Monday, August 21, 2006

Your Best Light

While catching up on some sites that tend to be on the edges of the bell curve of acceptable thought and behavior, I couldn't help but notice that one of our early Paul Reveres, one who has warned us all about the combined threats of peak oil, climate change, and the dangerous growing concentration of corporate/state power, has now become a Citizen of the "World" instead of the "country" he once cared so much for.

Here is his goodbye to the world of nations complete with a final statement that will pretty much insure a most unwelcome return to the one he left, should he ever try.

A Permanent Goodbye to the United States
Michael C. Ruppert


I never thought I would call the 60s and 70s “the good old days”. I would cry tears of joy today to see just one campus overrun by a modern equivalent of the Students for a Democratic Society.

I would cheer to see a general strike paralyze a city.

It would be living proof that American character had not been submerged, drugged, weakened, and rendered anemic beyond revival.

My country is dead.

Its people have surrendered to tyranny, and in so doing, they have become tyranny’s primary support group; its base constituency; its chief defender. Every day they offer their endorsement of tyranny by banking in its banks and spending their borrowed money with the corporations that run it.

The great Neocon strategy of George H.W. Bush has triumphed.

Convince the American people that they can’t live without the “good things”, then sit back and watch as they endorse the progressively more outrageous crimes you commit as you throw them bones with ever-less meat on them.

All the while, lock them into debt. Destroy the middle class, the only political base that need be feared. Make them accept, because of their own shared guilt, ever-more repressive police state measures. Do whatever you want.

No amount of mind control spin can absolve any of us from acknowledging this ugly truth about the US and its crimes today.

It lurks invisibly behind every corporate news broadcast, every commercially-made television show, every infomercial, every new magazine ad, and almost every new popular song that leads Americans deeper into ever-less-satisfying consumption, self-indulgence and debt.

It stands grinning behind every report on the world’s rapacious financial markets and every new automobile, shampoo, or other product that promises to give the world larger and more potent sexual organs, bigger (more ridiculous) breasts, a better love life, and peace of mind."

Towards the end of the piece, he ends with these words from the Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it,…

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations… evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, their duty, to throw off such Government. "

But what are we to do when the government becomes the hand maiden of capital itself?

We must create new inventions of social contract.

The Founders who signed this document did so only after all other alternatives had been exhausted. They did so because the King George of their day had a "long train of abuses and usurpations." and when reduced to "despotism"

it was their right.

it was their duty,

to change it.

Ruppert has thrown in the towel on nationalism.

We will need that towel to wipe the tears that will follow,

If we do not heed his warnings.

Ruppert has joined the earthfamily.

As should we all.

Sometimes you get your best light from a burning bridge” – Don Henley


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruppert may be a little paranoid, but that doesn't mean that they are not out to get him.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it aint that bad out here. It actually rained.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait till your pension check won't buy a weeks worth of gasoline,

then tell me how great it is. MS

7:11 AM  

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