Friday, September 29, 2006
What am I afraid of?
I'm not afraid George W. Bush wants to put his enemies into concentration camps. I don't think he wants to refuse to step down from the Presidency. I don't think he's going to do anything all that terrible with it, except unjustly imprison some people who our spies think might be terrorists, torture some of those people, go on wild goose chases, and maybe torture them some more for not telling the truth after they were tortured the first time. And then, if he gets a newsworthy crime, I think he'll put that person on trial, and make double-damn sure that he gets a good looking court victory that he can brag about, even if he has to cheat a bit with the evidence to make sure there's no chance of acquittal.
Now, I think that's bad enough. It's bad enough that innocent people could be put in prison, tortured, and that a trial could be tainted. It's bad enough that the rest of the world thinks that those things could happen in America, with the full protection of the law.
But I think, for the most part, that will be the limits. Grave offenses against freedom and justice, but just against a bunch of foreigners, so I guess that's not going to upset the kind of people Bush wants to vote for him.
But there's going to be another President after him. And how do we know that the next President is going to be honorable?
Here's what scares me the most.
We went to war.
We invaded another country.
We've killed tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, soldiers who were defending their home from an invading army. Listen: you can call them "servants of an evil master" any time you want to, except when defending their home. Defending one's home is the soldier's sacred duty. So, we killed tens of thousands of men who were answering the highest calling a soldier can answer. And if it was necessary, if Iraq had been a terrible danger to us, I could deal with that, but we now know it wasn't.
We've killed tens of thousands of completely innocent civilians. The same damage done to us, on 9/11, repeated over and over, a over the course of years, rather than in a single day.
We've set people on fire with white phosphorus, we've ripped bodies apart with cluster bombs and shrapnel, shot them with bullets, collapsed them under buildings, and probably squashed them beneath the treads of a tank.
And all anyone has said is that it was legal.
All those people dead, but, hey, President Bush didn't break any laws.
So we already have the idea in a lot of people's heads that it's only bad if the law gets broken.
And right now, the law is going to say that a properly formed military commission can tag anyone and say that they're an unlawful enemy combatant. They don't have to prove that the person actually aided hostilities against the US; they can just make a determination, and that's it... no chance go to before a judge and insist that the government has no right to hold you, and, now, no guarantee that you won't end up tortured.
Don't say it can't happen, or that it won't happen; once it's legal, if it's ordered, the orders will be followed, and no one has any right to complain. All it takes is a President who desires it.
I don't think Bush desires that kind of thing. But we have no guarantees that the next President won't. Heck, we don't have any guarantees that Bush doesn't. All we really know is that he's the kind of man who will ask for the power to do these things, partially because he wants the power, and partially because it makes a dandy political stunt.
The time has arrived to think outside of the box, or else...
Understanding and fixing the failings of politics and democracy for the benefit of everyone, everywhere
Politics is little more than greed, arrogance, falsehood, hero-worship, and injustice taken to extremes and organized into teams (nations, parties, interest groups, etc). It is the struggle for your group, hero, and viewpoint so you can profit at the expense of others. This forces others to do the same in self-defense, causing an endless loop, downward spiral, and no-gain effect. When money, religion, and politics are intermingled, they form a true inescapable trap or bottomless pit. It is the opposite of compassion, cooperation, justice, and wisdom and causes you to expend dramatically more effort, time, and resources than necessary to achieve lesser results than are possible when you simply cooperate and have compassion, empathy, and charity for each other. Harmony and cooperation are on the perfect path, while politics, religion and money are ignorance, strong lies, strong delusion, and utter folly.
The primary, though hidden, purpose of politics is to effectively divide and conquer populations who support and participate in these great delusions. Politics serves to dramatically slow and confound progress towards common and common-sense goals that most people want to achieve. This is one of the reasons why major problems persist for centuries. When people finally cooperate to solve problems for the good of all, problems will finally be solved and stay solved. On the other hand, participating in and supporting politics causes problems to persist and even to reappear later, though they were apparently solved previously. Because of the ability of those who also control money and religion to reverse past progress and prevent true cooperation, politics is a great deception and a trap and the opposite of truth, wisdom, and justice.
There is no true freedom nor freewill in the presence of such pervasive and institutionalized deception and exploitation. People have struggled for millennia trying to form working societies based on these three great follies. Those efforts always eventually fail because the inherent injustice and deception at the root of these concepts always leads to chaos and destruction. How long must it take before verifiable wisdom is finally valued over such long-term and self-evident folly? How much longer will it take for good people to grow tired of such obvious lies and turn away from deceptive leaders and their deceptions?
We are all trapped in a web of deception woven with money, religion, and politics. The great evils that bedevil us all will never cease until humanity finally awakens, shakes off these strong delusions, and forges a ...new path... to the future.
Here is Wisdom!!