Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Words of Others

Ever since dad died a month ago today, I can’t seem to get motivated enough to write anything which has any value to me. I am sorry and apologize to those of you who visit often.

I can’t remember a time when there was snow on the Red Maple and Red Maple leaves still on the tree. And it is not yet even Thanksgiving Day. That is my only thought for this day.

I will offer you something which was written by another since it is so well written and since it expresses such important values I will simply publish the thoughts so that you might have some things to ponder in the face of a Nation at War with itself.

Original Article By Jay Stephen

Without his permission I offer you an editorial by Jay Stephen Titled “Neoconfascists.”

By Jay Stephen/Nov.16, 2007

Fascism: “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism...”

CNN Christian political talk show host Glenn Beck opened up his show recently referring to all those who are opposed to the war in Iraq [70% to 80% of Americans] as “terrorists” and “terrorist sympathizers” and his guest, David Horowitz, joined in on the attack saying that all Ron Paul supporters were “totally in bed with the Islamofascists” and then Beck went on to suggest that the U.S. military should be used to silence domestic dissent against the war, claiming that Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, and the anti-war crowd are a “physical threat” to the United States Government.

“When you enlist in the U.S. military, you have to take an oath that says you're gonna support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies - foreign and domestic - we talk a lot on this program about the foreign threats - maybe we should spend some time tonight on the domestic one....the physical threat may be developing domestically as well.” said Beck, parroting talking points that can be traced back to a September 2006 White House directive in which conspiracy theorists were targeted as a wellspring of terrorism. This is part of an increasing propaganda assault which has also been mimicked by other Neoconservative talking bodies like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. There is much irony in Glenn Beck's statement because Ron Paul has spent his whole life campaigning to bring our government back into line with the Constitution of the United States and now he and his followers are being labeled enemies of the Constitution they have spent their lives upholding. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” [Isaiah 5:20 ]

All United States citizens, but especially Christians in the US, should think long and hard about what's being said here. This kind of talk should be a wake up call for us all to realize how far our nation is being steered off course and the destination to which the current leadership is taking us. While calling themselves “Christian”, these political talking bodies are calling many decent, peace loving citizens, “terrorists” or “Islamofascists” who should be physically silenced and restrained because they oppose prolonged, undeclared wars waged for political and economic expediency and not for the national defense. Such talk, stemming from an increasingly intolerant and forceful governmental agenda, historically has always been the precursor to the fulfillment of the very definition of fascism [“a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism...”]. From the sentiments of recent government directives and memos, it is not hard to imagine that the dictator part could well be filled almost overnight if we were to have another major terrorist attack in this country which would give the cowboy in the White House an excuse to declare marshall law and himself Head Marshall of all the USA.

If Beck and Horowitzk, or O'Reilly and Limbaugh, or anybody in the government advocates that the government should use the very same methods fascists use for suppressing dissent, it is they, themselves, who are the fascists. Or should we say Neoconfascists? There is an irony here that can only be missed or ignored at the peril of losing our freedom of speech and assembly, along with many other freedoms. An even greater irony is that some of these Neoconfascists call themselves “Christian”.

It is also being parroted over the Neoconservative air waves that if there is another major terrorist attack in the United States it will be the fault of those who oppose the war on terror, but their reasoning is incredibly stupid because, since Sept 11, 2001, our government has spent almost 2 trillion dollars almost to the brink of bankruptcy fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we have yet to spend a fraction of that money even to begin to make our borders, seaports, and airports even remotely secure. If you lived in a neighborhood on one side of the street and several neighbors on the other side of the street were threatening your very existence through guerilla warfare, would you spend all your money sending your sons across the street to wage warfare with your enemies while your family is at home with all your doors and windows unlocked? You would never be so foolhardy, would you? You would, of course, use every possible means to make all the entrances to your house secure to protect your loved ones before sending any of your sons anywhere to fight an enemy that blends in with the local population. But this is not the way your loving government is protecting their citizen family. It is as if they are leaving the doors and windows of our country wide open as if they are hoping for another attack in this country in order to advance their New World Order agenda for world government and control of the world economy.

"Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my “What Would Jesus Do” band and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, "Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore," and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realize, "Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death." And you know, well, I'm not sure." ~ Glenn Beck, May 17th 2005.
Where is the citizen outcry?

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