Bringing Down the House of Lies
The Final "Leg" of the Journey
By Steve Bhaerman
" -- -- It's a bit of a mixed feeling to realize
that millions and millions of people who didn't get this
distinction two, four or six years ago now understand that the
"political' issues we now face aren't about right and left,
they're about right and wrong. On one hand, what took you so
long? On the other, thank God and welcome aboard.
Although the media has downplayed it -- it doesn't fit with the
general stupidization program of creating a lot of heat but very
little light -- more and more actual conservatives and even
members of the religious right are coming to see the Bush-Cheney
regime as a rogue administration and a thin cover for criminal
enterprise. Such right wing stalwarts as former Georgia Rep. Bob
Barr and Richard Viguerie (one of the architects of the far
right wing) have formed an organization to protect our civil
liberties from our own government. Chuck Baldwin, an associate
of Jerry Falwell, has become an open advocate of impeachment and
writes a very articulate column. These folks are far bolder than
the Democrats in this regard, and they will play a key role when
impeachment happens -- and it will.
Now some of you reading this who have a deeper spiritual
understanding of love, forgiveness and the ways in which we do
indeed create our own reality might be wondering "Gee, this
whole impeachment thing seems pretty 'anti'. Shouldn't we be
focusing on what we want instead of what we don't want?"
Indeed, the point can be made that the failure of the Democrats
in 2004 -- aside from the minor issue of voting fraud in Ohio
and Florida -- had to do with John Kerry's approach of "Vote for
me, I'm not as bad as George Bush," and failure to articulate
any compelling positive vision. However, the real issue goes
Ending The American Hostage Crisis
It has nothing to do with loving or hating George Bush, whose
policies have educated and awakened more Americans than all of
the "progressive" leaders combined. It does have to do with what
we need to recognize as the American Hostage Crisis. The
American people -- and particularly our soldiers in Iraq -- are
being held hostage by a ruthless criminal cadre (this is not
hyperbolic invective; the definition of "criminal" is "one who
commits crimes"). The people up until now have been blackmailed
into supporting a war of choice with the cynical cry, "Support
our troops." As if our troops sent themselves over there and now
we have to rescue them.
The people of America are now at a crossroads that will
determine whether the world continues hurtling down the highway
to hell, or whether we change course in the direction of our
true human potential, what Swami calls "humanifest destiny." I
say the world because if the United States honors the intentions
of our founders and accepts the evolutionary role of genuine
self-governance, the entire world will cheer -- and breathe a
sigh of relief. Under the guise of true moral authority, we will
be able to isolate the sociopathogens in the world and deal with
them as criminals instead of what we're doing now -- killing the
people the criminal elements are holding hostage, and creating
new converts for the criminals.
There is something positive to be built, but it cannot be built
on a foundation of lies. That is why the so-called "surge" or
any other policy to "stay the course" in Iraq will not succeed.
The entire structure -- why we're there, what's been happening
since we got there, what our future intentions are -- all lies.
Those troops we are "supporting" are being sent in as surrogate
targets for George Bush and the American empire, an empire that
isn't even ours but belongs to a slew of multinational
corporations that could care less whether America lives or dies.
That's what American soldiers are discovering, sadly, that their
most ardent "supporters" at home have been unwilling to face.
America's next step -- and only step -- that can take us forward
is to bring the Bush-Cheney regime to justice. This isn't about
vengeance, it isn't about punishment. It's about truth. That
element that has been so lacking in our political environment
that it has caused a spiritual, psychological and political
heartsickness in the heartland. This basic lack of integrity --
that even those who overtly believe the lies still feel deep
down in their guts -- is why we have the Don Imuses and the Ann
Coulters. Those are the people who keep us occupied with weapons
of mass-distraction, who help us aim our rage at the wrong
Their brand of free speech is what Caroline Casey calls a "toxic
mimic" of the real thing. The freedom of speech and freedom of
press the American revolutionaries risked life and fortune for
wasn't so our "commonest" of commentators could sling invectives
like "faggots" and "nappy-headed ho's" but to empower citizens
by letting them know what's going on. In this regard, the record
of our so-called "free press" is dismal, if not traitorous. Try
initiating a real conversation about the unanswered questions
and unquestioned answers regarding 9/11. There you will find a
stone wall of silence, or loud screaming to drown out the truth.
While up until now, very few have wanted to "go there," more and
more people are awakening to the tragic truth that "there" has
already come "here."
Cutting the Legs Out From Under Their Story
Just over two years ago, after what many of us realized was a
stolen election (with Barbara Boxer the lone Senator to stand
and raise the issue), I wrote a piece about the wall of lies. In
the midst of the frustration and despair that many of us felt, I
predicted the wall of lies would crumble. It wasn't a difficult
prediction to make. In these times when the veil is being lifted
everywhere, the "irony curtain" is no exception.
I wrote that the illegitimate "legitimacy" of the Bush-Cheney
regime rested on a three-legged stool. The first leg was the
belief they were fairly elected in 2000 and 2004. The second was
the Iraq War and the reluctance of people to "change horse's
asses in the middle of an extreme." The third was 9/11, and the
official account of what happened that day.
At this writing, one leg is completely gone and another is
severely splintered. More than two thirds of Americans now see
the Iraq War as an unmitigated disaster, and a large portion of
our armed forces are demoralized and angry. It is now being
termed "an unpopular war," a phrase that begs the question, "And
when exactly was the last 'popular war'?" Wait a minute ... I
think I have it. The last popular war was the Battle of the
Groups at the Brooklyn Fox Theater ... Dion and the Belmonts vs.
the Drifters. I think it was 1960.
As for the legitimacy of the "elections", that issue broke
through the soundless barrier a year ago when RFK, Jr. published
his article in Rolling Stone. Timing is everything, and the
timing of that article coincided with a general "upwising."
Having seen mounting evidence of lying, cheating and stealing on
the part of Rove and company, a critical mass of Americans (or
at least Democrats) were able to accept the inconvenient
likelihood that the Republicans cheated to win the election too.
This awakened awareness and the voter mobilization that followed
helped the Democrats win control of both Houses of Congress,
despite any shenanigans. As lame as you may think the Democrats
are, this was the first important step of restoring the balance
of power and the rule of law. I contend it could not have
happened without the widespread awareness that the Republicans
were getting set to steal elections again.
So here we are. The "leg" called the Iraq War is gone. The "leg"
called "these people were elected legitimately" is badly
compromised. And yet, like the mad monk Rasputin, Bush and
Cheney are still standing behind their stone wall. Subpoenas
notwithstanding, they've entrenched and have no intention of
giving in one iota. Because as soon as they do, the avalanche of
revelations will cause their downfall. How long can this holding
pattern go on? It can definitely go on indefinitely. Unless we
as a nation allow the 9/11 story to break through the soundless
barrier. When this leg gets chopped off, Bush and Cheney will be
More importantly, the truth will be revealed so that we can
collectively "face the music" and set a new course. Never has
any nation been in this position. Nazi Germany was forced to
face their heart of darkness only by military defeat. Soviet
Russia collapsed under the weight of its own unworkability. But
now, for the "land of the free" to finally earn that name and
claim our true inheritance, we must face what is perhaps the
most profound betrayal in our 200 year history.
A Straussian Waltz Down a Slippery Slope
Although we would like to believe that the principles that
guided America's founding fathers are still in operation, the
sad truth is that the principles of truth, justice and
transparency have been overridden by a new operating system
called "neo-conservatism" which is neither "neo" nor
conservative. The "neocon" is actually a very old con called
"the end justifies the means." And that brings us to Leo
Strauss, the man considered the "founding father" of
Leo Strauss, who was born in Germany and who taught at the
University of Chicago from 1949-69, brought Machiavelli into the
machine age. He unabashedly believed in manipulation and
deception, all of which he deemed necessary to rule the unruly
masses. According to Shadia Drury, author of Leo Strauss and the
American Right, Strauss believed that "those who are fit to rule
are those who realize there is no morality and there is only one
natural right -- the right of the superior to rule over the
Strauss was a strong believer in religion -- as a way of
imposing "moral law" on the populace, who would otherwise be out
of control. He would have agreed with Marx that religion was the
"opiate of the masses," only he had no qualms about being a drug
dealer. The rulers, of course, didn't have to live by the rules
of religion. Says Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for
Reason magazine: "Neoconservatives are pro-religion even though
they themselves may not be believers."
In the tradition of Thomas Hobbes, Strauss believed humans are
inherently evil and need strong external control -- and an
external enemy. As he once wrote, "Because mankind is
intrinsically wicked, he has to be governed. Such governance can
only be established, however, when men are united -- and they
can only be united against other people."
According to Drury, Strauss believed that "if no external threat
exists, one has to be manufactured." Interestingly enough,
Strauss's neocon disciples William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and
Richard Perle (along with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld)
helped found a think tank called the Project for the New
American Century (PNAC) in the 1990s. A PNAC document,
Rebuilding America's Defenses has been a guiding force for the
Bush-Cheney White House. According to PNAC, the only way to
assure America's safety in the 21st century is by being the only
superpower on the block, what they referred to as Pax Americana.
Of course, since the Iraq War many around the world are calling
it a "Pox Americana."
Perhaps the most telling quote in the Rebuilding America's
Defenses document refers to needing a "catastrophic and
catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor" to mobilize the
masses for this undertaking (pun intended). The neocons insist
this was an innocuous quote taken out of context. However, when
seen in the context of Leo Strauss's core beliefs, it's easy to
make the connection and see the 9/11 attacks as the "catalyzing
event" that launched the so-called "war on terror." In fact,
author and theologian David Ray Griffin called his sober account
debunking the official 9/11 story The New Pearl Harbor:
Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11.
Whether or not the attacks were an "inside job," they were
certainly used in classic Straussian fashion to create national
unity and control through perpetual war.
Griffin, a well-respected mainstream theologian who has written
and edited 30 books, contends that the official 9/11 story has
been given the "halo of religious mythology." Like the
infallibility of the Pope in the Church or the primacy of matter
in scientific materialism, questioning the official 9/11 story
is taboo. Consequently, most people fail to see the red flags
that are literally in plain sight:
√ The official story was in place within 48 hours of the event,
before any investigation was undertaken.
√ The official "remedy," the so-called Patriot Act (a 342-page
document that many legislators signed without reading), appeared
as if by magic and was ratified in an atmosphere of panic --
right on the heels of Democratic legislators receiving packets
of deadly anthrax, a crime that has never been "solved."
√ No satisfactory explanation has ever been given as to how and
why the world's most sophisticated air defense system "stood
down" in the most deadly attacks ever on American soil. And no
one was held accountable.
√ Transcripts of testimony released at the insistence of 9/11
families -- from firefighters, police and eyewitnesses --
mention over and over again a "series of explosions" and the
towers coming down in their tracks, "just like a planned
√ When there finally was an investigation, only testimony
supporting the official version of the story was allowed.
Imagine, if you will, a court case where there was no
conflicting evidence ... case closed.
Time to Face Our Own Not-Seeism
The fact that these blatant contradictions have never been
officially addressed stands as stark testimony as to how well
weapons of mass-distraction have been used to keep the official
story in place. Yes, the mass media has been complicit in
failing to present an alternative view, and in marginalizing
anyone suggesting otherwise as a "conspiracy nut." But it goes
far deeper than that. The persistent "invisible belief" in
America's intrinsic goodness makes it incomprehensible that the
government in the "land of the free" would perpetrate something
that horrendous against its own citizens. Like the Germans who
heard about the death camps and were told it was "American
propaganda," most Americans won't question the official story
because the horrendous implications are too awful to
contemplate. But the "Not See" era is about to end.
I'm going to apologize in advance for using a distasteful
metaphor that many of you will find repugnant. But since this is
the image that keeps coming to mind, I'm going to have to risk
it. Think back when you were in college. You were at a party and
had a little too much to drink. You're feeling wobbly and a bit
nauseous. You are on the teeter-totter of a decision -- to throw
up or not to throw up. Throwing up. Ugh. You don't want to do
it, it's disgusting. But then you realize, you have to do it. It
is something the body is telling you to do, and you also know
that when you've expelled the mess you will feel so much better.
That is where our body politic is today. We've literally had it
up to here. But we've been reluctant to expel the toxins for all
to see. Last year at this time, I had contracted to write a
story on David Ray Griffin called Unquestioned Answers: A
Non-Conspiracy Theorist Takes Aim at the Official 9/11 Story for
a local mainstream publication. In the six weeks from the time
the editor reluctantly okayed the story until the time I handed
it in, she had undergone a change of mind. She told me, "I have
come to believe the American government did indeed have
something to do with the attacks, and the very thought of it
makes me sick to my stomach."
Having to swallow what we've been asked to swallow over the past
several years, purging might be the very best cure. So now the
question is, what to do and how to do it?
There seem to be two approaches to the 9/11 issue. One involves
jumping into the details of the mystery itself and trying to
figure out specifically what happened. The problem here is what
has already occurred -- squabbling about the details, one group
of believers in one conspiracy theory accusing another of
The other approach is the one I took with the David Ray Griffin
article I published last year. Focus on stepping outside the
official story, removing its "halo" and asking if indeed, it is
the likeliest story. Here's why. No amount of "evidence" will
convince anybody unless they are open to the possibility of the
premise. The breakthrough will occur when a critical mass of
people begin to put it together for themselves.
What opened me to a premise I was -- like David Ray Griffin --
initially closed to was reading about the "false flag"
operations done by NATO during the Cold War and those like
Operation Northwoods that was proposed but not initiated here
(you can read brief accounts about those in the above-linked
article on David Ray Griffin). When I combined this information
with the realization I'd already come to -- that Bush, Cheney,
Rove & Company were capable of anything they could get away with
-- I had bridged the gap.
Time to Cut Off the Tale That's Been Wagging the Dog
What we face right now is perhaps the greatest opportunity for
freedom yet experienced in America. It is an invitation to
become "political adults" and step outside the puppet show
called electoral politics and take a look at the inner workings
behind the "irony curtain." It is here -- and only here -- that
transformational change can take place. It's as big a step as
our Founding Fathers made "eleven score and eleven" years ago by
declaring themselves sovereign and government a servant.
We do this by educating ourselves and taking heart that so many
people are awakening a new field of understanding now. There are
many sites but here is a good one to start with because it
offers a surprising list of well-known people in all areas of
endeavor who question the official tale that has been wagging
the dog for the past five years. Another excellent educational
site is Mark Robinowitz's Oil Empire site because he offers some
very sharp distinctions for sniffing out the truth when there
are many different stories.
Finally, we must address this undressing of the cloak of secrecy
with healing intent. In other words, we must be able not just to
picture but to "feel" what it will feel like to no longer have
to fear our own government. We must allow ourselves to see those
inside the military, government and intelligence services who
have not been "ethically-cleansed" coming forward with the
missing pieces of the true story. We must begin now to create a
"container" for truth, reconciliation and healing.
Every indication is that there are individuals at all levels of
government and influence who are waiting only for a critical
mass of Americans to be able to "hold" the true story. Once
there is a "listening" for the truth, the truth will out. We
encourage the truth through our own courage, and by speaking
about politics outside the box as matter-of-factly as the media
speaks about politics inside the box.
The simple secret to bringing down the wall of lies is this.
When enough people see through the wall, it will cease to exist.
May "Good" bless us all.
Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's
been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20
years. As the Swami, Steve is the author of four books including
his latest, Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body
Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction. His website is
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