"will it be the same old same old?"
Happy 9.1.1. I hope.
Back on the "original" 9/11, 2001, the radical Islamic arm looked to take
down the United States. They hated us for our freedoms, our permissive
views on how the world should run, and, by and large, because we had
hitherto been so successful.
They probably also hated us because we had engineered said permissions
and freedoms OUT of their status quo, but that's probably a different
story for another day.
So on 9/11, they sent a couple of planes to take out the World Trade Center.
They also succeeded in goading a knee-jerk reactionary government into
taking unnecessary steps which eventually led us into a war in which we
had no need, and no true purpose.
Part of what happened was we began in earnest to build a Police State.
It began in our airports and, soon, extended to our train depots. In some
places, it is present in our subways and, of course, it is present at our
We have played right into the hands of what these terrorists wanted.
In fighting this "war on terror", a war against "an unseen enemy", we
have stripped down the basic rights of our citizenry and reduced ourselves
to the enemy we once feared.
If the basic goal of the terrorists was to eradicate this country because
of its principles, they have already won, and we have handed them their
Here at 1/1/2009, or 9.1.1, we are sitting in a country which is sitting in
a financial quagmire in very large part because of the offensive we launched
back in 2003 because of something that happened in 2001, even though the
two causes were not connected. Not Really.
And we are looking at a very bleak picture: Thus far, we are being
socially reduced to rubble. We cannot shine as people when we must
concentrate on making the ends of the shoestring meet, living hand-to-
mouth. The economic problems we face are directly connected to our
success socially. The renaissance we enjoyed for that brief moment
in time gave us so much, and yet while our top brass is bailing out
the banks and the carmakers, they are letting the very elements of the
soul of this country wither and die. The arts. The social programs.
A friend of mine recently pointed out the difference between Conservative
Equality and Liberal Equality:
"Liberal Equality states that the end result is equal, no matter the
path one takes in life to get to the end. Conservative Equality is
on the other end: We all start with a level playing field and it is
up to us to make something of it."
I agree with this in principle, but there are the ever remaining issues that
we do not all start with a level playing field, and even if we start
there, those of us who play fairly get screwed over by those who play
without ethics, by those who hide behind a shield of righteousness
to promote discriminating agendae, by those whose definition of fairness
means "fair for me and screw everybody else". In short, "after me,
you come first."
We are, ever more, becoming that which we so feared back in the Cold
War. We are turning into the old U.S.S.R. with all its trappings.
Yes, we have the "right to vote" -- for either of two sides of a flawed
single-party system. Yes, we have the right to freedom of expression,
so long as we do not express anything against our government or rally
dissent. Yes, we have the right to our capitalism, as long as we acknowledge
that the government has the right to walk in and take everything we own
by brute force if need be.
There is no longer a difference between what was, over there, and what is,
...and this is not going to change until we, the people, nut up, and hold
the gun to our government, cock the hammer and demand that they admit
their responsibility, their irresponsibility.
And if they refuse, we, the people, can no longer sit idly by and not
pull that trigger.