We the people are taking quite a few hits nowadays.
Our economy, depending on which day and which media outlet you favor, is swirling down the drain.
We watch as fat cats are rewarded with bonuses for running the banks into the ground.
Tears slide down the cheeks of those who have lost everything in the financial meltdown.
Jobs are scarce, layoffs hovering like a sword over the head of those who are employed.
Credit card companies and lenders are tightening their belts.
A hundred billion remains of the bail out funds, yet we the people have seen little good come of it.
Higher prices confront us everywhere we go.
We have been down this path before in our history, though the media seems bent on ignoring that.
We survived then, as we shall survive now.
The revelation of torture procedures used to gain information during the Bush Administration now comes to light.
We the people learn of the horrific things done in our country’s name.
Talking heads have conflicting views.
Some opine it is a good thing, that we need to be aware of exactly what was done to allegedly keep us safe.
They call for the heads of those responsible for these horrific procedures.
They ask that they be brought to justice.
Other talking heads say these torture procedures still have merit.
Warn of dire consequences in the release of this information.
Tell us we have nothing left to use, now that the cat is out of the bag.
So we the people find ourselves with a choice.
We are billed as the land of liberty and justice for all.
With the release of this new information, we see that this justice only encompasses our countrymen.
We the people have a opportunity to use this information for the greater good.
To rise above the ashes of a weak economy.
To demonstrate that we the people will not tolerate brutal tactics that have been proven ineffective against those we wish to gain information from.
Fear is something that is propagating madly these days.
Fear of the economy.
Fear we won’t have our jobs.
Fear we won’t be able to keep our homes.
Fear that we cannot feed ourselves and our children.
Fear of the judgment of we the people is what made this information hidden from the beginning.
Fear is responsible for the desperate actions taken to gain information through torture.
There are many who would prefer to remain blind.
I’ve seen several interviews in which participants broadly state they would rather not know what was done, how it was done, or when it was done.
Before this information was made public, I had witnessed countless interviews where speculation was rampant that we were using procedures not mandated by laws we ourselves had agreed to abide by.
I had heard, as so many others, that we did not torture.
Now the truth has come to light.
We the people are presented with a opportunity.
Either we speak up, and let the government know that we will not tolerate this sort of debacle ever again.
Or we choose to be blind.
There is precedent in history of people who remained purposefully blind to what their government was doing.
You can see interviews from that period in history with those who didn’t want to comprehend what was going on right underneath their noses.
They will admit something seemed funny.
That at times they suspected that not terribly legal or humane things were going on.
But they believed what their government told them, and if rumors got out?
They ignored them.
More than 6 million men, women, and children died in the Holocaust.
I’m not suggesting for one moment we are headed down the same path.
What I am saying is that blindness, fear, and torture all belong to a very slippery slope.
We need to be mindful.
We need to keep our eyes open.
We need to make certain we do not blind ourselves.
Nor bow to fear.
For once we slip.
We can fall.
We might never regain our footing.