Posts Tagged ‘patrotism’
For the U.S. government, it is crucial that Americans never forget that our fundamentalist Muslim enemies are continually plotting our violent extinction. While we fearfully monitor the DHS color-coded threat level index, the enemy is bunkered down in caves with antique Soviet AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenade launchers made in the 80’s, and a rudimentary knowledge of how the Internets work.
Supposedly, on 9/11, radical jihadists penetrated America’s air defense system, defied previously accepted notions of aircraft physics and architectural engineering principles, and transformed the FBI and the CIA into an band of clue-dropping Keystone cops. Although 9-11 Commission Report makes for great fictional reading, as long as the “official” narrative is embraced by a majority of the public, the government can justify its murderous and genocidal foreign land-grab policies unabated.
For the most part, Americans have short attention spans and a limited grasp of the intricacies of international geopolitics. Instead of investing the time it takes to research the long term consequences of U.S. instigated regime change (i.e., Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Chile 1973, Iraq 2003), or understanding the impact of black-op destablization operations (including the immeasurable unintended blowback effects), it is easier to just have a bad guy (or people) to hate. The proles need an evil benchmark for comparison in order to define their patriotic decency and morality. For governments, the employment of an existential bogey-man menace (the CIA funded and trained Mujahideen) is extremely effective in building cohesion and support for policies that ultimately jeopardize the national and economic security of the country and violate domestic and international laws.
With the end of the Cold War, a new formula was necessary to sow panic and fear as a means to boost defense spending and to justify future foreign entanglements. The “clash of civilizations” narrative was employed as a divide and conquer strategy using religion and nationalism to spark post 9-11 enmity with the evil jihadist as public enemy #1. The Hegelaian dialectic is invoked to pit the noble and just “Us” versus the evil and diabolical “Them”. The result the perennial war of terror on unsuspecting foreigners and forfeited individual rights and liberties at home. Instead of the red under every bed, we get the neighborhood al Qaeda cell terrorist who is awaiting secret orders from Islamabad to strike the local shopping plaza.
Operation Mockingbird, a CIA program that was used for decades to illegally influence domestic media, is alive and well in 21st century America. Overt and subliminal social conditioning propaganda is beamed into millions of homes and is absorbed into the brains of the great unwashed. The corporate media and intelligence agencies have long worked hand-in-hand to massage and censor information having the potential to undermine Americans blind allegiance to their political masters (and their nefarious agendas). By exerting gate-keeper control over the information that Americans may access, those that oppose the policies and actions of our handlers are kept to a fairly harmless minimum.
The conformity-inducing educational and pharmacological super structure acts as a deterrent to individualism and to those predisposed to authority questioning. A herd mentality is fostered in the government indoctrination centers (schools) which undermines the student’s critical thinking skills. If the environmental forces are not sufficient to suppress the emerging free-thinker, there is a battery of powerful psychotropic drugs to further nullify the victim. In addition to years of fluoride poisoning, daily doses of psycho-stimulants, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and other dangerous and harmful chemicals are employed to interdict those that stray too far from the mind control plantation. After 12 years of inadequate instruction by self-interested bureaucrats who promote rigid conformity and blind obedience to the state, the skulls of mush are then turned over to their corporate overlords or a secondary education indoctrination center.
If the media propaganda, miseducation, and chemical lobotomy mix isn’t enough, more severe methods are employed to suppress information sharing, and to punish those engaged in constitutionally protected exercises of free speech. Whether through COINTELRO style group infiltrations, or through direct violent suppression, the message is clear – shut up. The brutal tactics employed by law enforcement officers at the Republican National Convention underscore our handler’s fear of an enlightened citizenry.
The arrest of photographers, journalists, and individuals peacefully assembled documenting the 2008 Republican convention is a sign of a oppressive government that does not tolerate free speech, the 4th Amendment, or individual rights. Thankfully, many brave citizens and journalists (including I-Witness contributors and Democracy Now host Amy Goodman) have documented the government’s illegal activities.
In a deceptively brilliant Orwellian strategy, those that question the government are identified as unpatriotic America loathers, anarchists, or Marxist agitators. The obedient masses operate in the expected knee-jerk fashion. Unable to contain their disgust, they spit and curse at the sounds and political propaganda images beamed into their brains via Fox News and CNN. Why do the protesters hate America so much? Why can’t they just settle down, get a job, and appreciate living in the greatest country that God gave to the Adamic race? Why can’t everyone think, feel, and act just like me?
I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office. –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008