On March 11th the House is planning to hold a vote to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would prohibit the CIA from torturing detainees and prisoners. If this vote fails, President Bush and his allies in Congress will be sending a message to the world that we as a nation condone the use of torture.
This is where we are.
Regardless of how The Mainstream Media, The Bush Administration, The Congress, and three people running for president try to spin it … This country went to war based on lies and The Bush Administration and their supporters … torture.
We can not move from this spot. We can not be distracted by the lesser crimes, atrocious as they might be.
Bush’s SCHIP veto was an outrage. The hundreds of major environmental roll-backs promoted by the Bush administration are examples of crony-capitalism run riot. Whether it’s KBR supplying contaminated water to our troops or Halliburton’s Mega-Billion Dollar rip-offs, we can’t move our focus away from America’s illegitimate war and torture reality.
If we do … Then John McCain’s idiotic “Strategy for Victory in Iraq”,
might make sense to those among us who choose to have no memory of How The War Began.
We can’t move past this. It is too fundamental to ignore and move on.
Because America no longer exists.
Three days ago The President of The United States vetoed legislation that banned torture.
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits torture.
George Bush signed the Military Commissions Act on October 17, 2006. The Military Commissions Act cast aside the Constitution, the principle of habeas corpus, gave the president absolute power to designate enemy combatants, and to set his own definitions for torture.
Article One, section nine of the U.S. Constitution states, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended.”
We have not had the right of habeas corpus, the most efficient safeguard of the liberty of citizens for one year and five months! The President refuses to ban torture. America no longer exists.
We can talk about the bursting housing bubble, political and corporate corruption, permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% ad nauseam … but we are living in an entirely different country. A country without citizens. A country of tenants and consumers. And rulers.
The debate can only be about Illegitimate War and Torture. And this debate must be brought to the candidates running for any office.
I don’t care about Health Care, The Economy, Education, Energy & Environment, Faith, Homeland Security, or Immigration. I care about the fact that America has ceased to be. And the first steps to bring our country back … is to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and cease torture.
How? Our elected representatives are not willing, the candidates are not disposed, the media is woefully negligent. What Can We Do?
Nonviolent resistance liberated India. During the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. captured the attention of the nation with his philosophy and commitment to the method of nonviolent resistance.
“… the point of nonviolent resistance is not to humiliate the opponent, but instead to gain his friendship and understanding. Further, the use of boycotts and methods of non-cooperation, were the "means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent.”
Can Americans be shamed into stopping wars and torture?
I have no idea.
March 19th is a good day to begin to resist. In the streets ... in the offices of Senators and members of The House ... and to our co-workers, friends, and family who still support war and torture.
It is said a Rolls Royce will never break down, it just fails to proceed.
We should do the same.
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ...
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"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.