The Geocratic Revolutiontitle
“This nation is about to embark upon the first test of a revolutionary doctrine applied in an extraordinary way at an unfortunate time. The doctrine of preemption - the idea that the United States or any other nation can legitimately attack a nation that is not imminently threatening but may be threatening in the future - is a radical new twist on the traditional idea of self-defense. It appears to be in contravention of international law and the UN Charter.” - Senator Robert Byrd of Virginia
January 3, 2008
by Rob Lafferty
The distinguished Senator, as they like to say in Washington, was absolutely right when he spoke those words on the floor of the Senate back in 2003. As a nation the US has made the mistake of heading down the same doomed Imperial Path that other nations have taken in the past. In the process our country became something it was never intended to be.
A quiet revolution has changed America in this new century, a revolution that allowed a radical minority to seize control of our federal government.
Those radicals have abused the American people with the tools of their own government. In a very real sense they have looted the National Treasury. Ignoring the will of the people, they have dismantled protections of equality that took two centuries to create.
The radical imperialists used our soldiers to invade and occupy two countries; they have conducted illegal military actions in at least three other countries and threatened several more with direct violence. They have made the world a more dangerous place for Americans than it has ever been before.
The two primary responsibilities of the executive branch of government are to uphold the Constitution and defend the country from external threats. The radical group that controls the White House and its functions have instead defied the Constitution and other laws of the land while in pursuit of their Imperial Dream. They also have failed miserably at protecting the country.
Under their watch six years ago the towers of New York were brought down by members of a small but well-organized band of murderers. It doesn't matter if Bush and Co. were just incompetent or if they were actually hoping for a successful terrorist attack in order to justify a military invasion of Arabia and Persia. They were warned in the summer of 2001 that Al-Queda posed a serious threat, but they failed to protect the American citizenry from that threat. That is what matters.
What also matters is that hundreds of thousands more have died since that day as Bush & Co. implement strategies of empire-building that were planned out long ago.
We didn't ask for the death and destruction that has come from our invasion of Iraq. We are, however, guilty of allowing it to happen in our name. Each and every American shares the blame for the failures of the neoconservative imperialists we chose as our leaders. Twice.
We were negligent, and our negligence has caused the untimely deaths of perhaps a million people during the past seven years. Now, at the start of a New Year, comes the opportunity to begin our atonement to the nations of the world.
Another kind of revolution in our country will be necessary before we can properly repair the damage we have done. It will be the Geocratic Revolution, a peaceful but persistent movement towards an Earthocracy, a system of governance that values equality for all human beings and holds jurisdiction over all human constructs. It will have no fixed ideas of how things must be, but will simply seek to find a relative balance for all things.
How can that happen, you say? How can we change the entrenched way of doing political business in America? The answer is really quite simple. We do it in every way that we can. We need to use every means possible at every possible level. We need to dream up methods that no one has tried before, and try them.
You can start by talking about what is going on with people who don't really want to hear it. It's best if you don't annoy them too deeply, but you can nag most people a little bit if your timing is right.
Write all those seemingly pointless letters to the editor that you keep threatening to write. You'll feel better when you do, and others will be comforted in knowing that they aren't as weird as they feared, that someone else shares their perspective.
Send those emails and faxes to politicians, too, the ones that activists are always begging you to send. See if they have any impact. Maybe yours will who can say until you try?
And what should you say? Well, say anything you want. Tell them what you think about any issue that matters in your life. You could simply say that you expect public employees to serve the public that employs them; civil servants and elected officials need that reminder, frequently.
Or you could say that you want your government to remove all US soldiers from foreign lands unless we have an honest invitation expressed by the legitimate local government. That just might get your Congressperson's attention. You might even get an honest response.
I'm starting out my own New Year's atonement with another call for the impeachment of Dick Cheney. Smart money and Nancy Pelosi say that'll never happen, but it won't matter if the process is never finished. It does matter that the process be pursued.
Articles of impeachment have been filed and are being supported by more than two dozen US Representatives. They must be heard and debated in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It's the only way to restore some semblance of accountability to the public by elected officials. It would be a statement that citizens still own the country and that our laws are more important than politics.
We owe that much to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and a hundred other places across the globe, people who were promised a taste of American democracy but instead were given bitter fruit from a far different tree.