recently spent most of a day and most of a night talking to one of my best friends about
current world events.
14 years younger than me. I grew up, first in
East Palo Alto, California (until the age of 6) and then in the mountains of Santa Cruz
(until 16) and the hills of Eureka, Ca. (until 19). He's from Los Altos, and still
lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I grew up in the political and cultural climates of John F.
Kennedys Camelot, in the middle of the Vietnam War protests, civil rights marches,
parents involved with Richard Nixon's campaign for the Governorship of California, and was
taught from a young age to fiercely respect and defend Democracy. I witnessed the assassinations, one after another,
of the countrys brightest and most visionary leaders of the century.
I was a true believer in American Democracy, but became
disillusioned with American leadership at the age of 13 because of the proven lies spread
by the government in order to cause the American people to rally around their causes and
go along with corrupt governmental policies and actions.
Lies that impacted American foreign policy, military policy,
cultural values and beliefs, and allowed for the subversion of the intent of our
forefathers, and the Constitution they provided us that was a viable foundation for a land
of people who truly believed in and faithfully disciplined themselves to behavior that
made freedom and justice for all possible. If
only because it was the right thing to do.
I explained to my friend that my disagreement with the Election
of 2000 was not who won. My exasperation came
from watching the reports from Florida, minute by minute, all the time reassuring friends
and business associates Dont worry
when all is said and done, this will
all go to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court will do the right thing and uphold the
Constitution, and there will be a full accounting of the votes, and whoever actually won
will be President.
The Constitution has provisions that manage this specific kind
of election dilemma. Had the Constitution
been followed, the truth would have been found and the country would have continued with a
validated election result and a demonstration for the world about how American Democracy,
object of our national pride and envy of the world, really does work.
In the end, citizens were shocked at the lack of honor by a
man, and a court appointed by his party, that would so brazenly disregard the law, with an
even more brazen response to those who would challenge it
coming in the form of such
immature playground remarks as You lost, get over it, and What are you
going to do about it?
I will never get over what was lost that day. There was no higher court in which to plea for
justice. We did not lose an election. We lost
Democracy, and the right to expect our votes to be counted, and the will of the people to
affect their governance, and the right to justice for all.
The man who would bring honor to the White House broke the back of
Democracy. I am constantly reminded that
there is no honor among thieves, and it is proven by the actions of this government, and
the lies (propaganda) they tell and evidence they suppress in order to cover what they
actually are doing.
My friends response was, all
it means is that the rules have changed.
I said, If the rules have changed, then show me the
Constitutional Amendments that changed it.
I said How do you feel about a certain Washington State
software company that has a monopoly on a market and still continues to sue and steal
their competitors out of existence.
He said If thats what you have to do these days to win
the game, then thats what you have to do.
I said Okay, for the sake of argument, I can accept that, but
then tell me, what does that have to do with obeying and enforcing the law, what does it
have to do with justice, and ultimately, how in the world can you say that these changes
in the rules still preserve the game called Democracy?
He said Democracy has changed.
People have agreed that this is the new way to operate in the world. The fact that the rich get richer and the poor get
poorer is just the way it is, and the only way to really have freedom is to have money, so
you gotta get it any way you can.
I said, Democracy hasnt changed. Democracy has safeguards to prevent that sort of
thing. What has changed is that people have
abandoned Democracy, there is no longer agreement that American Democracy will work
because the leaders set the example by ignoring the rules and subverting justice, and so
the followers of these leaders naturally assume that this is the appropriate way to
conduct oneself because cheating will give you the edge over those na´ve law abiding
people who blindly trust their government and arent with it.
I said You say you agree that a lot of what goes on seems
wrong, at least on the surface. Dont
you ever think about how all of these things impact you personally.
His response was the one that startles me most, the one I hear the
most, and the one that must make the special-interest, anti-democracy propagandists
He said Its really easy not to think about it. I dont want to know. It just depresses me. I just want to go to work, make a lot of money,
spend time with my wife and eat good food. I
dont want to have to waste my time on things I cant do anything about.
I said, Exactly. They gotcha.
But all I want to know is, if were not going to play Democracy
anymore, is it too much to ask the people who made that decision to inform us of the rules
to the new game?
He said Ha! There
are no rules, except to do whatever you can to get an advantage, and making it look like
youre doing one thing while doing another so you can get away with it. Besides, if they told everyone the rules, then
other people could compete, and the people in power might lose a lot of money and the
power to make up the rules that give them the advantage.
I said Exactly. And that has
nothing to do with Democracy. Thats
He said Exactly.