Living the Matrix -- Can You Believe It?
By Vincent L. Guarisco
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a
continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national
emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some
monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly
rally behind it ..." ~~ General Douglas MacArthur, 1957
Ever since we fell into this dark, gloomy abyss shortly after the thievish
2000 (s)election, many of us felt stranded -- forced to live in fear and
confusion above the transitory rabbit hole. More times than not, I felt I
was locked in an alternate universe -- playing out the movie character
"Neo" like in the 1999 cyber-thriller, "The Matrix."
The last four years have been surreal. A dreadful and draining experience
-- one hell of a hawkish, bloody four-year
"Nebuchadnezzar" ride! However, Americans have an amazing resilience for
truth and compassion. You can fool them once, twice -- even more -- but
once they realize their freedom, their democracy, is in danger, they become
an irresistable force.
In case you haven't noticed, many of our misinformed, behavior-modified
citizens have already wised-up. And, every day, countless more are choking
down Morpheus' symbolic, mystic "red pill" serum to receive their
long-overdue wake-up call.
It hasn't been easy. Contradicting a complicit White House-controlled news
media -- fighting off a virtual hornet's nest of stinging right-wing pundits
who soar from corporate hives to serve their masters has not been an easy
task. And it surely hasn't been a walk in the park for those who refused
to give up; who are still exposing state-sponsored lies and fake,
politically generated terror alerts designed to keep us obedient -- cowering
The light at the end of the tunnel is a result of Internet patriots devoted
to uncovering the truth, and exposing the shameful performance of
corporate mainstream media. The Internet -- and the many grassroots
organizations, the critical peace and environmental movements that have
furthered public awareness and influenced civil action has brought us to
where we are
Because we were attacked on multiple fronts -- not the least of which was
the omnipresent Attorney General John Ashcroft --
that is where we still struggle. Immediately after the Sept. 11 attack,
Ashcroft, in a blatant attempt to stop a backlash of dissent and protest,
went before the Congress and threatened, "To those who scare peace-loving
people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only
But, this is America, and Ashcroft could neither silence nor prevent
citizens from exercising their civil liberties and patriotic disobedience. I
am proud of each individual who continues to protest -- to march for freedom
-- in the streets. Even those who continue to speak out as they are herded
into barbed-wire "First Amendment" pens surrounded by helmeted, jack-booted
troops are a thing of beauty.
Americans are not idiots. Many of them thank the global megaphone ramblings
of our presidential village idiot for their wake-up call. How long did he
think his, "Yer either with us, or yer with the terrorists" mantra repeated
ad infinitim from atop his teleprompter soapbox would play in Peoria --
while American citizens were returning from the killing fields in
wheelchairs and coffins?
It's amazing how quickly the neo-cons managed to turn the entire world
upside down. It hasn't been that long ago when the world gazed upon the
United States with admiration, astonishment and respect. However, thanks to
boy George and his cabinet of corrupt "Vulcans," anti-Americanism now runs
rampant across the globe.
Our foreign friends who have been beaten into submission should know that
Americans understand the meaning of blackmail and coercion, and most
appreciate the price paid by those who declined to participate in Bush's
falsely propagated preemptive war. Most of us feel comfortable in giving
our word that, after our own regime change in November 2004, we will do
everything in our power to correct acts of revenge imposed upon "old Europe"
by our tainted US Supreme Court-appointed rulers. We will attempt to reverse
the damage inflicted on the world.
You might even say we are "born again" -- the umbilical cord of aggression
has been cut. No more acceptance of fear and deception of all for the
selfish gain of the few. More Americans every day wake up to the fact that
the War in Iraq was
only the first of many scheduled death marches planned for us by the crude
and powerful Project for a New American Century (PNAC) boys. This must be,
and will be, stopped.
History books are full of past examples of how other fascist rulers have
ruthlessly attempted -- and failed -- to conquer all of the world's natural
resources through global war for profit. If only the PNAC cartel had
boned-up on history's little lessons before they blueprinted this nightmare,
perhaps in doing so they could have saved themselves and us the trouble of
having to do it now. History has proved, time and again, that crusades such
as those advocated by Bush's "brain," Karl Rove, and his national security
advisor Condi Rice are always doomed to failure.
So many lives destroyed. So much misery inflicted. So many people
displaced and suffering. I guess the best lesson to learn from all of this
is best described by one of those who has paid the ultimate price for his
actions -- Nazi leader, Hermann Goering, who said at the Nuremberg Trials
before he was sentenced to death:
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a
farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to
come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want
war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That
is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine
the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along,
whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a
communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be
brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is
to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of
patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
The Chinese have a saying as well: "The journey of a thousand miles begins
with a single step." Well, we have already taken that first crucial step.
Furthermore, we have accelerated past a brisk walk and are now up and
running! Getting rid of Bush is only the starting point of a long journey
that still lies ahead but, in the end, our destination is a calm place where
peace, love and happiness of life unites and strengthens us all.
And, when we arrive, family members and friends of our brave will no longer
have to hold their breath worrying if their loved ones have died on the
killing fields of Iraq or elsewhere. We must have a strong military in order
to remain safe, but we must ensure that those who do choose to serve in the
military are not foolishly sent into harm's way for any one man's selfish
interior motives. We must return to a democracy where war is the "people's
choice" and is considered the action of last resort, not a fascist fallacy
of those who choose to sacrifice our citizens for selfish gain.
Should we make the unfortunate choice of going to war, then I demand that
those who do die should as a minimum, be given a true hero's welcome when
returned home. Not quietly sneaked back in to Dover Air Force Base in the
dead of night with a White House-mandated media blackout serving as a nerve
block to prevent the public from putting a real face of death on war.
The healing has begun. All the signs are there. Maybe it's a quaint and
subtle poem that speaks to us in our dreams, or
perhaps it's an almost daunting song played outside your window on a calm
summer night. Can you hear it? It's floating right now in the breeze like a
winding, whispering love song through the trees, softly singing -- as gently
as the wind in the following poem which I wrote for my fellow Americans who
never stand still.
Listen to the Wind
Do most of you remember how to "stand still"?
You have to listen to the wind Chief,
You have to stop and listen to the trees.
We need a creed to believe, not Wars to disbelieve.
Our music should be dreaming while awake,
Not a bloodlust of beating drums to embrace.
Take me back to the "dreaming tree" where free thought runs like mountain
I want us to be the stars that sing with poets dancing.
Sometimes in dreams I have visions of silence.
Our nation learning to listen.
Listening to the wind without tribulations of fear,
For fear is a powerful motive to sway action.
A real leader will walk softly with grace,
A real leader won't need to shake the big stick,
He will simply understand how to listen to our needs and deliver softly.
Can you hear the solders cry?
You know they may not be coming back home,
Feel the sky, smell the sea,
Stop and listen to the wind.
May the wings of peace forever find the four corners flow.
This is my dream song that takes me to the edge; that heals my soul.
Consider these words a new theater for your imagination,
A considerably different breeze from the repertory mind control theater.
I dream a motion to keep things whole,
I look into your eyes for love and stillness at the speed of light..
Only to be found in the wind.
*Vincent L Guarisco is a freelance writer from Bullhead City, Arizona, a
contributing writer for many web sites, and a lifetime founding member of
the Alliance of Atomic Veterans. Replies welcomed at:
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