, psychological and political heartsickness in the heartland. This basic lack of integrity -- that even those who overtly believe the lies still feel deep down in their guts -- is why we have the Don Imuses and the Ann Coulters. Those are the people who keep us occupied with weapons of mass-distraction, who help us aim our rage at the wrong targets.
Their brand of free speech is what Caroline Casey calls a “toxic mimic” of the real thing. The freedom of speech and freedom of press the American revolutionaries risked life and fortune for wasn’t so our “commonest” of commentators could sling invectives like “f*ggots” and “nappy-headed ho’s” but to empower citizens by letting them know what’s going on. In this regard, the record of our so-called “free press” is dismal, if not traitorous. Try initiating a real conversation about the unanswered questions and unquestioned answers regarding 9/11. There you will find a stone wall of silence, or loud screaming to drown out the truth. While up until now, very few have wanted to “go there,” more and more people are awakening to the tragic truth that “there” has already come “here.”
Cutting the Legs Out From Under Their Story
Just over two years ago, after what many of us realized was a stolen election (with Barbara Boxer the lone Senator to stand and raise the issue), I wrote a piece about the wall of lies. In the midst of the frustration and despair that many of us felt, I predicted the wall of lies would crumble. It wasn’t a difficult prediction to make. In these times when the veil is being lifted everywhere, the “irony curtain” is no exception.
I wrote that the illegitimate “legitimacy” of the Bush-Cheney regime rested on a three-legged stool. The first leg was the belief they were fairly elected in 2000 and 2004. The second was the Iraq War and the reluctance of people to “change horse’s asses in the middle of an extreme.” The third was 9/11, and the official account of what happened that day.
At this writing, one leg is completely gone and another is severely splintered. More than two thirds of Americans now see the Iraq War as an unmitigated disaster, and a large portion of our armed forces are demoralized and angry. It is now being termed “an unpopular war,” a phrase that begs the question, “And when exactly was the last ‘popular war’?” Wait a minute ... I think I have it. The last popular war was the Battle of the Groups at the Brooklyn Fox Theater ... Dion and the Belmonts vs. the Drifters. I think it was 1960.
As for the legitimacy of the “elections”, that issue broke through the soundless barrier a year ago when RFK, Jr. published his article in Rolling Stone. Timing is everything, and the timing of that article coincided with a general “upwising.” Having seen mounting evidence of lying, cheating and stealing on the part of Rove and company, a critical mass of Americans (or at least Democrats) were able to accept the inconvenient likelihood that the Republicans cheated to win the election too. This awakened awareness and the voter mobilization that followed helped the Democrats win control of both Houses of Congress, despite any shenanigans. As lame as you may think the Democrats are, this was the first important step of restoring the balance of power and the rule of law. I contend it could not have happened without the widespread awareness that the Republicans were getting set to steal elections again.
So here we are. The “leg” called the Iraq War is gone. The “leg” called “these people were elected legitimately” is badly compromised. And yet, like the mad monk Rasputin, Bush and Cheney are still standing behind their stone wall. Subpoenas notwithstanding, they’ve entrenched and have no intention of giving in one iota. Because as soon as they do, the avalanche of revelations will cause their downfall. How long can this holding pattern go on? It can definitely go on indefinitely. Unless we as a nation allow the 9/11 story to break through the soundless barrier. When this leg gets chopped off, Bush and Cheney will be gone.
More importantly, the truth will be revealed so that we can collectively “face the music” and set a new course. Never has any nation been in this position. Nazi Germany was forced to face their heart of darkness only by military defeat. Soviet Russia collapsed under the weight of its own unworkability. But now, for the “land of the free” to finally earn that name and claim our true inheritance, we must face what is perhaps the most profound betrayal in our 200 year history.