By Tom Hunter
It seems to me that the progressive wing of humanity has lost its enthusiasm for heros. President Obama is blamed for the obstruction of the federal government by the teabaggers and his inability to overcome the inertia of the federal government.
The most powerful people in Washington are not elected. They are senior Washington bureaucrats that stay on in Washington no matter who gets elected. These bureaucrats are closely entwined with the Pentagon and the Defence Contractor Empire.
So, it seems to me, anyone who brings to light knowledge of what these reptiles are up to would be found to be on the side of humanity. Not so much.
Those that speak the truth are accused of all manner of sexual stuff, their motives are questioned – up to and including the amount of breast feeding they may have experienced as a child. The ones that the government we can get their hands on get tortured, isolated and worked over in (kangaroo) court and threatened with being placed in a dark place forever and ever, amen.
Of course, the main charges amount to airing America’s dirty laundry in public. The leaks against the leakers try to show how the leaks put our secret agents in danger. I would think that by the nature of their work they would be in danger already. I get a visual of spy vs spy in the old days of Mad Magazine. One of the major criticisms is that they don’t play fair. If the CIA wears bright red and marches in formation, anyone firing from behind a tree is a terrorist. Oh yeah.
We as a nation are going to have to come up with a new word for terrorist as it no longer holds any terror.
When our progressive heros are disparaged, we shrink back and start to think that it might be better to wait until they are safely dead to begin to appreciate them. This is pure evil as it discourages other brave souls from coming forward, as they see that the public will not appreciate them (especially those who should be their friends).
San Diego hasn’t taken to the barricades to support children’s sidewalk chalk, although we are gratified that the corrupted court was outfoxed by a jury of twelve persons and true. We are lethargic about taking progressive action, because it is messy, dangerous, and can be discouraging.
It is hard to remember that the freedom riders didn’t know if what they were doing would be successful or end in their death. Lest we forget, being bitten by a German Shepard can be a near death experience and being clubbed can be a death experience.The only reason that the Civil Rights movement had any luck at all was that it was covered by the national and international press. It was hard to portray the non violent demonstrators as Commies from the North, when they were merely trying to exercise what was left of the first amendment.
These can seem to be especially dark times. I don’t think so. I think it is about average. Our wars no longer kill 500,000 (civil war)or 20,000,000 (WWII). But being killed in war might not be the worst that can happen. Explaining to your grandchild that you might be living a” fate worse than death” by not doing the possible to help humanity clean up their mess. The air is dirty, too full of CO2, and the biggest polluter on the planet is war.
Now wars seem to be on the down slope, but maybe not. The Mideast is tending to chaos. America is trying to solve the problem of where our interest lies, rather than where humanity’s interest lies. And progressives should have the ability to calmly, and clearly, and rationally explain why humanity trumps “patriotism”.