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Well-Known "Evils" We Never Seem To Learn


by Carol Warner Christen





(Swans - September 8, 2008)   This is what George Washington, our first president, said two hundred and twelve years ago as he left office. I will add the latest passionate attachments for the current evils and put Washington's own words in quotes and mine offset.

"A passionate attachment of one nation"

United States of America

"for another"

such as, Israel, Great Britain, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Iran, North Korea, Georgia, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera

"produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification."

George Washington is obviously a seer for today considering all the wasps' nests we seem to enjoy wallowing in as we spend our nation's wealth, while the people get stung over and over. Of course, the future is forgotten.

"It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld."

In today's vernacular: Duh!

"And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens..." *

i.e., those who devote themselves to the favored other nations.

"...facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation."

—George Washington's "Farewell Address" - 1796 (1)

* The six percent of Americans who are the psychopathic, but bright, rich, and too well-connected, ponerologists (2) (from the Greek word poneros) along with the twelve percent of their 'wanna-be' followers.  [back]

War seems to be the answer, always war and weapons -- each worse and nastier than the previous weapons -- which pile up monies and profits and pseudo-standing in the eyes of those who want to profit from the slaughter of human beings. Did anyone care that we killed children? No. There was no court-martial, no proceedings, against the trigger-happy, and, no doubt, frightened troops in a world where alien peoples, their customs, their languages, their religions, their smells, etc., frighten unsophisticated young American soldiers who have never even traveled abroad, much less visited the poor of their own country in the enclaves and the ghettos of our own making.

We have even worked very hard to prevent the education of our children to the fullest in the past several years. This shows in those we elect anymore. The Congress doesn't bother to read bills presented to be laws, much less care who is harmed by this negligence. To make matters worse, the Congress has deferred everything to the executive branch, which is firing or disgusting real scientists while it hires more flimsy characters to be sure the health of our People is not paramount. What? The reports are that the bureaus back off protections in favor of "rules" designed to harm us, rather than help us live well. Nothing could be more helpful to the psychopaths than to have a continuous supply of "virgin" males to do the killing for them, could it? I am using the word "virgin" in its original, sinless state here. In our fatuous use of war, we are now accepting women to kill right along with the men. Even more appalling is to read of the rape of women recruits by soldiers in their units.

Meanwhile, our national debt is so huge that many future generations will never be able to pay the costs of "our passionate attachments" to owning the whole, entire world. The scheme here is so great it puts every petty ruler and tyrant into the ranks of historical fools for short-sightedness. Obviously, we have arrived at today with the grandest, most odious, scheme for lifeless lives on this planet ever conceived by individual humans with free will for themselves, enslavement for the rest of us. This is tyranny writ larger than life itself.

Tiny children are being groomed everywhere for slavery from the top down. Free will is no longer an option, is it? Normal people are being phased out of earning a living for themselves and/or their families. We simply created several Frankensteins with some ancient laws in our past, such as exalting a business enterprise as a human person in perpetuity. Oh, would I could be eternal! The most I can hope for is to reincarnate again and again ad infinitum. Then we gave our Treasury to private banks with no oversight as to their toying with our hard-earned money. Both are gone in a $57,000,000,000,000 (so far) debt. I guess we have become an empire to spread the debt to the planet. D'ya think?

Plus, many of those ponerologists have written and promoted the idea that the earth can only hold 500,000,000 human beings, which means 30 million ponerologistic overseers and 50,000,000 "helpers," leaving 420,000,000 of us to their nasty, mistaken uses. Free will? Kiss it goodbye. All we can hope is that each generation will forget and be forgotten over time. Unfortunately, we are stuck here in the now with this un-voted, unwanted, un-discussed arrangement for humanity.

None of these poner-power seekers understands science either. They cannot seem to wait to let loose the gods of the atom itself -- nuclear bombs for those who refuse to kowtow to them. They are also promoting the overuse of every resource known to man, the killing of most animal species, and the promotion of the most expensive fixes for their depredations possible -- more biological power sources, regardless of who can eat.

There seems to be no thought of methane from the oceans overwhelming our lungs, along with carbon dioxide. Where will the oxygen be? In tanks for you and me? The selfish genes will be prominent in the coming age and, no doubt, will kill whom and what it can. Perhaps, only the strongest muscles will survive. Oh, wait, that requires oxygen, too, methinks.

What if it isn't Jesus who comes to slay the sinners in his spaceship as it is being depicted by those who no longer seem to believe in life? What if it's the United States and its sorry allies who hope to gain a world in what seems the easy way? Then they leave a mere 144,000 people alive everywhere as prophesied. Perhaps, the ancients were as good at telling the future as George Washington was in the beginning of this essay. I've always wondered, blasphemous as it will seem to many, why on earth a god would wipe his creations out to start over again with himself subject to the limits of the third dimension? Is anyone out there with an answer that is not mumbo-jumbo? Faith will not do.

My family had faith in this Republic and helped found it from the beginning (John Adams et al). (3) Faith in my ancestors has not changed the country's slide into fascism and empire, has it? It is slipping away from us. We sent our inventiveness overseas; we buy our foodstuffs from afar; we shop for junk endlessly; we go in debt beyond our means to pay; we listen to corporate shills to our detriment. We built a war machine against the Founders' wishes to conquer the world, ostensibly to bring "democracy" to the "heathens." Somehow, democracy and religion seem mixed up now. The Popes of old never hid their lust for power and wealth; we do hide ours from ourselves because we all hope to be ruling the world as demigods any moment now. Admit it and give up the chimerical visions of the world of humanity being anything but what it is: us and reality.

The current election cycle is very interesting in that the Fourth Estate is no more. All we have now is a group of partisan corporations managing the news. The Democratic Convention is currently choosing a presidential candidate and a running mate. The wonder of the news is that Republican or neoconservative pundits seem to do all the talking and promoting their candidates while ostensibly showing the People the Democratic Convention.

This is the first blatant misuse of the media most flagrantly in that they are discussing what one party is about using the other party's premises to speak. We will have to wait until the Republican Convention is convened to see if the favor of the air waves is returned; i.e., the Democratic pundits tell us what the other party means, etc. It looks like political schizophrenia operating out in public rather than behind its own scenes and enclaves and, perhaps, locked wards. Or, are we, the People, just the visitors now?

While we are at it, what is this black helicopter war practice about? Portlanders were terrified at the closeness of the machines that are testing ways to operate in our cities. Why? How soon will we be declared the enemy of these elitist One Worlders? All of the current candidates in the major parties belong to such groups. Why aren't we invited? Are these discussions only for the eighteen percent, but not the majority eighty-two percent of citizens who are too normal, busy, and real to get involved in these "games"? We would, I am sure, stop them if we cared.

Does anyone care? What does one do in that case? It always seems as if one is tilting at windmills as the devastation rolls on as in war, deprivation, starvation, illness, etc., which are all increasing in our country and rising rapidly in the world by design, not by choice.

The best thing is that ordinary citizens are raising gardens, worrying, thinking about how to live without driving everywhere. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had no such luxuries as we do but they lived fully: fully clothed, fully fed, and fully satisfied. Somehow we must keep what lets us survive best and discard the rest as a fad of our race's (the human one) teenage years. Maturity is all that will save us and a decent consideration for the rights and lives of those here with us for the short time of our lives.

We do not need poisons in our foods, depleted or bomb-grade uranium in our environment. We do not need to bomb and crush and break our neighboring countries' infrastructure so they have no place to sleep or eat, dress or live. We do not need to kill and we do not need to jail so many that we are a disgrace to civilization. Our governmental servants are just that -- they serve the Republic, not themselves, except by doing the jobs they are paid or elected to do. Being in the public eye does not mean anyone had become a star or prima donnas without true talents in the arts. Honest decent behavior is all that is asked. Character trumps ponerology every time.




1.  http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/washing.htm  (back)

2.  Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology, 1998, 2006, Red Pit Press, Canada.  (back)

3.  David McCullough, John Adams, 2001, Simon &, Schuster Paperbacks, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney.  (back)


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Carol Warner Christen on Swans (with bio)... Woman born 1939, twice married, five children, 7 grandchildren; own a goat farm, rural Oregon after years in Chicago area and Ohio; Associate of Arts, Chicago Art Institute (1 year); artist, editor, mechanical design drafting supervisor; owned two computer companies before anyone had a computer; activist; antiwar; human.



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