I can be a little paranoid. In fact, friends laugh when I insist on using the qualifier "little" in that sentence. I know this, so I resist the urge to pull out the tin foil hat. Really, I do.
But I saw the news of the US Attorney's FIRED without cause first at dailyKos and Josh Marshall takes it seriously and fleshed out which ones were getting booted and for jimminycricketssake, Ed Cone put up a link to that and now I'm getting a little upset at my stomach. My "concerned-0-meter" is edging into the red, boys and girls.
So I have to ask those I respect most what they think ...
Are We There Yet?
Or have we Americans really gotten so used to the 24/7/365 Bread & Circuses, Inc. on the teevee that we just really and truly do not give a flying flip about the loss of oversight or the loss of our own liberties. Are we gonna stay in this boiling pot and not make a peep unless and until they cross a no-go line somewhere in the distance ... take away our beer and football ... or institute a military draft?
Please understand that I have not the first foot to stand on and lecture anybody about getting involved. Most of the time I count it as clear victory when I make it to some after-work meeting or a weekend "thing."
However, yesterday at the MLK celebration at First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield I heard a passionate, beautifully challenging fiery sermon from a pastor who lost his congregation and home in New Orleans on August 29th, 2005. After that sermon, a wonderful Johnston Democrat our friend chartreuse dog, reminded me Monday that non-violence is NOT the same as passivism.
She is absolutely right. Not only does it take paying attention and a good bit of work, non-violence requires a kind of strength unknown to many of us. It requires the rejection of a large part of our own human nature. Anger, hurt, dispair, loss, gain, hate, revenge -- a commitment to non-violence requires throwing all those tendencies and reactions out the window. And THAT takes a huge amount of courage and discipline.
Non-violence sees the truth and stands up, respectfully speaks up, quietly acts up and graciously refuses to shut up.
Passivism says, "Just leave me out of it, please."
So, if someone out there has been watching the mess made by incompetence at the Federal level, the past ethics issues in our state gov't, or the current growth management problems in our County governments and you've decided you just want to be left out of it ... you might be a pacifist.
With all that's going on these days, now would be a good time to quit being a pacifist. :)
I also need to know whether or not this odd dread I feel today is valid because I am dangerously low on tin foil and may need to borrow a roll from somebody.
Go ahead ... snicker. I ain't laughing, y'all.