The Politics of Good Will
Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan
We face movements in
opposite directions. We can move forward towards prosperity, health with technical
and social freedom or we can fall backwards into a morass of confusion, ill
will and disease.
For all of us that have studied history, we have most probably learned that the tactics of violence and force, have been employed by governments everywhere in all it forms, writing coercion into law along with the attempt to control its dissidents. We must change this.
Let us now think of politics as the awesome possibility of disseminating good will. The politics of good will, the politics of unconditional good will. The politics of international and universal good will.
Every infant entering this world expects a bonding of love. From love, we learn. From repression and conditioning, we rebel, we manipulate.
The word infant is derived from the French word, enfant, which means "No Speak." The adult world teaches the infant to speak. If the infant's learning of language is engaged in punishment and conditioning, the child will most often rebel and continue to spread the cultural neurosis now dominating history. This world history of child rearing has often been the oppression of the child. Governments themselves have manifested from this authoritarian oppression. All governments employ authoiritarian tactics to one degree or another. Our constitution is designed to protect our rights and protect us against oppression, though now this may not be the case.
Authority and rebellion against authority is the cultural pattern established by the disease of authoritoriasm. The symptoms of authority and rebellion against authority appear in practically every aspect of society, world politics, the news media, our literature and in our daily interactions. Let us unloosen this authoritarian syndrome.
Let us envision politics, as did the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, as being a lofty and ethical activity attempting to achieve social harmony. We must think the unthinkable and see ourselves as important enough to achieve the goal of civil and peaceful interaction.
At this point in history, politics are seen as dirty, as evil, something not to get involved with. This evil will not go away by hiding from it. Voting in an oppressive governmental system may give cause not to vote, but think of this: Voting is the only peaceful way of making changes within a government without using force or violence.
Ok, don't vote. Don't speak out. Don't run for office. Don't do anything. Think that whatever will happen will happen anyway. Voting won't change anything.
Think about what we are facing now from within the political system. We have a president that has entered office under questionable circumstances. We have a war on terrorism that is operating under questionable circumstances. We have a congress that allows the executive branch of government to prosecute an undefined war without legally declaring war, as prescribed by the constitution.
We are presently seeing our government engage in criminal and unconsittuiontal acts. Our rights are being removed arbitrarily without due process. Our economy is collapsing while attempting to be propped up by a Federal Reserve System that worries about inflation when it is a deflation of currency that is occurring, caused by their policies. And it's possible the Federal Reserve System may issue and spread more of their paper dollars to make the electorate think that the economy is improving, all this before an election. The stability of currency is precarious because its value is based solely upon the concept of "Full faith and credit in the United States government." The devaluation of our money from gold into paper, allows our prosperous economy to become subject to the incompetent measures of congress, the president and those others that make decisions about the economy without accountablity.
The war on terrorism itself is an illegal war. The congress had only passed a resolution to support the president's police actions. No congressperson has even suggested that the congress declare a war. They are going only with the flow. Not only are they incompetent, they have sold us out. The congress has allowed the president to intervene militarily in other countries, remove undesirable regimes and subsidize those that favor his policies. Regime change has now established itself as a common word in the political lexicon. The congress has virtually enthroned President Bush to execute his repressive policies, without an act of war.
Let us suppose, the policies of the Bush administration are correct. It is all right to invade other countries and establish favorable regimes. It's all right to start the suspension of liberties while making every citizen a suspect. You yourself may have thought that you were a suspect or possible enemy of the state being examined while waiting in line somewhere.
Let us ask what are the fruits of the president's policies? India and Pakistan came dangerously close to nuclear war, threatening the entire earth. Israel followed suit from the president's policies and devastated the lives and properties of the Palestinians. And still the conflict escalates. A war of words, encapsulated by the phrase," an axis of evil, does exacerbates and foments deeper conflict with dangerous governments.
So why not ask why did the attacks on September 11 happen in the first place? Nobody seemed to blame the government itself. Why haven't we held our government accountable for not preventing the attack?
Why haven't more people and the congress ask, no demand, what political policies spawned our enemies? Who are our enemies anyway?
I believe that our values and our peace and our prosperity are and have been profoundly attacked, not merely from international terrorists groups, but from the incompetent policies of the congress and the president.
I think that those that have engineered this war against the western world conjectured that, based upon past U.S. interventionist policies, they must have known a president like President Bush would act militarily. They lured him into a trap.
Now, given this thought, let us ask what the fruits of our enemies policies would be if what I think were true. Because of the growing police state measures, we will see the crumbling of societies from within, especially from within the Western democracies. The Bush administration already is conditioning us for war. Just think what might happen in Muslim populated countries. Civil disorder would occur and power could fall into the hands of the Islamic fundamentalists.
The Modus operandi of the terrorists is to take over an airplane or a country while being prepared to surrender their life for Allah. They probably think they can win their war just by being patient, without really firing too many shots. Let their soldiers agitate and die, while the actions of the western powers destroy themselves from within. They know that their strategies will survive the Bush administration and they can win in spite of the enormous firepower and weaponry The United States government now possesses. They could possibly even win a country that possesses "Weapons of Mass Destruction," by encouraging civil disorder. The usual response from those who are now our allies would be to retaliate with repression and destruction. Ultimately, these marshal law reactions would only serve to increase the cause of our enemies.
Consider again the competence of the congress and the executive. What we do now can very much effect the future of our lives and the magnificence of an America that once promised liberty for all and the chance to prosper while being what you want to be peacefully.
Our enemies are smart and dedicated
with purpose. We must immediately start a dialogue to determine how we can peaceably
reverse entire ill willed process we are facing. We must defend ourselves. But
first we must understand the enemies we face and most importantly, ourselves.
This should include the policies of our congress and president.
An action of conscience with a consciousness shift must occur within our electorate. We must save our planet.
Ask yourself when evaluating the political actions of our government, are these actions going to spread good will or ill will. Ask yourself when electing your representatives, is this person's agenda going to add to the repression of our social liberties and confound economic development or open up windows stimulating an environment for personal, social and prosperous growth?