- Politics and Social Issues»
- Social Issues
Pro Bush :The terrible consequences of an apathetic electorate
The terrible consequences of an apathetic electorate
"Who gave this idiot a gun ?" or The terrible consequences of an apathetic electorate
Groggy, decaying, congested, I reach for a cigarette.
Ahh!, how great it feels to be digusted at myself as my New Years Resolution
exhales across the room. My tar soaked lungs, fill me with revulsion, a revulsion soon forgotten, destroyed by headlines, of a nation proud of violence and war, a nation that declared "Soldiers" ,Time magazine's Man of the Year. What a betrayal of modern societal evolution!
Bewildered, names ticker-tape through my head,
Freud, Einstein, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.,great intellects
and great actions have paved the way to truth, no matter one's faith, no matter ones martyr, history has spoken, the voice of reason declared violence the tool of fools and incompetents generations ago, violence begets violence.
Sadly, this day after New Year's, I am that fool, my fellow citizens and I hold the keys to the most awesome power known in the history of man and we are
asleep at the wheel.
We are fools.
A blind, deaf, ignorant, apathetic mass of sheep. Ignorant or ignoring of media blackouts, unconstitutional legislation and activity, infringements on civil liberties and governed by charlatans wielding poorly disguised parlor tricks.
We deserve what we get, considering the election that began this
current regime involved documented voter fraud, racial profiling,
bigotry and nepotism was absorbed with nary a whimper by the
collective american sheep. Americans of merit would still be
screaming to this day!
An unelected leader fraudently obtains the reigns of the mightiest
warhorse in history, a lapse in security under his watch becomes
his shield rather than his noose.
What sense does that make!
President Bush should have been the first one blamed for a security
lapse the size of the World Trade Center disaster. Instead, the
nation rallied to the call of militarism and patriotism, leaving their
glasses and textbooks in the mud.
Blind and brainless we march to war. As we march, the nation beneath our feet makes no improvements creditable to the administrations leadership, but no one
notices, all eyes on the prize, on war, on threats from the outside,Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea small rogue states that have been used to gag, blind, and pervert the american mind.
The coming election will be mired in controversy, hopefully our eyes will be
open to the true meaning of any future security lapses.or suspicious
computerized voting trends, when evil men steal power, they do not give it up without using all their options first.
Militaristic tyrants have claimed and perverted democratic processes in the past. People have proven themselves remarkably gullible given the right amount of material comfort to embrace it.
The Germans ignored the smokestacks on their hilltops just as we ignore the true cost of the exhaust pipes of our transportation. The world watched the
rape of Tibet by China, and we watch the rape of Iraq by our brothers and sisters. There are few things one can never truly change, I'll never be able to not be an American, but I can express my disgust at myself and my brethren, just as the rest of the civilized world and those willing to accept the obvious are
doing with me now.
Of course, it's to late, our generation is now reponsible for death and violence in our names, nothing will change that, not electing a new leader, not contributing to aid agencies, not writing seething editorials, the time is past. Our parents before us,dodged the draft, wrote songs of love and peace, and dropped out of the military-industrial corporate society, we merely twiddled out thumbs, watched NASCAR and gladly filled our brains with mass line. At least i'll be able to tell whatever miserable spawn i have, that I spoke out.
Can you say that!
they are probably dead
Unlike most doomsayers I propose some possible solutions.
A recent trend in Anti-War, Anti-Bush campaigns is the " Anybody but Bush " campaign . As great as it sounds, the slogan engenders the same kind of mindlessness and apathy that allowed his reign in the first place.
Learn the truth of the human to whom you are granting such mighty power.
In order to ensure you recognize your guilt for the actions of this once great nation, replace the words "BUSH", "AMERICA", or "United States" with your own name anytime you read the newspaper. ( Do you actually read that drivel!)
ex) 60 Iraqi Women and Children killed in American attack.
60 Iraqi Women and children killed by Josh's attack.
and if your really into a practice in civic responsibility and compassion- replace the word, "Iraqi," Civilian, or unarmed " with the name of a loved one.
ex) Stray gunfire kills innocent Iraqi civilians.
Stray gunfire kills Josh's mom, dad, and brother.
It starts with education and information
Thoughts for education:
As a student body decide that you are tired of your ignorance, tired of the disconnect between your studies and the real world. A possible solution would be a class series, the course could be entitled CURRENT EVENTS in context, the classes would include daily readings from both national and international
newspapers so students are familiar with domestic and international
affairs while cutting down on misinformation and biased journalism. Students would be taught to read critically and to recognize global trends as they happen. Most importantly the class would be taught by rotating instructors who would discuss currents events in relation to past historical, philosophical or scientific viewpoints.
ex) How does Albert Einstein's "Why War" relate to current
rationalizations about war ?
ex) How should current estimates about world petroleum supply
effect our consumption,. Could energy deficits effect current
ex) To what extent is a single citizen responsible for the
atrocities committed by his/ her representative body?
A c student a little dyslexic
This writing dates from early 2003, this is its first time online and formatted.
It may seem dated but its not...we should not overlook this decade of american history, much still needs to be answered and answered for.
We also need to avoid another cult of personality, at this time I am an Obama fan, but none of the novelty of his election will blind me to paying careful attention to his administrations actions. We have been proven sheep, perhaps we have learned something about human rights and equality but we must be ever vigilant
disclaimer 2 - you may find some typos, keep them, there a gift