Friday, December 3, 2010

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The Bible teaches that there is no freedom without truth. But more than anything, recent events have exposed America's inherent hypocrisy and fear of what actual freedom entails; The freedom of information and an informed citizenry.

While Fox News has argued in a United States court - and won! - its First Amendment right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves, the United States Government is fighting against Wikileaks' right to tell the truth. Welcome to the upside down world of America today.

The Wikileaks situation serves as an example of how our nation is slowly dissolving into tyranny. The extremists that a majority of americans voted into congress this November, want to do away with several constitutional amendments and social government programs, while at the same time proclaiming to be patriots and "true americans". Our politically activist Supreme Court has openly attacked the foundations of our very democracy, by forcing through corporate-friendly rulings and unprecedented secret campaign funding legislation. Our corporate media cares more about the business of ratings than it cares about journalistic integrity and the public good.

So far the american people have accepted all this. But apparently the buck stops with the truth. Infact, truth itself has become the new enemy of the Nation, in the form and shape of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

Right now there is an all out frontal assault on America going on. Not by the terrorists and foreign cultures that we have been indoctrinated to hate and fear, but from within by the most powerful and influential people in our country. By all accounts, our leaders - political and corporate, do not want democracy. They do not want an informed citizenry. They do not want the promises made to us by our Founding Fathers. And they are doing everything in their power to stop Wikileaks from bringing into the open, things that can't stand the light of day.

While cable TV news, papers and the blogosphere have overwhelmingly welcomed and reported the stories that Wikileaks has exposed, now that the US Government is shutting down Wikileaks websites via hacker attacks and political pressure, and putting diplomatic heat on Sweden and the UK to arrest Julian Assange, the same media organizations and bloggers have voiced little in support or defence for WL. The Fourth Estate watchdogs of our democracy once again showed themselves to be little more than lapdogs for the powers that be.

Jefferson said that an enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. The Wikileaks affair is evidence of a republic that no longer functions and a leadership that is unable to lead.

The third sentence of the Declaration of Independence reads:
That to secure these rights [to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Maybe it's time to use this right before we have none left.

~Liberal Political

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