Quick Rant

As you may or may not be aware, the war on terror is terrorizing me. Im afraid of our government and what it may do next to further reign in control over Americans. This scary series of events unfolded in front of our eyes and we have done nothing about it. I often think to myself, why, why on earth would a majority of American citizens not only tolerate this kind of political usurpation, but vote it into a second term? Well, recently I became another working cog in the corporate rat race of America. Im in the next to bottom rung of the totem pole here and I strive every day to keep up. It’s very time and energy consuming. In fact, it’s an ingenious way to keep Americans apathetic to the happenings of law and politics.

We don’t live the wars our government creates. We experience a big catastrophe (the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin, 9-11etc.) and then our government uses these catastrophic events to generate public support for war. The Iraq war differs from wars such as WWII, however,where there was clearly an imminent threat. Iraq never attacked us, the American government just declared a war on terrorism and used the ambiguous nature of the concept to justify the invasion of Iraq. Why? I think its because Iraq was a nation that offered a great location for a military stronghold, a load of exploitable natural resources, and a government that was weak and easy to defeat. Its about taking control over the region. My fear stems from the fact that we don’t really need control over the middle east to produce the result we have accomplished today. We could have done a better job curbing war and terror by funding homeland security and building aliances with countries in need of development. Instead, it seems that we decided to take the offensive for an indefinite amount of time, invading and controlling other nations either through American-funded foreign military or through our own “security” forces. As Americans we only experience the war during the well-censured nightly news. We only feel the pains of war in the most superficial way, in our pocket books and at the pump. Only exposed to partial truths about whats happening through corporate-dominated media gives us little to pay attention to; and its easy to see why people fit themselves into just two political parties and tow the line. They even get mad when someone like Ralph Nader interrupts the sequence with another choice.

Power and its abuse was the primary fear of the founding fathers who created democracy to ballance power and keep man from accumulating excessive control. Today, however, I believe our government is corrupted. Ever since 2000, voting has become an inefficient means to determine the will of the people. It is clear to me that Bush stole that election, and that he perfected the practice by introducing a digitized database to tally the votes without a paper trail, beguiling an election that represents the general public. In effect, voting has become the opiate of the masses.

So we go through our lives and remain completely oblivious to the problems we will eventually be forced to face once its too late. Today the government continues its attempt to breach the limits of power set forth by our founders and then capitalize off it. The war in Iraq is fought by young and poor individuals lured in by enticing offers, only to die without realizing them. To date, almost as many Americans have died in the Iraq war as in the World Trade Center. I think a typical citizenry would eventually become fed up with the situation and revolt; but our attention is so often diverted by other issues such as Israel and its conflicts with Palestine and Lebanon. Like the US, Israel rose from the depths of persecution and hate, only to become a tyrant themselves. Additionally, movies like Wold Trade Center and the latest foiled terrorist plan in London, keep the fear factor strong. And it all paves the way for more control to the government through things like the Specter-Cheney Bill and the NSA spying that it condones. Finally, the government is privatizing and giving large over-budget contracts to private entities, which are often tied in with the politicians themselves i.e. Haliburton.

So what do we make of all this? Im not sure what to do. On the one hand I would encourage anyone to do things like support the ACLU, which has recently one a small battle in a Michigan federal court against NSA wiretapping. Plus, judges are cracking down on corporate malfeasance such as the recent Merck decisons in Texas and New Jersey that hold the company liable for the detramental effects of its drug Viox. I guess this really is a rant because I present little in the way of viable solutions and mostly offer complaints about the current situation. I suppose that I should come to a clear and definite point, but I have to go to work and this is all I have time to think of right now. Well, I’m off — Knockemdown.

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