It is supremely ironic that we are here – AGAIN! – exactly, 43 years almost to the day when we had to wrest control of our government BACK from the tyrannically conservative Richard Nixon. Within years, we would run him out of the White House in a futile attempt to restore Constitutional order – if only for a short time – back for the nations citizens and our government. A brief moment of less than a decade. And while many American’s were too young to remember these events, the lessons were wasted teaching moments that all too often have slipped away and out of our collective memory. That in itself is the tragedy. But even worse, it has been occurring far too often of late. The question is now, what do we plan to do about it? How many more hits on our nation and Democracy, will we the PEOPLE of God – of faith and of the longest enduring, most resilient Democracy in human history, before we jointly determine its OUR RESPONSIBILITY – to defend, with our honor, treasure – our lives – if and when necessary?
When a young lady in New York is placed under surveillance, and while attending an Occupy rally, is fondled by law enforcement, concealing his identity and then, only after her natural reaction is to defend herself from being accosted, is placed under arrest and charged, after striking blindly at an unseen person behind (see: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/occupy-activist-be-sentenced-police-assault) her , this is terror.
When an elderly citizen takes in his son – who also happens to be a Liberal/Progressive activist writer and who too, is under surveillance – who has no place to live in the dead of the harshest Michigan winter in living memory, an active, engaged and independent 93 year old, then quickly deteriorates – both physically and cognitively – because someone has been coming into his house while no one was there, putting substances in the food, on clothing, on bedding, releasing bugs (of the micro-drone variety), whose bite injects substances which cause mental and physical deterioration’s, that is terror!
When after an extreme and near complete civic and institutional collapse, a nation, knowing it needs to restructure its entire way of conducting the business of government, is prevented from doing so, by elements outside, as well as inside that same government, stand directly in opposition and in the way of a new president and even before announcing a single policy initiative toward the restorations necessary for the re-establishment of law, order and governmental and regulatory transparency, to job markets, business, banking and investments, education, ensuring racial, gerontological, gender and LGBT rights, international diplomacy, environmental restorations and assistance to the elderly, disabled and the poor (victimized by that same collapse of society), that IS terror!
Future President James Madison asked a young, reflective nation, after a time of difficult war and hardships of rebuilding, in that intense several months between October 27, 1787 to August 16, 1788, to think long and hard. To think deeply. To consider the “… sum or quantity of power…” we, the people, of a not yet nation, were about to bequeath, or to “… vest in the government… ” not yet even in existence. Federalist 41 would continue walking a trusting citizenry down a path lit bright with hope, anticipation and the ambition of the affirmative possibilities that, as Madison challenged, would they, at that moment of flux, to we now in this modern age, as their directly descended progeny, know with absolute certainty, if “…any powers transferred to the general government, be unnecessary or improper…?” A second question which followed, was “… whether the entire mass of them (that conglomeration of ‘powers’) be dangerous to the portion of jurisdiction left in the several states…?” It would not be more than 180 years before those who would vote for Richard Nixon, did ignore such dire considerations.
As the first United States President ever to unleash the unrestrained terror of secret, reckless, punitive government upon the people – the citizens who voted for George W. Bush then answer back with a resounding and emphatical NO!… such horrors and terrors imposed upon not JUST the people, but would likewise, defile ALL future governments, as we see these horrors and terrors of the Nixon years, the Bush years, now infecting the administration of President Barack Obama, with the disease of the same terror, the same tyranny, of secretive and omnipotently OPPRESSIVE governance, when he swore an oath to end it, there is an undeniable crisis with the system of government that supposedly has built-in safeguards to deflect such sabotage! But the system has failed, as people are no longer safe – to congregate, find safe shelter and food, to rely on stable government in times of crisis or have access to direct representatives, because the voice of large donations drowns out the voices of millions of voters and corporate personified influences intimidates and bullies elected and appointed officials to the point they fear for their seats, their lives and the lives of the families and loved ones! As a result, the confusion and fear of nearly broken citizenry, prevents them from even the ambition of voting in favor of a better, more positive and productive direction. But we were warned this would be the case if we became complacent, lazy and detached from our Civic Cultural duties as owners and managers of this – a peoples Democracy collective. But no one reads. No one pays attention. And as a result, after years of disengagement, an entire nation awakens to find themselves locked out of what was once theirs – their own government! Again, it didn’t have to turn out this way, as we were told in the year the first generation of American’s established this republic Democracy, designed withstand any enemy – domestic and foreign. but this is something new: the enemy is ourselves…
In the 1971 Supreme Court case, The New York Times v. The United States Government, (see:http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1970/1970_1873) the Nixon administration essentially tried to argue the case to allow it and the preceding Johnson administrations’ war and domestic terror criminality to stand, in keeping the Pentagon Papers secret and thus, keeping the entire illegal war enterprise hidden, could not stand against the full fury and force of the rule of law, which would have otherwise resulted in those secrets still remaining buried behind that same 43 year old wall of secrecy. Today, we are facing the same, with the question of how to go forward in the saga of Edward Snowden – the former National Security Agency intelligence analyst, regarding the 99 percent total surveillance spy terror (with – again, the one percent being able to buy their own exclusive liberties and freedoms distinct from those of the rest of the nation) of the American people.
The whole sordid enterprise MUST be exposed and the only way that can and will happen is getting Mr. Snowden before the Senate leadership, with a guarantee of immunity from prosecution, so the entire program, finally, after 13 years – including illegal Section 8 Habeus Corpus violations, from Article I of the Constitution, will be out in the open. But in order that this end NOW, NO ONE should escape prosecution, who was involved in the carrying out and covering up and blocking investigations, can we assure, unlike in the past, that this madness may ever occur again. Mr. Snowden alerted us and we should repay is loyalty by ensuring the guilty don’t walk! No Nixonian pardons! It must END NOW, so it never happens, ever again! This habit, if it is to be broken, must happen by our collective resolve, as James Madison proscribed in the first place. This is how we know who did and did not do their homework, studying the Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and then we would have guarded ourselves years ago, from the prejudices of the unthinking, the wantonly ambitious and covetous criminal-minded conservative. This Liberal/Progressive government is best managed by a cool and candid people, as James Madison described those of US whose patriotism isn’t some flag lapel pin, abortion opposition or school prayer and creationist advocate, but a people who alloy in themselves… with the purest of human blessings… This is why reading on ones own is so critical in a Democracy, with such a rich literary history as ours. James Madison seemed to be, in those days everywhere at once, in keeping a diary of the proceedings during the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1788 and if we get nothing out of his lessons of that time, it should be this – that the “… choice must always be made, if not of the lesser evil, at least of the GREATER, not the PERFECT good…”
The case of the Nixon monstrosity was totally accidental, as such an occurrence had never taken place. Reagan’s administration caught us as equally unaware and confused, being in a state of post-Vietnam war weariness, but is also is no excuse. The Supreme Court majority installing their choice and then the unprecedented moves toward corporatization of every facet of life and politics was our fault and the natural world, our civilization and Democracy are now paying the price that our nations forebearers would be devastated and ashamed of, that we the people, allowed such horrible turns of misfortune, to overtake us so completely and unnecessarily!
The Senate will have to take the lead on this, as they are the only fully functioning and independently autonomous legislative group in Washington now. They are, with its diverse membership, able to track down which contractors or policing agencies are buying excessive amounts of drugs which have no functional use to its members, as well as tracking down their areas of operations and who they are surveilling. As we recently learned from a four year, NYPD investigation of Muslims, there was not a single person charged in the entire time of the teams’ secret operations and as peaceful, non-violent groups are being targeted, those same resources are being wasted, if violent and criminal individuals and groups are allowed to thrive, flourish and create mayhem, with impunity. The Senate must also partner with the President in consolidating greater powers in normalizing and restoring law and order, from the top to bottom of society, in doing what we did 43 years ago, to assure something as simple, but as vital as free speech and assembly was given its Constitutional priorities as intended.
Having lost sight of this imperative, that is all we can depend on, in connecting with the same Divine revelations which inspired the inception of this Democracy, in keeping it as pure, as fresh and as vital, by making the hard choices – as did Edward Snowden, as did Barack Obama, not knowing that either had walked into a rigged game and had done all they could – against these great odds, to uphold their oath to God and country. We, the PEOPLE let them AND ourselves down, by failing to populate the Senate and Congress with MORE Liberal/Progressives, Democrats and Republicans alike, of the type who sat on the Supreme Court Bench 43 years ago, and told us directly, THEY would uphold the purest spirit of the public good of which every office holder is obliged to carry, who represents every letter and phrase of the nations founding documents in the spirit of the divine and by their actions alone, we of this age, would know what to do to end traditions of evil, that have interloped into our virtuous, pure and ever-affirming Democracy, for all time to come. Because if we are to utilize EVERY opportunity civilization offers, we must ensure that the way is made clear with faith, virtue and the God-given intelligence and compassion embodied within these God-inspired Democracy structures that have meant the difference between living free and independent as equals. Read your Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights, your Federalist Papers, and then take all that Liberal/Progressive intellect and ambition and VOTE – for a transformed and affirmative America…
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