Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sovereign Man

Zell am See, Austria

One of my favorite books is the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant-- West Point graduate, Union commander, former President, and failed businessman. It's a bit long-winded, but brutally honest, and much of the first volume deals with Grant's personal experiences as a young military officer during the Mexican War. The Mexican War was a turning point in American history; fought between 1846-1848 after the US annexation of Texas, it represented many unfortunate firsts for the United States:

Grant later writes, "Experience proves that the man who obstructs a war in which his nation is engaged, no matter whether right or wrong, occupies no enviable place in life or history."
Not much has changed. The next 165 years of warfare in the United States are filled with lies, deceit, false flag operations, imperialistic conquest, and state-sponsored media propaganda. Those who dared question the official stories were vilified and dismissed as unpatriotic conspiracy theorists. The most recent example was the capture and death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 by the famed SEAL Team Six.

It's ironic that the government often relies on an insipidly weak logic when it erodes the privacy of its citizens. If you don't like how USA PATRIOT Act provisions allow then to tap your telephone or check out your rental history, they say, "Hey, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear!"

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