Time to celebrate. Gone are Karl Rove’s lies. Gone is Cheney’s snarl. Gone is the worst president the USA ever had. Gone is eight years of bully politics.
Now we have a big sigh of relief, a shining ray of hope, a smile and plenty of charm.
So, why am I titling this post “good cop/bad cop”?
Ok, we all know the scenario. After the tough guy who’s slammed you up against the wall and screamed in your face leaves and the nice guy with the cup of coffee comes in to offer you a cigarette and an apology for the other guy’s behavior, there is a big sense of relief. But the truth is that you are still in custody and the intention is still to lock you up in prison for the rest of your life.
So, here is the question of the day… is America still stuck in a police state?
I haven’t heard any talk from Obama about repealing the Patriot Act and the other assaults on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States brought in during the Bush administration.
No Habeas Corpus. Wiretaps without warrants. Search and seizure without warrants or probable cause. Indefinite incarceration without access to lawyers or a speedy trial. Threats to Congress of martial law.
What I have seen from Obama is support for bailouts of banks by taxpayers. Citicorp, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs are shareholders in the so-called Federal Reserve, the guys who get to print and control the money. Think about this, the Federal Reserve is giving money to its own shareholders and getting the American citizen to be responsible for paying it back. They are foreclosing on your homes and you get to pay for their bad debts. And when you end up behind bars or razor wire, they will probably charge you rent too.
Hey, I know it is too soon to be too critical. And I am, like so many others, hopeful that Obama will bring about real meaningful change. I also know that he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He’s been left a huge mess to clean up.
I like the guy, he looks good, he carries himself well and he communicates exceptionally well. And he appears really sincere in asking the American people to communicate with him in order to shape a real grassroots democracy.
I really truly hope he is the real deal; I think that he is genuine about wanting to bring about real change; but I am cynical enough to keep the metaphor of the bad cop/good cop alive in my mind and hopefully yours too.
The globalists have an agenda. The Bush regime made it easy for them to push forward this agenda by putting the interests of the corporatocracy ahead of the individual American citizen. Let’s see how Obama deals with that. On January 20th, Obama swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States. The Patriot Act violates the protections provided in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In any case, let me remind you that real power is internal. Your own conscious awareness, your own willingness to stand up for what is right, your own ability to think for yourself, to discard outmoded beliefs and limiting paradigms is your true place of power.
True political power lies not in the barrel of the gun as Chairman Mao once said and as the Bush/Cheney regime sought to impose on the world. True political power lies not in the control of money and the economy as the international banking cartel believes and is attempting to prove right now with this manufactured global economic crisis. True political power lies not in the backrooms of Washington where lobbyists seek to buy off Congressmen and Senators for the special interests they represent. True political power lies with an enlightened, courageous and committed people.
Obama says that he wants to empower you. Great!! Be empowered.
Educate yourself. Speak your truth. Stand up for yourself and those others who cannot stand up for themselves. Join Obama’s “Organizing for America” and tell him what you think needs to be done. It is not just your democracy that is at stake. It is your future and your children’s future that is at stake; it is the choice to be free or to be imprisoned.
I’ll leave you with some quotes from Thomas Jefferson.
“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”
“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Jefferson fought to secure your freedom. He struggled to ensure your rights as a human being. What will you do for yourself and for future generations?