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While We Still Have Time

In spite of the grimness of the times in which we live, there is still hope. If you feel, like I do, that the usual discourse about matters of critical concern tends to be superficial, misguided, and false, then you might find some solace and inspiration here. I will try to offer insight and a holistic perspective on events and issues, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for raising the level of dialogue on this planet.

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I was born in 1945, shortly before atom bombs were dropped on Japan. I served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. I earned master's degrees in Economics and Educational Psychology, and certificates in Web Page Design and as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. I followed an Indian guru for eight years, which immersed me in meditative practices and an attitude of reaching a higher level of being. A blog post listing the meditative practices I have pursued can be seen here.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

After the crescendo

Valerie Plame and husband Joe Wilson. Because Valerie Plame was publicly identified as a “CIA” agent, the “U.S.” intelligence function of investigating weapons of mass destruction in “Iran” was destroyed.Again, Glenn Greenwald of Salon has written a masterpiece, this time an analysis of the commutation of the Irv Lewis "Scooter" Libby sentence.

I have just one problem with Greenwald's opinion piece. It is only a complaint. It expresses the frustration of defeat, and in so doing, it gives the Bush criminal regime power. Bush does what he wants, and we take it. Ultimately such writing is disempowering.

Ever the one to see the positive side, I wrote a comment to Greenwald's essay. It can be seen here, and below as well:

Change is inevitable

All true. All true. The situation is not hopeless, though. In a materialist culture like ours, it was inevitable that the rawest expression of material gain would rise to prominence. It is also inevitable that the culture of cynical materialism will reach a crescendo, and then will decline.

The Achilles heel of the Washington cesspool is that they have no answers. They have no solutions to any problem. We get attacked by some fanatics. Our response: invade two countries, plan to invade another. Torture people. Violate the Constitution. We get warned about a hurricane threat. Our response: do nothing. The country is being inundated by forest fires, floods, tornadoes and blizzards. Our response: nothing. The planet is heating up, worsened by our profligate use of fossil fuels. Our response: nothing. Our health care system is, as befits a materialist society, in service to the profit-making zeal of corporate "owners." Our response: nothing. Our employment system is being "outsourced," sold to the lowest bidders worldwide. Our response: nothing. Our religious infrastructure has transformed itself into a money and power confidence game. Our government's response: exploit the situation; make it worse. Our "president" lies us into war. Our information industry's response: cheer him on. A top secret intelligence agent is named in a major newspaper. Our government and media elite's response: lie about it. Pretend the traitors are "victims."

Because of the synergy of all these forces, the crescendo is likely very near. In the Buddhist sense of impermanence, the movement to total corruption had a beginning, a time of ascendance, and now a time of dominance. It will decline, and eventually fizzle out, much like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz.

One thing I can suggest is that we start asking the various practitioners and enablers of the Bush criminal organization this simple series of questions: What have you got? What are your answers, your solutions to problems? What kind of world would you like to see, and what does it take to get there?

For instance, do we need the rule of law? Bush, posing as a tough on crime governor, unquestioningly approved the executions of 52 people in Texas (Actually 152. Read about it here.). But 30 months in prison was "excessive" for Irv Libby.

Do we need a justice system at all, or are we better of with a jobs program for the politically connected?

Do we need a health care system, or do we need a money siphon for political cronies?

Do we need a system to plan for natural disasters, or do we need a sink for patronage?

Do we need a journalism industry, or do we need bread and circus inundation?

Do we need a paranoid, authoritarian, money and power concentration form of spirituality, or one focused on human growth and enlightenment?

For now, it would appear that our society prefers all these false responses to the human condition. It will not last. As the false power and wealth concentration reaches its crescendo, human misery is also reaching a crescendo. When the crescendo is finally reached, truth will prevail. Our task, should we choose to accept it, is to bear witness, and to prepare for the crescendo. We need to develop real answers. If we don't, then we perpetuate the system of raw evil.
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One thing we can do immediately is to honor Patrick Fitzgerald for his dedicated, patriotic work in exposing the treason of the Bush crime family. He should be given award after award, celebrated in parades nationwide - whether he shows up or not. He should be spoken of as a potential Attorney General in the pending “Democratic” presidential victory. International organizations, such as the Nobel committee, should honor him with awards for his contributions to justice and the rule of law. Movies should be made about him. Law schools should be named after him. Streets. Buildings. Airports. Freeways. Museums.

The same goes for Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson. Valerie Plame would make a perfect “CIA” director. Joe Wilson would be an ideal choice for Secretary of State, to say nothing of president.

And, of course, prison for George W. Bush and his entire gang of sociopaths. Can we finally start talking about them as a criminal operation? And the same for their “journalist” enablers? Language precedes action. Change the language, and you change the argument. Change the argument and you change the perspective. Change the perspective and you change the entire methodology for addressing and solving problems. Learn to face the strange ch-ch-ch-changes.

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