July 4, 2007
Foreword: Omitting my usual weeks of internal editorial reviews and
external feedback, I succumbed to the emotions
of the occasion, and released this as first draft, only hours
from conception and inspiration. A couple points outlined still need to
be thoroughly expanded upon.
July 15, 2007: Revised & Expanded. This is
officially "frozen." Future additions will be released as addenda/sequel
installments. I now remove the watermark "draft." Foreword remains, for
the benefit of those who followed it from start.
No, I am not talking about the Second Vermont Republic movement.
Although I personally find it an intriguing and somewhat admirable endeavor,
and actually deem it well within the realm of feasibility. But that's
another grand backburner topic for another day. Today, amid all the
festivity, as I muster up a strong breath to blow out the candles, all 231
of them, I'm calling for America's independence from its various
- the twin vampires: military-industrial complex & "federal"
reserve system (along with the financial apparatus and its various
- addictions (to narcissism, self-righteousness, drugs and oil)
- amnesia and myopia
- willful ignorance (stemming from laziness and fear)
- blatant hypocrisies & old school dogmas
- tyranny, mind control and non-choices
- pervasive arrogance, hatred & myths
(thru hypnosis of mass media)
- fundamental misconceptions of: treasonists/patriots/sycophants
- consumerism & financial slavery (which in-turn feed all of the
I will go on record and state that at this juncture, I am not at liberty
to openly discuss the details of what I refer to as "the twin vampires."
Beyond the bullet point item above, I'll simply add that America must break
free from the lethal siphoning and enslavement soon. It's a simple matter of
3rd grade arithmetic. As those of you who know me personally know, I will
discuss in great details in private, after a qualification process, as part of my 2-year old
Some of you might remember the catchy slogan of DuPont in the 80s: "Better living
through chemistry" which took on whole new meanings (literal at times) in
America. Granted, we're all creatures of comfort—essentially
a pile of molecules marinated in chemical. That is our whole transient
existence. Still, I can't help but ask: 1. Must all gratifications
be instantaneous? 2. How much do we really need? 3. Are there
(much) higher zeniths of joy and pleasure? Instead of indulging in
substance of your choice, why not make a choice of substance? A choice
of life, liberty and justice! It is worthwhile to occasionally forgo a mere moment's
pleasure, in order to build toward a lasting treasure. Go ahead! For once, be
Majority of my friends range from late boomers to early busters.
An explanation is in order here: I am referring to the "tail-end" of the
baby boomer cohort, and similarly, the cohort representing the initial
the post-baby-boomers generation. My boomer friends often complain that
their kids' generation (busters) is addicted to constant over-praises and have a
general case of narcissism. I am indeed obligated to point out that such
"diseases" afflicted the typical boomers as well.
There is widespread false believe that survival & prosperity
dictates that we must surrender our liberty and dignity, and it is
morally justifiable to trample on
humanity, and exploit ruthlessly, just to get ahead. That could not be further
from the truth. My own Chankardian
maxim* #81 illustrates my sentiment on this:
I originally wrote it on True IT Consultancy and Professionalism. Only
in recent years have I been adapting it for use in
political context. The point is: One doesn't need much, though some
might want much. It is entirely possible to make a decent living
without selling out.
||I'm in the business of renting out my brain. I have yet
to descent to selling my body, and certainly have no intentions of pawning
my soul. -scc
From this vantage point, atop Eyeful
Tower, I'm momentarily in awe with the striking view of this
near-perfect symmetry of America's amnesia and myopia in grand proportion. Of course,
such dreamy indulgence in artistic beauty is short-lived, as I am
immediately reminded of the ugly ramifications. How most of us have no sense
of history at all, and no forward visions either... baffles me to no end. No curiosity of the
past. No interest in discovering the "who/what/when/where/whys" and
"hows." No desire to contemplate and anticipate the future beyond tomorrow.
in disgust and sorrow...)
Given our generally abundant economical means (admittedly a façade
poised for collapse**), at least in the near term, and current state
of technological ubiquity, information and knowledge is readily available
just for the asking, even to the most disadvantaged. Amnesia and myopia to such extend is completely
needless, and therefore can only be attributed to willful ignorance.
Mainstream culture created an entire shameful class happily attached to
their metaphorical I.V. needle with a steady drip of mind-numbing
pleasantry, with zero inclination to learn, and complete disregard for facts
and truth. Couple that with a natural fear for the unknown, and you have an
air-tight case of self-regulated perpetual willfully ignorant masses. This
is a total nightmare for democracy, and a would-be dictators' wet dream.
For those of you who actually venture out to study
history, let me remind you again: It's been said that, sometimes, the only things
made up in "fiction" are names and places. The only things true
in "history" are names and places. Take a pause to note the irony.
Currently, the average American does not comprehend that:
- patriotism is love for one's country and its people, not its leader
- patriotism does not imply mindless following, nor complicity in
- patriotism is often a banner under which cynical schemes are carried
- patriotism is not meant as a guise for hatred & compensation for
on the wall,
who's got the
of them all?
Until they do, treasonists will be allowed to continue operating in the open,
unchecked, embolden by the unwitting complicity of the masses.
Leaders touting demagoguery, along with opportunistic garden variety velum sprayers will successfully fashion
themselves as saviors. True patriots duly voicing dissent would continue to
be ridiculed and harassed.
Make no mistakes, the American populace living in a
society does not hold a monopoly on ignorance
and mediocrity***. However, following my 26 years of
first-hand observation (with 5 years of intensive studies), I conclude that it is
prevalent and problematic here. It is entirely systemic, culturally entrenched and
has been progressively worsening for 40 years. The particular causes and the
serendipitous tale of
how it came about are beyond the scope of this short essay, and shall be
addressed in future installments. Notably, the
deadly combination of:
- ignorance from distractions/inattention
& systematic disinformation
- arrogance from imprudent
self-righteousness thru American Exceptionalism
- current brief (in historical terms)
& predictably cyclic period of
prowess and dominance
makes it a very dangerous thing. It is literally killing us (and others)
needlessly, and in more ways than one.
I assert that: In life, one must learn such fundamentals as
connecting the dots, in
order to be considered a responsible, competent adult, and contributing
member of society.
||The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good
intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
—ALBERT CAMUS, The Plague
Be well. Be true. Be independent.
personal maxims currently number at 85. they're being featured as quote of
the day at Eyeful Tower.
** note to self: Future defense essay in order.
*** see essay On Mediocrity on Eyeful Tower.