The selective humanity regurgitated on much of the mainstream media is leading to the zombification of America. An America where bigots and xenophobes are allowed to run amok, attacking anything that they’ve been conditioned to ‘alert on’ without rhyme or reason.
And now, the zombies are attacking a faith that has much in common with Christianity and Judaism. Many conservatives, especially, seem to be hell bent on ensuring their constitutional second amendment rights, while remaining unconcerned about “certain unalienable rights” of others to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
The religious right are becoming irrational, gun toting ‘American Jihadis’- and they are being lead by so called political leaders who likely have little-to-no experience with the Islamic Faith, nor have spent any quality time in Islamic communities .
As Americans reflecting on the importance of the Constitution and the time period in which the constitution was written, it’s important to include additional history of that era.
In breaking away from great Britain, America’s Declaration Of Independence was greatly influenced by those who questioned traditional authority. Some may remember this time period in history known as the “Enlightenment” (Historians may do well to research the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolutionary War).
Thomas Jefferson supported religious freedom, saying it “does me no injury for my neighbor to believe in twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
Now it seems, we are regressing into the Dark Ages, becoming the very people we, as Americans, have so proudly rejected over the centuries. Once a sanctuary for oppressed peoples, and a haven for the enlightened, we are now delving deeply into The Dark Ages- a period that came after the decline of the Roman Empire due to cultural and economic deterioration.
Now, history appears to be repeating itself.
Why are our ‘leaders’ not decrying Main Stream Media’s efforts to present a very one-sided portrayal of Islam- a side that portrays us at war with Islam?
There is so much nebulousness and uncertainty, what is clear?
Americans are frightened, both non-Muslim and Muslim, that is clear.
Sick individuals are committing heinous crimes in the name of Islam, that is clear.
Non-Muslim, ‘religious right’ types are retaliating against Muslims (KKK protests outside of mosques, intimidating worshipers), that is clear.
Simultaneously, the federal government is considering tighter gun restrictions, that is clear.
Based on media reports, non-Muslims are afraid of being attacked by so-called ‘Radicalized’ Muslims and Muslims are being afraid of being attacked by now radicalized non-Muslims, who are fearful their ‘Christian’ country will be taken over by Islamic fundamentalists.
Imagine today’s scenario where certain liberties are restricted (gun), while other restrictions are lifted (legalization of marijuana):
Frightened Americans + increased violent crimes , committed by individuals we don’t understand, constantly being shown in the media + federal government publicly threatening to restrict gun laws/civil liberties + legalization of marijuana (could be a coincidence) = dangerous, unstable, caustic environment, that may eventually require mass intervention, and will justify a potential Marshal law type scenario.
In the above scene I’ve described, imagine: hysterical, heavily armed, trigger happy, civilians who are now worried they won’t be able to protect themselves from ‘jihadis’, because they’ll have to relinquish their guns.
Is the legalization of marijuana enough to quell our fears and outrage over civil liberties being trampled?
Those interested in history should also research the following:
- Civil Unrest in Massachusetts where the Governor ordered civilians firearms confiscated in the interest of thwarting a rebellion, 1775;
- ‘Confiscation Acts of US Congress, 1861;
- ‘Relocation’ effort of the Lakota, 1891;
- President Franklin Roosevelt’s Presidential Proclamation 2525, due to Japanese Alien ‘Enemies’, 1941.
Remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005? I was there in 2006 working on a political campaign, where law enforcement was everywhere- and I honestly felt grateful their presence was widely known and seen, as the region had been reported as being practically lawless and in a state of chaos.
But in the immediate aftermath of the devastating hurricane, this was the scene, as reported by a few media outlets:
“…an even harsher truth, one some New Orleans residents learned in the very first days but which is only beginning to become clear to the rest of us: What took place in this devastated American city was no less than a war, in which victims whose only crimes were poverty and blackness were treated as enemies of the state.
“‘We have authority by martial law to shoot looters,’ Captain James Scott told a few dozen officers in a portion of the tape viewed by reporters. Scott, then the commander of the 1st district, is now captain of the special operations division.”
So what does this history have to do with present day?
We are war, certainly. But we are at war with ourselves. Today we see Radical Conservatives scrambling to acquire firearms in the belief that Radical Islamists will take over.
We know America is suffering, but we’re not clear what, precisely, ails us. We are being smothered by an amorphic fog of fear. Humans fear the unknown, which is normal. Yet, because we are a distracted and unhealthy society due, in part, to the garbage we consume, we irrationally lash out at the first thing presented before us: and right now it’s Islam.
Our psychological buttons are being pushed. We are the fox caught in a bear trap. And that fox will react in one of two ways when approached: it will either lash out in fear or recoil and lick its wounds.
Today, people are lashing out on social media, or recoiling quietly into their own burgeoning fear. So my question is this:
How many of us have personally had bad experiences with Radical Islamists or Radical Conservatives?
If we are simply reposting propaganda from nebulous sources on our social media, then we are contributing to the zombification of our great nation. The mindless, irrational attacks on others unlike us.
As an example, I recently conducted my own social experiment on facebook: monitoring the negative news reports focused on “Radical Islam” and who, of my facebook network, reposted these. I privately messaged numerous posters in an attempt to understand what drove their anger, their fear. I asked: Did a Muslim attack you or your family? Did a Conservative harass you at Starbucks? And not one of them could point to a specific example. This doesn’t mean the hateful actions aren’t there, it’s just not as bad as the media would make it out to be. The large majority of the hate, anger and fear is driven by a shape-shifting cloud of the Mass Media.
However, on a recent film recce trip to Dallas, Texas, I had the opportunity to sit with one young muslim mother who is now fearful sending her daughters to the private Islamic school they currently attend. Apparently the school administration felt the need to hire an armed security guard, replace all windows with bullet proof glass, and implement additional security measures- this was in response to KKK protests and “regular” armed citizens parading up and down the streets in an effort to intimidate muslims.
And while our presidential hopefuls are pandering to the publics, they are neglecting to remind us of our American heritage, E Pluribus Unum, Out Of Many, One.
Hillary Clinton is vocal about Muslims not being the problem, but why is she not as vocal about the media portraying Muslims as being the problem?
The definition of a ‘leader’ may be relative, however for a Presidential candidate it should include: one who does not propagate fallacies, and one who publicly denounces the media’s contributions to such- especially fallacies of Faith and especially since we are supposed to be One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with liberty and just for ALL.