Yea. I know. It's been a long time.
I've been kind of struggling to see the point of writing here. I feel totally helpless to affect any change. But then again, maybe I have the wrong idea. Maybe I shouldn't be attempting to change anyone's mind but my own. I've got a lot of spent up frustration, anger and fear right now. I probably need to let it vent off a little more often. So here goes.
So Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act today. I've been pissed off at where this country is going before.. but I honestly have to say that I'm frightned now. Habeus Corpus is one of the last lines of defense against big bad government. Anyone that says otherwise has been totally brain washed. The president said over and over in early september that this act was of vital, imminent need. The Bush administration has been detaining people without a warrant and without showing cause for a long long time .. what then was the immediate need? And if it was so important why did it stay on his desk for practically two weeks after congress passed the bill? Obviously, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS.. IT MATTERS WHAT THE LAW SAYS. This is something former attorney general John Ashcroft just doesn't seem to get:
Are we seriously just supposed to trust Mr. Bush for not abusing this law? What's even the point of having laws then if we can place such implicit trust in our leaders? Jefferson, Franklin.. hell.. even Hamilton (even he supported laws!) would be rolling in their graves to see such rhetoric be accepted by the masses.
Last weekend I finally got to see AMERICA: From Freedom to Fascism. I really really enjoyed this film. I was amazed at how well it was put together and how credible it actually was. I could see a film like this easily stray into conspiracy theory hell, but this film doesn't. It calmly, but unrelentingly asks three simple questions (but with unbeliveably hard/non existant answers)
- Where is the law that says we have to pay an unapportioned direct income tax? (Incredibly, as this film shows, no one is so far able to come up with an answer!!) Forget about tax protesters, we don't even need to protest the taxes to show the coruptness of the IRS, we just need to ask them a simple question: "Show me the law!" ... they can't even answer a simple question like that.
- Where is our nations gold? Why is there no audit of our gold? Where does congress get the authority to delegate it's ability to coin money to a private company and then forget it's responsibility to regulate the value of the money and allow the Fed to produce a Fiat currency?
- Will you let the government put an RFID tag first in your drivers license and then later on embed the same chip underneath your skin? It could happen sooner than you think. Scary, Scary stuff.
One point that this film ultimately pressed upon me: even though I already believe that this stuff is wrong.. I'm doing nothing to remedy the situtation. I need to re-read and re-think that last phrase in the 1st ammendment : the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances ... Think about that phrase for a minute. Voting for representatives is only going to have a limited effect. Is your liberty safe in the hands of a representative? Or should you (meaning I) be out there defending it personally? Something just rubs me the wrong way with the idea of relying on political representation for the really important rights. If you rely only on representation ... doesn't that really mean you are incompetent to do it yourself? One (again, meaning I) really should be out there protesting and affecting change directly. We need to organize marches on washington. We need to do it now before it's too late and we all get labled as enemy combatants.