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Democracy in Crisis - What is to be Done?
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by John Stanton and Wayne Madsen
07 the future of Countries & Democracies
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 draconian policies.
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 of Independence.
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?
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