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Monday, January 30, 2006

Throughout America

Throughout America’s long and arduous history, many issues have seemingly divided us; at least that is what we are told to believe. Americans suffer from a complexity issue which is only increased by attempting to gain useful information from our respected media outlets. Gone are the days when you read the newspaper or spoke to your neighbor about current events, now you only have watch the news for sound bites and talking points. Can this course be changed before the next civil war is begun?

If the assumption of history being doomed to repeat itself holds, our course has already began and may be all but impossible to correct. Americans have fought in many wars over the last 230 years since we gained independence and we will fight many more. The next war fought could be in our own backyards, school playgrounds, and any other venue that can hold willing men and women. This may seem like an outdated concept, but history can and sometimes does, repeat itself.

Political scholars agree that the first European-Americans fled Europe to escape from the tyranny of the King. Some may go a step further and state explicitly that it was from religious persecution; another form of tyranny. If that is the case as some have stated, then history is holding the course, religious tyranny from the few have repressed that of the many. No longer are the voices of many Americans that vote heard, they are drowned out by those with money and access to the political capital; we should be afraid.

Reasons for not allowing the public any access are simple; like a King on his/her throne, the word is spread and taken in by those that believe and the rest are left to wonder if they will ever be heard. Fear is not the main objective for them, total subservience to them and their policies is, and fear is just one of the tools. Like sheep being lead to the slaughter, many Americans that would normally make rational decisions have a difficult time sorting fact from fiction. This is not made any easier by the second line of defense used by those that want the power, the media.

Current media outlets have made it all the more difficult to extrapolate the truth from their shows and some no longer even attempt. Instead, Americans get their news from a select few outlets that make lies and distortions into fantastic stories and wonderful talking points. This is the goal of the King and his masses, by keeping the public interested in playing tug of war with their neighbors, they assumingly forget the issue at hand. No longer in search of the truth, most just regurgitate what was told on their favorite media channel, hate their neighbor, support the troops, and look at their fellow interlocutor with pure hatred. Why?

The reason is simple, they were told to by someone in power that needs no evidence for their assertions. Like a parent being asked by a child why they can’t do it, they are told because I said so. Many believe that this assertion is the correct one to make and that anyone that dissents is just ignorant of the facts, nothing could be further from the truth. We now have the King and the media in control of what types of information will be disseminated among the willing and how the stage will be set. In the colonies during the Revolution, many print papers were against the war and rallied the Loyalists to arms against the Rebels; history is repeating right in front of the camera.

There has never been a time when Americans would call their own Un-Patriotic and Un-American because of differing points of view, until today. Similarly, some of those that call other Americans these names have never even served in the military and will not send their children in their stead. Many of these Americans have good intentions with the stickers and magnets they place on their cars and a truck to support the troops, but that is all. They will clearly attack and smear the honorable service record of any opposition that differs from their viewpoint. The calling into question of a veterans service record is a dirty trick aimed at getting talking points out to the sheep that usually bah-bah the information without checking the source. Yes, history is surely repeating itself, one step at a time.

Using someone’s service record should be off limits to politicians that feed at the trough of public money and especially to those that send other peoples children to fight their wars no matter the pretense. Many of the political supporters have accused others of denigrating the troops by calling for a withdrawal over time. This is a slap in the face to those that serve, by questioning the service of others that served is the most egregious error they have made. We should not be questioning the manner in which those that served provided protection to us, only they can truly give a full account, not the Swiftboaters. Let us all begin the new year by calling into question the service of the those that have denigrated Mr. Murtha’s service and see who wakes up to the grim reality of truth.

Americans cannot escape the simple truth that your talking points, sound bites, and stickers can only go so far. Every sticker you place on your car is not a rallying cry to service in the military; it is just that a shallow sticker that truly has not meaning and allows for only one answer to be correct. Thus, Americans have engaged in a tug of war by not responding yes to supporting the troops or being with us or against us. We have decided that the truth has no relevance and that by calling others Un-American or Un-Patriotic will win the day. We have been to busy spying on our neighbors and friends to realize what the truth really is and how we were duped. But, as it was once said, history is doomed to repeat itself.


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