DangerousDNA"You Are Destroying America. Yes, You."Sun Aug 5, 2007 00:09
"You Are Destroying America. Yes, You."
July 18, 2007
by Brian Trent
Sooner or later (as all great civilizations through time have dealt with) America will be attacked by terrorists again. There are too many people out there hopelessly addicted to extremism, to acting as pawns in a game of supernatural Risk, to blind fanaticism for it not to happen.
But that won't destroy America.
In history, there have been the Hyksos, the Hittites, the Visigoths, the Huns, the Golden Horde, the Crusaders, and countless other unnamed peoples who have arrived with sword and torch to bring devastation to society. Today they use bombs and AK-47s. And in the future, even if education raises up humanity from the gutters of ignorance there will still be those of the fanatic pathology. It is likely there will always be barbarians.
But that won't destroy America either.
I'm referring to the screeching fear-addicts who have raped the United States so thoroughly that they should be drawn up on charges of treason. The cowards who, unlike their grandfathers and earlier ancestors, want a nanny state to coddle them, hug them, and ultimately contain them in a little crib with bars and monitors and cameras.
These are the whining tantrum-throwers who live in such a fear-choked world that they will trade in America's Constitution and Bill of Rights for far less than thirty pieces of silver.
They want the President to have the power to arrest Americans without review or charges. To have the power to imprison them indefinitely. To be able to strip away a citizen's status with the magic words "enemy combatant" and cart them off to secret military trials per the PATRIOT ACT's overbroad definitions.
These are the traitorous weasels who think that standing up for America's rights is an act of weakness! The fools who have forgotten that every President swears an oath to "protect, defend, and preserve the Constitution of the United States." At the end of the day, it is the Constitution which must survive us and continue as the guiding principle for America's future as it has been for our past.
These are the cultists who have surrendered their most precious ability - freethinking - to be told by pundits what to echo and chant with brainless repetition.
I am not afraid of terrorists.
My country defeated the British Empire when we were but scattered colonies in the wilderness.
We defeated Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.
We can defeat today's Visigoths without devolving into a police state, without becoming the very antithesis to freedom and civil liberty that we were founded upon. For it is these notions that form the spine of our founding document - the Constitution.
And while we're at it:
You spineless people who endorse the government listening to your phone calls, invading your homes, monitoring you beneath banners of "Freedom is Slavery" and ever-watchful eyes.
You people who are so terrified of open and honest debate that you simply parrot your equally cowardly pundit priests. You who refuse to hold the government accountable, refuse to remind them that they work for us, that we have the power in this nation, that the principles of liberty you mouth are things which must be fought for on domestic soil.
You who allow George W. Bush's illegal wire-tapping and surveillance and propaganda machines to operate unfettered, without realizing that someday a Hillary or PETA or Moore will have access to the same system put in place today. Didn't think of that, did you?
America can only be destroyed from within, not without. It isn't gay marriage or pluralism that destroys us. It is the fear-addicts who are also astounding hypocrites: who support the right to bear arms despite 11,000 deaths a year (and for the record, I also support the Second Amendment wholeheartedly) but freak out when confronted with the proportion of deaths-from-terrorism over the last several years and will fork over their souls to a nanny-state self-perpetuating White House regime without hesitation.
Hypocrites. Cowards. Traitors.
Make no mistake that those in power are keenly aware of how easy you are to manipulate. They flash the lightning and you cower. They feed you a steady diet of feel-good platitudes because they know the real meal - reading the Constitution - is something you won't bother to stomach.
When we're attacked again, we need to stand strong and firm and fight, against those barbarians who hurt us and against those opportunistic politicians who will try to exploit the tragedy.
Don't let others tell you what the Founding Fathers wrote. Read it for yourself, brush up on your history, and rediscover the bravery of your progenitors.
Before it's too late, and the "land of the free/home of the brave" becomes a footnote filed under irony.
Brian Trent is a professional essayist, screenwriter, and novelist; he is the author of "Remembering Hypatia" and the just-released "Never Grow Old: the Novel of Gilgamesh." Brian is a contributor to American Chronicle and The Humanist Magazine.
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