Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Give Us This Day Our Daily Boot

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."

-George Orwell, 1984

On Tuesday night, 01/31/06, the boot came down for all to see. Cindy Sheehan was publicly hustled out of the "people's house" and arrested for wearing a shirt. If the Powers That Think They Be will now treat a known figure thusly in full view of the world, how will they treat those that they may have issues with when there are no witnesses present?

The "War on Terror" is spoken of in religious tones by both Democrats and Republicans in Washington. Cindy Sheehan's son died in the war and she had the temerity to question the war priests in their own church. Mike Weight, the US Capitol policeman that bravely wrestled her out of the inner sanctum, said "Protestor!" when he saw her shirt, much as an inquisitor's guard would shriek "Heretic!".

The First Amendment is quite clear about what laws Congress may NOT make regarding our ability to speak and assemble:

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Whatever Congressional "rules" are in place that caused the manhandling and arrest of Cindy Sheehan are in direct violation of the US Constitution, supposedly one of the things that Cindy Sheehan's son was fighting for if you go by the rhetoric of the Executive and Legislative branches of the current government. This only underscores a conviction held by many, that the current government is an unconstitutional one and has been for some time.

So let's quit the charade, shall we? If we don't have a Constitutional Republic, what do we have? Is it a Plutocracy? A Usurocracy? A Cryptocracy? If Liberty has been sacrificed for a little temporary security, whose security is actually being assured by the arrest of dissent?

One thing I do know: the offices of the legislative branch certainly don't feel a need to comment to the hoi-polloi on the violation of Cindy Sheehan's First Amendment rights. I called my two senators, John Warner and George Allen and my representative, Virgil Goode, for a comment on what went down with Cindy Sheehan. Goode's office was at least honest enough to say there most likely wouldn't be any comment. As of this writing, I've received no response from the senators. I'm sure these principled legislators were clapping and cheering whenever George Bush intoned "freedom" and "democracy" in his Tuesday night speech as Cindy Sheehan was being processed.

Whether you agree or disagree with Sheehan's politics or opinions, what happened to her on Tuesday night is a bellwether event. If you're an American that actually values Liberty and its attendant responsibilities, I suggest you call your representatives and senators to let them know you're onto the game that's afoot. Some of them might actually appreciate it. Then again, you might have a rep in the mold that Ezra Pound spoke of in Canto XVIII:

...War, one war after another,
Men start 'em who couldn't put up a good hen-roost.

Their chickens are coming home to roost and there'll be no place for them to set. Let's make it more difficult for those same men to put on their stomping boots.

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