L. Steele / October 29, 2005

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin
Luther King, jr.

Can you hear it too? What is that sound? The sound that has the ability to drive a man
nuts. The sound of electricity buzzing in the lights. Yes, that is the sound of silence. A
sound that has spread across this nation like a disease. It’s like sitting in a church when
everyone takes a moment to pray and suddenly you hear a baby start to cry. That’s what
we hear, the sound of helpless tears from mothers who hoped that their children would
outlive them. Yet, nobody runs to comfort her. The sound of nothing and an absence of
action to go with it. Silence, a sound foreign to America. A sound that is pleasing to kings
and crippling to peasants. For the rest of the world, this is America’s real shock and awe,
its silence. The days are gone when all nations would look to see what American’s were
saying. No longer do they look to America, simply because there is nothing to hear or see
here. America sits silent while lady Justice is raped. Just when did America lose it’s voice?

Silence is the sound of surrender. The sound of fear. Creating fear is the quickest way to
achieve silence. Who benefits from the silence? Who would want to mute the mouths of
Americans? You ask yourself that question; don’t run around asking everyone else until
you can answer it. It is not a trick question. It is a very simple question and has been
answered by generations of the past. Rome, Germany, Russia, France, and China are
prime examples of a people that were silent. As the past will prove, it is not an imaginary
organization that benefits from a nations silence. Indeed, it is the leaders of that nation’s
government which benefits from the silence.

Silence is Un-american. A patriot does not remain silent. It is in the blood of every
American to stand and protest that which is wrong. America was founded by rebels. Those
same rebels populated America. Our ancestors were very rebellious against government. It
is that spirit of a rebel that defeated the armies of dictators. It is with that spirit that America
would win wars and defeat any enemy of freedom. War against government is no stranger
to the American people, in fact, it is a specialty. Americans specialize in defeating domestic
enemies of freedom. At least we once did. Now it seems as though Americans forgot how to
spot threats to freedom. We are definitely not the same as our forefathers. America was
founded on the belief that ones own government was the first enemy of freedom. It was
with that understanding that the Constitution was written. It was understood that a nations
own government posed a bigger threat than multiple nations combined in war. This was
understood because we came from a dictatorship.

Our ancestors understood that Government was the enemy. This is why they created a
government ran by the people. They gave power to the people of the nation. Not just some
people, but all people of this nation. They did this because they knew that Government is a
small group of people who want control. They knew that government over people lies and
deceives to keep power and wealth. Our forefathers understood the fact that the people
had to be in control of the government to prevent that government from conspiring against
the people. The people were given the power to prevent conspiracy.

Main Entry: con•spir•a•cy
Pronunciation: k&n-‘spir-&-sE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
Etymology: Middle English conspiracie, from Latin conspirare
1 : the act of conspiring together
2 a : an agreement among conspirators b : a group of conspirators
synonym see PLOT
Main Entry: con•spire
Pronunciation: k&n-‘spIr
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): con•spired; con•spir•ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French conspirer, from Latin conspirare to be in
harmony, conspire, from com- + spirare to breathe
transitive senses : PLOT, CONTRIVE
intransitive senses
1 a : to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which
becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement b : SCHEME
2 : to act in harmony toward a common end
—–Source

Today, the people laugh at the word conspiracy. They make a big joke about it as if only a
lunatic would believe in conspiracies. Yet, it is the foundation of America to realize that
government does indeed conspire against its own people. In America, it is the job of every
citizen to prevent this from happenening. Who is doing their Job? If our government does
something against us, it is our responsibility to do something about it. Instead, the majority
says it can’t happen here. Even though it is and has been happening here. We as a whole
have not done our job! We can not possibly expect government to protect us from its own
self. We were given power by our founding fathers, and we do nothing with it. We gave
power back to government and expected that government to keep our personal interest in
mind. It’s like giving a beer to an alcoholic and expecting them not to drink it.

Our founding fathers did not create a perfect system. The system they created works with
two parts. Government and People. What they did not realize is that the people would stop
keeping government in order. They thought amendments would be used to better the
constitution, they didn’t realize amendments would be used to limit the constitution. They
did not plan for elected officials to lie to the people and those people allowing it. They did
not think we would stand back while our own poor starve so we can support another nation.
The founding fathers did not plan for the silence of the people.

If the current president would have been there in 1776 and tried to introduce a “patriot act”
he would have been hung in the streets, you can believe that! Our system becomes more
and more corrupt with each new president. The lies get bigger. None of the last three
presidents would have been worthy in the beginning days. They have done nothing but
help destroy America. They have lied to the people, they have sent our jobs away, they
have sent our children to die and they have created a system to make the poor more poor.
They have lied to your face and walked away smiling. We the people have become
seduced and allowed our political and corporate leaders to stay drunk on wealth and
power, taking us from the greatest nation to one of the worst nations.

America, so quick to war. The number of nations turning against us is growing. Meanwhile
Russia (once our greatest enemy), has eliminated most of its enemies by practicing what
America once stood for. Russia shows respect to other nations and is now prospering.
They have been lending a helping hand to nations like Iran. We on the other hand, bear
false witness against nations like Iraq and Iran, and we are failing. We supposedly elected
a “war President”. Most of his votes came from Christians. People who were warned by
their God to watch for wolves in sheep’s clothing. Is it a little strange that everything
America was taught to watch for has been allowed by those that have been warned? The
people of America are not innocent at all. We have the power to keep our government in
order. We have the power and the right to place and remove anyone in public office. We
have control of the game. Yet, we allow them to do as they will. The people who sit in
silence are as guilty as the people who do the deeds.

Americans are getting raped every which way they turn. This was once a nation that could
not keep silent. There was a time when we made sure the people were heard. Unions are
very American, in the past anyway. Even if you are not pro union, you have to admit, it is
American. I once was pro union, but I second guess that now. Unions at the upper levels
have become nothing more than a business for profit. They have been taking the money of
their members for years. At one time Unions were all about doing what it had to do to get
the point across. Now, it’s all about money. How is it that our unions sit back while people
are losing wages, benefits and even jobs? Since when did the working class become afraid
of standing up? The strange thing is, most union members claim to be democrat and vote
democrat. They praise Clinton for being such a great president. They refuse to look at the
fact that Clinton signed NAFTA into action. How is that for union? How is it that America
fails to see the power in their hands?

If all of the trucks shut down on the side of the road, and all of the factory workers didn’t
show up to work, it would only take one day for government to take notice. One day! That
is fact. What is your issue? High fuel prices? You will not get lower fuel prices by buying
fuel! You can’t just wait for an elected official to decide it is enough. That’s not going to
happen. Are we waiting for somebody honest to be elected president? Listen, it is not
going to happen!! We have to make them be honest. If we want results, it will take action
on our part. We have to take to the streets with our grievances. Petitions will not get us
anywhere. Apologies will not fix anything. We have to take action, the time is Now!
Government can not run without people. That is something our founding fathers knew. It is
something America has forgotten. We can not allow our troops to die for one mans lie.
While you sit their in silence and wait for somebody else to do something about it, you lose
more power. Stand up and be ready to fight! Are we Americans?

We waste our military power fighting for Israel’s interest, while an enemy strengthens. Iraq,
Iran and Syria are not threats to America. China is a threat to America. The nations we are
terrorizing are threats to Israeli interest, let Israel worry about their own problems. We have
been sending our jobs to China and don’t even realize what that is doing. This is putting
money into China’s economy. China is using that money to build up its military. If we go
messing with Iran, Russia will be sure to back them up. This will start a domino effect. All of
the other nations will chose sides. Britain will of course side with America and Israel.
France and Spain will likely side with America. China will certainly not back America. China
will side with Iran and Russia. If this does happen, America will see its defeat. We can not
allow this to happen! We have to stop fighting Israel’s wars, and we must stop financing
China’s military build up!

But the sound of silence is so loud.

We have no rights and no power. We have become weak. The rest of the world waits in
anticipation to see what America will do. Nothing?

Recently I was locked up, briefly for standing up for myself. I am no criminal, and I have no
record. The charge did not stick. But what happened? I had to go to court and when I got
there, I was told I couldn’t have time to find a lawyer. Even though the place taking me to
court had their lawyer, I was told the judgment was against me and I no longer had time to
get a lawyer. That was not about to stop me from defending myself. I used my right to
speech to defend myself and also used my right not to speak to defend myself. The judge
called the use of my rights “contempt of court”. It didn’t matter that this was a case that the
court was not to be involved in, and it didn’t matter that the judge was not supposed to be
involved. Because the other party’s lawyer did not want to accept my answer, he asked the
judge to put me under oath. Keep in mind that this lawyer and the judge were from the
same county, where I was from a different county. I guess that meant I did not have any
rights. Using my rights and quoting law, answering questions honestly, but because they
were not what they hoped to hear, it was called “contempt of court”. This of course was just
a scare tactic. They hoped by locking me in a cell that I would fear them and say what they
wanted to hear. The problem is, I don’t scare too easily. Fear is used to enslave people. I
will not be a slave to manipulated system. I am sure this has worked on many other people
in this particular court. I am also sure they think they can do this because you are too poor
to afford a lawyer. They did not count on the will of an American. People who know me told
me how it was nuts for me to do such a thing. I don’t think so, if exercising my rights is
crazy, I don’t want to be sane!

My case is irrelevant and really nobody’s business, so why would I bring it up? Because I
refuse to be silent. I refuse and if the rest of the nation would refuse to be silent, we would
get something done. There are hundreds of thousands who think like me and act like me,
but only hundreds who speak like me. The silence is much too loud. America needs to
realize what made us a great nation. It’s not the education that we force in order to
compete with other nations. It is not the Olympics. It is not the skyscrapers. It is the will. It is
the imagination. It is the belief that if you can dream it you can achieve it. It is the ability to
think for yourself. It is the guts to speak up. The world once respected America for what it
was. A nation who would jump to help others, and a nation of people who would not allow
anyone to tread on their freedom, foreign or domestic. We were known as the greatest
nation because of our freedom. When we become a nation of slaves to fear, there is
nothing to admire!

If we remain silent, nobody will know anything is wrong.

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up
because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left
to speak up.” ~ Martin Niemoller