Time to Fire the Nitty-Gritty Grid
Well, we fired up the grid last Tuesday, or maybe the grid fired us up. Now that we proved that invisibly or visibly (as with the Live Earth events of two weekends ago), the loving heart of humanity can be activated, it’s time to move our feet. It’s time for the upwising of awareness and upwelling of love to burst into action. It’s time to address the political climate crisis.
The Political Climate Crisis is Real!
Earlier this year, I wrote a piece called “The Self-Impeaching President.” My point was that because the Bush-Cheney Administration had so violated the letter and spirit of not just our Constitution, but international and commonly-held moral law, they would necessarily stonewall any attempt to investigate. Consequently, they would end up making the case for impeachment by their own actions.
Eventually, it would come down to George Bush’s challenge of several years ago: “You’re either with me or against me.” And now it has. It’s George Bush (and his cheney of command) against the Constitution, against the Bill of Rights, against the Declaration of Independence, against the American people, not to mention the people of the world. The inconvenient confrontation that most peace-loving people generally try to avoid is finally at hand: Standing up to the bully.
Here’s why it’s happening now, and here is how it is happening. The Bush Administration has already played the fear card and nobody is listening anymore to the little boy who cried wolfowitz. Bush and Company only have two cards left -- force, and the fear of force. This is a hand they cannot afford to lose, because when the cards fall it will bring down not just this Administration but the entire philosophy that supports absolutely corrupt power taken in the name of “national security” -- the protection racket disguised as “protection.”
So if you’re wondering why this absurdist rationalization called “executive privilege,” that’s why. He’s an executive who wants to hold on to his privilege. Meanwhile, here is another inconvenient truth that is making itself manifest, and if we don’t face it we’re in even bigger trouble: The mechanisms for fascism are already in place.
Can We Use the F-Word?
OK, you eye-rollers -- put your eyes back front and center so you can see what I mean. The very simple definition of fascism is this: Fascism is interlocking political, military, industrial force run more like a criminal gang than a government. Does that sound familiar? Because the government is involved, it conveniently has the force of “law” behind it. Consider that everything that Hitler did after he took office was “legal.”
Similarly, George Bush is proceeding under the cover of law to enact executive order after executive order as arbitrary, irrational and unjust as any policy a dictator might dictate. And, as we are finding out, his legal shills in judicial positions of power are acting solely on his behalf. So, yes ... he has the cover of law. Just as the original coup, the “election” of 2000, was absurdified by five partisan Supreme Court jesters who wouldn’t allow a recount to take place in Florida.
The 97-pound weakling of a body politic allowed the bully to kick sand in its face in 2000, and that just invited further abuse. Now the abuse is becoming more intense, more over the line -- and we find that the dictator-in-chief has conveniently covered his bases with judges.
So what do we do? First of all, we face this inconvenient truth and at the same time, keep our eye on the prize. Because the “prize” -- a world where we use our resources to heal instead of hurt, where the GNP can be truly measured in “goods” and not “bads,” where we live by the Golden Rule not the rule of gold -- is where we are going. What we have now is the challenge that will make us strong enough to stop doing what we’ve been doing and try something new for a change.
We’re Becoming Stronger -- Whether We Like It Or Not
Several years ago, I spent a year in a ch’i kung practice that involved strengthening the ch’i by banging ourselves in the solar plexus first with our fist, then with a wooden block, finally with a brick. Next came the two person practice where we would hit each other full force in solar plexus to “light up the ch’i.” While this might sound like a rationalization for sadomasochism, we came to realize that each blow made the ch’i stronger. In fact, we no longer even felt the punch. All we could feel was our shield “rising” to absorb the blow.
George Bush is bringing up the ch’i of the body politic, and it’s up to us to recognize and use that power. Each blow to the spirit of the law, to our Founding Fathers, to decency is strengthening us for our true evolutionary destiny -- to overgrow the false dichotomies of left and right and stand for what the vast, vast majority hold in common. In other words, we must turn the demoralized majority into a New Moral Majority that holds honesty, justice, integrity and transparency above ideology or short term financial self-interest.
We Are the New Moral Majority
Here’s more good news, something I call The Law of 75. You may have read it here before, but it is worth mentioning again. It’s based on something that happened to spiritual psychologist Patricia Sun a number of years ago. She was set to speak at a “new age” bookstore, and noticed there were four fundamentalist Christian pickets outside. “I’m going to talk with them,” Patricia said.