I donít think you
understand the situation.
The system is broken.
It is not just damaged, it is broken, and current
behaviors on the part of citizens and legislators will not fix
what is wrong. To
continue to do things that cannot work simply because you
donít know what else to do, is not better than doing
it is better to do nothing and have the understanding that you
donít know what to do, than to do something in ignorance,
because you think ďsomethingĒ needs to be done.
To do nothing is more thoughtful and caring than doing
something without giving it serious consideration and thought.
Iím not saying that you arenít making
a difference or even that you arenít moving the ball down
the field in the right direction.
What Iím saying is that it would be useful to
evaluate whether or not the strategies you commit to can
actually win the war and not just a few of the battles.
This is a war we can't afford to lose.
If you really understood how dangerous
things have gotten, you probably would also realize that you donít know what to do.
Doing something when you really donít know what you
are doing is noise that keeps good ideas and strategies from
being heard. And
this is true even if you are able to garner a lot of support
and get a lot of people to agree with your point of view.
Now if you are truly conscious and honest
as you go about doing what you do, you will eventually be able
to see if what you are doing is working or not.
If it isnít, you will do something elseÖ hopefully
something that will be more effective than what you
I have been very critical of people who
hold responsible leadership positions and appear to be
unwilling to act appropriately or courageously.
They are probably not just unwilling.
Most likely they are also frightened and confused.
And when people are frightened and confused they are
unlikely to make rational, well reasoned decisions.
If our legislators listened to what the
majority of Americans, or even just their own constituents
want them to do, they would do a lot of very stupid things.
In fact, they are already doing a lot of stupid
things. With respect to their own security, the majority of Americans right now are not well informed,
expert, patient, courageous, or thoughtful. There are some exceptions.
Members of Congress have competing
interests and loyalties.
They are confused by how their behavior will impact
their party, career, country, constituents, family, friends,
wealth, and influence.
And most of the input they get is unhelpful.
The stakes are very high.
We are at war and the enemy is not the so-called
terrorists or terror. The
war is between you and those who would manipulate and enslave you. Your
immediate enemies are complacency, thoughtlessness, and fear.
Your freedom is in jeopardy and preserving your freedom
is going to require all the courage, intelligence, and passion
you can muster.
Mark A. Goldman
for President of the United States