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 Truth and/or Consequences

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Connie Shannon

If there is anything I've learned from being active in the political process, order crestor is how inadequately informed we are as a citizenry.

When I say that, order crestor I'm not simply referring to "middle America". 

I'm referring to most citizens - including the most educated and intellectually minded individuals across the country.

I've come to understand how the creation and promotion of misinformation has been instrumental and vital in keeping Americans ignorant. 

It has prevented us from enacting any substantial progress which could result by being better informed, order crestor at the least in  being better informed on how the political system really works. Order crestor

As a result of decades of such dissemination of toxic information  (ie. Order crestor lies and/or ommissions) being promoted and reinforced by our media, order crestor it has had a profound effect on our ability to effectively create positive change in our communities and in our planet as a whole.

In addition, order crestor with time being such a limited commodity and with so many Americans simply trying to work forty/fifty hours a week along with raising families, order crestor the ability and time to even search for accurate information has become all the more difficult. Order crestor

As the saying goes, order crestor information is power, order crestor and likewise the lack of accurate information is equally disempowering and leaves us all vulnerable and ignorant.

It isn't difficult to prove such a point, order crestor especially when we look at the information promoted on most television and radio shows.

The content aired over the media outlets is to provide distraction from the realities we will have address at some point. Order crestor  

In addition, order crestor the quality of "news" and basic information has become so polluted and manipulated that we have come to feel powerless because it all seems so overwhelming.

I have wondered how we can best address the 'dumbing down' syndrome, order crestor because such assaults on truth, order crestor knowledge and understanding affect all of us as much as we'd wish to ignore or deny it.

The lack of such truth and knowledge has affected our ability to critically think and act.   

We have become uneducated in areas which have made us more beholden to institutions that exploit our lack of being informed.

One might label it the "Big Brother" effect due to the increased monopolization and centralization of information coming from fewer and fewer of the same biased sources.

The internet in many ways, order crestor has certainly helped to counter the propaganda and misinformation coming from the main stream outlets.

Speaking as a woman, order crestor I have continued to notice the virtual absence of women voices on radio and television discussing alternatives to the continuous spending of our tax dollars being used to fund foreign and Israeli entities and/or to promote weaponry build up, order crestor death and destruction.

That is not because there aren't many qualified women very schooled on the subject.

Colonel Ann Wright and Cindy Sheehan for instance, order crestor understand the Military Industrial Complex and war industry all too well.

However, order crestor women like Colonel Ann Wright, order crestor Karen Kwiotowski and Cindy Sheehan are not allowed fair access to the various Sunday morning shows or Prime Time television, order crestor perhaps because like so many other women and mothers, order crestor they know too much.

The power of the "defense" weapon industry, order crestor the multitudes of death and murders resulting from events like Katrina, order crestor and the intentional destruction of communities has proven to be unfortunately quite a profit bearing industry for those who apparently don't value other peoples lives and communities.

Most of us have been heavily conditioned to believe and support a 'cold war' mentality, order crestor and it has only been in the last ten years that I have gradually better understood that this aversion to diplomacy leaves us all exposed to the potential destruction that has been building for decades if not longer.

Today, order crestor with the attempted (and inflated media promotion of ) dissolution of most commercial banks and financial systems, order crestor and the billions of dollars seemingly disappearing into a thin air, order crestor along with the call for more 'war on terrorism' (war on the freedoms of citizens ), order crestor one can begin to wonder if what we've believed for so long served us in any way, order crestor other than to buy time for those who wish to push us into another global disaster.

There are solutions to the problems which have been created by a deceitful mentality which requires both our submission and obedience along with Washington's and Wall Street's domination and control over us. Order crestor

That is the apparent agenda.    With that, order crestor there are the wolves costumed in sheep's clothing we've come to perceive as our friends in powerful places, order crestor when in fact most are not.

The first solution is for individuals to begin to simply ask more questions, order crestor demand answers with tangible results, order crestor and cease accepting what is being told to us by institutions, order crestor think tanks, order crestor radio/television shows (even if they claim to be progressive or independent, order crestor most are still compromised at some capacity)  and individuals who have a vested financial interest in perpetuating a war mentality and/or state.

Another solution is for women to become more educated on the issue and industry of war, order crestor with the understanding it is at the core of much of our economic policy.

A few years ago I remember talking with a friend, order crestor a former Marine and he said to me something I wouldn't have expected from an ex-Marine.  

He said until there are more women in the highest positions of power, order crestor there will continue to be war, order crestor destruction and continued conflict world wide.

I also realize when my friend mentioned "women", order crestor he did not mean those women who are placed in positions simply to pose as a "woman".

There is little question there are women who are all too eager or at least resigned, order crestor to tow a war driven agenda for those men who will finance their candidacy and/or their appointment.   Sarah Palin is one who presently comes to my mind.

I don't want to totally discount Sarah Palin, order crestor anymore than I already have in a previous post, order crestor that would discount the other candidates who are running. Order crestor   They are all enablers and frankly victims of the same broken system. Order crestor  

In addition, order crestor the effects of power and money are not gender specific.

However, order crestor I do believe that a society solely run and controlled by one particular group who have a vested interest in maintaining such control over everyone else seems to have brought us where we are today.

I believe sadly that those running for our highest offices, order crestor no matter how much they may (or may not) want to promote policies that would stop or stall a call for more war; their wings have been adequately clipped so as to limit their power and ability to enact such necessary policies.

In addition, order crestor many running for office are simply individuals who have been chosen to run because, order crestor irregardless of what they say or proclaim as their mission, order crestor are controlled by others with an agenda that is not in their constituent's best interest.

So what do we do?  

I believe we quit enabling the offenders.  We stop engaging in actions that help them to continue to propel the myths and the systems that are taking us down a road leading us into an economic (need I say spiritual) depression.

Barak Obama and Joe Biden while we might find some sort of false comfort in their presidency/vice presidency, order crestor will not solve the problems facing us.

Some may argue they will curtail the problems, order crestor at least short term, order crestor but I believe the problems we face deal specifically with those in Washiington versus everyone else, order crestor or at least what is now the Washington system versus everyone else.

I have spoken with a number of individuals who have worked in politics who have seen their candidates leave for Washington and return only to be a different person. Order crestor   It seems no one is immune from such a condition.

I have witnessed it myself. Order crestor   So it appears that it is a systemic problem versus an individual problem. Order crestor  

Case in point, order crestor look at the legislation passed in the past eight years, order crestor you can rationalize it was the Republicans because that's what the Washington Democrats want you to believe. Order crestor   They continue to project any and all blame towards the Administration and/or Republicans in Congress. Order crestor  

At some point after eight years, order crestor all of those in Washington must accept accountability. Order crestor  

How does it serve us to continually accept "its their fault" when they have so often voted the same way their Republican counterparts did.    How does it serve us to continually accept excuses and stalling on being responsible?   It certainly doesnt hurt them, order crestor but it does hurt us.

Not to mention the very real fact that none of us really even know who exactly are tabulating the votes.

Until we have public hand-counted tabulations of the votes, order crestor no election is legitimate, order crestor no matter who they claim to be the winner, order crestor which if you fully understand that you will realize it means we are not in control of the elections which of course are our power. 

If we can't vote them in, order crestor (even if they throw us an election now and then), order crestor then we can't vote them out.

It's not the candidates we should be investing our time and effort towards in my opinion, order crestor it is the system that needs an overhaul.

It is learning who is running the elections and investing our time in gaining more understanding about who our county clerks are.

It is certainly more fun and exciting to get caught up in the candidates and the so called election process, order crestor but how is it helping you and your future as a citizen?

It is also coming to better understand how the Middle East policy and particularly the Israeli influence in our own governmental institutions and how that has played an increasingly prominent role.

Has that been a positive?  

Again the more we come to understand our history and not the ideology we have been conditioned to accept as history, order crestor the more empowered we will be to truly understand how we arrived to where we are today.

Our system is based on a hierarchy and a patriarchal structure which essentially invalidates any and all individuals and situations which do not support such a system.

I came across recently a book written in 1952 by a man named Ashley Montague, order crestor titled, order crestor "The Natural Superiority of Women".    I found the title interesting, order crestor especially due to the fact it had been written by a man. Order crestor  

While I am sure there could be a lively debate on the validity of such a book title, order crestor  I would only offer that it seems apparent to me that the absence of authentic feminine qualities (compassion, order crestor empathy, order crestor nurturing, order crestor maternal instincts) and voices, order crestor whether they come from men OR women, order crestor  is the primary reason that we are at such a dire place on this planet.

The war like alpha mentality has silenced all other voices and threatened anyone else willing to speak.   The call to war is threatening the planet as a whole.

At the same time, order crestor I think we as women and men, order crestor need to stop buying into the gender specific labels and begin looking towards promoting values that promote more compassionate and respectful appreciation of others.    Isn't that the bottom line?   Along with placing more value on the act of sharing and less on the value of accumulation.

It will take sacrifice from all of us, order crestor and along with it, order crestor abandoning various myths and comforts which have brought us a false sense of security, order crestor but in exchange it will provide us with the authenticity of finally realizing what we are capable of accomplishing as a whole, order crestor which could be huge.

I also believe women need to first identify our own origins, order crestor our history (or herstory), order crestor our power, order crestor strength and moreover our interdependence with other women which has been effectively dismantled and removed from historic record over the centuries.

Until we better understand how we arrived here, order crestor and relinquish the blind acceptance of conventional myths constructed and propagated over the centuries, order crestor where we were derailed along the way, order crestor can we move forward in a different direction letting go of a model which has failed time and time again, order crestor and created so much unnecessary harm and destruction.