Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Their extreme gluttony that requires us as a nation to consume energy until it destroys the very world we seek to create. Our personal responsibility unparalleled as we refuse to sacrifice our lifestyles even to save the very planet.
Their greedy love of money above all other values, which gives rise to the capitalist causes so often mistaken for liberty, and which are ultimately guilty of our economic downfall.
The artful way they elevate laziness, infecting our children with the conceit that they are victims, robbing them of their own responsibility for their education, and giving their parents a pass for their failures to educate our youth.
Their manipulations of our jealous insecurities, that elevate envy of those with wealth and beauty, as we ignore our own character and integrity, to watch in spectacle as the mighty fall. Only in Paris would such decadent propaganda be allowed, yet thus they promote the repulsive to distract us all.
They have forsaken our forefathers wisdom, using disaster and terror to justify their cause. Their wrath, in the face of shallow crimes, leads us all into endless seas of suffering, injustice, and wars.
Which bring me to this humble point, the worst of their sins is pride. Ignoring that all men are created equal, they embrace an unspoken elitism, claiming the divine rights of kings, as superiors, based upon a flawed philosophy of economic righteousness. As if the compound interests of their father's misdeeds can be used to justify some kind of ability in themselves. They secretly fear honest competition with their brothers, and hide behind gates, attempting to imprison the world.
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
- Thomas Jefferson