Thursday, May 31, 2007

What Does It Take For Us to Wake Up?

Back from vacation, I don't usually blog about politics, but sometimes things happen that are just too important to ignore.

You've probably never heard of the "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive" (NSPD 51), but it was quietly released by the White House on May 9th, and could very well be the death blow to the U.S. Constitution. Basically, it gives President Bush dictatorship (should we say "decidership?") powers that can be enacted in the event of a "catastrophic emergency" (no definition of what that might be or where it might happen).

In short, Bush may now declare himself absolute ruler at any moment and Congress can like it or lump it. Naturally, this act of betrayal is of so little importance and consequence, the corporate media believes you are better served knowing Justin Timberlake is in love.

As I was recounting the importance of this to my partner, surfing the web in a hotel lobby while on vacation, a teen aged girl asked, "what was that about Justin Timberlake?" We just looked at each other and laughed, commenting it would be a lot funnier if it weren't so tragic.

"This directive on its face is unconstitutional because each branch of government the executive, legislative and judicial are supposed to be equal in power," writes Lee Rogers for Global Research. "By putting the President in charge of coordinating such an effort to ensure constitutional government over all three branches is effectively making the President a dictator allowing him to tell all branches of government what to do."

Naturally, any talk of conspiracy to sell out the nation and dismantle the Constitution and the Bill of Rights relegates one to the tinfoil hat brigade, for if such things are not reported upon or discussed at Fox News, they naturally fall in the province of kooky conspiracy theories.

All the while, most elected democrats continue to prove that they are either asleep or complicit. What to do? Call you representatives and scream. What does this have to do with integral? Well, if you're concerned about the evolution of consciousness, this is a huge step backwards and threatens everything you stand for. This is not a time to sit back and say "I'm above this."

We get the kind of government we desrve.
Thanks to Bill Hajdu for the heads up on this.


Anita said...

Actually Gary I'm really happy to hear that you are politically awake. I have been aware of this particular move for some time but SI has simply had no forum for sharing those sorts of awareness. When are we going to stop separating "politics" from "life"?

Gary Stamper said...

Anita, you sound surprised and your statement that you're glad I'm "politically awake" feels condescending, but I'm also aware that it might be because of our difficult history. How long have we known each other? Did you ever ask or inquire? Should I also be surprised that you might also be politically awake?