Monday, October 02, 2006

It's called tyranny and the illusion thereof

"There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country - if the people lose their confidence in themselves - and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance."
- Walt Whitman

Fatal Vision: The Deeper Evil Behind the Detainee Bill by Chris Floyd, TO UK Correspondent
t r u t h o u t | Perspective. From the article:

It was a dark hour indeed on Thursday when the United States Senate voted to end the constitutional republic and transform the country into a "Leader-State," giving the president and his agents the power to capture, torture and imprison forever anyone - American citizens included - whom they arbitrarily decide is an "enemy combatant." This also includes those who merely give "terrorism" some kind of "support," defined so vaguely that many experts say it could encompass legal advice, innocent gifts to charities or even political opposition to US government policy within its draconian strictures.

All of this is bad enough - a sickening and cowardly surrender of liberty not seen in a major Western democracy since the Enabling Act passed by the German Reichstag in March 1933. But it is by no means the full extent of our degradation. In reality, the darkness is deeper, and more foul, than most people imagine. For in addition to the dictatorial powers of seizure and torment given by Congress on Thursday to George W. Bush - powers he had already seized and exercised for five years anyway, even without this fig leaf of sham legality - there is a far more sinister imperial right that Bush has claimed - and used - openly, without any demur or debate from Congress at all: ordering the "extrajudicial killing" of anyone on earth that he and his deputies decide - arbitrarily, without charges, court hearing, formal evidence, or appeal - is an "enemy combatant."

Trumpeting his successes in the Terror War, Bush claimed that "more than 3,000 suspected terrorists" had been arrested worldwide - "and many others have met a different fate." His face then took on the characteristic leer, the strange, sickly half-smile it acquires whenever he speaks of killing people: "Let's put it this way. They are no longer a problem."

Bush proudly held up this hideous system as an example of what he called "the meaning of American justice." And the assembled legislators ... applauded. Oh, how they applauded! They roared with glee at the leering little man's bloodthirsty, B-movie machismo. They shared his sneering contempt for law - our only shield, however imperfect, against the blind, brute, ignorant, ape-like force of raw power. Not a single voice among them was raised in protest against this tyrannical machtpolitik: not that night, not the next day, not ever.

Now the killing will go on. The tyranny that has entered upon the country will grow stronger, more brazen; the darkness will deepen. Whitman, thou should'st be living at this hour; America has need of thee.

All this being said, let's remember, what seems to be cannot be. That is why it is temporary and fleeting. That is why it never was. These illusions are held up by humans believing in the "magic" of their misconceptions. So, be at peace knowing all is well and that which seems to be is not. Align yourself with "what is" or not knowing "what is" know that "what is" needs no illusions. Wishing peace to all that all will come to realise illusions cannot be. The physical world is an extension of reality to be sure but it is not cause, it is effect. What is is not effect, it is what IS. It is not the interpretation of reality. It is what is real. Darkness surely is followed by the dawn. Those who seek, find. It is here and now and always. Peace.

me in the EE



Missouri Mule said...

Great post, meEE. I enjoyed it. Walt Whitman is one of my all time favorites too. Peace be to you, dear friend.

Michael Emmanuel said...

Hi MM, glad to see you around and at BS too. What Is simply is and needs no one to impose it, defend it, claim it as one's own over others. (tyranny)

But the illusion of tyranny is disarmed with love, love conquers all, a love that knows all is well.

At least that's how I see it(sometimes)!!! in my better moments!