What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Are you angry? Do you have a strong sense of foreboding welling up within you regarding the future? Do you fear an economic collapse or war with more nations (or even worse, against such vague categorizations such as “terror” and “drugs”)?
Ron Paul offers his (spot on!) suggestions on why Americans are so angry. It’s a great article that specifically addresses a number of concerns held by many. These are issues you don’t see often addressed on the mainstream media, as stories of Anna Nicole, Britney, American Idol, and other bread and circuses (emphasis on the circuses) dominate the propaganda machine’s schedule.
The article is somewhat long, but well worth taking the time to read. I sent it to my parents, and my mother replied saying that this article convinced her that the Iraq war is wrong and that we should leave. That’s no small paradigm shift for a card-carrying Republican, mind you.
Ron Paul understands, as I think most of us can sense, that something is wrong in our nation. We can feel it in our bones. We sense things rapidly unwinding, nearing critical mass. We watch helpless as events unfold around the world that spell out impending doom, economic instability, and at the end of the spectrum, nuclear war.
History is cyclical, yes, and we see repeated events occur over and over as time goes on. However, the cycle occurs in tandem with a downward spiral of morality that screams “Second Coming” to those who have eyes to see.
This anger we feel (or maybe it’s just me?) must be channeled. We must take action, looking for ways to fight against the system (or “rage against the machine”) and fix the rampant problems (both of commission and omission) everywhere prevalent. Mahatma Ghandi once said:
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson which is to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world. (via Quoty)
We’re angry. Bush’s approval ratings continue to plummet. Our nation wallows in debt. We’re policing the world when our own borders are left porous. Our nation, as created by the Founding Fathers, has died.
What’s a sole citizen to do in such situations?