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Sat, Oct. 29th, 2005, 02:56 pm
The Sound Of Silence

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~ Martin Luther King, jr.

Can you hear it too? What is that sound? The sound that has the ability to drive a man nuts. The sound of electricity buzzing in the lights. Yes, that is the sound of silence. A sound that has spread across this nation like a disease. It's like sitting in a church when everyone takes a moment to pray and suddenly you hear a baby start to cry. That’s what we hear, the sound of helpless tears from mothers who hoped that their children would outlive them. Yet, nobody runs to comfort her. The sound of nothing and an absence of action to go with it. Silence, a sound foreign to America. A sound that is pleasing to kings and crippling to peasants. For the rest of the world, this is America's real shock and awe, its silence. The days are gone when all nations would look to see what American's were saying. No longer do they look to America, simply because there is nothing to hear or see here. America sits silent while lady Justice is raped. Just when did America lose it's voice?

Silence is the sound of surrender. The sound of fear. Creating fear is the quickest way to achieve silence. Who benefits from the silence? Who would want to mute the mouths of Americans? You ask yourself that question; don't run around asking everyone else until you can answer it. It is not a trick question. It is a very simple question and has been answered by generations of the past. Rome, Germany, Russia, France, and China are prime examples of a people that were silent. As the past will prove, it is not an imaginary organization that benefits from a nations silence. Indeed, it is the leaders of that nation’s government which benefits from the silence.

Silence is un-American. A patriot does not remain silent. It is in the blood of every American to stand and protest that which is wrong. America was founded by rebels. Those same rebels populated America. Our ancestors were very rebellious against government. It is that spirit of a rebel that defeated the armies of dictators. It is with that spirit that America would win wars and defeat any enemy of freedom. War against government is no stranger to the American people, in fact, it is a specialty. Americans specialize in defeating domestic enemies of freedom. At least we once did. Now it seems as though Americans forgot how to spot threats to freedom. We are definitely not the same as our forefathers. America was founded on the belief that ones own government was the first enemy of freedom. It was with that understanding that the Constitution was written. It was understood that a nations own government posed a bigger threat than multiple nations combined in war. This was understood because we came from a dictatorship.

Our ancestors understood that Government was the enemy. This is why they created a government ran by the people. They gave power to the people of the nation. Not just some people, but all people of this nation. They did this because they knew that Government is a small group of people who want control. They knew that government over people lies and deceives to keep power and wealth. Our forefathers understood the fact that the people had to be in control of the government to prevent that government from conspiring against the people. The people were given the power to prevent conspiracy.

Main Entry: con•spir•a•cy
Pronunciation: k&n-'spir-&-sE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
Etymology: Middle English conspiracie, from Latin conspirare
1 : the act of conspiring together
2 a : an agreement among conspirators b : a group of conspirators
synonym see PLOT
Main Entry: con•spire
Pronunciation: k&n-'spIr
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): con•spired; con•spir•ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French conspirer, from Latin conspirare to be in harmony, conspire, from com- + spirare to breathe
transitive senses : PLOT, CONTRIVE
intransitive senses
1 a : to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement b : SCHEME
2 : to act in harmony toward a common end Source

Today, the people laugh at the word conspiracy. They make a big joke about it as if only a lunatic would believe in conspiracies. Yet, it is the foundation of America to realize that government does indeed conspire against its own people. In America, it is the job of every citizen to prevent this from happenening. Who is doing their Job? If our government does something against us, it is our responsibility to do something about it. Instead, the majority says it can't happen here. Even though it is and has been happening here. We as a whole have not done our job! We can not possibly expect government to protect us from its own self. We were given power by our founding fathers, and we do nothing with it. We gave power back to government and expected that government to keep our personal interest in mind. It's like giving a beer to an alcoholic and expecting them not to drink it.

Our founding fathers did not create a perfect system. The system they created works with two parts. Government and People. What they did not realize is that the people would stop keeping government in order. They thought amendments would be used to better the constitution, they didn't realize amendments would be used to limit the constitution. They did not plan for elected officials to lie to the people and those people allowing it. They did not think we would stand back while our own poor starve so we can support another nation. The founding fathers did not plan for the silence of the people.

If the current president would have been there in 1776 and tried to introduce a "patriot act" he would have been hung in the streets, you can believe that! Our system becomes more and more corrupt with each new president. The lies get bigger. None of the last three presidents would have been worthy in the beginning days. They have done nothing but help destroy America. They have lied to the people, they have sent our jobs away, they have sent our children to die and they have created a system to make the poor more poor. They have lied to your face and walked away smiling. We the people have become seduced and allowed our political and corporate leaders to stay drunk on wealth and power, taking us from the greatest nation to one of the worst nations.

America, so quick to war. The number of nations turning against us is growing. Meanwhile Russia (once our greatest enemy), has eliminated most of its enemies by practicing what America once stood for. Russia shows respect to other nations and is now prospering. They have been lending a helping hand to nations like Iran. We on the other hand, bear false witness against nations like Iraq and Iran, and we are failing. We supposedly elected a "war President". Most of his votes came from Christians. People who were warned by their God to watch for wolves in sheep’s clothing. Is it a little strange that everything America was taught to watch for has been allowed by those that have been warned? The people of America are not innocent at all. We have the power to keep our government in order. We have the power and the right to place and remove anyone in public office. We have control of the game. Yet, we allow them to do as they will. The people who sit in silence are as guilty as the people who do the deeds.

Americans are getting raped every which way they turn. This was once a nation that could not keep silent. There was a time when we made sure the people were heard. Unions are very American, in the past anyway. Even if you are not pro union, you have to admit, it is American. I once was pro union, but I second guess that now. Unions at the upper levels have become nothing more than a business for profit. They have been taking the money of their members for years. At one time Unions were all about doing what it had to do to get the point across. Now, it's all about money. How is it that our unions sit back while people are losing wages, benefits and even jobs? Since when did the working class become afraid of standing up? The strange thing is, most union members claim to be democrat and vote democrat. They praise Clinton for being such a great president. They refuse to look at the fact that Clinton signed NAFTA into action. How is that for union? How is it that America fails to see the power in their hands?

If all of the trucks shut down on the side of the road, and all of the factory workers didn't show up to work, it would only take one day for government to take notice. One day! That is fact. What is your issue? High fuel prices? You will not get lower fuel prices by buying fuel! You can't just wait for an elected official to decide it is enough. That's not going to happen. Are we waiting for somebody honest to be elected president? Listen, it is not going to happen!! We have to make them be honest. If we want results, it will take action on our part. We have to take to the streets with our grievances. Petitions will not get us anywhere. Apologies will not fix anything. We have to take action, the time is Now! Government can not run without people. That is something our founding fathers knew. It is something America has forgotten. We can not allow our troops to die for one mans lie. While you sit their in silence and wait for somebody else to do something about it, you lose more power. Stand up and be ready to fight! Are we Americans?

We waste our military power fighting for Israel’s interest, while an enemy strengthens. Iraq, Iran and Syria are not threats to America. China is a threat to America. The nations we are terrorizing are threats to Israeli interest, let Israel worry about their own problems. We have been sending our jobs to China and don't even realize what that is doing. This is putting money into China's economy. China is using that money to build up its military. If we go messing with Iran, Russia will be sure to back them up. This will start a domino effect. All of the other nations will chose sides. Britain will of course side with America and Israel. France and Spain will likely side with America. China will certainly not back America. China will side with Iran and Russia. If this does happen, America will see its defeat. We can not allow this to happen! We have to stop fighting Israel’s wars, and we must stop financing China's military build up!

But the sound of silence is so loud.

We have no rights and no power. We have become weak. The rest of the world waits in anticipation to see what America will do. Nothing?

Recently I was locked up, briefly for standing up for myself. I am no criminal, and I have no record. The charge did not stick. But what happened? I had to go to court and when I got there, I was told I couldn't have time to find a lawyer. Even though the place taking me to court had their lawyer, I was told the judgment was against me and I no longer had time to get a lawyer. That was not about to stop me from defending myself. I used my right to speech to defend myself and also used my right not to speak to defend myself. The judge called the use of my rights "contempt of court". It didn't matter that this was a case that the court was not to be involved in, and it didn't matter that the judge was not supposed to be involved. Because the other party’s lawyer did not want to accept my answer, he asked the judge to put me under oath. Keep in mind that this lawyer and the judge were from the same county, where I was from a different county. I guess that meant I did not have any rights. Using my rights and quoting law, answering questions honestly, but because they were not what they hoped to hear, it was called "contempt of court". This of course was just a scare tactic. They hoped by locking me in a cell that I would fear them and say what they wanted to hear. The problem is, I don't scare too easily. Fear is used to enslave people. I will not be a slave to manipulated system. I am sure this has worked on many other people in this particular court. I am also sure they think they can do this because you are too poor to afford a lawyer. They did not count on the will of an American. People who know me told me how it was nuts for me to do such a thing. I don't think so, if exercising my rights is crazy, I don't want to be sane!

My case is irrelevant and really nobody's business, so why would I bring it up? Because I refuse to be silent. I refuse and if the rest of the nation would refuse to be silent, we would get something done. There are hundreds of thousands who think like me and act like me, but only hundreds who speak like me. The silence is much too loud. America needs to realize what made us a great nation. It's not the education that we force in order to compete with other nations. It is not the Olympics. It is not the skyscrapers. It is the will. It is the imagination. It is the belief that if you can dream it you can achieve it. It is the ability to think for yourself. It is the guts to speak up. The world once respected America for what it was. A nation who would jump to help others, and a nation of people who would not allow anyone to tread on their freedom, foreign or domestic. We were known as the greatest nation because of our freedom. When we become a nation of slaves to fear, there is nothing to admire!

If we remain silent, nobody will know anything is wrong.

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." ~ Martin Niemoller

Sun, Oct. 30th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Fear and cowardice

This sound of silence is, unfortunately, the sound of cowardice. Fear does not produce cowards. All brave souls know fear, just as cowards know fear.

A few weeks ago I was addressing this in an e-mail to a friend in Europe, and I told her that everyone that I know is a coward, cringing in fear of the government. In the spirit of openness, I sent copies of that e-mail to every person who I have tried to awaken and educate about our loss of freedom, asking for their comments. Not one of them answered. Not one.

I called them all cowards in a direct e-mail and they were such cowards that they couldn't even answer the e-mail!

What to do?

Michael Astera
Rainier, Washinton State, USA

Sun, Oct. 30th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Fear and cowardice

I am not afraid.

I know to my bones and through my blood that this government needs to be destroyed - pulled up by its roots and smashed into a thousand bits.

I am not afraid.

I am willing to stand up and do whatever is necessary to wrest the power of this government from the boney, malignant hands of greed set over this land to destroy us.

I am not afraid.

I am ready to challenge the arrogant, self-serving, evil insanity that is slowly choking the life-blood out of this once beautiful and majestic land.

I am not afraid.

I am eager to act against the lies that have drowned this nation in blood, spent its treasure, destroyed its liberty, trampled its poor and shamed its polity.

I am not afraid - why are you?

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Fear and cowardice

Very well said, and thank you.

I am not afraid, my friend. What I meant was that brave souls know fear, as well as cowards. Brave souls go forward despite the fear. The body and the mind know about pain and suffering and wish to avoid them. The valiant spirit moves them forward despite the fear.

Only a fool or a psychotic does not know fear.

I have been tested before this, and I know that I have the courage to stand up for my convictions despite the consequesnces, despite the threat, and despite the spectre of loss and pain.

At this point, my question to myself is "Why should I stand up alone and get myself killed or incarcerated for cowards who don't give a shit?" That is close to an exact quote from the e-mail that I sent, the one that got no replies.

I am glad to know that I am not alone, but how many of us are there?

Nonetheless, I would be proud to fight back to back with you.

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Fear and cowardice

One more thing: If I were afraid, I would not have signed my name and where I live.

Michael Astera
Rainier, Washington State

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Fear and cowardice

I am not afraid.

Here is my name and where I live

Denise DiPasquale
Hermosa Beach, California

Sun, Oct. 30th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Sound of silence

This article should appear in the New York Times for the whole world to read and be reassured that at least some Americans are awake. People outside the US are wondering for how long Americans can put up with the government they have?

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
nextin: Re: Sound of silence

Thank you very much. Feel free to email this to the NYT and let them know what you think. ;) Or to anywhere else for that matter. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

... they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Socialists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." ~ Martin Niemoller

Do not use corrupted (by whom?) corrupted variant. And BTW he never talked about Catholics

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
kim_smith5111: sound of silence

Good post!

Before the first shot was fired in this "war on terror". I KNEW it was based on lies and fear of speaking out by that coke heads comment "You're either with us, or with them".

I choose to speak out. I predicted everything that has happened and was called "un-american" for suggesting the US had become a fascist state, that we would torture, rape, murder and humiliate the people of iraq for "Empire" and all the evil imaginings the word represents. I also predicted "Quagmire", "Total Failure", loss of respect for the US and our very own loss of freedom.

Now that they have "sacrificed" the lives of over 6 million Iraqi people (mostly women and children) the lives of over 10,000 US troops and the health and safety of every one who ever served there: They don't call me "un-american" any more. Their points of argument have vaporized in the face of the lies and idiotic logic of our "elected leaders". they know that Bush's "real brain" is Dick Cheney and his rabbid band of zionist nazis and the mega corporations who profit from these "sacrifices" we are told to accept as dogma.

The time for rebellion is here now.

I don't know if we now live in a nation of cowards or idiots. I've shown how one person can send a cop to prison for violating his oath. I've shown how one voice can incite others into a chorus no one can ignore. Either; out of cowardice or stupidity they still choose to be silent. If their chosen "excuse" is "fear"...they are still cowards and not worthy to reap any benefits that true patriots reap with their sacrifice.

Let the cowards crawl back into the woodwork with the likes of Bush, Cheney, Sanchez, Rove, Stalin, Amin, Adolph Sharon, Adolph Hitler and others of their cowardly fascist ilk.

Mon, Oct. 31st, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
nextin: Re: sound of silence

Thank You, and thanks for taking the time to read this.

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