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"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."

Friday, February 10, 2006

why republicans disgust me

In the end, they sign on either directly with this guy, or with others who happily sign on with this guy.

Partly, my humanity dictates my narrow interpretation of the past. History repeats itself because we are handicapped in this regard.

But in the past week, I have been left gaping and stunned at what has really been behind the scandals the Bush administration has left in its wake.

Take, just as a glimpse (bear this in mind -- that there are many equally revolting threads in this quilt) this, yesterday, from Murray Waas:

...I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House "superiors" in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter, and to court records.

Libby specifically claimed that in one instance he had been authorized to divulge portions of a then-still highly classified National Intelligence Estimate regarding Saddam Hussein's purported efforts to develop nuclear weapons, according to correspondence recently filed in federal court by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

And they still, in the face of it all, bypass reason and fact and support those that wish to destroy everything that makes us who we are.

I am an American. But beyond that, I was educated according to the academic architecture that one of our Founders established.

It's part of me, and I strive always to incorporate it into my life.

I hate that my country has been reduced to this. That republicans will support those who collude to destroy our Constitution so that the federal government will cease to be as a competetor in the Market.

And now, it's reaching its summit. With the current administration, the encroachment of the Market into the lives of individuals has triumphed over the interconnectedness amongst our People that is embodied within federal social welfare programs.

We have been actively alienated from one another. We have come to believe that society (humanity) is so vulgar, so brutal, and so hoarding that we must live to secure property in its highest form.

It's Hobbes and the Prince. Extra-extra-extra(!)with God.

Thomas Jefferson said,

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

It's mainly that republicans just don't know what they hell they're talking about. That, or that they deliberately distort the truth in order to foster a specific reaction in their audience. And they perform consistently, thoroughly, and readily.

Of course, the former relies necessarily on the much smaller latter mouthpiece faction. And, it must be mentioned, that those who voluntarily assimilate into the ignorant many justify their membership purely on the dictums of their Truth Tellers. The Others are either liars or destroyers. There is, however, the issue of the the objective truth.

Thomas Jefferson also said,

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

This, of course, is incongruent with the aims of the current administration. Our liberty is not something they care to safeguard and cultivate.

Personal liberty - that is, those rights which necessarily foster the least restrictive environment for all persons - is incongruent with corporate liberty.

Republicans disgust me because they support those who seek to curtail personal liberty in favor of corporate liberty. Whether knowingly or not, those that identify themselves as republican are aligning themselves with those who work to maximize corporate liberty - often in violation of established and settled law.

Presently, Our Democracy is able to survive largely because of the mythology that comprises our collective history. It is rich, and life-giving. It is what I referred to earlier when I mentioned my education. It is the ideal.

But our Democracy is not immortal, and it is dying. The myth survives because of the truth behind the story of personal liberty that forms the essential backbone of our nation. The maximization of personal liberty, or the struggle therein, is the only means by which individuals may fluorish and grow.

Republicans are the majority today because they have usurped this storyline. They have established themselves, whether legitimately or otherwise (this, perhaps, is the most loaded clause in this diatribe,) as the saviors and crusaders of American Liberty. Behind the veil, though, the republican agenda (that is, the agenda of those who are in power) is in line with the maximization of corporate liberty.

And the 62,040,606 (allegedly) Americans who voted for this administration and its cohorts fell for it.

I'm everything this administration works against, which can be crystallized in my tendency to rely on truth as the basis for my worldview.

Thomas Jefferson also said,

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

And with this, the first blow.


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