Monday, July 04, 2005

Independent Thinkers

Polls are starting to indicate that the country is finally waking up from the nightmare of fear and ignorance that this administration employed to lead us into this ghastly, seemingly never-ending war. The Downing Street Memo provides evidence that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Last week, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, led by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), introduced H.J.RES.55, the "Withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq Resolution."

Due to media censure, not many people are even aware of the Downing Street Memo. Despite that, there is a not only growing number of Americans calling for withdrawal, but for impeachment as well. According to the latest Zogby poll, 42% of us now agree that if the President lied us into this war, he should be impeached.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence confirmed this principle:
"...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."

A very few people - a handful of Bush's corporate buddies - are getting rich from war-profiteering in Iraq. As a result, America is no longer the greatest country in the world. It is looking more and more like a fascistic oligarchy. A business deal is one thing, but to lie about it at the expense of 1700 Americans, countless Iraqis, and our nation's economic stability, is unconscionable, and impeachable. In his lame-duck pro-war speech last week, Bush was quacking about waving the flag to show support of the troops, and even had the nerve to ask others to enlist, because recruitment is down. To use these brave young men an women for profit is despicable.

As Dylan said in "Masters of War":
"You might say that I’m young,
you might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know,
though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never forgive what you do...
Let me ask you one question:
is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
when your death takes its toll
All the money you made won’t ever buy back your soul."

Despite the President’s jingoistic pleas of fighting terrorism in the name 9/11, God, and country, enlistment is down, because young people can see through the lies, flag waving, and pseudo-Christian claims of moral high ground, and refuse march to their death, just to make a few people rich.

Throughout history, this type of idealism has been criticized - by not by the "liberal media", or the "Hollywood elite", but by the most intelligent minds this nation has produced. Einstein said, "Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression." ... "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."

On this 4th of July, let us refuse to march rank and file to Bush's drumbeat of war. Let us become a independent thinkers like Einstein, impeach Bush, and march to a different drummer.

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