America Today…Living Hypocrisy
America Today…Living Hypocrisy
The title itself is enough to get the REAL Americans to get their guns and growl at these “Muzlems” who are just itching to destroy “our way of life”; few will start thinking about what it could mean, some will read this essay just so they can dismiss the writer (me) as a crazy who has no idea of what REAL FREEDOM means and the many sacrifices that are necessary to preserve this hard-earned “FREEDOM”.
There is a lot of mythology around what America is and what it stands for. The tragedy is that for a brief period in our history America may have meant all the things we seek to hold dear and all the things we glorify as representing these great United States. But that period of nirvana was far to brief to be recorded properly as representing America; for the past century, we have been living one life, while holding up a different persona to glorify and people have not dared to say that the Empire has no clothes for fear of being condemned as traitors who don’t deserve to enjoy what we serve up to the people.
This is a New Year’s message to my fellow Americans and to America, it is not meant to dredge up past history, the past Century or, what we have been doing with our foreign policy; this message is meant to discuss what is happening NOW, over the past ten years and how America is accelerating towards a totalitarian regime that could remind us of the Soviet Bloc countries.
What started as an ideal symbol of the highest hopes for humanity is light years away from where we are today. Back around 2003, I visited the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives and was disappointed that I could barely make out what it said and that too, only in a few places. Today, as I look back, I realize that it was allegorical for where America is today where our politicians are tossing the “Old” foundations of this country and replacing it as and how they will.
In the Declaring Independence, the Founding Fathers listing a number of insufferable abuses that the King was imposing upon his subjects in the New World, among them:
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
Today: An entire Department of Homeland Security has been created with an untold number of employees whose job, disguised as “national security” appears to be, to target and persecute Muslims in America.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
Today: Military Tribunals, Ghost prisons overseas, Military prisons overseas, CIA prisons overseas and foreign Torture Chambers, all designed to persecute “suspects” (read “Muzlems“), legitimized by “pretended Legislation” permitting these outrages to the constitution of the United States.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
Today: The so-called “Military Tribunals”, which are neither according to Military laws, nor civil, where there is no jury trial, where evidence is kept secret as are charges and the “courts” only purpose appears to be, to find the Muslim defendants guilty, as evidenced by the fact that on the rare occasions when they are found innocent, they are sent back for re-trial…repeatedly, until they are found guilty.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
Today: Muslims were sent (“Extra-ordinary Rendition”) overseas for “Intelligence Extraction” (read “Torture”). The United States has yet to state that such practices are repugnant to the constitution of the USA, to apologize to the people tortured and given them compensation and to try those who ordered the “rendition”. In fact, the Obama Administration has actively defended the people who made Rendition possible and has denied entry to the plaintiffs who would like to have their day in the courts of justice in the US
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Today: Protests by Muslims subjected to harassment, targeting and unconstitutional persecution, have fallen on deaf ears, politicians have ignored the abuse of their own constituents and the American people have been barraged by messages of “threats to our security” in order to keep them from examining the abuses to their fellow Muslim Americans.
Within the past few years and through today, in spite of the constitution of the United States specifically declaring otherwise, the Bush Administration, followed by the Obama Administration have:
Imprisoned without trails or charges, Muslim citizens and non-citizens in prisons, sometimes in Supermax prisons
, which can lead to permanent psychological damage
. Many Muslims are STILL in those prisons, many are in Guantanamo Bay prison even though they are known to be innocent. It is interesting that the Administrations have used the term, “no longer a threat” for people who cannot be proven guilty even in their kangaroo courts. Presumably, this term is to reduce liability on counter-charges of false imprisonment.
Forced the relinquishing of citizenship a born US citizen
under the threat of indefinite “detention” in Guantanamo Bay prison. Further forced the person to sign a declaration that he will not pursue the recovery of his citizenship or charge that he was under duress when he signed the papers.
Of course, people can come forth with many “reasons” why such actions are necessary and how they do comply with the constitution, but those of us who have come here from tyrannies and dictatorships, are familiar with the patterns of tyranny and how tyrants justify their atrocities by saying they are defending national security…a most common excuse of every patriotic scoundrel everywhere.
How does one evaluate a tragedy? should we say this is a tragedy because people are being made to suffer for who they are, instead of what they have done?
Should we say this is a tragedy because of the extra-judicial acts of the government and the Administration?
…or should we decry the posture of the people of the United States, who are holding fast to the principle of the Three Monkeys who See no Evil, Hear no Evil and Speak no Evil, against their country?
2011 is here and there are many things that will occupy our attention, our hearts and our actions; things like Healthcare, the Economy, Jobs, Industry, Schools, but the greatest focus we can have, is to make sure that every person in this country, is treated with the same protections as every other person; that we ALL have the same confidence in our future as free people in a free country.
And of course, the five “War!”s that we are involved in (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan). But aren’t we supposed to be fighting a “War!” against those who hate our Freedom?
What Freedom do we have, when we can take it away as easily as we have done, from the least influential segment (Muslims) of our nation?
As people of good will and as Americans, we MUST take a stand against the tyrants in our country and against those who stand silently and empower those tyrants. We MUST throw them out of office or at the very least, ensure that we have done everything WE can, to keep them out of office, whether they are from parties close to our hearts or not.
Otherwise, we are not living a free life in a free country, we are living a hypocrisy in a tyranny.
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