Y2K + 2
by Edgar J. Steele
November 2, 2002
Here's freedom to him who would speak
Here's freedom to him who would write
For there's none ever feared
that the truth should be heard
than he whom the truth would indict
---- Robert Burns, "Here's To Them That's Awa'"
Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
---- Dr. Seuss
It has become a poorly-kept secret that media poll reports touting popular support for the "War against Terror" are rigged. Something about not being able to fool all of the people all of the time comes to mind.
Like the peasants who overheard the little boy say (of the king), "Why, he has no clothes, Momma!" the American people have noticed a disconnect between what is reported and what they, themselves, feel and notice in their immediate surroundings.
This is all that has kept us out of Baghdad so far this year, you know. I like to think that this curmudgeonly little newsletter has played a small part in the effort to awaken America and, thereby, save so many Iraqi and American lives.
Of course, one revelation leads to another: the media is rigged, since it is doing the poll rigging. The inescapable conclusion: government is rigged, too, since it is the beneficiary of the media rigging. Not Republicans, not Democrats. Government. Not that Republicans and Democrats aren't part of the problem, but they are really just symptoms. Government is the problem.
But, it's always been like this, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, given human nature, government is, by definition, an exercise in corruption. No, it hasn't been anywhere near this bad in America before.
It was Thomas Jefferson, I believe, who said, "He who governs best, governs least."
It is no coincidence that the ever-spiraling growth of U.S. government directly parallels the apparent increase in corruption. You see the basic principle at work everywhere. At work, employees take home office supplies with impunity and waste company resources, that is, when they actually work, far out of proportion to what they would if it were their own money being dissipated. Hundreds and thousands of dollars are wasted. In the executive suite, theft and waste is measured in thousands and millions. At the government level: millions and billions.
Lately, it seems as though a critical mass of some sort has been reached. The American government, unchecked abroad due to the decline of the Soviet Union and unaccountable at home due to the Enron-like separation of the governed from their erstwhile leaders, has morphed into something quite unlike anything that has ever before existed.
Not that America's current reach and influence hasn't been imagined by many down through the ages. Think Caesar, Attila, Alexander and Hitler, to name a few. They tried to establish the structure and bureaucracy by which they could rule the world absolutely, but failed.
Today, we have a structure and bureaucracy in America that, Borg-like, absorbs everything in its path, with its leadership consisting of interchangeable components. Think Orwell.
And, like the Borg, this gargantuan beast resists all efforts at reform. Where is Captain Kirk when we really need him?
Nothing is forever, however, and every problem carries within itself the seeds of its own solution. We create our own opposition, in other words. Lemmings are perhaps the best example.
America's days are numbered. The real issue is whether America will self-destruct or be hammered into submission by external forces (really the same thing, just different mechanisms). "Suicide by police" is what individual nuts might call it.
Bush and his handlers know all this, of course, so are endeavoring to foment WWIII to mask the economic chaos now manifesting throughout the world. Ultimately, almost all political problems are economic, you see. They know that, without a major war, the economic system will collapse and they will be out of work. With a war, they have a shot at eliminating foreign powers that might bring them to task. Think New World Order. Think Orwell again. Our children are a small price to pay, goes their reasoning, to save the world as they know it.
Of course, it isn't just America anymore. Israel immediately comes to mind when thinking of how the American agenda is being carried out. The rest of the world sees America and Israel as the same in this regard.
Consider the following movie clip which someone sent me this past week. It is a very large file, almost 2 mb, so it may take a while to load. It clearly shows a single, unarmed Palestinian being grabbed from a shop. When he resists being taken away, he is simply shot two or three times, the last time in the back, by Israeli soldiers. You won't see this on the evening news, but it is the view that, increasingly, the rest of the world has of the American Empire. Based upon what I have been receiving for quite a while now, it is not untypical, either.
Our best hope is to stave off war and let the economic house of cards come tumbling down. Then, we go to work picking up the pieces. Of course, war possibly will result from that, anyway. But that will be a war that we, hopefully, will not start.
We have to be accountable for the acts of our own government. If we aren't, then who is? We must endeavor to hurt as few as possible; to that end, we must prevent America from hurting other countries; we must be accountable for our own problems.
Similarly, we cannot use violence to bring down our own government. Not unless and until it openly declares war upon us, that is. Then we will be within our rights to shoot back. It's the shooting first part that I have trouble with, just like so many Americans.
Of course, consider the report buried in the back of last Sunday's LA Times, which described Donald Rumsfeld's plan to create "a super-Intelligence Support Activity (to) bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception." Rumsfeld's new "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)" is designed to perform secret operations, so as to "stimulate reactions" by terrorist groups (remember, a terrorist group is anything the current administration says is a terrorist group), causing them to do violence so that they can be "counterattack(ed)" by the American government.
Lessee now, that means we induce others to harm innocent civilians and/or property so that the evildoers can be rooted out. Kind of like the firemen who periodically are caught setting fires so they can be heroes when called upon to put them out. Gee, I'm glad they extinguished that fire, but...
Has the time come? I leave the answer to that question up to you. I am certain only that the time will come - and in the near future.
When appropriate, with what do we replace our current government? The least government possible, of course, as all government is evil. A constitutional republic once worked for America. It could work again.
We need to consider some changes, of course, with a strong limitation on federal power at the head of the list. Wholesale elimination of Federal and State codes should follow. Next comes banning of the Federal Reserve system and the IRS. All judges get fired and the legal system gets a complete revamp. I could go on and on. The list is almost endless.
Women didn't even have the vote when the Constitution was written. An accommodation should be made in that regard, since they aren't going to give up the franchise. I've been considering lately the concept of an all-male Senate and an all-female House of Representatives. After all, what we've had hasn't worked. The division of male/female roles and powers in the traditional household generally works pretty good. Why might it not work just as effectively on a bigger scale?
Turning to Tuesday's election, do you believe in coincidence? The death of Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone was much too convenient in its timing. He was considered a lock for reelection. Too late to get a new name on the ballot. His wife died in that very suspicious plane crash, too, so she couldn't be jammed into his place, as is often done.
Beat Wellstone and the Senate goes Republican for a clean sweep of all three branches. Wellstone opposed Homeland Security, the Patriot Act and intervening in Iraq. Wellstone called for independent WTC-911 investigations. Wellstone was the chairman of the new securities reform committee. Wellstone was trying to prevent the appointment of William Webster, former CIA/FBI head, to the chairmanship of the SEC Accounting Oversight Commission. Wellstone had been characterized by many as the number-one enemy of the Bush administration.
Do you believe in coincidence?
The lesser of two evils is still evil, don't forget. Don't vote for either Democrat or Republican candidates on Tuesday, not at any level of government. We have taken their measure and found them altogether wanting.
Don't not vote, else you thereby accept the rulers appointed by others. Vote for anybody you like, just make sure they are not affiliated with either of the parties that has taken us down this road. If we all do just this simple thing, then we can have a New America in short order, and without violence of any sort.
By the way, if you haven't gotten yourself completely out of stocks, taking advantage of this latest Bear Market rally, then you really will have nobody to blame but yourself for what is coming. Take the loss, because it isn't coming back. Avoid bonds, too. Avoid real estate. Go short or buy contrarian funds. Buy gold and silver. Hell, bury it in the back yard, but get out of stocks now. Think Y2K plus 2.
New America, an idea whose time has come.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."
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