Silence is Complicity
Address by Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson on October 27, 2007
By David Swanson
November 9, 2007
Silence is Complicity: Address by Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson on October 27, 2007 (Nov. 9, 2007)
----- Original Message -----
To: Ken Adachi
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007
Subject: "We Won't Take it Anymore"
I'm a long time visitor of your site, and make it a habit to "check in" every few days. Thanks for all that you do. I am sending the following article, since I think it is well stated and probably reflects the feeling of a large number of Americans. Others may find it interesting as well. Forgive me if you have posted it already and I missed it.
This needs to be repeated at every city council meeting and from every mayor's office across America. I've often mentioned that the ONLY political group that's not totally owned, corrupted, paid for, black mailed, mind controlled, subverted, and subservient to the NWO jackals and their legions of minions in Congress, the Senate, the Judiciary, the Supreme Court, the state's governor's office, the state legislators, the police, the FBI, the attorney general's office, the Pentagon, etc is LOCAL GOVERNMENT- the last bastion of possible -but slim- hope of saving America from certain dissolution, destruction, enslavement, and above all- death to millions of loyal Americans who will be interred and liquidated in those Nazi-inspired concentration camps euphemistically labeled "detention centers'.
Overall, I am not hopeful. Too few have awakened too late. The majority continue to sleep walk and allow themselves to be preoccupied and mesmerized by the craven garbage that one sees daily on every broadcast television station and hears on almost every radio talk show.
The passage of HR1955, the Thought -Crime bill, by 404 House members ( 93% of congress) which just happens to be the most unconstitutional, anti-American, anti- Bill of Rights legislation ever to be conceived-except for the Traitor's Act, is the CLEAREST INDICATION YET that we have nothing but TRAITORS AT THE WHEELS OF POWER IN THIS COUNTRY. This bill will be rubber stamped by the senatorial NWO minions and signed by President Dumbo, you can count on it. Welcome to Soviet -style, Gulag America . The end of Constitution guaranteed freedoms are at hand.
The approval of Michael Mukasey as Attorney General- a man who is clearly a NWO fascist and should not be allowed to hold public office - is yet another stinging testament to the treasonous reality in which we now find ourselves.
The phony Global Warming campaign, the phony Peak Oil propaganda, the phony elevation in gasoline pump prices (to further enrich those lying thieves in the oil cartel), the phony War on Terror, the 83 MILLION tax dollars going out EVERY MONTH to the military uniformed schmuck running Pakistan in order to "help" America "fight the War on Terror", the outsourcing of American industrial production, the manipulation of the dollar and the stock market are ALL intended to bring America DOWN and destroy her morally, financially, and militarily.
Organize your neighbors, then go to the City council and pass resolutions to oppose the police state agenda and to not support any delegate to state conventions who support the Wars, the Patriot Act, etc. etc. Force your city council to DE-MILITARIZE your local police department. Get rid of SWAT teams and insist on BLUE uniforms and not allow BLACK (Nazi SS) uniforms for police. BAN the use of TASER guns. Write an endless river of articles posted locally outlining the treason and all those responsible for this degradation of American values and national reputation. Get loyal state law makers to sponsor bills -- as Vermont has done-- to SECEDE from the federal NWO union when and if martial law is declared or the constitution is otherwise suspended under a "national emergency" pretext.
Haunt the presidential candidates campaign trail and CONFRONT these traitors with multiple camera people taking video to be later posted at youTube.com. Organize on every college campus and have weekly rallies to end the Nazification/Militarization of America and return to the constitutional rule of law and rail against the minions who support the status quo. Expose them at every opportunity.
Time is running out.
Address by Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson on October 27, 2007
October 29, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah --
Today, as we come together once again in this great city, we raise our voices in unison to say to President Bush, to Vice President Cheney, to other members of the Bush Administration (past and present), to a majority of Congress, including Utah’s entire congressional delegation, and to much of the mainstream media: “You have failed us miserably and we won’t take it any more.”
“While we had every reason to expect far more of you, you have been pompous, greedy, cruel, and incompetent as you have led this great nation to a moral, military, and national security abyss.”
“You have breached trust with the American people in the most egregious ways. You have utterly failed in the performance of your jobs. You have undermined our Constitution, permitted the violation of the most fundamental treaty obligations, and betrayed the rule of law.”
“You have engaged in, or permitted, heinous human rights abuses of the sort never before countenanced in our nation’s history as a matter of official policy. You have sent American men and women to kill and be killed on the basis of lies, on the basis of shifting justifications, without competent leadership, and without even a coherent plan for this monumental blunder.”
“We are here to tell you: We won’t take it any more!”
“You have acted in direct contravention of values that we, as Americans who love our country, hold dear. You have deceived us in the most cynical, outrageous ways. You have undermined, or allowed the undermining of, our constitutional system of checks and balances among the three presumed co-equal branches of government. You have helped lead our nation to the brink of fascism, of a dictatorship contemptuous of our nation’s treaty obligations, federal statutory law, our Constitution, and the rule of law.”
“Because of you, and because of your jingoistic false ‘patriotism,’ our world is far more dangerous, our nation is far more despised, and the threat of terrorism is far greater than ever before.
It has been absolutely astounding how you have committed the most horrendous acts, causing such needless tragedy in the lives of millions of people, yet you wear your so-called religion on your sleeves, asserting your God-is-on-my-side nonsense – when what you have done flies in the face of any religious or humanitarian tradition. Your hypocrisy is mind-boggling – and disgraceful. What part of “Thou shalt not kill” do you not understand? What part of the “Golden rule” do you not understand? What part of “be honest,” “be responsible,” and “be accountable” don’t you understand? What part of “Blessed are the peacekeepers” do you not understand?
Because of you, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, many thousands of people have suffered horrendous lifetime injuries, and millions have been run off from their homes. For the sake of our nation, for the sake of our children, and for the sake of our brothers and sisters around the world, we are morally compelled to say, as loudly as we can, ‘We won’t take it any more!’ ”
“As United States agents kidnap, disappear, and torture human beings around the world, you justify, you deceive, and you cover up. We find what you have done to men, women and children, and to the good name and reputation of the United States, so appalling, so unconscionable, and so outrageous as to compel us to call upon you to step aside and allow other men and women who are competent, true to our nation’s values, and with high moral principles to stand in your places – for the good of our nation, for the good of our children, and for the good of our world.”
In the case of the President and Vice President, this means impeachment and removal from office, without any further delay from a complacent, complicit Congress, the Democratic majority of which cares more about political gain in 2008 than it does about the vindication of our Constitution, the rule of law, and democratic accountability.
It means the election of people as President and Vice President who, unlike most of the presidential candidates from both major parties, have not aided and abetted in the perpetration of the illegal, tragic, devastating invasion and occupation of Iraq. And it means the election of people as President and Vice President who will commit to return our nation to the moral and strategic imperative of refraining from torturing human beings.
In the case of the majority of Congress, it means electing people who are diligent enough to learn the facts, including reading available National Intelligence Estimates, before voting to go to war. It means electing to Congress men and women who will jealously guard Congress’s sole prerogative to declare war. It means electing to Congress men and women who will not submit like vapid lap dogs to presidential requests for blank checks to engage in so-called preemptive wars, for legislation permitting warrantless wiretapping of communications involving US citizens, and for dangerous, irresponsible, saber-rattling legislation like the recent Kyl-Lieberman amendment.
We must avoid the trap of focusing the blame solely upon President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. This is not just about a few people who have wronged our country – and the world. They were enabled by members of both parties in Congress, they were enabled by the pathetic mainstream news media, and, ultimately, they have been enabled by the American people – 40% of whom are so ill-informed they still think Iraq was behind the 9/11 attacks – a people who know and care more about baseball statistics and which drunken starlets are wearing underwear than they know and care about the atrocities being committed every single day in our name by a government for which we need to take responsibility.
As loyal Americans, without regard to political partisanship -- as veterans, as teachers, as religious leaders, as working men and women, as students, as professionals, as businesspeople, as public servants, as retirees, as people of all ages, races, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, and faiths -- we are here to say to the Bush administration, to the majority of Congress, and to the mainstream media: “You have violated your solemn responsibilities. You have undermined our democracy, spat upon our Constitution, and engaged in outrageous, despicable acts. You have brought our nation to a point of immorality, inhumanity, and illegality of immense, tragic, unprecedented proportions.”
“But we will live up to our responsibilities as citizens, as brothers and sisters of those who have suffered as a result of the imperial bullying of the United States government, and as moral actors who must take a stand: And we will, and must, mean it when we say ‘We won’t take it any more.’”
If we want principled, courageous elected officials, we need to be principled, courageous, and tenacious ourselves. History has demonstrated that our elected officials are not the leaders – the leadership has to come from us. If we don’t insist, if we don’t persist, then we are not living up to our responsibilities as citizens in a democracy – and our responsibilities as moral human beings. If we remain silent, we signal to Congress and the Bush administration – and to candidates running for office – and to the world – that we support the status quo.
Silence is complicity. Only by standing up for what’s right and never letting down can we say we are doing our part.
Our government, on the basis of a campaign we now know was entirely fraudulent, attacked and militarily occupied a nation that posed no danger to the United States. Our government, acting in our name, has caused immense, unjustified death and destruction.
It all started five years ago, yet where have we, the American people, been? At this point, we are responsible. We get together once in a while at demonstrations and complain about Bush and Cheney, about Congress, and about the pathetic news media. We point fingers and yell a lot. Then most people politely go away until another demonstration a few months later.
How many people can honestly say they have spent as much time learning about and opposing the outrages of the Bush administration as they have spent watching sports or mindless television programs during the past five years? Escapist, time-sapping sports and insipid entertainment have indeed become the opiate of the masses.
Why is this country so sound asleep? Why do we abide what is happening to our nation, to our Constitution, to the cause of peace and international law and order? Why are we not doing all in our power to put an end to this madness?
We should be in the streets regularly and students should be raising hell on our campuses. We should be making it clear in every way possible that apologies or convoluted, disingenuous explanations just don’t cut it when presidential candidates and so many others voted to authorize George Bush and his neo-con buddies to send American men and women to attack and occupy Iraq.
Let’s awaken, and wake up the country by committing here and now to do all each of us can to take our nation back. Let them hear us across the country, as we ask others to join us: “We won’t take it any more!”
I implore you: Draw a line. Figure out exactly where your own moral breaking point is. How much will you put up with before you say “No more” and mean it?
I have drawn my line as a matter of simple personal morality: I cannot, and will not, support any candidate who has voted to fund the atrocities in Iraq. I cannot, and will not, support any candidate who will not commit to remove all US troops, as soon as possible, from Iraq. I cannot, and will not, support any candidate who has supported legislation that takes us one step closer to attacking Iran. I cannot, and will not, support any candidate who has not fought to stop the kidnapping, disappearances, and torture being carried on in our name.
If we expect our nation’s elected officials to take us seriously, let us send a powerful message they cannot misunderstand. Let them know we really do have our moral breaking point. Let them know we have drawn a bright line. Let them know they cannot take our support for granted – that, regardless of their party and regardless of other political considerations, they will not have our support if they cannot provide, and have not provided, principled leadership.
The people of this nation may have been far too quiet for five years, but let us pledge that we won’t let it go on one more day – that we will do all we can to put an end to the illegalities, the moral degradation, and the disintegration of our nation’s reputation in the world.
Let us be unified in drawing the line – in declaring that we do have a moral breaking point. Let us insist, together, in supporting our troops and in gratitude for the freedoms for which our veterans gave so much, that we bring our troops home from Iraq, that we return our government to a constitutional democracy, and that we commit to honoring the fundamental principles of human rights.
In defense of our country, in defense of our Constitution, in defense of our shared values as Americans – and as moral human beings – we declare today that we will fight in every way possible to stop the insanity, stop the continued military occupation of Iraq, and stop the moral depravity reflected by the kidnapping, disappearing, and torture of people around the world.
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