these are the times which try mens souls

Perspective for your consideration …
What does it look like when it’s fixed…?

The opening line of … The Crisis … a series of pamphlets authored some 232 years ago by Thomas Paine … “these are the times that try men’s souls” … might in this hour in 2008 be equally appropriate. Thomas Paine masterfully wrote this history notes seeking to stir up revolutionary spirit in what was to evolve into our Revolutionary War of Independence.

In the intervening 232 years some note that we have forgotten the foundational tenets of our form of government … of the people, by the people and for the people … evolving today into a nation wherein … few have, the majority have not … The bully pulpit of the King is replaced today by the edicts from “midas-elite” corporate masters to which we are expected to instantaneously and robotically comply.

The underpinning of our form of government is not without blemish as we permitted the institution of slavery to continue as well as covertly supporting the eradication of all indigenous cultures we encountered in our expansionist effort. This was nonetheless the first step in a grand experiment one that continues to evolve even today.

“If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.” …Phillip Crosby … seems to me quite profound, for if there is one thing I have learned and am still learning in my 65 years of living, is that change is inevitable and can occur suddenly, without any warning and abruptly to even those we deem as good, change can be selective or universal, come in silence or manifest quite verbosely.

In this the twilight of the presidential campaign season 2008, America finds itself once again in the throws of a debacle of change of our own creation. There are a few whose voices are diffused, amid the backdrop of profusion and clamoring of the “midas-elite” suggesting we look outside for that proverbial “white-knight.” These few independent dare-devil thinkers suggest and invite us to consider honest long term resolution that require we look within for the answers and trust the wisdom of each one’s “whisper-voice.” Declaring, if you will, independence from the “midas-corporate-creed” to which we have permitted ourselves to become – slave.

In these challenging moments it is ever so easy to give into – fear – precisely what the “midas-elite” would be ever so happy for you to choose as it plays perfectly into their game to dominate and control – you and me. Though attributed to the Nixon era and Charles Colson then special counsel to the President, it is reported there was a cartoon on his wall, the caption reading, “When you’ve got ‘em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”

By this point in the evolution of our form of government the “art” of inducing fear in the governed was well on its way to becoming the predominate governing norm. From Nixon forward each succeeding government has instituted its own form of fear in the governed, another spin on the age old misdirection “shell” game. Bush/Rove/Cheney/et.al. are the beneficiaries of programs carefully though clandestinely supported by those Presidents and leaders who came before. These particular individuals were at that precise moment in the position of power when the governed was in state of induced panic, bewilderment, misunderstanding, anger, frustration able to establish – fear – as the absolute and primary force of rule of their government. In that moment Colson’s cartoon … when you’ve got ‘em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow … proved exceedingly true. And we have complacently followed their every utterance every since.

There is a swing, like the pendulum of a clock, to the actions of man. And in keeping with the law of nature articulated by Sir Issac Newton … for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction … the most recently induced debacle to which we so generously supported – Wall Street Bailout Fiasco – has failed to induce the degree of expected fear upon which the “midas-elite” govern. The governed instead of cowering are quite content to deliberately give Bush/Rove/Cheney/McCain/Obama/Pelosi/ Paulson/ Bernanke/et.al. the famed middle finger salute, instead being the recipient of that salute from them. Might this be the ushering in of a new era of expectation of what free, independently thinking individuals are willing to accept as honorable expectations of those we elect “to serve & to protect” – us. One can at least take heart that in the face of massive onslaught of misinformation, misdirection, veiled fear, veiled aggression against the governed, covert threats, in this moment – Americans – are standing up and in the manner suggested in the movie … Network made in 1976 … wherein movie newsman, Howard Beale, noted to his listeners they get up off their collective butts and go to the window and shout for all the world to hear … “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” …

There are in moments such as this an unleashing of latent power which if properly harnessed can lead to phenomenal and lasting benefits for mankind. A caveat need be noted in America, where for more than 40 years we have willingly permitted and contributed to the “midas-elite” subjugating us through a tightening of a noose which incessantly restricts, then eliminates personal freedoms for which 232 years ago, Americans gave their lives to attain. Couple that with overt and covert manipulation of the foundation of our national economy to create behemoth unwieldy corporate structure which in the last 40 years has been incredibly successful in devouring the vast majority of America’s natural resources leaving its wake an environmental sewage as its legacy. The question becomes, it seems to me, do we, individually and collectively – today – have the resolve to rise up the again throw of this yoke of tyranny….?

Without leadership and support it is ever so easy to give in and retreat to the ostrich, sheep like postures relating to – fear. The next question becomes, where, do we choose to look for this leadership. For more than 40 years now we have granted essential “carte-blanc” to these “midas-elite” to run rough shod over us with their hob-nail-jack-boots to the point where thinking for ourselves is once again – new. Tradition informs us to look outside of ourselves for that proverbial “white-knight” failing to understand or own the individual as well as collective power we possess. Even were that honorable “white-knight” to appear on the scene, he or she is essentially helpless, unless we choose to support their endeavors. One can only trust to – hope – this time around we will choose to not only hold them accountable and responsible, but that we will not quickly forget to also hold ourselves equally accountable and responsible…?

I dare say, the fog which has enveloped America since 2001, is beginning to lift, a clear indication the laws of nature noted by Sir Issac Newton are far more powerful than the artificial rules, regulations, proclamations, decrees or pontifications of mere men. The question which remains unanswered is whether a sufficient number of Americans see these self-proclaimed “wizards” for the charlatans they truly are…? I believe a case can be made this presidential election is more about the citizens realizing the foundational and inherent power of their voice. Whoever is elected as the next president of our nation needs to understand he is merely a steward of the people, by the people and for the people, he is not king, he has no divine right of a king, he serves solely at their pleasure to serve and protect the people, not the “midas-elite” who fueled the distrust and unrest our world endures today.

Albert Einstein was not alone among those we deem learned when he expressed … “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” … And that understanding must begin and resonate from within each of us.

And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

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