Charles Bear: Who are we?


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Who are we?

Saturday, 03 February 2007
By Charles Bear

Who are we, the empty men and women of America, the cowards who deny we are 
imperialist and deny we¹re trying to remake the world in our image. We have 
become the New Fascists, the Americans who demand security as we gut the world 
and take it as we can and are willing to exterminate to get it.

        There is no escaping the fact that the U.S. is an
        imperialist nation conceived in genocide and racism that has
        continued through the ages, and worsened with the rise of
        modern technology and weaponry. With the advent of smart
        bombs came stupid and immoral leaders. Our litany of crimes
        against earth and humanity are concealed under layers of
        moral language, but the actual deeds belie the intent behind
        what is being done in our name. Ignorance, however, does not
        absolve anyone from culpability
        -- Charles Sullivan

        The Chinese leaders and intellectuals with whom I was
        meeting were incredulous. How could a majority of the
        population in an allegedly free country with an allegedly
        free press be so totally misinformed?   The only answer I
        could give the Chinese is that Americans would have been the
        perfect population for Mao and the Gang of Four, because
        Americans believe anything their government tells them.
        -- Paul Craig Roberts

02/03/07 "ICHBlog' -- -- The United States is the land of insidious intent and 
self induced amnesia. I am no longer a young man full of hope for himself and 
his fellow kind. Being born in 1943 brings with it a special responsibility. I 
have a letter my Father wrote from the war‹³the horror, the horror of it all.² 
It went way beyond his ability to give words to it, but I was with him when he 
died, the horror, the horror of it all still plagued him to his death. With his 
dieing breath he referred to himself as a murderer‹the results of mayhem in 
Europe and Africa while I lay in my crib or at my mother¹s breast. But this is 
2006, my father now two years gone.

But now my own horrors plague me, I live in the greatest Empire of all time‹the 
elite of this country controls or tries to control the world. Neither the war to
end all wars or the continuation called WW II has stopped the horror. Americans 
of the twentieth century have much blood on their hands‹my hands and your 
hands‹our hands. Way too much blood. And it continues to be let‹in your name, in
my name it continues: torture, destructions and death on a global scale.

At this time of another great war, it must be asked, again and again until we 
can become the question and live the answer: how do we find our way of being 
human.  If any kind of redemption is possible, if any kind of forgiveness comes 
to us it will only be when we‹you and I stand up together and say to men like 
Bush and Cheney and their cohorts that this must stop and stop now. Because if 
it does not we will bring redemption with their blood and our own blood if 

We have failed, we have not only not found the answer, but we do not even dare 
ask the question. Who are we? We make great machines but I submit that we know 
very little about being human.

We are the people who have lost their grip on life; we live in a world modeled 
after Disneyland. Safe for all ages; and all, an illusion. We feel our being 
most as we shop the malls and Wal-Marts of America, as we seek those bargains 
with dollars that have no home. Homeless dollars for homeless minds and homeless
bodies, for we have never truly made the Earth our home. We¹re the people always
going somewhere,  never anywhere and always on the move.

We have lost all sense of morality, the value of life for us is in the Super 
Bowl, played without too many commercials and having our team prevail. Who are 
we; we are the empty men and women of a society trying to remake the world in 
our own image.  Who are we; we¹re US Citizens without any sense of citizenship.

If only ³they² would behave and listen to ³us².  They should, we say, because 
our TV commercials are the best in the world, we know how to package so that no 
matter what the product, it is wrapped in sex.  We act as if the world belongs 
to us, we are the Gods of war, and know we have the right to demand and command.
Just take a gander at the man we call President, a war mongering sociopath.   He
is a true demander and commander, but with no experience of the horror of war.

But if we had any sense of life and freedom we would have rebelled in 2000 as 
the freedom loving people of Oaxaca, Mexico are doing.  Is it not strange that 
after 500 years of oppression Native people still know how to stand and fight 
for life, while we and our 200 years of democracy have no idea of what life or 
freedom is? We think we¹re free because we can¹t see the bars of containment‹the
incarceration society we¹ve become, because the bars live inside of us.

For us life is just what we have as long as we do not exercise it, being human 
and free is just what we are as long as no crisis confronts us. Who are we, the 
empty men and women of America, the cowards who deny we are imperialist and deny
we¹re trying to remake the world in our image. We have become the New Fascists, 
the Americans who demand security as we gut the world and take it as we can and 
are willing to exterminate to get it.

In a society where being has lost all meaning we have replaced it by a mythology
of life.  I ask you: where do you live?  Where are you free? To be human and 
live you must first be able to think, and thinking was ruled out by the third 
grade. We were taught the importance of the fuehrer, pardon me, the teacher. We 
created a school run for and by the bosses‹based upon  cue-response training. 
Yes, it is not the place to learn to be human‹just to pee, one must first gain 
permission. To speak one must say the right words in the right order and to the 
right person. Is this the way of being human or  the way of a robot?

Corporations run on fascist rules.  Spend some time looking into what happens to
whistle blowers: seekers of truth coupled with freedom of speech. We make 
freedom  an after work activity, something we participate in when we go shopping
or at home in the privacy of our own television. Work is submission‹them that 
got, rules them that don¹t.

Our police, including agencies like the FBI, functions as an enforcer for them 
that got and protects the booty and the institutions of power. Open your eyes if
you can ­fifty shots fired into whom. Yes, yes I know they were wealthy white 
men just out for a good time before the shackles of marriage‹sounds absurd. When
did a white man with money ever get shot by the cops?  Ask Leonard Peltier or 
Mumia Abu-Jamal about justice and life in America. Justice is something expected
except by those who need it most.

Yes, we are the hollow men and women, we demand our rights as Gods. So why are 
we thought evil‹because we are evil. We are the pretend people. We pretend 
freedom and we pretend justice. We just will not allow it to be practiced‹here 
or any where else.

What are the essential elements of freedom and life?  Right of self-defense, 
right of speech, right to land and justice. In this country we have none of 
these, we have empty words expressing our rights but the words are like vapor in
a strong wind.  And for me the most amazing realization is that as a culture and
as a society we simply do not care. We simply accept our own lack of freedom by 
proclaiming ourselves free and then we go shopping.

Who are we? We are the people of great self-deception. We are the people who 
prefer the lie to the truth.  If you doubt any of what I say here, think back to
the war against Vietnam, those of you who are old enough remember‹³never again²,
and here we are back killing colonial peoples of color over resources again.  
Not only are we not free here but we do not want people anywhere to be free, 
especially if it interferes with our entertainment, our shopping or our car.

So who are we, we¹re the people that put freedom down in Š. Name your place.  So
who are we? We are the New Fascists. Don¹t you dare to use the word freedom 
again with out the word hypocrite conjoined.


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