The premise of the movie "The Matrix" starring Keanu Reeves was that the reality of the "real" world was pulled over our eyes in electronic form to hide the fact that humans were nothing more that batteries for machines.
When we look at what America is dealing with today -- a liar for a president, and wars based on lies covered by "free press" media. Even as far back as Vietnam, journalists read program scripts handed to them -- like actors and not journalists -- by the liars and enforced by corporations to blind the "crop" to the reality of the world, thereby keeping control of the crop, working for the benefit of the corporate machines. We are in the Matrix!
Like Reeves, many of us have awakened to the truth of what is truly going on each in the world. But also like Reeves, the initial shock can kill us -- our minds exploding from the overload of lies touted as truths. Not many will be able to survive the shock to the system and live another day to fright for the truth and return this country to the nation it once was.
America has had an intentional electronic Matrix pulled over its eyes to further the agendas of many areas of our society. Had not the non-mainstream media (us) exposed the truth of WMD's and canceled programs, not only would the war be in full swing with Iran by now, but maybe even beyond those borders. Even after being thwarted on the initial saber rattling, a Hollywood sea battle production was produced to enforce the "see I, your King, told you so" drama for prime-time television. This was devised, produced and aired by our "free press" with not one question as to its authenticity.
Our Courts think if one of their buddies wants to build a shopping mall, just an absolute NEED for every community; they can take your house. The Courts are a joke who only purpose at this point is to keep millions of lawyers employed as no justice exists within the courts.
The candidates want to snipe each other about things that occurred 20 years ago and barely touch what they will do to the criminals in Washington, the economy short and long term, and just the general immoral and unethical conduct of our government as a whole.
What do I believe? The March 23, 1775 "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech by Patrick Henry says it all...
No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?
Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies?
No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves.
Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!