Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Aug 25, 2009 8:14 PM PDT
This essay is dedicated to Thomas Paine, who led us to victory in the winter of our despair.
Many progressives were shocked to learn of the extent of the largess of financial interests only after the massive “mistake” of leaving out adequate guidelines for the use of the TARP funds. We all know now that the money was used more for buying smaller banks at fire sale prices than for lending, and that it had little immediate effect at unfreezing the credit market, as had been promised.
Had Obama refused their offer, his Presidential hopes would now be swimming with the fishes. As usual, the big money boys were hedging their bets until they sensed which way the winds would blow. Of course, the corporate media never reported the whole story, if in fact the bare bones news divisions of the major newspapers and broadcasters had the means to investigate it.
It will be difficult for the Soldiers of Peace to effect a rescue mission if he gives us no signal that he is ready to be freed from the fascist counter-Revolutionaries who hold him and the American people prisoners. He will then be sentenced to a total of four years of hard labor if he intends to try and change the system from the inside.
If he tries too hard, the stern judges of the fascist shadow government might even impose the death penalty, as they did for Kennedy when he stood in the way of the plans for the fascist New World Order prepared in the aftermath of WWII. If he does his job as well, he will be released for "good" behavior if he is unable or unwilling to challenge the financial wizards and other corporatists who have locked him in his golden cage. If we work to be the change that we voted for, we can free him to do the job for which he was elected.
We are recruiting and training daily for that time when he gives us the signal to act. In the meantime, we will carry out our mission in any way we can as opportunities present themselves. This is a battle for the soul of America and it can only be won if we succeed in winning the hearts and minds of the confused but patriotic American people.
We must all hang together or surely, we will all hang separately. America must again become a beacon of hope to the world or all hope will be lost. Let the sunshine soldier and the summer patriot prepare for a long winter. Let us have faith in our God that it is His will that there be freedom in America, so that there may be freedom and the blessings of democracy throughout the world.
Rick Staggenborg, MD
At the AFGE convention in Reno, Nevada.