IN RESPONSE TO CONSERVATISM’S CONSTANT DESIGNING OF THE FACTS TO SUIT STATUS HIERARCHIES AND SKEWED BELIEF SYSTEM IDENTITIES, AND ITS CONCERTED OPPROBRIUM TOWARDS ANYTHING LIBERAL, COMES…
(And to follow the beginnings of the book, two shorter middle sections before second half, which is not posted.)
On September 11, 2001, I decided I must write something from my life experiences to expose the hypocrisy and double standards of conservatism. I was flooded with the ‘get to it’ impulse, get to setting the record straight to a planet in denial. The actions of yet another reactionary group slaughtering unsuspecting innocent people was the final straw for a simmering desire I had long been nurturing. I had been by the Trade Center 8 days before, and my best friend the day before. I knew people who walked home from midtown in the dust and ash of lives vanished, martyred for conservative certainties of another belief system.
In my own country, the United States of America, I had experienced the choke-hold conservatism has had on my own life, and seen its effects on others. On top of that, for a long time now, hearing the endless excuses for reactionary behavior masquerading as patriotism, or spiritual conviction, when in fact it was the excuse for escape from our collective realities and responsibilities that necessitate compassion and understanding, made my spirit insist enough was enough.
From my first grade parochial school class of 63 students in one room; to the Vietnam war draft where democracy and freedom were nonexistent to the draftee; to the social neglect of not having parents, with not family, community nor state providing any guidance; to living with chronic tooth pain and social withdrawal; to the work world experience of social-economic inequality; to the mine fields of the “battle of the sexes”; to the retrogression of the fourth estate into a childish form of ‘presented’ information on training wheels guided by manipulative interest; to the promise that I was told the United States stood for and fought for.
The real truth of that elevated promise was obviously broken, broken and made into a big hollow wooden horse pushed through the gates of that American once authentic Spirit, to instead further opportunistic advantage. A Trojan Horse packed to the rafters with predators. Predators who see a certain advantage to themselves in perpetuation conservatism’s conformist ideologies, that allow them to seem human, but others to seem less, and so deserve treatment as such.
THE RISE OF THE FALL
The noisy American conservatives, the ad hominem conservatives, had grown more bold since rebounding from Mc Carthyist shame. It is as if there was enough decency and critical thinking ability still around at that time, to regain the political landscape from the fear mongers, to a least stand up for the promise of a free and diverse America.
But that venom simmered, fermenting in the moist caverns of conservative ideologies, came out of its perfect circular reasoning hole to stalk the land, a serpent looking for new plots to meander in. It found the slippery silk spun world of “wedge issues” to bind individual identities to political interest, numbing the followers to the actual machinations of those interest. Things like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, for one example) under these conservatives would have the wolves guarding the hen-house; the polluting interest having oversight over; pollution!
As an open minded person, willing to allow the benefit of doubt in argument to shatter my own beliefs in order to live by a higher order of truth, the right wing ranting and raving always seemed obviously sinister, but stupid in its blindness and conceit. Yet in its inbred philosophy, laughable and perhaps worse yet; understandable in prideful arrogance and hubris. When those fanatics put on the suit and ties of church and state, then go about remaking those structures of society and state into their own image, the comedy show is over.
This method of denial applies at times to the left wing as well. Aspects of the so called left, can have no sympathy or understanding for the insecurities that drive the wealthy and powerful to strangle themselves along with the culture. Ignorance is the breeding ground of hate and illusion. These deceptions of reactive point of view can fester, leading to gangrene of the heart, when ones own spirit is cut off from the Whole of Life.
WHEN 19 LOSERS DECIDE AMERICAS PATH
It was what it was; it was simple emotional poisoning, it was not objectively questioning, it was shaming and damning the other sides with the false purity of absolutes. At what horrible cost to humankind had the poison of ideologies drugged their users into blindness of spirit? Actually killing innocent people to proclaim the power over an others symbols, conceived in the attackers convoluted perception as a noble deed. Conservatism offered fighting hate with hate, a recipe for one thing to perpetuate–hate.
It is this reactionary view called conservatism, that puts insecurity safely at the center of ones heart. Hence the external test of apparent bent over “loyalty”; flags, pledges, prayer demonstrations, parades of conformist no thinking required buzz words and symbols, all meant to assuage the fear of otherness. That core of now self imposed darkness that nest in the conservatives superior delusions of idea based self grandeur.
These delusions forbid questions, especially of context, they refuse introspection as to responsibilities of the conservatives own actions. Precisely why they are always wishing or whining about everyone who thinks differently, not holding up their side of a Faustian bargain with ignorance. Facts are often the conservatives worst nightmare. Ideologies build the walls to keep input of differing perspective, or even grievance, out of the conservatives sense of self responsibility, including liberals whose own beliefs have atrophied into stone coldness.
During the Clinton administration, you could observe the ad hominem machinery of hate and loathing gaining more respect through control of media access and repetition. The 2000 election represented the overthrow of that promise of what America had stood for, the exception becoming, that that freedom was stolen to elite’s who use their advantage over the many, binding to their privilege, the “We the People”. Media consolidation is a noose around democracies neck, slid over it by corporatist seeking domination.
FREEDOM IS ABOUT THE TRUTH!
In this one most important sense of a true democracy, the Will of the People, I did not care who won that election in 2000, only that they had won fair and square. I was outraged when Dems. even suggested restricting overseas military voting for some suspicion, only to find much later, the Repubs. did restrict the newly enlisted and possibly more liberal votes from the same source they were raising hell about over the Dems. On that fact, “We the People”, our nation and heritage, was blatantly betrayed. But what could one person do when the institutions set up to defend our rights had gone AWOL, inebriate with the same anesthesia polluting the body politic? Our fate now in the possession of institutions both corrupt and afraid in the land of the free and home of the brave.
There was also the sense that We the People were running out of time to continue that endeavor to “form a more perfect union”. George Orwell’s 1984 was seeming to manifest its characteristics through many conservative channels. Words and concepts being construed to mean their polar opposite, their anti-spirit. The entertainment news channels had been declaring America had shifted surely to the right, and other so called “MSM” (the “wise” conservatives illusionary liberal Main Stream Media) assumed the same, beginning to find and load the tables with status quo conservative pundit sycophants and “patriotic” jingoist. While basic poll data of citizen values were quite solidly liberal by definition. The grand liberal messages of the Bible, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights were being so conditionalized by language, truncated to serve various power interest in our society, that these promises to all were being denied by the few, as they seemingly have the resources to endlessly try to convince us otherwise through a Russian Roulette of propagandized definition.
On that September 11th day, my life became the basic source material for this reply. Not driven by insights from some book or ideological conviction, but mainly the experience of my own life; how an individual is manipulated by institutions, situational emotional declarations of truth without proof, and other “authorities” in life.
Whether those steering with their directive intentions were for good or ill, in effect, became of paramount importance. The old existential position of apathy; “It’s all the same, nothing changes, and so it doesn’t matter what I do.”, was put to shame by the power of one individual (or tiny group) to be hero or villain to the entire world. Ideas themselves, become the messengers of bias, a bias often not accepted or acknowledged by the one holding that slanted premise as fact. The public seems purposely left adrift on a life raft on a sea of abstractions, becoming dependent on the ship that comes up and throws down the ladder. It seeming to have good food on board according to the words over the nutrients.
RIGHT FROM LIFE
The results of my personal inquiry were to speak for themselves through one individuals lens. All that any of us ultimately have to determine what our authentic nature actually is, as contrasted to the entire world who will tell you their own opinion of who or what you are. Those opinions are to be used as a type of check and balance to ones own perspective, helping the individual to determine the reality of the apparent effects of their presence in the world. We experience that truth by honing our own lens with critical thinking applied not only to the outer world of apparent external influence, but also the inner world of ones own beliefs and judgment. One is only able to see clearly through this crystal ball when that prism is seen for what it is. This is an ongoing commission I have received from my life’s story.
From the viewpoint of my own life, status quo power interest have a constant and overwhelming advantage in the modern world to bind the individual to their interest, making the powerful interest appear as the individuals own (dependency-addiction). To counteract the relentless demonization of liberal open-mindedness and tolerance for difference, a complete table turning was in order. As I set up to expose reactionary concepts and self imagery, it became shockingly clear how simple it was to put the shoe on the other foot. The story to follow is that exploration into the world of contradiction between liberal and conservative philosophical parameters. The consequences of their effects pertain to all existence in ones experience of consciousness; to love and hate, to life and death, to an honest life.
A Prospect for a New American Cosmology
A scenario employing the lexicon of ‘right wing’ circular logic thought matrices extrapolated to a conclusion.
LET THE EVENING BEGIN
We were shown to our seats as if at some play. After a few minutes the lights went out. There we were in the dark, waiting on what?
Footsteps are heard quickly coming down the aisle. How could that be in this blackness? Someone must be wearing infrared eye wear. Can’t make out those words, but it seems somebody is being removed from the auditorium. Wow! That was an unsettling experience for one sitting here in the null and void.
I had received an e-mail, a letter and a phone call to confirm my attendance at this alleged unprecedented event, said to be a historical rendering of the current situation in America and the world. I suddenly wondered what I had really gotten myself into.
You could make out something appearing on stage to the back. Colors, familiar and swishing, its the American flag, becoming bright and beautiful, it fades out a bit, and then our presidents face appears smiling in front of the flag. Less than 30 seconds later appears his wife, slightly behind him, smiling the same.
The closed news conference was a bizarre setting. A few dozen of us reporters, sat up front beneath a podium, in an otherwise dark, cavernous hall. A huge monitor stretched from wall to wall above us to the back of the stage, beaming the president and first ladies smiling faces, lending a peaceful air. As if in living glory, a diaphanous US flag waved ethereal goodness in the mist around them.
The Vice President came smiling to the front stage podium to forward this announcement;
“A Bright Star has risen over America, an Angel to guide our nation through these confusing and troubled times.”
Then he presaged; “Any comments about a fallen angel or thought control will be met with the image of me leaving the church smiling on Sunday morning, denouncing those speculations as the ‘crackpot fringe.’
Remember, it is the image that counts, that speaks a thousand words into the heart of the viewer. That image will rule the day. By our direction, with our spin, our web will tie up those who disagree with us. “Bias is believed to be extrinsic to the beliefs of its originator. Emotional judgment seems to be true. There is MY wedge into humankind.”, according to our Angel. Believe me, We are in charge of manipulation. Trouble us to you peril, is my friendly advice.
Life is about opportunity; opportunism, survival of the fittest, the rest is of little consequence. Our Angel says Darwin was right, it’s all about survival. Warfare, competitive sports, all competition seeking dominance, is the American Way, the way of the winner.
The meek? Well, they are failures in every respect, comfortable with being unwanted children of the welfare state. They do, and will inherit nothing but the serfdom they have coming to them. Their G– be damned! And as you will come to see, the vast majority of the American people will support us on this proposition; to do whatever it takes to restore peace and prosperity to our nation. Only enemies of the United States would wish otherwise.”
THE RNS (Real News Service)
@1492 Zulu time
“You all have been invited here to be given an opportunity to get on track with the future, which any responsible journalist should welcome.” Said our newest Secretary for Homebase Security, Joe Ridgedland.
“Tonight is an evening of clarification, a night of coming clean to you who would chose to observe and report on our doings. You will be let in on our little secrets, and for that honor, you will be required to keep your opinions to yourself. We will be defining what our national interest are, and what is required of each individual to fulfill the intention of those commissions.
To that end, we are letting you know that you are not above those interest. You do not live in some perpetually privileged state where we will allow you to undermine our determination to overcome any and all adversaries. You will be held accountable for violating this trust we must expect from you. We have the will and the ability to have your life and carrier go down hill, as if by magic, if you work to undermine our desires. Think about it folks. Your spouse, your children, your life, it will all begin to unravel with your sinking spirit. This is your future, should you decide to work against us. You can take that to the bank!
We are not like some countries that can be intimidated any longer to vote for the wrong people. Americans are too wise to be manipulated by terrorist no matter who they are! You know that is true.”, said Ridgedland.
“Some people will stop at nothing to attempt to weave a blanket of fabrication, allegation and innuendo around this administration, but America will not be intimidated. We will do whatever it takes to stop biased, undermining comments, and their evil intent, from ever seeing the light of day. To criticize us is to criticize our war on terror, that is unacceptable. The American people are with us on this.” He said.
Now for the rest of the lesson we were given.
Pointing to the fact that studies have shown that approximately 70% of any given population will support authority figures under fearful times of stress, the Secretary professed;
“The American people want us to do what it takes to protect them. It is a survival thing! Think of the implications of that commission. You can see clearly how fear and stress work in our favor, we can do anything in fears name, while our leaders remain, by fearful good will, mistake free. Doing something is what counts, no matter how wise or ill conceived. Fear gives us this immunity from critique under the umbrella of “what it takes”. It is the penultimate straw. You have to trust us.
We are given a blank check all thanks to this fear. If what it takes requires stopping free elections, it will be done, was done. If what it takes requires suspension of the free press, it will be done. If what it takes requires stopping critical thinking, it will be done, or freedom of speech, it will be squashed on earth as it is in heaven. Anyway, we really do not have those things you know, since they are relative in fundamental ways to income level, well, except to a certain degree thinking. And May I repeat, the American people are with me on this.
We have carte blanche for our crusade on terror. Are you still with me? If we need our people to believe one person is another, no problem, that is patriotism! 70% are set up psychologically to go along with the direction of deception. You must follow your leader anywhere, no matter what. It is an axiom of status. It’s beautiful! The truth is what we say it is, due to the leverage of fear. Go against that word of ours and what you do is go against your God and country, as defined by those who have access. Can you see the opportunity this situation opens up for us? Do you think in your wildest dreams we would let it slip by?
We are redefining exactly Who God is in the philosophical underpinnings of our nation. Through the reconfiguration of belief system tenets, we are redesigning the world into the image of our desires. We do this for American supremacy. History has shown us that the trust and insecurity issues around the belief in God are the single most powerful motivation for individuals to do things against their nature. Symbols are magically powerful control mechanisms! They become a question of ones honor, and that is powerful! By rectifying the operational concept of God, we create an opening in the public for the acceptance of once unacceptable spiritual implications.
We have associated the idea of God with a new, more broad-based revanchist definition suitable to a clash of cultures all under fears guidance and control. We are on a crusade to get back our culture form the liberals and their God, after we convince the public they have had it taken away by those influences, but the God we will re-conceive more delicately, as to not startle the nation. We are blessed with opportunism to achieve this designer democracy that gives us power over the people. Believe me. It is relatively simple, thanks to fear, to keep a carrot dangled in front of our hungry conservative followers.
This opportunity is one we cannot afford to pass by, now that the means to our ends is so close to fruition. The new battle field is over the soul, and in this endeavor we will not fail, our way of life depends on it. And so, metaphorically speaking, whatever it takes to apprehend or in any way cease and desist this Old God character will be done. We have the right of imperium. We cannot have Him, or It, or whatever It is threatening our national interest. Remember, it is that Old God who threatens people out of the blue with vicious, heinous terror tactics. He will unmercifully kill you in the end! America stands for democracy and freedom and unbridled opportunity, God does not. God runs a universal dictatorship which is incompatible with our democratic, Christian freedom loving values. For this reason we are now aligned with our Angel Lucifer, a real Ally who shares more of our American values and way of life, the ways of success.”
(and then the book takes off. So to speak.)