President George W Bush, |
his legacy post 9-11
not withstanding his "State of the Union Address."
The Winter of Democracy
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
This author, not unlike the lead paragraph's creator, Thomas Jefferson, writes a similar declaration of independence post 227 years. Jefferson used parchment paper and quill pen, I typewrite and broadcast online, but the message is the same. Democracy is now as revolting today as British-imposed taxes were in 1775. Jefferson might be proud of my efforts, for I like him, have received death threats, fourteen so far in 2003, for exposing this White House on Think & Ask. I receive mail laced with profanity that I shall not reprint for public view. However, I look to you to spread these words of national independence, in this State of the Union Address.
My father and I are both conservatives. We don't discuss politics often; however, upon reflection of 9-11's second anniversary, we both agreed on a fundamental opinion. The time has come for a revolution in the United States of America. This young country survived one revolt in the 1770s, and a Civil War in the 1860s. My proposed revolution shall be a different kind, one not fought with gunfire. We, The People of the United States, must organize, vote, and take back our government through nonviolent overthrow.
This will be an monstrous battle. A revolution of such kind looks impossible for a populous, comprising of nearly 290,000,000, which has become, fat, lazy, apathetic, un-knowledgable of civil rights, and self-centered.
We, The People of the United States, do not accept responsibility for self. We blame others for actions we've caused. We sue tobacco companies, or food manufacturers for our use of their products. We blame countries for hating us, and we denounce their way of life when they wish not to be like us. We do not accept fault.
We equate "culture" with a stuffed couch and television set. Super Bowl XXXVII attracted 137.7 million television viewers, and yet, fewer people participated in the most important event we share as a democracy. Only 105 million voters cast ballots for the presidential election in 2000, or 51 percent of those eligible.
Our students don't know the countries this White House invaded post 9-11. Eighty-three percent could not locate Afghanistan on a map, and 86 percent could not locate Iraq, according to National Geographic.
There are 189,000 more black males in prison than in college. We have 2.1 million citizens in penitentiaries, at a taxpayers cost of $40 billion annually. Drug possession sentences account for more than half the federal prison population (up from 9 percent in 1983.) We impose prison sentences for drug possession that outlast sentences for rape (average time served for rape is 65 months, and 84 months for drug offenses.) Drug rehabilitation is cheaper ($48-$65 per day) than prison costs ($73-$94 per day,) and rehabilitation itself is shorter than mandatory prison sentencing. Yet, this government approves plans to build more prisons. Our social ills don't vanish overnight. Now we have the added burden of liberating Iraq and Afghanistan, without having liberated our own.
We know that Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, other leaders, and the people of the colonies disliked taxes imposed upon these States by The British Monarchy in 1775. Aside from taxation, these colonies set their own regulations, specifically around the separation of church and state. Including "God" in our currency, and pledges was not in our founding.
George W Bush
We The People; the masses of whom our founding fathers fought for, are an abomination to our Declaration of Independence if we do not fight. Our young know Jennifer Lopez, they do not know the names of their elected officials. They beg for video games, while our elderly beg for lower drug-care costs. This government reacts not by lowering health-care costs, but by absolving Eli Lilly of legal responsibility to create ineffective drugs.
We do not question the White House, we do not question why our telecommunication, or e-mails, can be read by those we do not intend.
We have a tax system that not only allows a fraction of the population to escape, but it is a system without check or balance. We The People unanimously desire a flat percentage tax that ends loopholes. Our government does not, for it makes them accountable to us.
Within our current political system we have a debt of $7 trillion (1 September '03), which is $24,000 for each man, woman, and child, and it grows at $1.69 billion per day. This debt excludes benefits to you and me. We have no guaranteed health care. Our education system funds are cut to afford roadwork repair on city streets. Our Social Security system requires a $10.5 trillion massage. While it is too late to walk away from Iraq and Afghanistan, we now owe the people of those countries restored liberty, and have yet to propose a plan, or understand the final cost (the latest estimate is $30 billion excluding military spending.)
None of these issues is new. None of these issues has failed resolution by think tanks, by educators, by economic strategists, or by the communities in which we all belong. We discuss these issues at work, and with our families, but we do not act. This government depends upon our ignorance.
We, The People, must immediately accept the interest of each other, and of this nation to declare an end to fascism, special interests, and international invasions using this US military without unanimous United Nations support.
We, The People, must unite against this current government -- we own the right to its leadership and policies. Simply by race, or ethnic practice, we are diverse in beliefs and must proudly accept these rights of difference and diversity through a government leadership reflective of these rights.
We, The People of the United States of America, have little time to restore the faith the world once offered us.
You can agree or disagree; you can act or ignore, but you, as the individual, support this White House administration with silence. Bush lost his election by 540,300 votes, and still took the White House. Did you ever think for a moment, that a man who believed in a democracy would have fought so vociferously for an office the majority chose not for him? It was "imperative" that Bush votes in Florida outnumber those cast for Al Gore.
The democratic legacy We, The People, choose today will alter the course of politics for a century to come.
We either win, or we deserve a democracy defined and misled by George W Bush.