Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Sep 29, 2009 8:30 AM PDT
Soldiers are conditioned to similarly suspend individual judgment under combat conditions when their individual survival or that of their comrades is threatened or perceived to be threatened. It takes exceptional control of this conditioned response to risk life and limb to protect those who may intend to kill the soldier or who may be innocent civilians, caught up in the madness of a war brought into their homes by the corporate machine.
The cells which store extremely emotionally laden experiences form a parallel system of memory storage which remembers features of events which are perceived to threaten the integrity of the organism. These cells have an electrophysiologic property that causes then to fire rapidly when stimulated, and the dendritic connections between these cells are so strongly imprinted that this pattern does not change even when the individual is removed from the hazardous environment. Even though the returning veteran knows that he or she is safe, the feeling of being in constant danger fades very slowly.
The shadow government used the corporate media to condition the fearful and submissive who were raised in authoritarian environments. These are the Tea Party supporters who are so ready to drop their daily toils in anger to rise up against the very people who might otherwise help them. If only we could channel that anger and energy toward productive goals, we would quickly regain our democracy and crush the corporatocracy that controls our Congress.
By recognizing our common humanity and reaching out to each other as Americans with common goals and aspirations, we can help everyone understand that neoconservatism represents all that our Revolutionary forefathers fought and dies to combat. In the halls of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans for Peace and other former service members must venture to educate other veterans about the true meaning of Americanism and the difference between socialism and abiding by the social contract upon which the Constitution is based.
In the immortal words of Roger Waters:
Us and them...
and after all we're only ordinary men.
Me and you...
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do.
Forward he cried from the rear
and the front rank died.
The General sat, and the lines on the map
moved from side to side.
Black and blue...
and who knows which is which and who is who.
Up and down,
and in the end it's only round and round,
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
the poster bearer cried.
Listen son, said the man with the gun,
there's room for you inside.
Down and out,
it can't be helped but there's a lot of it about.
and who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about
Out of the way, it's a busy day,
I've got things on my mind.
For want of the price of tea and a slice
the old man died.
Rick Staggenborg, MD
On the lower Umpqua, Oregon