The American people have allowed the theft of the past two presidential elections with hardly so much as a whimper of protest. Most are not even aware that they occurred. Moreover, we have allowed indicted Congressman Tom Delay to redraw congressional districts in a way that gives conservatives a substantial advantage over democrats and totally precludes progressives from competing. While the morality of such actions may not be in questiontheir legality is currently under investigation by federal prosecutors.
As a result of decades of complacency created in part by the fog of television, and the ongoing corporatization of the government, the American people find themselves the victims of creeping fascism. Like the proverbial frog placed in a pot of warm water upon a lighted stove, we hardly notice the gradual loss of our freedoms. By the time we awaken to realityif we ever awakenwe will find ourselves parboiled. By then it will be too late to extricate ourselves.
One by one our basic freedoms are being stolen from us by those who purport to represent our interests. These are freedoms for which millions of our own fought and died. Were their sacrifices in vain? It appears so. In the aftermath of the toppling of the World Trade towers by clandestine operatives inside the government, the massive Patriot Act was enacted into law. Incredibly, this immense document, sold to the people as protecting the sanctity of American lives, was not even read by the law makers who voted it into law. The Patriot Act was nothing more than a piece of creeping fascism that quietly, unobtrusively, stripped us of our hard won freedoms without so much as a skirmish.
As the debate in Congress continues, it was revealed this week that the Pentagon has been engaged in spying on American citizens who participate in the anti-war movement. Whenever a state has the military spying upon citizens who are peacefully engaged in lawful protests against the systematic killing, imprisonment, and torture of millions of fellow human beings, you are witnessing not only the ugly reality of creeping fascismyou are bearing witness to the emergence of a bonified police state. In this instance we are witnessing the criminalization of dissent. The thought police are moving among us. They are watching our every move. They are monitoring all of our electronic communications. They are preparing a place for us in the hinterland of America.
War is profitable for those who wage it. Trillions are to be made. And those who wage war are never the ones who have to fight them. The Pentagon and its priests of death and misery in the defense industry cannot exist without enemieseven if they have to invent them. Take away their phantoms of terror and they are left naked and vulnerable as a Deer in the headlights.
In a time when our tax dollars go to huge public relations groups to place bogus stories favorable to U.S. empire in foreign newspapers and television, we will soon find ourselves with virtually no civil rights. The corporate media in America is such a purveyor of propaganda it is for all practical intents and purposes a State owned media. As such it acts as a mouthpiece for the Pentagon and for Corporate America. Long ago it abrogated its responsibility to serve the interests of democracy and the working people.
Are the American people totally vulnerable and exposed to the corruption of creeping fascism that, Amoeba-like, is devouring our hopes and dreams for a better life, a better world? We are, unless we refuse to drink the Kool-aide. That is the first step toward emancipating ourselves from the all pervasive corporate dominance that dulls our senses and dims our wits. Our fate is sealed if we do not awaken from the stupor of apathy that envelops us and prevents us from acting to save ourselves. We must use the tools we have. We must organize in our own communities and on a global scale. We must act out of a sense of urgency. The hour is late. The sun is setting. Darkness gathers at our door steps. All we have is each other and that just might be all we need. Otherwise, we might have occasion to find out who all of those FEMA camps scattered throughout the country are intended for.