The main problem isn’t that we are up against superior forces. In actuality, the American people outnumber the anti-American imperialists by millions to one.
The main problem is that most people are asleep, and don’t even realize that our flag-waving leaders are hell-bent on taking away our freedoms, our options and our money.
The main problem is that most people are still in the matrix, dreaming that the powers-that-be are on their side.
Once Neo woke up to the reality of the matrix, he had a fighting chance of doing something about it. (If you haven’t seen the movie The Matrix, let me put it in a more day-to-day context: If you’re camping, and a tick is burrowing into your finger, and you’re dreaming that a puppy is licking your finger, the problem isn’t that the tick is an overwhelming opponent. The problem is that you’re dreaming, so you can’t do anything to shake off the bugger.)
Some Powerful People Have Challenged the Matrix – And Failed
In 2000, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg did something unprecedented. In her dissenting opinion in the Bush v. Gore case (which threw the election to Bush), Ginsburg ended her opinion with the words “I dissent”.
Believe it or not, this is a big deal. The standard etiquette for a judge – especially a supreme court justice – writing a dissenting opinion is to end with the phrase, “I respectfully dissent”. By leaving out the word “respectfully”, Ginsburg dropped normal judicial etiquette to protest an unconstitutional decision, more or less quietly declaring that a coup had occurred. She was, in her own way, challenging the matrix.
Similarly, when Congressman Peter DeFazio and the entire Homeland Security Committee of Congress were denied access by the White House to Continuity of Government Plans (the Committee had all necessary security clearances), DeFazio made a public speech to Congress, and stated “Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right”. In his own way, DeFazio was challenging the matrix.
Similarly, former high-level intelligence officials, military officers and others have pointed out that the government’s story about 9/11 is hogwash. This was their way of challenging the matrix.
Each of these people were, in their own way, trying to wake people up to the fact that the U.S. is no longer a constitutional government. They have helped wake up some people. But they didn’t succeed in waking up enough people to make things change.
Because its a numbers game. And a handful of even the bravest, most dedicated and powerful people are not enough to reach the masses.
Its Up to Us
Its a numbers game.
If you’ve ever studied compound interest or calculus, you know that a lot of little things can together add up to really big things. Similarly, the actions of millions of ordinary people will have more effect than those of a few powerful people.
Its not Morpheus and Neo and a few others versus the machines. There are already millions of people who are awake. Those millions have to – ourselves – wake up the slumbering masses.
Rather than a supreme court justice or congress person doing it for us, its more like there’s one awake person in each grouping of sleeping matrix inhabitants. Each and every person who has woken up to reality has to wake those up around him or her. As the saying goes, we are the heroes we’ve been waiting for.
It may seem like this “waking up” business is not nearly as important as taking action. True, action is crucial, and we need to work harder to stop fascism. However, it is also important to realize that people who are asleep will oppose us, as they don’t understand that we are working for their benefit, and will incorrectly think that we are working against them. Until we wake them up to what is really going on, they will look at us — the people who are awake — as enemies or at best cranks and trouble-makers. In other words, it is not just a battle in the world of action, or even an infowars between truth and disinformation, but also a battle between awareness and hypnotized fantasy . . . a battle between consciousness and unconsciousness.
So How Do We Do It
There are many ways to help wake up other people, and you should give your suggestions.
One approach is to use parody to wake people up.
Or you can use a more direct approach, one which also bypasses the dreamer’s defense mechanisms. For example, you could put the following message on buttons, stickers, flyers, posters, freeway blogs, websites and all other possible media:
America is being taken over by fascists.
Whatever approach you take, the task is to remind the people around you that they are asleep and in danger, and that safety lies in waking up.
Its not like we can give the message once and then we’re done. People have to see it everywhere they look, so that they can’t get the message out of their heads … so that it is frequent enough that the dreamer can’t ignore it … so that each time it is seen it builds on the prior flashes of awareness.
Like the parent who gently but insistently tells their young child that they’re having a nightmare, and its time to wake up, it takes gentle but persistent repetition.
Its a numbers game … both with the number of people spreading the messages and the frequency with which they do it. Repeat the message like a slogan, like a mantra, like a battle cry.
I suggest using red, white and blue colors and American flag imagery in these messages, so that they will penetrate past defense mechanisms and go deeply into people’s minds.