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We Can’t Handle The Truth

1:06 pm in Uncategorized by Watt4Bob

There is no such thing as cold.

When a person dies, freezes to death, let’s say. It is not because cold creeps into his or her body, it is because the heat necessary to sustain bodily functions creeps out.

Heat is a one-way street, heat flows in one direction, when we say something “cools down”, what is actually happening is the heat it contains is flowing out of it, and into something else.

Hot and cold are therefore not a true dichotomy, they are words used to describe relative values along a single continuum, that describing the presence of heat.

There is really no problem inherent in our use of a false dichotomy in everyday discussion of the weather, but there is a problem in our political discourse that flows directly from our clinging to a perspective based on another false dichotomy;

The problem as I see it, is that we, who find ourselves so deeply troubled by the results of our government’s activities, are stymied in our efforts to affect change by our own tacit agreement that that change might be affected by participation in the supposedly legitimate dialog between the ‘two political parties’.

We are encouraged at every turn to understand that our politics can be described as the engagement between two parties whose ideologies represent opposing sides in a legitimate argument over the proper role of government, each side holding opinions that reflect their legitimate understanding of the Truth; that is, the “way things really are” and the logical decisions that flow from those understandings.

What I’m saying is there is no real dialog of opposition happening in our politics.

It is not necessary to prove, and enumerate the lies and deceptions, is only necessary to face the Truth that by this time should be burned into our hearts by the fire of disappointment;

There is no party of ‘Family Values and Fiscal Responsibility’ just as there is no party of ‘Peace and Compassion for the Poor and Powerless’.

What we have witnessed, but do not fully comprehend, is the one-way flow of Truth, and that out-flow has resulted in an almost absolute deficit of Truth in our politic discourse.

The single most important illusion resulting from this deficit is the false understanding that our politics is held hostage by an ideological stalemate.

Contrary to this almost universally believed illusion, we are not engaged in a dialectic between two opposing ideologies so much as a one-way battle between those who would like to make political decisions based on Truth on the one hand, which I would describe as “the way things really are”, and those who insist that we also entertain all sorts of ideas completely unrelated to observable reality; that is, various fabricated opinions and arguments whose only purpose is thwart the natural political impulses of those whose decisions are based on Truth.

The very most important thing we must come to understand is that the people who agree with those of us who wish to make political decisions based on the Truth, are by and large excluded from the two-party system, the government and thus the political process, and that our politicians are by and large those who have agreed ahead of time to confine the political discourse to those arguments whose only purpose is thwart the natural political impulses of those who prefer decisions be based on Truth.

The only opposition that actually exists, is between we, the 99%, utterly excluded from the political decision making process, mainly because our world, and thus our political aspirations revolve around what is real and true, and the 1% whose absolute control of our political discourse, our government and the M$M has resulted in the conditions we find ourselves working so hard to endure.

Sibel Edmonds Still Frightens Us

10:21 am in Uncategorized by Watt4Bob

The following is from my diary of Sept 29 2009;

Why Sibel Edmonds Frightens Us

The story that Sibel Edmonds is telling presents great challenges.

The issues Sibel Edmonds brings to light threaten to distract us from that current legislative battle, but they also threaten to plunge us into despair by extinguishing our collective hopes and leave only the stark realization that our broken and corrupted government has passed well beyond the point where we can reasonably expect that our efforts, no matter how heroic, or how well coordinated, can ever be effective enough to ransom it from the clutches of the ‘false and designing men’ that Samuel Adams warned us about.

Sibel Edmonds story frightens us.

Her story threatens our resolve by confirming our worst fear, the fear that it might be too late.

In the back of our minds we’ve all made the calculation that if what Sibel Edmonds is telling us is true, our country is in a lot more trouble than we’ve been willing to face, and the amount of work we will have to do to fix it is almost unimaginable.

The legislative battle I made reference to was Health Care Reform.

Yesterday at the FDL Book Salon, Sibel Edmonds added a small twist to that perspective that only deepens the fear;

As a child I was moved from one country to another, and to another, to escape tyranny/police state practices. I never thought I’d be going through that again. You know, government/media I can take on and continue to fight, but public apathy, the apathy of the majority, I cannot. I am not a big fan of Ms. Clinton, but one line I must repeat: it takes an entire village. The executive, the congress, courts, and the media … sure, but most importantly, it is the people-the majority that becomes so accustumed and desensitized ….

And;

Of the four branches (yes, I consider media to be the fourth, media plays the most important role. In fact, it makes retaliation, lack of acountability, possible. It allows congress to dodge responsibility (as it has done for the last 11 years). It allows the court to remain ‘dependent.’ It brings about public apathy. And without public outrage, without congress having to look over their shoulder, the governments become tyrannies-unaccountable-police state.

In the three years since I posted that diary, the suspicion that it may be too late has only deepened, as the evidence continues to mount.

Then Phoenix Woman made a comment the other day (@71) that very much disturbed what’s left of my peace of mind;

If there is a successful armed revolt in the US, it will result in an authoritarian régime taking over the country and making the US even more racist, ignorant and stupid than it already is.

I realized she was right, and thinking it over for the last few days has done nothing to temper the impact of that observation.

The Republican wing of our ruling uni-party has been promising their base a chance to re-fight the Civil War for some fifty years now, and I’ve come to believe they see no reason not to deliver on that promise.

Sibel Edmonds says she’s thinking of living somewhere else.

It’s terribly sad, but that sounds like a very sensible idea.

Something we must consider

2:59 pm in Uncategorized by Watt4Bob

Coconut Fiber Armor

While I am in complete agreement that we must eventually prosecute those who master-minded the BushCo crime spree that thrust us into an illegal war, looted our economy and shredded our Constitution, I have to admit that that battle may have to wait until we can demonstrate some success on a smaller scale.

As I stated in my attempted explanation of why Sibel Edmonds revelations/confirmations are so frightening, one of the main issues is strategy.

While I would like to think that the Sibel Edmonds story will swiftly result in thorough investigations that lead to prosecutions of all the evil doers, I don’t think for one minute that that process is likely to be orderly, nor will it begin soon. The country is not prepared to face the monstrous scope of the crimes involved and if those of us who espouse a belief in the American system of justice cannot act with more control and discipline than we have so far shone, I fear we will never get there.

Firedoglake and the Brad Blog are shining examples of the possibility of successful netroots reporting, and organization around complex and controversial topics that in many other forums result in a fruitless, and never-ending chaos.

So consider the image above, it’s a suit of armor made of coconut fiber, that panel that rises behind the warriors head is designed to protect him from stones thrown by the women of his own tribe who followed the men into battle.

The picture is a reminder of the dangers of friendly fire. Those of us who would like to see the BushCo rat-pack locked up behind bars should consider whether, in our impatience we may be a lot like those ancient stone-throwers, who, in our zeal, risk injuring the front line troops from our own village.

It’s for that reason that I agree with those who have decided that healthcare reform is the logical place to engage the enemy. It’s a battle of historic proportions, it will do much to help heal our economic woes and it’s a wise tactical decision.

In the end, I don’t think there is anything that could scare the traitors more than our defeat of the Insurance Industry Bail-Out, after all, it represents as much as any other thing, their ongoing effort to rob us blind.

Why Sibel Edmonds Frightens Us

12:35 pm in Uncategorized by Watt4Bob

The reasons for the lack of coverage of the Sibel Edmonds story are, in the case of the corporate media, the totally understandable collusion of the guilty to obscure that guilt.

The reason for lack of netroots coverage of the story is more complicated, but I think it’s also understandable.

I believe the magnitude of the corruption Sibel Edmonds has brought to our attention threatens our fragile hope, our resolve, that we might some how finesse our way back to a sensible, and stable economy, and save the American dream by encouraging our elected leaders to ‘Do the right thing.’

We are already questioning whether President Obama and the democratic leadership can be trusted to fulfill the promises they made prior to the 2008 elections. It seems at this moment that our hope is invested in the proposition that they may yet reward our efforts if we just make enough noise.

I’m not the only one who has thought that a more widespread understanding of the truth would inevitably result in an overwhelming and undeniable public outcry that those in Washington DC would be afraid to ignore.

The dawn of netroots activism has provided us renewed hope anchored in better organization, access to information, a wiser choice of battles, and more skillful tactics

The prevailing assumption around these boards seems to be that we have chosen the right battle, that passing a Healthcare Reform Bill which includes a robust public option is job number one, and that success might be the turning point, the point we will remember as the start of putting things right with America.

The story that Sibel Edmonds is telling presents great challenges.

The issues Sibel Edmonds brings to light threaten to distract us from that current legislative battle, but they also threaten to plunge us into despair by extinguishing our collective hopes and leave only the stark realization that our broken and corrupted government has passed well beyond the point where we can reasonably expect that our efforts, no matter how heroic, or how well coordinated, can ever be effective enough to ransom it from the clutches of the ‘false and designing men’ that Samuel Adams warned us about.

Sibel Edmonds story frightens us.

Her story threatens our resolve by confirming our worst fear, the fear that it might be too late.

In the back of our minds we’ve all made the calculation that if what Sibel Edmonds is telling us is true, our country is in a lot more trouble than we’ve been willing to face, and the amount of work we will have to do to fix it is almost unimaginable.