This America is a Nightmare Version of the Dream!

I hear more and more people say they are getting that Alice in Wonderland feeling. This changeling America our war-and-fear-mongering leaders are selling is unacceptable. No, my children, we are not there yet. However, we have turned the tide and are on our way back to self-government; beginning to shake off the bounds of big government tyranny and oppression.

"The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot," by Naomi Wolf details how a pattern implemented in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy is being used here; "outlining the 10 steps necessary for a Fascistic group (or government) to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state or republic and subvert the social and political liberty previously exercised by its citizens:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
2. Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
3. Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system.
5. Harass citizens' groups.
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
7. Target key individuals.
8. Control the press.
9. Treat all political dissidents as traitors.
10. Suspend the rule of law."

Wolf analyzes the rise of Fascism in her book and documentary exposing its emergence and application in American political affairs since the September 11 attacks. Sign the American Freedom pledge at the website for the group she helped found.

Many just disappear around the globe.! It is unconscionable! The Butterflies, the Mirabal sisters were four sisters who were resistance activists, three of whom were assassinated by the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo. Around 30,000 Argentines disappeared between 1976 and 1983.

There is no force for change on this planet more potent than one based on a moral issue. Moral issues cross all the boundaries of faith, political philosophy or race in which we may differ. The most powerful movement this planet has ever seen, a ground swell ethical revolution around the world is in progress!

The Innocence Project has exposed the racism, homophobia, anarchy and incompetence in our out-of-control "justice" system. Watch, "The Exonerated," you'll get the picture. Taking the chance of executing an innocent person makes no sense, "because of the expense of litigation and the appeals process, it costs, on average, $2.3 million to execute a prisoner in Texas—about three times the cost of incarcerating someone for forty years." End the death penalty!

Science should trump politics! We have to have a scientific basis for investigation findings and our laws; otherwise, it’s no different than witch-hunting.

The U.S. Postal Service, Social Security, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Cash for Clunkers, Medicare and Medicaid are all broke failed institutions or programs. Government run organizations are total failures and can not be trusted with our heath care. Big government often hides tyranny under the guise of good intentions.

Let ethics and the free market rule! The free market is a more powerful and efficient regulator than government. The SPIRIT of 1776 was the HOLY SPIRIT and is our TRUE NORTH!

Have you ever heard of a white bear besides a polar bear or albino maybe? The Spirit Bear is rare, less than 400 of them. It is a white, genetically unique subspecies of the black bear found only on British Columbia’s north central coast. The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition is a global organization committed to saving this irreplaceable animal.

Taking care of this planet, making an effort to repair any damage we have caused or trying to prevent damage or extinction of a species, may be key to our own survival. Seeing these realities, people educate others, organize and actively work for reform.

Forget borders. Drug prohibition is a worldwide problem! The violence, official lawlessness and prison over population are a policy created nightmare! Since late 2006, more than 80 law enforcement officers working on the U.S.-Mexico border at the local, state and federal level have been convicted of corruption-related charges, according to an Associated Press tally.

The tobacco, alcohol and prescription drug gangs cause more death annually than all illicit drugs. We tolerate their salesmen.

Our out-of-control drug policies foster violence, racism and official lawlessness. The new prohibition policy has created nightmare we must end. Take control out of the hands of despicable people who sell drugs to children, recruit them to sell to their peers and don't mind killing off the competition.

According to a recent Esquire article the US numbers are: "15,223 dead and $73.37 billion spent each year - which is, incidentally, almost enough to pay for universal health care." Paramilitary drug raids increase the chances for violence to occur in America's homes and streets. Georgia pastor killed in botched drug raid, leaves behind wife 4 months pregnant!

"Drug prohibition causes more pain, suffering and death than the drugs themselves." Cries Howard Wooldridge of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Watch the LEAP video, "End Prohibition Now!"

What a nightmare policy! Drug warriors can get their adrenaline rush chasing murderers and other violent predators. More time could be spent on DUI and keeping drugs from minors.

Get tough on violent crime...unsolved murders abound. I would like to see our homicide and violent sex crimes departments expand and become more effective. Look how our current system failed Jaycee Lee Dugard!

Have you ever done an Internet search for unsolved murders? The number of cases is mind boggling! According to a recent Dallas Morning News article, "Police have found evidence of as many as 39 serial killers preying on truck-stop prostitutes along the I-20 corridor," alone and any major metropolitan area has a huge backlog of unsolved homicides.

Get tough on violent crime! As a part of convicted killers' and rapists' punishment, take away their ability to reproduce. Violent, aggressive behavior can be bred out of us as it has been done in animals.

Marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco. So why are we driving people to drink? It is downright sinister, a crime against humanity for the medicinal uses of cannabis to be suppressed.

Cannabis oil is the cure all our ancestors used and did not let us all be brainwashed into forgetting. Some scientists speculate that cannabinoids play a protective role in the brain, slowing the rate of disease.

Before it became illegal, 50% of all medicines came from cannabis and they were once the "drugs of choice" in the United States! The debate over medical marijuana or cannabis is really a scandalous controversy over whether this very safe, effective, easy-to-grow herb should be allowed to compete with expensive pharmaceuticals with side effects guaranteed to make life no longer worth living.

Today patients testify to Cannabis' help in treating post traumatic stress, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders, Alzheimer's, Cancer, epilepsy, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS and more! They swear it is an effective safer replacement for very dangerous pharmaceuticals.

Many supporters of a change to science-based policy do not use so-called illicit drugs or plan to but are just compassionate liberty lovers! We believe less people will be lost to violence, suicide, overdose and skid row or will stoop to prostitution with policy that offers help and treatment to addicts in place of incarceration.

The web has enormous potential for exposing truth, forcing major news media to become the real watchdogs they are meant to be instead of government/corporate propaganda machines. It is the fastest growing communications medium in the history of the world. A powerful tool, a window of opportunity, in our war of good over evil; the Internet continues to revolutionize the way we communicate and has enormous potential for reshaping the political process.

Terrorism is mutual suffering. Non-government organizations (NGOs) in unprecedented numbers worldwide are calling for de-nuclearization, de-miltarization, economic justice and responsible corporate behavior. They know education and the nonviolent path are key to make this sea change in our behavior that will save and sustain life as we know it.

We can be brave and end the terror by changing our intrusive, big-bully policies, both foreign and domestic. The monetary and environmental costs are staggering and the human suffering unconscionable. Take action now join the Campaign For Liberty!

The DPA Reform Conference 2009 will be held November 12-14 in Albuquerque, NM. Help continue the unprecedented momentum toward positive change. "The energy of this gathering is like no other. You will meet people who challenge you, who inspire you and who could be partners in your reform efforts. Register now to attend the Reform Conference and experience all of this in person. Thanks for all you do," Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director - Drug Policy Alliance.

Changing who's in charge will not affect much. The real cause of this huge quagmire of failed policy is the beast, big government, that money hungry beast, Uncle Sam! Ma Freedom tells it like it is! The beauty of it is when we focus on down-sizing our government we regain our roots of self-government and secure the blessings of liberty for future generations and ourselves.

Compiled and written by Colleen McCool
Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
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