Cowardice Is Destroying America

America Was Founded on Courage

America was founded on courage.

For example, I’ve read a number of biographies of George Washington, who was actually a horrible general. Washington’s early campaigns were disastrous, and the entire Revolutionary War was almost lost due to Washington’s early miscalculations (for example, his first major battle was fought from a low, exposed position, so that the British forced a surrender by seizing the high ground).

But Washington was brave.  He always rode with his soldiers into battle at the front of the line, even when there were waves of incoming cannon balls being hurled in his direction.  (Because Washington was unusually tall for his day, that made him an easy target).  Washington’s courage – and his willingness to consistently fight on the front lines with his men – was one of the main factors in the success of the American Revolution.

The courage of the men at Valley Forge was also a turning point in the war.  Slogging on through the dead of winter without shoes inspired a nation.

On the other hand, cowardice makes people stupid and docile.

Fear of Hurting the Big Banks Has Destroyed the Economy

The New York Times wrote in 2008:

“The rescue is being sold as a must-have emergency measure by an administration with a controversial record when it comes to asking Congress for special authority in time of duress.”***

Mr. Paulson has argued that the powers he seeks are necessary to chase away the wolf howling at the door: a potentially swift shredding of the American financial system. That would be catastrophic for everyone, he argues, not only banks, but also ordinary Americans who depend on their finances to buy homes and cars, and to pay for college.

Some are suspicious of Mr. Paulson’s characterizations, finding in his warnings and demands for extraordinary powers a parallel with the way the Bush administration gained authority for the war in Iraq. Then, the White House suggested that mushroom clouds could accompany Congress’s failure to act. This time, it is financial Armageddon supposedly on the doorstep.

“This is scare tactics to try to do something that’s in the private but not the public interest,” said Allan Meltzer, a former economic adviser to President Reagan, and an expert on monetary policy at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. “It’s terrible.”

Indeed, Congressmen Brad Sherman, Congressman Paul Kanjorski and Senator James Inhofe all say that the government used scare tactics by warning of martial law if Tarp wasn’t passed:


In addition, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others in government made it official policy not to prosecute (and see this) – or even to disclose Wall Street Fraud.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind quotes Geithner as saying:

The confidence in the system is so fragile still… a disclosure of a fraud… could result in a run, just like Lehman.

Former IMF economist Simon Johnson notes:

The main motivation behind the administration’s indulgence of serious criminality evidently is fear of the consequences of taking tough action on individual bankers.

The Obama administration is , and the government’s entire strategy now – as during the S&L crisis – is to cover up how bad things are.

Wall Street fraud caused the Great Depression and the current financial crisis. Top economists and financial experts agree that the economy will never recover unless Wall Street fraud is prosecuted.

Because of the cowardice of the government and the people to get tough and throw Wall Street fraud-mongers in jail (or  even to shut off the spigot of never-ending bailouts), our economy has been destroyed.

Fear of Terror Has Destroyed Our Liberties

Sociologists say that fear of terrorism makes people blindly accept false justifications for war.

That is why false flag terrorism – which governments around the world admit that they carry out – has been so effective for 2,000 plus years in allowing government leaders to convince the people that we should go to war.

Government officials say that 9/11 was a state-sponsored attack.  Some say that it was Iran, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Israel or other countries which backed the attack.

9/11 was – at the least – criminal incompetence and then obstruction of justice, and blowback for U.S. support of Al Qaeda over many decades.  At worst, it was false flag terror by the U.S.

Whatever it was, our failure to be brave enough to look without blinking has ruined our country.

Specifically, top economists say that endless war bankrupts a nation.

For example, Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz says that the $3-5 trillion spent on the Iraq war alone has been very bad for the American economy. See this, this and this.

The endless wars have also been a main component of America’s soaring debt:

TAX CUTS DEBT The Failure to Investigate 9/11 Has Bankrupted America

And huge debts exert a very real drag on the economy.

We wouldn’t have launched the war against Iraq – or the endless panoply of wars throughout the Middle East and North America – if 9/11 had actually been in investigated.

The police state also started in 2001.  Specifically, on 9/11, Vice President Dick Cheney initiated Continuity of Government Plans that ended America’s constitutional form of government (at least for some undetermined period of time.)   On that same day, a national state of emergency was declared … and that state of emergency has continuously been in effect up until today.

It is beyond dispute that 9/11 was entirely foreseeable, but – due to the extreme negligence and incompetence or lack of caring of the Bush administration (remember, I’m not getting into any other theories in this post) it wasn’t stopped.  Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission said that the attack was preventable.

If there had been a real 9/11 investigation, the government’s  criminal incompetence (or worse) and idiotic policies of backing Al Qaeda would have come to light.   And Americans would have learned that terrorism can largely be prevented if the military and intelligence officers are simply allowed to do their job.

Americans would have learned through any real 9/11 investigation that Cheney’s negligence and mucking around in what should have been the generals’ jobs was partly responsible for allowing 9/11 to happen (Cheney was in charge of all of America’s counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11. See this Department of State announcement and this CNN article.   He messed up.).

In other words, a real 9/11 investigation would have shown Americans that 9/11 should of, could of, and would have been stopped – and that America can protect itself against future terrorist attacks – simply by playing goalie well in our country.

And Americans – instead of being scared into immobility – would have been mad at our government for dropping the ball. And we would have demanded accountability and effective service from our elected officials.  (Indeed, experts have repeatedly demonstrated that fear of terror makes people stupid … and makes them willing to accept a loss of liberty and other abuses they would never otherwise accept.)

Instead – as the 9/11 Commission itself states – there was criminal obstruction of justice and a whitewash of the investigation. See this, this, this, this, and this.

The Road Not Taken

Americans were led to believe that Al Qaeda was going to get us unless we took the fight to the Middle East and North Africa.  The administration pretended that Saddam Hussein had a hand in 9/11 – one of the main justifications for that war.

Had a real 9/11 investigation been conducted before we launched the Iraq war, it would have taken away one of the two main rationales for that war. (The FBI was also instructed to blame the anthrax attacks on Al Qaeda, and high-level government officials pointed towards Iraq as the source of the anthrax, even though there was absolutely no basis for those claims. But that’s another story.)

Dan Rather was right when he wrote:

We have been so afraid; so hell bent on destroying enemies … both foreign and domestic … we have hurt ourselves and our democracy.

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser also told the Senate in 2007 that the war on terror is so overblown that it is “a mythical historical narrative”.

And as I noted in 2008:

Former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, a 23-year senior CIA analyst, who “drafted or was involved in many of the government’s most senior assessments of the threats facing our country [and who] devoted years to understanding and combating the jihadist threat”, writes today in the Washington Post that the neocons have whipped us into an irrational fear of the terrorism. In reality, “Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears” and our leaders.

This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The BBC produced a documentary called The Power of Nightmares in 2005 that showed that politicians were greatly exaggerating the terrorist threat for political ends.

And unfortunately, many in government have intentionally whipped up fear in the American public for their own political purposes. For example, FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, constitutional law expert professor Jonathan Turley, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power”.

And former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win reelection. Fear sells.

And because 9/11 was never really investigated, the government – instead of doing the things which could actually make us safer – are doing things which increase the risk of terrorism.

As such, the threats from terrorism form even more of a “justification” for a suspension of our Constitutional rights.

The failure to investigate 9/11 has bankrupted America financially and morally, and has allowed us to stand idly by while our liberty has been destroyed.

What Do Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Spiritual Leaders Say About Fear?

Fear is not a Christian value.  Indeed, real men (and women) – and all real Christians – stand up to tyrants.

Courage is being scared … but facing things anyway.

Let’s take 9/11 as an example.  Numerous mental health experts – including the following list – say that fear of questioning the government’s cartoonish “we couldn’t have foreseen this or done anything to protect the homeland” version of 9/11 is an unhealthy, fear-based delusion which has led to an authoritarian regime in the U.S.:

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, as well as Radiology, at Duke University Medical Center D. Lawrence Burk, Jr., MD
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers University Barry R. Komisaruk
  • Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Michael D. Knox
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Laura Schafer
  • Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Neuroscience, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Michael Gabriel
  • Former Chief Mental Health Coordinator and Director of Manpower Development and Training, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Lecturer in Psychology, Boston University Herbert Hoffman
  • Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago and Northwestern University Jack Sawyer
  • Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies Ralph Metzner
  • Professor Emeritus, Psychology, University of Marburg Gert Sommer
  • Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Ralph Hood
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College. Former Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Vietnam Veteran 7 years service, Jon Bjornson, MD
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska and licensed Psychologist Ronald Feintech

In other words, ministers, priests, psychiatrists, psychologists, trauma experts, sociologists and other mental health experts say that failure to stand up and face our deepest fears is destroying us as individuals … and as a nation.

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  • http://jpaulson.blogspot.com Jody Paulson

    I’ve read we have a better chance at being killed by our own furniture than being killed in a terrorist attack. More ominously, I’ve also read that we are more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.

    Why are we allowing ourselves to be led by the nose into a state that I find much more terrifying than any threat of terrorism — a country where people are virtually strip-searched in order to fly, a country where human beings are being tortured on our dime? Washington would be aghast if he saw how bad things have gotten.

  • http://www.washingtonsblog.com/author/carl-herman Carl Herman

    Great work, GW! Thank you for nailing so many of the central points between where we are and where we will be with victory of 100% of Earth’s inhabitants.

    Btw, readers, I’m well and just very busy with a new job and new location. My “hobby” of writing articles on this site will resume when time allows in another week or two.

    Carl Herman

  • Gaurav Mann

    whats important is that americans keep blaming other countries for their own exploitation. in a country where the money is devalued and the capitalist interest prospers i think the americans have a fair right to put those behind bars that broke the code. i think its about time someone put a lid on the federal spending overseas and instead worry about that massive debt put on the bank roll. most people dont realize but amount of spending overseas is putting future generations at a massive risk of over inflation and devaluation of the dollar as we know it. if we were to keep investing in the low price good bargain frame of mind the economy is invetible to fall.i think theres nothing wrong in investing overseas but that investment turns to greed the relationship is bound to sour.

  • gozounlimited

    Instead of giving you a hard time about cleaning up your air, I decided, as any good Social Worker would, to embark on an information campaign. I started with the two dirtiest cities in Northern Cal, Fresno and Sacramento. I contacted KSEE (ABC) News in Fresno yesterday afternoon to provide the process and science behind cleaning their filthy air. I had hoped to talk to the meteorologist but after repeated calls, I was told he was no where to be found on the premises. Apparently the weatherman’s need to prepare has been replaced by ACCUweather’s lies and deceit….and he’s satisfied with that.

    I was however, able to speak to a young woman on the news desk. She explained to me that the meteorologist would return my call (never happened), but politely listened to my overflow of intent.
    I explained how white vinegar could be used to clean the air …. placed in an evaporator or vaporizer outside. No damage to apparatus, plants, animals, humans …. in fact the environment, and everything in it, will be, act, look so healthy, you can blow your mind on it.

    Incredulously, the news reporter asked ….. can anybody do that?

    Not expecting that question….I further explained the science and benefits. Looking for words in response, the fear in the woman’s voice was palpable. Detecting that, I helped her relate by suggesting that she could just put vinegar in a bowl …. allowing the sun to evaporate it. Honestly the air in Fresno is puke/death!

    Apparently my courage translated to this young woman’s fear.

    So this morning I contacted the Fresno Bee ready to relate an interesting news story, but nobody works on Saturday morning. No need when the news is fed to them by the Corporate MSM, and no interest in what Main Street has to say. That was validated when I called the SacBEE (no reason to be discouraged …. right?). One person was on the news desk (he must be superman, I thought), but to my amazement this guy had his D so far up his A that, even though he wasn’t busy, (I checked) he wasn’t about to hear anything I had to say on the subject. So keep on sucking up that shit buddy….What can I say?

    ??????????

  • Heisenberg

    It’s easier to be brave when the potential use of force is fairly evenly spread over all humans. The weapons of government in Washington’s time were the same weapons that the common man kept in his home.

    Today there is a huge disparity between the tools of violence held by government and those at the disposal of the citizenry. We have not faced a problem like this since the middle ages (if then) and at that time your best chances for survival were not confrontation but existing beyond the vision of kings and dukes. In fact, human beings didn’t solve that problem, microbes did.

    So until nature solves this problem once again, I’d like to recommend a new fiction that covers the issue of the citizen/government military gap at length – Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez. I think you might enjoy it.

  • http://rehmat1.com/ Rehmat

    America was not founded on courage. The ethnic-cleansing of tens of millions of Native American civilians cannot be termed “courage”. The FBI database between 1980-2000; shows that Americans were targets of non-Muslim terrorism than Muslims’. The database says 6% of Muslim extremists were involved in terrorist activities as comparaed to 7% Jewish terrorists.

    Some of George Washington’s statements have been interpreted as ‘anti-Semitism’ by Jewish writers.

    “Our task is to recruit a barrier and once again put the fear of death into the Arabs of the area,” – Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli defense Minister (later prime minister of the Zionist entity).

    A few years ago, Jewish-owned The Washington Times reported that the US State Department for the first time listed four Jewish websites on its list of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations”.

    Shyam Chand, a former minister of Haryana state (India) and author of “Saffron Fascism” – in his article Terrorism Inc.: Nexus between CIA and Mossad, published in Mainstream Weekly, November 16, 2008 – stated: “How is that Zionist Americans and Israeli Jews are connected to so many things involving murders, single and plural? How is that the same Israeli security firm was incharge of all 9/11 airports as well as the London Tube and Madrid train station at the time of attack? Informed research points the finger of accusation to the same group of people. It turns out that the number of people murdered makes the Holocaust Industry victims bigger killers than victims……. Fone Fakers were invented by CIA and Mossad before 9/11 which was an inside job of both of them. The same Fone Fakers are used in India. Innocent people are arrested on the basis of calls made through these Fone Fakers…… Not only the nexus between the RSS and Mossad worth investigation, our defence co-operation with Israel needs reconsideration before the ominous shadow of Mossad falls on our defence forces.”

    http://rehmat1.com/2009/08/10/terrorism-theirs-and-ours/

  • http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/article.php3?id_article=161 Blair T. Longley

    Psychology is always only part of the story.

    Words like bravery, or phrases like having the courage of convictions, do not exist in a vacuum. The conscious human mind is an infinitesimal between an infinite subconsciousness and an infinite supraconsciousness. We are toroidal vortices, with infinite loops through our environment.

    Therefore, psychological feelings like bravery, and having the courage of your convictions, depend upon a long history of being grown, and nutured. They are within an evolutionary schedule of reinforcement, the same as everything else.

    Moral forces are things, like everything else, which we relatively subtract from the WHOLE, in order to talk about. When attempting to explain our feelings, those attempts depend upon a host of factors, from our blood chemistry, or our molecules, and below, as well as the history of our ancestors, and our childhood, and beyond.

    Within all of those self-evident assertions, I think it is vital to look at the evolutionary forces that selected for, or against, particular psychologies.

    To understand what has happened to America, it is not enough to look only to psychology, or at some free floating morality. It is not enough to talk about fear and ignorance without looking for the sources of lies, and the violence to back up the lies, and the conditions which enabled those to prevail.

    It is the same with both the concepts of “stupidity” and “cowardice.” Knowledge and courage must be grown. It is relatively easy to subvert their growth, since it is easier to destroy, that to sustain.

    American history was obviously a small part of the European invasion of the rest of the world, going on for about 5 Centuries … The seeds of Neolithic civilization suddenly found fertile ground!!!

    That was what made possible the spurt of life of the founding fathers, and the astonishing success of the American revolution, for a while. However, the greatest strength is always the worst potential weakness, at the same time.

    History has selected for groups of people to become the best at being dishonest, and back that up with violence. Those processes always go through their spirals. Americans were gradually transformed, as their real frontiers disappeared. The awesome natural abundance that enabled the pioneers of Neolithic civilization to grow was simultaneously consumed at the same time. By the end of the 1800s, there was no more frontier. Therefore, at the core of America, those who were the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, were able to take back control, in that heart of darkness, and their tendrils could no longer be escaped from.

    There has been a deliberate campaign, aided and abetted by the changing environmental circumstances, to sap the bravery, and to replace it with stupidity.

    However, I repeat, those things are NOT merely due to psychology. That is only the thing that we notice and feel the most, but still, it is but an infinitesimal sliver of the bigger picture.

    Since American reality was the transplantation of Neolithic civilization, to the North American continent, we brought along that TOTAL PACKAGE.

    Depending on the environmental circumstances, different aspects of that total package could flourish, more or less. Right now, there is the runaway triumph of deceits, as the controlling factor.

    American reality has more and more become due to the triumph of the Fraud Kings. Those whose long evolution of perfecting cultures of deceits and violence have been able to take more and more control of the American civilization. They have systematically worked to increase the tendencies of other people to be dumbed down, and turned in cowardly sheeple …

    Tragically, all of this is now playing out on the scale of a GLOBAL, ASTRONOMICALLY SIZED AMPLIFICATION OF NEOLITHIC CIVILIZATION.

    We are witnessing the paradox of final failure from too much “success.” Since those who were the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, have gained almost total control over America during the past Century, (and much more blatantly since 2001) all around us are unprecedented levels of stupidity and cowardice, as the direct result of that, which was possible because of the fundamental environmental conditions allowing that to happen, while not enabling anything else instead.

    Too bad, so sad, that we appear to be at this point in history:

    WWIII Is Coming Soon & Here’s Why!?

    Although I mostly agreed with the theoretical “solutions”
    proposed in that video, THERE WAS NOTHING IN HUMAN HISTORY TO MATCH CURRENT REALITIES, AND SO, THERE ARE NO SANE THEORIES ABOUT HOW TO “FIGHT” THE INSANITY!

    THE ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS ARE OUT OF CONTROL INSANITIES, AND THEIR OWN MADNESS AND SELF-DESTRUCTION IS INEVITABLE!

    THERE ARE NO REALISTIC OR PRACTICAL WAYS
    TO PREVENT THAT FROM EVENTUALLY HAPPENING.

    Going backwards, to old-fashioned religions or ideologies, is guaranteed to fail, while going “forwards” through the madness of electronic frauds, backed by atomic bombs, must finally result in insane collapses to horrible chaos!

    There are NO sane ways to fight wars with weapons of mass destruction, and also NO sane ways to fight revolutions!

    IN FACT, since the creation of the Federal Reserve Board and income tax act in 1913, 99% of American taxpayers always behaved like brain dead sheep, and so, there was nothing possible to stop them from finally being slaughtered.

    It is the evolution of Neolithic civilization itself that is in jeopardy. The ruling elites that emerged out of that, and especially those who were able to “prosper” by being the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, in order to develop their systems of organized lies, operating robberies, have reached the limits of their niches.

    I believe that we will have to go through the collapses of those systems, and I can only psychologically wish for miracles, that some seeds of new translithic civilization may survive through that, and still be alive and develop afterwards.

    However, for now, we are inside the decline and fall of a global empire, run by the Fraud Kings, whose “success” through huge lies has become its own worst enemy.

    I do not believe that any individual psychology is going to be all that important, when social storms finally break, on the astronomically amplified global scales that they have been gradually pumped up to …

    Nothing in our little psychology can cope with the magnitudes of social storms that have been brewing on the horizon of history for a long time. We are closer than ever now to suddenly finding ourselves inside of social hurricanes, and local social tornadoes, like nothing in our previous history.

    In that context, I do not believe that courage will do much good, nor will faith make much difference, other than that we WILL be forced to go through whatever happens …

    • gozounlimited

      Courage can only evolve after ‘Awakening The Divine Within’ See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5wV0jVdd38

      • http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/article.php3?id_article=161 Blair T. Longley

        Of course, I agree with the assertion of gozounlimited that courage evolves from spiritual awakening. However, that was one of the main reasons why the ruling elites have made all the best drugs illegal, while keeping many of the worst drugs legal. In particular, it was BECAUSE hemp is the single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine that there was a propaganda campaign to assert that “marijuana is almost as bad as murder,” and enforcing that huge legalized lie became about 75% of the drug war. The drug wars are aspects of the “war on consciousness,” which is generally a campaign to keep people ignorant and afraid, so that they can be controlled and exploited. In that context, I would point out the historical facts that George Washington grew hemp, and that the first American flag was made of hemp, and documents such as the Bill of Rights were originally written on hemp. OF COURSE, those things are illegal in America today! That was the result of the Fraud Kings taking control of the USA Federal Government.

        While it is obvious that the Fraud Kings engage in a war against consciousness, to do everything they can to prevent people from developing a genuine spiritual awakening, that would enable people to become braver, the BIGGER PROBLEM is that which the comment by Heisenberg identified above. The USA Federal Government, controlled by the Fraud Kings, has developed a vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Ordinary people do not have atomic bombs, and even IF they did, what sane use could there possibly be?

        Thinking about atomic bombs drives one to have to think very, very differently than anything in previous human history. That is why I stated in my previous post that there are NO sane ways to “fight” wars, and NO sane ways to “fight” revolutions, after the development of mass destruction weapons. Paradoxically, thinking through that also may enable one to develop more courage, to face the ways our civilization has become completely CRAZY!

        Atomic energy depends on understanding the law of the conservation of energy, and that matter is a form of energy. Thinking about atomic energy drives a much more spiritual view of the world, and overcomes many false fundamental dichotomies. Atomic energy proves that the spiritual world, energy, includes the material world of matter, since matter is proven to be a form of energy. Everything is spiritual, in the sense that everything is energy, and that is all the same energy, transforming. Therefore, the most destructive thing that human beings can do depends upon a spiritual understanding that we are all ONE ENERGY, that flows through its transformations, as it directs its own transformations.

        The social facts that America ended up being controlled by the people who were the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, can be derived as a natural consequence of basic energy laws and general systems theory. That was still part of the flow … and any future resolutions of the contradictions of the Fraud Kings taking control of the USA Federal Government will be part of the future flow! Science and technology have pumped UP the social pyramid systems of Neolithic civilization to astronomically amplified sizes, and that must necessarily drive dramatic changes of state …

  • Heisenberg

    Wow. Removing descenting opinion. You guys used to be a little better than that.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    Cowardice is not needed in such massive doses if resistance, protest, and critical thinking are always part of the every-day courage of the citizenry.

    The protest music of the day can reveal how that is working out at any given time in history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-OBlazney/100003344655965 Mark O’Blazney

    scary times

 

 

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