"If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?" — Chuck Palahniuk

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

"By Then It Was Too Late..."

I found this little bit of wisdom from a book called the "Handmaids Tale" it is in response to all the people that are still struggling with the things they are seeing and what they are being told to believe...

"It was after the catastrophe, when they shot the president and machine-gunned the Congress and the army declared a state of emergency. They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. "Keep calm, they said on television. Everything is under control. "I was stunned. Everyone was, I know that. It was hard to believe. The entire government, gone like that. How did they get in, how did it happen? "That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on. "Look out, said Moira to me, over the phone. Here it comes. "Here what comes? I said. "You wait, she said. They've been building up to this. It's you and me up against the wall, baby. She was quoting an expression of my mother's, but she wasn't intending to be funny.

"Things continued in that state of suspended animation for weeks, although some things did happen. Newspapers were censored and some were closed down, for security reasons they said. The roadblocks began to appear, and Identipasses. Everyone approved of that, since it was obvious you couldn't be too careful. They said that new elections would be held, but that it would take some time to prepare for them. The thing to do, they said, was to continue on as usual." (p. 225)

If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention...If your not outraged you are not listening to people that are paying attention...If you are not paying attention you are part of the problem! Get educated on what is really going on around you before it is too late...

When the Nazis arrested the Communists,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a Communist.
When they locked up the Social Democrats,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a Social Democrat. When they arrested the trade unionists,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a trade unionist. When they arrested me, there was no longer anyone who could protest. - Martin Niemoller

I just can't be silent about what should be so obvious to everyone....I also wanted to add a little review of the book so that maybe you can start to see the parallels of what is in this book and what is going on in America...We are at this point...From Wikipedia:

A revolution has taken place and the United States has become a nominally Christian theocracy, albeit one that does not appear to be modeled on any real Christian-majority society that has existed in history since the declining influence of the Catholic Church during and after the Inquisition. At the opening of the novel, the US Constitution has been abrogated, and a new order has been established: the Republic of Gilead. Gilead is ruled through biblical fundamentalism and rigid enforcement of social roles vaguely resembling current Dominionist thinking. Most citizens have been stripped of their freedoms. The key to this suppression is the conscious elimination of literacy among the population. Pictures take the place of labels in the grocery store. All religions, except the official state religion, have been suppressed.

Those who do not conform to the new norms, or who in the past became pregnant and did not immediately embrace the "new world order," are pressed into service as handmaids and personal servants or deported to "the colonies" (regions where pollution has reached toxic levels). All those who threaten the ideology of Gilead, and those who will not repent — political and religious dissidents, pro-choice advocates (called abortionists) and homosexuals (gender treachery) are executed and hanged at "The Wall" for public display. The government has proclaimed martial law owing to the destabilizing effect of "hordes of guerrillas" roaming the countryside. This is reinforced by the roadblocks, sandbags and the sounds of gun and rocket fire that are mentioned repeatedly, yet almost glossed over by the characters, who seem to regard living in a war zone the normal routine of life.

In Gilead, many people are infertile, for reasons which are never completely revealed. The massive mortality rate and declining population, unable to recover because of an almost total inability of the men to father children, is mainly due to the ecological disasters that have made large parts of the country uninhabitable, and involved nuclear-plant accidents and leakages from toxic-waste sites and stockpiles of chemical weapons. Fertile women who were not parties to state-approved marriages are forced to engage in sexual reproduction for the benefit of the upper classes (the only ones supposed to have children). Virtually all children born fail to thrive, which is considered to be evidence of a reproductive problem of the female body. Single women who cannot reproduce are exiled, which amounts to a slow execution. Although it is hinted that in truth it is the men who are infertile, it is fundamental to the Gileadian worldview and power structure that they be regarded as beyond reproach. MORE!

Now of course I am not saying that they are hanging folks but all the pieces for this type of reality to take place are all there...They are being set up everyday...Read all the new Executive orders the Shrub has put into effect the last few months...It is getting worse and worse everyday and everyone looks at the messenger, the crazy guy with the mega phone, shaking there heads talking about what a shame..."I knew him when!"

Wake Up Folks!
The New Defenders Of Freedom!

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