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Friday, May 28th, 2004 · No Comments

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors. He has an excellent and eye-opening commentary on the scary, power-hungry time and country in which we live. But his message is clear: Despite corrupt leadership, each of us can and should make a difference, however small, while we’re on this planet, to work toward effecting change. We can do this by going back to the basics (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) and, for the religious among us, actually practicing what we preach (“Blessed are the peacemakers”).

Some excerpts from Cold Turkey by Vonnegut:

    Many years ago, I was so innocent I still considered it possible that we could become the humane and reasonable America so many members of my generation used to dream of. We dreamed of such an America during the Great Depression, when there were no jobs. And then we fought and often died for that dream during the Second World War, when there was no peace.

    But I know now that there is not a chance in hell of America’s becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.

    That chief and his cohorts have as little to do with Democracy as the Europeans had to do with Christianity. We the people have absolutely no say in whatever they choose to do next. In case you haven’t noticed, they’ve already cleaned out the treasury, passing it out to pals in the war and national security rackets, leaving your generation and the next one with a perfectly enormous debt that you’ll be asked to repay.

    Nobody let out a peep when they did that to you, because they have disconnected every burglar alarm in the Constitution: The House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the FBI, the free press (which, having been embedded, has forsaken the First Amendment) and We the People.

(Thanks to my wife for the most excellent link.)

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