June 12, 2002
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should
not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience
hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are
sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which
they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpation's,
pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under
absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security .
US Declaration of Independence--1776
As July 4, 2002, approaches, Americans can no longer afford to practice
armchair democracy and checkbook citizenship. If the public does not rise
out of its feeble and hypnotic state, it puts the lives of its children
and grandchildren at the disposal of utilitarian political, corporate
and military leaders who view flesh and blood as human capital, easily
usable and disposable in the march for the accumulation of wealth, power
and resources. In June 2002, the United States of America resembles the
Animal Farm eerily portrayed by George Orwell in 1946--a "farm" run by
Mr. Pilkington and the "Pigs."
From November 2000 to June 2002 those who record history's events will
note that the Bush Regime rushed the United States to the heretofore unseen
Stygian depths of greed and corruption, ushered in Gestapo-like treatment
and profiling of US resident aliens and US citizens, pillaged the environment,
education and infrastructure budgets, closed "Peacekeeping Operations"
in the Pentagon, adopted an aggressive nuclear weapons testing and first-use
doctrine, swept aside the checks and balances of the US Constitution--most
notably judicial branch rulings critical of its detainment of anti-US
rebels, and used specious terror warnings to defuse controversy over its
In a scene out of the classic thriller Seven Days in May, Bush asked the
broadcast networks for, and received airtime on the evening of June 6,
2002, to announce sweeping changes to the nation's intelligence and law
enforcement bureaucracy, creating a cabinet-level homeland security department.
So, on the 58th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France to liberate
Europe from the yoke of fascism, we have a president chiseling into the
marbled government infrastructure in Washington the words "homeland security."
The term "homeland" was used and promoted by the very nation D-Day was
meant to eliminate from the planet. "Homeland" was also a favorite term
of South Africa's brutal apartheid regime. That government confined its
majority African population to sham countries it described as "homelands."
This action and others call for counteraction by the public and select
leaders who should recall the fate of many who signed on to the US Declaration
According to bethlehempaonline.com, five signers were captured by the
British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes
ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary
Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from
wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. Twenty-five were lawyers
or jurists. 11 were merchants. nine were farmers or large plantation owners.
One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. "These were men
of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence,
knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured."
And they were mostly 20- to 40-year-old men. Are there any leaders like
these in 2002 who can grapple with the insidious leadership of the country
and the sickness that pervades American society?
Full article can be read here.
take a look at the:
the Club of Amsterdam Forum
and the Club of Amsterdam
event about 'Re-Inventing
Democracies for the Future'