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We Are the Government
29 September 2002 * Mrs. Laurel Guenther
My heart is bursting today with sadness and the realization that our nation's leaders are profoundly foolish and morally ungrounded. I have prayed for many months, written letters to Senators, talked to the Foreign Relations Committee office people, joined moveon.org, expressed myself on boards, but now it is time for greater action. Now is the time because Bush's speech yesterday confirms to me and many the sad direction this president, his cabinet and cronies, plan to take. The key words in his speech, veiled as threat to the UN, were communicating that if the UN did not act upon Hussein's violations, the US would. That did it for me. It has enraged me to the point of tears. We are a democracy and we must abide not only by the Constitution and the UN treaties and directives, but by the people, our Congress of representatives and the will of the majority. Beyond that, we are spiritual beings who in our consciousness will reap what we sow. If we do not sow love, we will not be reaping it. It's as simple as that in the sense of universal law.

We are a nation built upon the precepts of liberty and justice, a higher consciousness of social responsibility, and now that we enter the global stage, this blood-won reputation must be upheld in the world arena more now than ever. This possible preemptive attack on a small country with a misguided and soul-deprived leader would be an act of aggression judged by all in the world who value peace as immoral. Not only this, but the hounds of terrorism will be all the more stimulated to attack with swelling ranks. We must stand up to this administrations' foolhardy and violence-bent action thoughtlessly conceived in political and spiritually bereft soil of their own corporate mentality. Is this a cause for which we want to sacrifice our young men and women for decades to come? If the UN finds that this leader has committed crimes, then a UN police force to apprehend the criminal and put him on trial would be more just. How can continued killing of innocents in this small country bring peace? If we care about peace and justice as our past has revealed, we will continue to facilitate peace between nations, reach out in brotherly love to help the have-not nations, spread democracy through caring, not brutal overtaking of regimes, not killing and not substituting our culture for theirs.

America must heal our own internal wounds as well. Our medical system, insurance systems, drug addictions, fascination with violence in media, educational system, corporate greed and malfeasance, and energy concerns as well as many more infrastructure concerns and problems need solutions and healing. Our borders and people must be protected from terrorism at the same time we wake up and realize the factors contributing to terrorism. America needs to attend to our own.War will no longer help the economy. New jobs and companies transitioning our society into energy independence will. We need to watch the emerging water resources companies to make sure they do not monopolize and corporatize. We need to provide adequate housing for all citizens and quality affordable senior care. We need to upgrade our bridges and transportation needs, find agricultural solutions for global warming changes, heal and eradicate the greed factors in corporate reality to allow the investor and worker alike the fair dividend on their efforts and safety in the work place. Corporations must also be responsible for the environment, monitored and forced to comply with regulations. We need to protect our Bill of Rights and continue to fight for the freedoms and civil rights we have acquired as a nation. We have work to do. War will not help our country and people, only divert funds, lives, and energy away from "we the people," and ultimately destroy "we the people" not to mention increase hatred toward our nation. It's time to shake off apathy and think globally as well as nationally.

We must march in the streets and cry out with our hammers, our bells, and our songs about freedom, justice, and love and that means activism in political channels, media, art and educational channels -- let's not forget spiritual arenas as well. Period. We don't have much time. If I can be one person of many in this united goal, this united and righteous goal of letting the people of our nation and world know that Americans stand for laws instituted to preserve justice, peace, and liberty, nationally and world-wide, than maybe we as a world people will not suffer the dark consequences. If, and it has not been proven, we are in grave danger from a corrupt and heartless leader of a tiny country across the Atlantic, and Bush does not wait for the UN to act, than the same epithets apply to him -- corrupt and heartless. Maybe we can pull the switch to change the course of this runaway train to destruction charging away from true democracy. It is up to each one of us.

Mrs. Laurel Guenther

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