McCarthyism, Kingism And Dirty Laundry - A Political Satire
How To Keep America In The Dark - 101
What these three things, McCarthyism, Kingism and Dirty Laundry, have in common is that they all stink. It is a constitutional fact, in America, that people have the right to speak their minds and worship God, or anything else for that matter, as they see fit. But, America has a long legacy of small mindedness and idiocy. Much time has been spent squelching the rights of others when self-righteousness has gotten out of hand.
In the late 1940's, Joseph McCarthy, the Republican Senator from Minnesota, embarked on a 'witch hunt' that almost brought the American constitution's freedom of speech to its knees. He made widespread accusations of Communist activites among American citizens without supplying any evidence to confirm his claims. He insisted that there were substantial numbers of Communists, Russian spies and Soviet sympathizers inside the U.S. government and elsewhere. Eventually, McCarthy's methods and his inability to prove his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate. However, before this occurred, he wasted America's time in this undertaking for nearly 10 years. But, he did get a nifty definition named after him - McCarthyism. According to Wikipedia it means, "the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." "The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries." A demagogue, according to dictionary.com is, "A person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
Now we have a followup act to this paranoid sensationalism. Our newest puppet of intrigue is Republican Representative, Peter King from New York. He is holding what he calls a "Hearing On American Muslims: How Radical? How Dangerous?" He is not even trying to disguise his attack by naming an enemy nation, he is challenging the right to worship that the constitution guarantees. One of the little known bits of interest about King's past is that he, himself, was at one time found to be a supporter of the anti-British Irish Republican Army. Now, isn't Britain one of the U.S.'s greatest allys, ever? Hummmm...I wonder how the British Parliament feels about us having a traitor to them as one of our elected officials. On Wednesday, a group of over 50 Democrats wrote to Peter King. What they said was, "Singling out one religious group and blaming the actions of individuals on an entire community is not only unfair, it is unwise -- and it will not make our country any safer."
So, how far will the Republicans go to keep America in the dark? How far will they go to hide the fact that they are giving it all away to big business? Let's just see what we have here. We have not questioned any other religious groups to see if they have anyone in their midst whom they think is dangerous. If I am not mistaken, many of the mafia profess to be Catholics. Shouldn't we have a hearing on them, too? I have heard that the mafia is responsible for most of the drug trade in the U.S. I guess that doesn't count, though, because if children take drugs they buy off the street and die as a result it's just shame on society. What about the Hari Krishna? Aren't they just a little suspect in those orange robes? Who knows what they are up to. I'm not sure you can trust people who sing and dance in worship to God all the time. Well, the Republicans have already taken away any representation, we the people, might have in the House of Representatives. The Supreme Court made sure of that. We won't need to worry about our financial freedoms anymore, either, because much of the middle-class has next to nothing left. So now, they are trying to take away our freedom to worship, as we see fit. I'm guessing that the next document we will see come out of the government is one that says, "How Much Did You Make Last Year?--Send It In".
This final quote from a book written by Alexander Tytler in 1776 pretty much sums up America's path--
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage."
Note: Next week my articles will be about spirituality and faith. It is time for us to embrace who we really are in the scheme of all things.