August 11, 2009

A Fitting Monologue

So those of you who read my rantings and ramblings know that I like movie and song quotes. I watched this movie last week again and it is fantastic. There is much truth in this movie. I have reworded it , but have not changed any of its’ message, to fit our particular situations. See if you see the truth in the words as I do.

Good evening, America. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any man. But in the spirit of commemoration on the eve of one of those important events of the past we usually associate with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, (a holiday); I thought we could mark this upcoming September 11, (a day like most of our most cherished holidays including the 4th of July, that is sadly no longer properly remembered), by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, web crawlers are scuttling my way, some liberal blogger is beginning to spit and fume over their keyboard, and satellites are adjusting their orbits minutely; perhaps some day soon men with guns will be called out for speech such as this. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power (observe the recent reactions by our nonrepresenting representatives to the Healthcare Townhalls). Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of Truth. And the Truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression, Arrogance and Hubris, Scorn and Derision, from those elected to represent us. And where once you had the freedom to object, to THINK and Speak as you saw fit, you now begin to have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and I have faith they will eventually be held accountable; but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, Terror, Recession, Uncertainty. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your Common Sense. And this generation was not the beginning of it, for it began over one hundred years ago, but this year may have begun the final chapter. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now POTUS, Barack Obama (a man many of us did not understand*). He promised you Hope, he promised you Change, and all he demanded in return was your Silent, and Obedient Consent. Some of us have sought to end that Silence. We have recently began to speak out at “Tea Parties” and began calling ourselves “Patriots” to remind this country of what it has forgotten. Whole armies of people who were never politically active before are now speaking out. Why? More than two hundred years ago greater citizens than we wished to embed their thoughts forever in our memory; they sought to do this through the Constitution and their other writings. Their hope was to declare to the world that Truth, Justice, and Freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the usurpations of this government remain unknown to you; then I would suggest you allow the twelfth of September to pass unmarked (and may your chains sit lightly upon you). But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me a little over one month from tonight, outside the steps of the capitol and together we shall give them a Twelfth of September that shall never, ever be forgot.

I think it fits rather well. For those of you who have not seen V for Vendetta, I highly recommend it. Not for the literal story in the movie, for it is clearly the story of a man who went to violent and extreme measures to achieve his goals and in so doing became close to what he sought to destroy. But the ideas of what can happen to a Government when its power is allowed to swell unchecked are both frightening and enlightening. What say you?

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