Unfortunately, most Americans do not share the belief that they have political power beyond the right to vote. I have witnessed this belief many times during my lifetime. I have encountered it while trying to organize the work place against corporate tyranny. I have seen it when trying to stop the invasion of Iraq by the forces of empire. The belief that we have no power will only assure powerlessness. It is a self defeating attitude that breeds contempt for both democracy and for truth. It is the kind of defeatist thinking that fosters citizen apathy. Ultimately, it leads to fascism. That is where we find ourselves today.
When I was a child I heard a story about an elephant that was immobilized because it was tied to a hitching post. This enormous and powerful creature was not tied by a thick rope or a heavy steel chain. It was tethered by a long piece of thin string. In reality, however, what tethered the elephant was the belief that a tiny piece of skinny string could prevent it from breaking free. Millions of ordinary Americans find themselves parlayed from exercising their personal and political power by similar beliefs. These beliefs do not serve the ideals of civil liberties and democratic participation we claim to hold dearthey serve the interest of power and empire. It is our beliefs that will determine our destiny as individuals and as a nation.
Politicians who have come into power by illegitimate means will go to extraordinary lengths to keep truth out of the public arena. Maintaining their hold on power depends upon it, if given the factsdecent people will do the right thing. The only way for them to retain their hold on power is by criminally coercive meansthe very means that swept them into power in the first place. There is compelling evidence that suggests that Bush and company stole two presidential elections and got away with it.
If those in power did not know that the people have power they would simply dictate policy. That day is coming. Martial law is only one Red Alert away. Creating the lies that keep the masses under control is expensive. It requires enormous energy and resources. The danger always exists within the halls of power that truth will leak out. It is this fear that keeps the enemies of democracy awake at night. This is why the monsters who are controlling the apparatus of government in America have found it necessary to seize control of every branch of government, the courts and the commercial media.
Not only will the truth set us free; it will shine rays of hope through the mists of deception that keep figurative elephants tethered to hitching posts by pieces of string.