What follows my personal commentary is a link to an article that should get the undivided attention of every single American Citizen.
The last call to awaken has been sounded.
Be you Left, Right or in the Middle.
While we all debate the polls, speculate on theft of elections and make satirical fun of the decider in chief, Bush has quietly signed into LAW, let me repeat that, signed into LAW the means by which dissent will be dealt with in The United States of America.
Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a "public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."
We all like to make our statements and comment on the issues of our times, you may have noticed as I have, there is no longer any real debate about those issues. The reality we find in our midst today is not a situation of debate and then decide. It is one of decisions made in secret, by a small group of people with extreme conflicts of interest and only given the illuision of debate when and where the aftermath of those decisions are uncovered.
You are either with us or against us. Period.
How does one debate the finer points of torturing another human being? I surely do not know and I feel quiet certain I never will, which I might note, has been pointed out numerous times in comments from the right as putting me squarely in the same category as a terrorist. No middle ground, no debate whatsoever, it is as we say, decided.
The Republican controlled Congress has relegated the Democratic minority to the role of red headed step child within the halls of Congress with no voice in governing. The Republican majority has effectively had no serious opposition and no desire to engage the minority party in the process of lawmaking.
Many of us dare to hope that will change after Nov. 7th but I think if we are honest we really expect to find ourselves reliving the nightmare of elections past. I for one do not believe for one brief moment that these folks have any intention to honor the will of the people. Based on simple observation of them so far, I personally find that a very logical expectation.
So, one is naturally led to ask the question:
What will you do if you find yourself, once again, witnessing power delivering power unto itself?
Call in sick from work again?
Spend the day crying because you know the truth and you can't do one damn thing about it?
Apply for your passport and pick out your new home country?
Decide to stay and fight for the country that once was and could be?
Grab your protest sign and hit the streets?
It is said said you reap what you sow.
Did we collectively give a damn that aside from Saddam, his family and some military officials ordering soldiers to do strikingly similar things our leaders ask of our own soldiers, most of the people we were about to incinerate, obliterate, and annihilate were just trying to survive our oppressive sanctions and a ruthless dictator simultaneuosly and were in no position to pose a threat to us whatsoever?
The answer is no, as a nation we did not. Prime time, Shock and Awe Baby, and the nation ate it up.
Did we really care enough about all those dead Iraqis with white phosphorous all over them to raise our collective voice as a nation against it?
The answer is again, no we did not. The United States would never improperly use an incendiary weapon on civilians unless the evidence forced them to admit they had and well, it was really to late then wasn't it?
Were we sufficiently appalled that our Government tortures people to rise up, as a nation, and say with unity and commitment we would not tolerate it?
No. Out of sight and out of mind is the American way.
God knows how may Iraqis, along with thousands of American Soldiers bear witness every day to the way Bush and Company pursue whatever the hell it is they want while they enrich themselves and their corporate partners, with only the vaguest of lip service, flipping the channels and changing the stories of war and conquest as if they were changing their socks.
Have we listened to the conscientious objectors or is it easier just to call them cowards?
If you find yourself thinking about rising up and making your voice heard at this late date, you may want to consider that President George W. Bush has just signed into LAW the means by which your government will deal with you should you decide to attempt to publicly assert your right to demonstrate your disgust with them.
The ultimate irony, of course, is that you could enjoy a stay at the Halliburton Center for the Unpatriotic and Unrepentant that your own tax dollars paid to construct. It is your right to choose though, shut up or get jacked up.
It is called Martial Law, also known as a Police State.
I am utterly saddened that America has come to this, a brutal and corrupt government seeking to protect its own interests from the people. Saddam would be proud, except that he is going to be executed for doing just that, since he decided to run his own game and not play ball anymore with the Bush gang.
And the irony just goes on and on.
By the people and for the people, that was a really a great idea. Too bad it may never get the chance to be all it could have been in America. We the people gave it all away, bit by bit and what hurts the most is deep inside ourselves we know it was our game to lose.
How long have we watched this very thing go on around us? How often have we turned our faces away from those who would warn us that our own Government has been deeply involved in creating this very scenario in other countries around the world?
Are we about to find out first hand just exactly why "they" hate us so much?
I for one don't think Bush is signing this law because he got bored with looking at the ranch on Google.
Bless us all, we are going to need it.
In the immortal words of Bob Dylan "let us not speak falsely now, the hour is getting late"
Follow this link, read the in depth article on this law and then you decide what reality is.
Source Bush Moves Toward Martial Law,
Written by Frank Morales
As Posted at The Peace Tree