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Nation of Fools

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My family,friends and neighbors are being played for fools by the power brokers in Washington; and they don't even have a clue about how they are being manipulated. The truth is out there; but no one is bringing it to our door step. You have to look hard. You have to want to know the facts. You have to care about social justice; and that requires effort; it requires living with a troubled conscience and trying to set things right. It requires that you inform yourself and make an effort to change things. The trouble is that most Americans don't want to know the truth because it would make them uncomfortable. So they turn their heads the other way and allow themselves to be distracted from their civic and patriotic duties. It is easier to display the flag and plaster their cars with 'Support our troops' stickers. This mode of being requires no real effort; nor accountability.
Their government is murdering millions of innocent people all around the planet, torturing people and toppling both democratic and progressive governments; it is committing acts of terror against the world's working poor; it is plundering their homelands and stealing their wealth. How can any person of conscience remain indifferent toward these acts? How can we wave our flags and support our troops when this is what they are doing? Is this their idea of liberation? Is this their perception of Democracy? Is this the kind of nation we want to be?
While this is going on they are concerned only about shopping, mindless consumption, and watching American Idol. As citizens, they have been rendered totally useless. Fascism flourishes where citizens are inactive and uninformed. Where there is apathy there is fascism.
When will the people learn that the interests of big business and multinational corporations; the interest of the ruling class-are not our interests? When an American president-it doesn't matter which one-talks about protecting American interests, whose interest do they mean? They mean the interest of the ruling class-the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Murdochs, the Cheneys and the Bushes. They mean the interest of General Electric, Halliburton, Bechtel, Boeing, Wal-mart, Northrup-Grumman; Raytheon, Exxon-Mobil; Shell Oil and Texaco. These are not my interests. Nor are they the interests of a percentage of the populace. And they certainly are not noble causes to fight and die for.
Most of my fellow citizens would be as angry as I am about all of this if they knew what I know. But they don't want to know, damn them! It would threaten their comfortable existence. It might even activate some spark of hidden conscience that would force them into action.
It's not that we are a nation of stooges and idiots (though it certainly appears that way at times); it is that we are a nation of the lazy and morbidly obese-physically, mentally and spiritually. From cradle to grave we are exposed to the brave new world of Madison Avenue, the endless stream of corporate propaganda that dull our senses and wear us down. The assault upon our sensibilities is constant. Our view of the world is misshapened, distorted into the grotesque in the mirrors of the corporate media. We are a nation of addicts. Some of our addictions include: oil, entertainment, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, conspicuous consumption and hubris. There is nothing wrong with being entertained, per se. But it must be in healthy proportions to being informed. As journalist Bill Moyers has observed, 'We are not getting the information we need to make us free.'
As a result, the age of reason is nearing an end. We are careening back into the abyss of ignorance and fear that characterized the Dark Ages. Evidence for this consists in the rise of nationalism, jingoism, intolerance and religious fundamentalism. If we don't soon wake from our zombie state, we will no longer teach the truth of evolution in our public schools. The stage is already set in Kansas for that sorry event to take place. Science and understanding will be supplanted by religious dogma and zealotry. No proof, no evidence will be necessary. We will live our lives by faith-blind faith; deaf and dumb faith. Ecological literacy will become a forgotten dream, as the earth sinks into irrevocable ruin in the bilge of consumption and industrial waste we created. Heretics, as was done in the past, will be subject to persecution; burned at the stake as blasphemers. Copernicus and Giordano Bruno will welcome the company. Free thinking and the publication of non-religious books will be banned. White supremacists (as they do now in the slave states) will hold the reins of power; and a new era of industrial slavery will be ushered in. Behold the twelve hour work day; rejoice in the seventy-two hour work week. And it will be called a free and open society-a Christian Nation. It will be called the Greatest Nation on Earth. It will be called 'Amerika.' Religious leaders will openly call for the assassination of democratically elected presidents of sovereign nations. The CIA and its henchmen will obediently carry out the orders. Ignorant, supercilious, bumbling stooges will be our war time presidents. We will exist in a state of perpetual war. Ours' will be a permanent war time economy, until its collapse in a few short decades of flaming exuberance. The war machine must be fed with our babies-those of the working class. Elections will be rigged and their outcomes predetermined by electronic voting machines that leave no paper trails. Ignorance will be called truth. Hate will be called love. Words will have no meaning. The fascist police state is emerging. Take heed.

 

Please forgive the miss spellings and typos . I have had a few bad days of not feeling so well . I have been slowly drowning in a sea of tears .

Today I intend to just get away from it all by talking a walk in a field of wild flowers . Watching Listening  !

CSB

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Well said!

Sorry you're not feeling so great :grouphug:

​Thanks for the hug !!

I will be ok . Its just that sometimes life gets to a person . I have a auto immune issue; I must have eaten something that did agree with me and then to top it off with bull shit doom and gloom . I just want to get away from it all .

 

 

I like to share music .  I hope you don't mind .

CSB aka Michael

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I just poured my first cup of coffee this morning, sat down to check out the forum and your post was the first one I read. I was trying to wrap my head around your words when my mind started wandering....

My first thought was ," Yes we are in the bread and circus days of Rome." Next one of my favorite quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero popped into my head...

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague"

 

Then this song started playing in my mind.  Come on, sing along, you will feel better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just poured my first cup of coffee this morning, sat down to check out the forum and your post was the first one I read. I was trying to wrap my head around your words when my mind started wandering....

My first thought was ," Yes we are in the bread and circus days of Rome." Next one of my favorite quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero popped into my head...

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague"

 

Then this song started playing in my mind.  Come on, sing along, you will feel better.

 

 

 

 It's a great day to be alive ? Yes ? Even if God is laughing .

 

 

 

 

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I'm so sorry you are not feeling well. I tried to make you laugh, guess it didn't work.

I know how easy it is to get caught up in the doom and gloom, but sometimes you need to walk away from it for a while. Constantly worrying about the world will only make you ill.

My mother who grew up in the depression always used to say, "I felt sorry for myself as a child because my family was so poor that they could not afford to buy me new shoes. Then I saw a man with no feet and realized how blessed I really was.  That statement is something I've always kept close to my heart.

Yes, our world is messed up, leaders are corrupt and our future looks bleak.  That's the world/life we were born into. So what are you going to do about it? Worry and complain or live your life and find joy in the simple things that you have control over

Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey.  Some people's journeys end much earlier than others, but we all eventually end up at the same destination...6 feet under the ground.

Here's my journey for today. I woke up in a bed with a roof over my head. I have running water in my house so I could take a shower and make a cup of coffee. There is food in the fridge to make breakfast. I have power and the internet so I could read your post. It has stopped raining so I'm going to take my coffee and breakfast outside, let the sun shine on my face, watch the squirrels chase each other and be grateful that I have shoes and feet to put them on.

I can't change the world so I'm going to enjoy the journey....while it lasts.

Anyway, I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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I'm so sorry you are not feeling well. I tried to make you laugh, guess it didn't work.

I know how easy it is to get caught up in the doom and gloom, but sometimes you need to walk away from it for a while. Constantly worrying about the world will only make you ill.

My mother who grew up in the depression always used to say, "I felt sorry for myself as a child because my family was so poor that they could not afford to buy me new shoes. Then I saw a man with no feet and realized how blessed I really was.  That statement is something I've always kept close to my heart.

Yes, our world is messed up, leaders are corrupt and our future looks bleak.  That's the world/life we were born into. So what are you going to do about it? Worry and complain or live your life and find joy in the simple things that you have control over

Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey.  Some people's journeys end much earlier than others, but we all eventually end up at the same destination...6 feet under the ground.

Here's my journey for today. I woke up in a bed with a roof over my head. I have running water in my house so I could take a shower and make a cup of coffee. There is food in the fridge to make breakfast. I have power and the internet so I could read your post. It has stopped raining so I'm going to take my coffee and breakfast outside, let the sun shine on my face, watch the squirrels chase each other and be grateful that I have shoes and feet to put them on.

I can't change the world so I'm going to enjoy the journey....while it lasts.

Anyway, I hope you get to feeling better soon.

:hug:

 

 

 

 

 

​It is indeed a great day ! And do understand your point . Thank you !

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Armed Infidel, CSB, you are a delight. 

Posters like you are why I hang out here. You don't just a paste a video link and run away. You clearly explain ideas, express well-thought opinions, and inform us with specific details. 

Most of us in this forum agree totally with you. I do, however, cut the sheeple a little slack. Like David Icke says, they are dumb, drugged, and docile. TPTB have brainwashed the zombie hordes through the media and entertainment industries (crime gangs). 

Humans seem to be hard-wired to follow the leader, like sheep that follow the castrated ram with a clanking bell around its neck, the bellwether. Human sheep, sheeple, follow loud leaders (politicians) who make grand promises of a better, easier life -- sports, fast food, malls,  reality tv, etc.

Our job, and I think we have the obligation to do it, is to enlighten as many sheeple as we can. Who else will tell them? Sometimes movies hint that we are living in a false reality. A Matrix, duh. My own sister calls me crazy. Let her. I still hold forth on the New World Order and entry-level ct. Baby steps, little bites, gentle persuasion. I don't bark at her, but I do nip her heels like a sheepleherder. She still resists, but she can't hold out forever, esp. with the insanity that passes for current events.

For a hundred years or so, sci-fi writers and movie makers have predicted a dismal future, not unlike Mad Max. Those works of fiction prepare people intellectually for a possible or probable collapse of civilization. 

Illegitimi non carborundum!

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

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Armed Infidel, CSB, you are a delight. 

Posters like you are why I hang out here. You don't just a paste a video link and run away. You clearly explain ideas, express well-thought opinions, and inform us with specific details. 

Most of us in this forum agree totally with you. I do, however, cut the sheeple a little slack. Like David Icke says, they are dumb, drugged, and docile. TPTB have brainwashed the zombie hordes through the media and entertainment industries (crime gangs). 

Humans seem to be hard-wired to follow the leader, like sheep that follow the castrated ram with a clanking bell around its neck, the bellwether. Human sheep, sheeple, follow loud leaders (politicians) who make grand promises of a better, easier life -- sports, fast food, malls,  reality tv, etc.

Our job, and I think we have the obligation to do it, is to enlighten as many sheeple as we can. Who else will tell them? Sometimes movies hint that we are living in a false reality. A Matrix, duh. My own sister calls me crazy. Let her. I still hold forth on the New World Order and entry-level ct. Baby steps, little bites, gentle persuasion. I don't bark at her, but I do nip her heels like a sheepleherder. She still resists, but she can't hold out forever, esp. with the insanity that passes for current events.

For a hundred years or so, sci-fi writers and movie makers have predicted a dismal future, not unlike Mad Max. Those works of fiction prepare people intellectually for a possible or probable collapse of civilization. 

Illegitimi non carborundum!

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

​I don't get to frustrated . I understand the manipulated herd mentality and I know that if you throw a rock into the middle of one they will scatter in all directions .

Your own sister calls you crazy !  LOL  I have one of those and a brother that thinks Obama is great . Ok; I let them win . They wont even look in to any subject, to them the world is in good hands . OMG .. So I consider their source, only mainstream news and to they don't read anything other than how to operate a cell phone .

I love all humanity ! I am not even races; I do have a love for people but then I don't like Half The Folks I love ...

You mite get a kick out of this video ..

 

 

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yeah and so many fools, idiots, and believers who  are so blinded the refuse to see the truth when its right in front of them.  All of them will experience the rude awakening  moment soon. Most all of them will still not accept it. 

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