Zeitgeist - 5/29/2005 12:14 AM
Maybe there's hope for those who've had their critical thinking skills hindered by an overdose of poisonous nationalism...
Published on Friday, May 27, 2005 by LewRockwell.com
I Used to be a Neocon
by Drew O'Neill
Two years ago I was a neocon. I supported BushÃ¢â¬â¢s war on Iraq and I called everyone who didnÃ¢â¬â¢t a liberal Kool-aid drinker. I voted for Bush in 2000 and I listened to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and just about any right-winger on the radio that I could get a four-word talking point from to use against liberals. I would say things such as "liberals wonÃ¢â¬â¢t defend America," "shut up and sing," "freedom is on the march," and "youÃ¢â¬â¢re a great American." I supported the war at first because I bought into the lies and propaganda.
I no longer do. IÃ¢â¬â¢m a recovering neocon.
The fact is, the neocon movement is a lot like a cult. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t remember how I got so involved and the details are hazy on how I got out. I just woke up one day and said "WTF!" and then ran outside to rip the "bring it on" sticker off of my car bumper. What pulled me in to the neocon cult however was a combination of American nationalism and group mentality. It was a time when questioning the governmentÃ¢â¬â¢s response to Iraq divided you between being with your country and government at a time of need, or against them. I wanted to be with them.
So this cult took me in and I watched Fox News, I bought Factor Gear and I was brainwashed into common reflexes for liberals and dissenters. When I heard dissent in the media over Iraq IÃ¢â¬â¢d call it liberal bias. If someone presented me any website that mentioned a "war for oil" or the phrase "illegal war" I would blow the site off as conspiracy hogwash. When someone would talk ill of the President and his march to war, I would call them a liberal and anti-American. When someone would say that Saddam was not a threat after I was done calling them part of the liberal "hate America" crowd, I would launch into a diatribe that Saddam was Hitler-like and hell bent on world domination. If someone persisted I would take out my wild card:
"Saddam believes heÃ¢â¬â¢s the reincarnation of King Nebuchadnezzar, and heÃ¢â¬â¢s harboring Al Queda!"
I couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t believe these liberals. I was outraged. The audacity of them to question our President during a time of war! I listened to similar sentiments on right wing radio while driving to work to reinforce my belief.
Little did I know at the time, but I was an important part of the neocon movement. I was but a tiny wheel in the machine of neoconservatism, but the survival of the neocon agenda depends on millions of us tiny wheels, or it cannot go anywhere. Most of all the neocon agenda depends on a much bigger wheel, the media. For the neocon machine to roll, the big wheel of the media must pull the millions of tiny wheels without the tiny wheels knowing they are being pulled.
This is a difficult trick that requires the media to be an active participant in government deception. To imply that they do so knowingly would be too conspiratorial, and it would be too grand an operation to be plausible. In truth, the mainstream media doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t believe they are participating in lies.
During the build-up to the war they were being pulled without knowing it, by the engine of the U. S. government. This swarm of nationalism begat a pro-American media, a complacent media, a lapdog media and a corporate media that to this day will not inform the American public.
When the Bush Administration was found to be creating fake news propaganda for public consumption the media did not inform the public. When the Bush administration marched towards pre-emptive war with Iraq the media was a lapdog instead of a watchdog. When the Bush administration described the assault on the Iraqi public as Shock and Awe, the media used that phrase to scroll alongside the words "War on Terror" without questioning if the assault on Iraq had anything to do with terrorism. When the Bush Administration tore into the U. S. Constitution with the Patriot Act, causing the illegal imprisonment of American citizens while denying them counsel, the media acted more like a timid cocker spaniel than an aggressive Doberman pincher, and failed to defend a sacred American document. When the UKÃ¢â¬â¢s Downing Street memo implicated the Bush Administration as being hell bent on a pre-emptive invasion on Iraq before even going to the UN, the American media was silent and once again failed to inform the public.
But the tiny wheels still want to call the media liberal. The tiny wheels still want to say the media isnÃ¢â¬â¢t reporting the good things happening in Iraq. Most of all the tiny wheels do not know about the big wheel thatÃ¢â¬â¢s pulling them. But now I do. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s why I am an ex-neocon and I am in recovery. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s more clear to me now than ever that the most American thing one can do is speak out against the actions of their country because it means you love your country.
And in the end it doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t matter if we are liberals or conservatives because all that matters is that we are on the side of the U.S. Constitution and of international law. Both of which have been thrown into the toilet by this administration. At least the QurÃ¢â¬â¢an has company.
Drew OÃ¢â¬â¢Neill graduated from Cal State Northridge and works at an internet marketing company in San Diego, California.
ÃÂ© 2005 LewRockwell.com
At one time over at Mercedes Shop I started a thread that asked the question "What is the goal of the United States?" Believe it or not, the men who designed our government designed it for a goal, for a specific purpose. All governmental forms have a concrete goal - monarchism is to "see to it that God's Will is done on Earth". Communism's is to eventually eliminate the need for government all together. And the US? I was flabbergasted that none of the chestbeaters on the board knew the answer, and when the answer was given, how some where against the idea! The answer is something you have chanted all your life - "Liberty and Justice for All". The means to achieve it are enshrined in the two separate parts of the Constitution" Liberty, in the Bill of Rights authored by Jefferson, and Justice for All, in the main body of the Constitution, authored by Madison. Washigton, Franklin, Mason, all have left writings concretely stating this as the purpose of our governmental form. Our history has been driven by an ever-widening circle of "ALL". It is this goal, and the pursuit of this goal shown to and seen by the rest of the world when we are in our finer momnets, that is the most powerful weapon we possess. Reagan called the concept "The Shining City on the Hill". Lincoln rephrased as "government of the people, by the people and for the people". All of our great presidents knew that this principle was also the cardinal rule of how we dealt with other nations. What happened to us? The people of Iraq, murdered in our invasion based on false evidence - did they get any justice from us? We skipped the Untied Nations, a flawed organization, but the only organization where nations could meet fully air their greivances, present their cases, and more importantly allow the other side's case to be presented as well. The UN Weapons Inspectors stated categorically that they had no evidence of WMDs in Iraq. The International Atomic Energy Commission stated that they had no evidence Iraq had resumed nuclear testing. Both these organizations were basing their assertions on fact - while we based ours on the words of what has turned out to be the worst sort of men, and we never even allowed them to present their case. They asked for a mere six weeks to produce iron clad guarantees of no WMDs, and we refused to let them. We acted unjustly, and now have been traitors to the ideas of the men who founded this country - led by bloodthirsty bastards who thirsted for war, all the while calling those who attempted to stop this incredible injustice "traitors", while in truth they are the greatest traitors to American ideals. The same men now scream and rail against Liberty, the second pillar this great nation is built upon. How many of us will be traitors and let them?
The article Z posted shows how Liberty and Justice is being stolen from us, by this so-called new idealogy, neo-conism. I see nothing new - I see no new idealogy, I see plain old fashioned Nazism, modernized, streamlined, but with the same old goal -to give small groups of corporate autocrats total world dominance by using military power contrary to International Law. Its all there - agressive war, a Propaganda Ministry, the call to justification by God as we murder people, the castigation of dissent as treason, the stormtrooper cadre blaring there message of hate, all of it is there, minus a few things - the overt white racism, the anti-Semiticism, but otherwise - its a new and improved version, now employeed by a whole new group of criminal, cynical murderers and enslavers.