Sentence First - Verdict Afterwards!
By Judith Moriarty NoahsHouse@adelphia.net
Representative Ron Paul - physician-veteran - stated the other morning on C-Span, "I don't believe I will be able to stop the war". This was in reference to a resolution he had introduced; that Congress take it's rightful authority in declaring war instead of passing the decision on to the Executive Branch of Government.
The madness continues, as the prelude to war is brought to us in the comfort of our trailers or tract homes; popcorn, a sixpack, some pork rinds and we're all set! The prim and proper folks, who live in real houses, that we sometimes brush shoulders with in the services of life remark with sniffed disdain that they don't stoop to the commonness of watching television! Which leads the listener to believe that they have just received a not too sublimable message that there are more lofty pursuits in life for the intelligentsia and serious thinkers of society to pursue in search of knowledge and entertainment! Sniff! One can only think that if they held their noses any higher in the rain they'd drown! Be that as it may, one is tempted (not kind) to want to remind them thatthere ain't any of us getting out of this (life) alive!! Death the leveler of class-religion-color and politics!
Television is for the programming and conditioning of the herd, the masses, human resources, breeders et. al. The more abstract, ethereal, political and economic consequences (not suffering) are best discussed in debates, in upscale bars, the club, or invited gatherings. Now, perchance you are not one of this fortunate inner-circle of thoroughbreds, and aren't into pork rinds and beer, you'll have to search the world over for others like yourself, who had the audacious gall, to become literate with the rare quality of possessing critical thinking skills!
And so, many of us are caught in Limbo, mostly isolated in the communities where we live, thinking that perhaps we've gone mad...this couldn't all be happening....it's all an insane nightmare! Cluster bombs, nuclear bombs, micro-wave weapons, etc., all being discussed in cavalier, mocking joviality for the supposed reasonings of "liberating" a demoralized, dusty people into McFreedom-McLiberty-and McJustice for all! How you annihilate and vaporize the multitudes into any semblance of 'free at last' is not explained? How do you bomb a country into democracy? If Iraq was the leading supplier of lima beans to the world would we be so strident in freeing the people? What a coincidence that they sit on 30% of the world's gas and oil reserves. But, who's thinking oil at a time like this? Amazingly, due to the clever manipulation of language, 70% of Americans now believe that Saddam was responsible for the horror of 9-11!! "The great masses of the people...will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one. What luck for rulers that men do not think. Altogether, care should be taken not to regard the masses as stupider than they are". Hitler
TV is no help! C-Span has Marie calling in from Connecticut asking (with the nation on high orange alert) if this will interfere with her family's plans to visit Disney World? Now there's a worry!! George from Chicago, playing the thug remarked, "Someone should tell these people to look out their windows and see what's coming!" Marie, obviously having given the issue much thought says, "I say step on 'em...step on 'em and wipe 'em out for good!" Switch the channel and we have the Mayor of New York telling people to go about their lives and leave the worry of attacks up to the professionals. Huh! one wonders? What happened to all this professionalism, with billions upon billions spent for defense and 'intelligence', on Sept 11--2001? Are .29 box cutters considered weapons of mass destruction? Where are the pork rinds when you need'em?
Pictures show men in helmets with M-16s (I guess, not being a weapons person) standing at subway entrances, in front of tunnels, bridges etc. The instructions are that 'soft targets', like apartment buildings, recreation areas, hotels, restaurants or any places of gathering might be the targets! I check my list. This ominous message is cut off as a commercial comes on. A goofy, slovenly man is shown trying to stuff herbs into an oversized gelatin capsule with the message given; "How do they do it? Metamucil, stay regular the natural way." Next, a scene of Australia and beaches advising to get away for just ,499.00.
Drum roll, music, back to "America on Alert". The news room has been turned into what is referred to as a Situation Room! Someone with imagination has the map of the whole middle-east drawn out on the floor! An 'expert' with a pointer jumps from country to country explaining what he thinks the strategy will be in troop movements! I'm feeling a little better knowing that I've been invited into the Situation Room getting the inside scoop on why the Kurds might be just a little nervous with Turkish troops gathering on their border. A quick skip and the expert is now standing on Iran with the announcement that they've been advised to just mind their own business! COMMERCIAL.....An upscale, successful white male, lounging in the library of his sumptuous home overlooking manicured gardens, leans back in his leather chair and remarks, "I can relax now knowing Merrill Lynch has my investments under control" Then, a sleek black car is shown driving through back road estates, advises to drive the ultimate machine, a BMW series!
Graphics, drum roll----"other targets may be nightclubs, power plants, or train stations!" Mr.Ridge advises citizens to just go on living their lives or the terrorists would have won. Harumph! The devil's in the details I think to myself. With retina scans, cameras, triplicate ID, the elderly being stripped searched in airports, car searches, black listing at borders, helmeted troops on streets, etc., somebody got things a bit mixed up! We, Americans, the focus of all this scrutiny are the victims not the enemy! Duh! If freedom's are gone, how should I feel more secure on that next trip to Disney, the yacht club or golfing??
Israel is shown, and the preparations in civil defense that are being conveyed to their citizens. School children are shown being taught how to put on gas masks (which every citizen is supplied with) and evacuation routes. Mr.Ridge comes on again and starts to say something about American families having a plan to call each other on the phone in case anything should happen, but he got abruptly cut off with another commercial. " Embarrassed over unsightly facial hair---send for this pen shaped hair remover, 'Finishing Touch' for only .99. And if you act now, get a hair wrap and mirror absolutely free". Music, anotherslick car, off to some place exciting, "Toyota Matrix.....get the feeling". Well, at least I can relate to the Matrix part. They never did get back to Mr.Ridge and his contingency plans for us!! Well, I'm leaving it to the professionals!
"But I don't want to go among mad people, Alice remarked. 'Oh, you can't help that', said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad'. 'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice. 'You must be' said the Cat 'or you wouldn't have come here'. Alice didn't think that proved it at all; however she went on 'And how do you know that you're mad?' 'To begin with,' said the Cat, 'a dog's not mad. You grant that?' 'I suppose so', said Alice. 'Well, then', the Cat went on, 'you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad'. Alice in Wonderland