Monday, May 8, 2006

...and my patience is wearing thin.

Buckle up chitlins! It's been a while since I last blogged, so we've got a lot of ground to cover and the natives are getting restless.

A few weeks ago I saw V for Vendetta. Before I saw the movie bought the comic and read it. The movie is not quite the original, but it is one of those rare and excellent instances where it is a different and worthwhile work in it's own right. Suffice it to say that you should make time for both, it will be a cool, thought-provoking, and disturbing experience, and you might be a better person afterwards.

There is a scene where V addresses the nation on TV(movie excerpt): "...We've had a sting of embezzlers, frauds, liars, and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was YOU! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your [life] a shambles. you have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your [world] with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was 'NO.' You have no spine. You have no pride." -text quoted and edited from the comic-

That indictment stings and shakes me. It shakes me because even though I have spoken out against the current administration and their ilk, at some point I still buy in. In some way I have signed Socrates's stupid social contract.

How scary is it that when a video of some guys tagging Air Force One comes out, and later is revealed to be a Hoax, that I seriously wonder if it's not the original that is a fake, but the report of it's fallacy?

How shameful is it that, when someone steps up to be this generation's Edward R. Murrow -awesome as that was- they're not a member of the government or the 4th estate. But rather an entertainer. And meanwhile, the 4th estate is undershooting the intelligence of the lowest-common- denominator.

These people have disenfranchised us, failed us, spied on us, stolen from us, and betrayed us. And still they sit in power. What's it gonna take? When will you say 'No.'?

I want my spine back. I want to be able to be proud. I want to not fear my government but rather my government to fear ME.