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Eric L. Wattree: The American Propaganda Machine

October 6, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Veterans Today.

The American Propaganda Machine
©  Eric L. Wattree
October 5, 2010

The American propaganda machine tells us that Muslims are a hostile people who hate American freedom. The most cursory examination of that claim reveals that the evidence the claim is based upon is highly flawed, yet the American people have been persuaded that it’s true. That suggests that the American people have learned nothing from our experience with the Nazi’s, and it also suggests that the biggest threat to America is the propaganda machine itself.

The primary argument against the claim that Muslims are inherently hostile toward America is the fact that we had absolutely no problem with Muslims at all until we, Western “Christians” and “Jews,” began our imperialistic excursion into the Middle East. Prior to that time Muslims were content to be left alone to practice their religion in their own lands.

So when we consider Muslim hostility towards America we must keep two things in mind. First, we need to consider all the hell we’re raising over the loss of 3,000 citizens during 9/11. If we’ve been impacted to our core over the loss of 3,000 of Americans, how do you think Muslims feel over the loss of hundreds of thousands of their people resulting from the unjust and illegal invasion of Iraq? And secondly, we must remember that while we’re quick to call Muslims aggressors, we’re invading their countries, they’re not invading ours.

Americans tend to believe that American lives are more valuable than the lives of other people. When Americans are killed we never stop talking about it. It, literally, goes down in the history books. But when we kill innocent women and children in other countries we simply say, “Oops, sorry ’bout that,” then expect the people to forget about it.

Look at what Obama said about Bush and Cheney’s war crimes – “We want to look forward, not back.” What the hell is he talking about? Bush killed close to a million people for nothing more than corporate greed. How can we expect to dismiss the killing of a million men, women, and children by simply saying, let’s let bygones be bygones? One can only wonder if Obama would have taken that position if his family had been among that million? Somehow, I doubt it.

It was that one remark that opened my eyes regarding our president. While I consider Obama the best that we’ve got, I also recognize that he’s far from an angel. The remark served to remind me that Obama is also the product of a propaganda machine – his own. So while I continue to support Obama, I never allow myself to forget that even though he’s an impressive man, he’s also a politician, not the Messiah.

Americans need to recognize that life is not a football game. It’s not good enough to just pull for our side, regardless to whether we’re talking about the nation, political parties, or individual politicians. We should always pull for justice, period – regardless to whose political ox it gores. Because if we continue to allow the various propaganda machines to cloud our minds to the truth, none of us will be safe. It’s Muslims who are being demonized today, but tomorrow it may be Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, activists, the entire middle class, or whatever group is convenient to meet our rulers’ needs. And yes, I said rulers, because those who control our minds, control our destiny.

But the propaganda machine is an insidious device, because it tells us what we want to hear, and helps us hide what we don’t want to see, so it has the seductive properties of a drug. Take the issue of terrorism for example. Terrorism is defined as the killing of innocent noncombatants for political gain. Keeping that definition in mind, we must not forget that we are the ONLY country on Earth who has ever dropped an atomic bomb on not one, but two cities, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. As horrible as 9/11 was, the horror of that atrocity makes 9/11 look insignificant.

But accepting the fact that we committed such a horrible atrocity is inconsistent with the image that we so passionately embrace of “that shining light on the hill,” our propaganda machine swung into action. It helped us to justify that action by convincing us that we only did it to save the lives of thousands of American troops. But there’s a very serious flaw in that argument. By embracng that argument it affirms that we accept the fact that there are times when terrorism is justified. Thus, by our own definition the United States is, in fact, a terrorist state. So the fact is, the only difference between Muslim terrorists and American, or “Christian,” terrorists is that we have a much more efficient delivery system.

Now, before someone gets upset and start shouting that I’m un-American, please remember that truth and justice is the American way – and what I’ve just told you is both true and just. What I’ve said is not simply my opinion. Every word I’ve written is verifiable, and based on pure logic – and like mathematics, logic doesn’t lie.

Eric L. Wattree
wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

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Eric L. Wattree is a writer, poet, and musician, born in Los Angeles. He’s a columnist for The Los Angeles Sentinel, The Black Star News, Staff writer for Veterans Today, and a contributing writer to Your Black World, the Huffington Post, ePluribus Media, and several other online sites and publications. He’s also the author of “A Message From the Hood.”

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Eric L. Wattree: The Economy is Just a Symptom – it’s Hypocrisy, Stupid!

September 22, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Veterans Today.

The Economy is Just a Symptom – it’s Hypocrisy, Stupid!
©  Eric L. Wattree
September 22, 2010

Every Sunday preachers across this country are preaching about Hell and damnation. They claim that if we don’t repent and change our ways we’re going to die and suffer Hell’s fury throughout eternity. While that’s a powerful pitch, that’s not actually how things work. It is true that bad behavior will cause us to suffer, but our suffering doesn’t begin after we die; bad behavior creates our Hell right here on Earth, and clear evidence of that is that we’re currently living in the pits of Hell as we speak.

When God created man, he created him to be complete and self-sufficient. God deals in perfection, thus, man requires neither a user’s guide nor technical support to guide our spirituality. He gave man all the necessary tools that he needed to survive in his environment, just like he provided birds with the sense to fly South in the Winter, and the instinct to know exactly which direction to fly to reach their destination. Similarly, God provided man with a mind that allows him to create his own destiny, and a conscience that constantly reminds him of right from wrong. In short, God incorporated his word, and his will, within us. It’s called “common sense.” It is only when we ignore that common sense and allow the corruption of man into the mix that we are led astray.

Man has allowed other men to circumvent God’s gift to humanity. We’ve allowed Godless, greedy, and self-serving men to gain control over our minds by convincing us that we can only know God through them, and that God has made them the gatekeepers of his kingdom. Then, in order to circumvent our God-given common sense, they convinced us that to even question their word for a second is to smite God’s will, and will result in the most severe punishment.

It is through this device that greedy, Godless, and powerful men have convinced the more gullible among us to worship man over God, and to be content to sacrifice themselves and their families on the promise that they’ll be rewarded when they die. They’ve convinced these people that they have to pay homage to the powerful in order to please God, and that is precisely why the poor and undereducated are experiencing pure hell right here on Earth.

The powers that be have convinced the gullible to embrace hypocrisy, and ironically, it’s that very hypocrisy that’s causing us to cut our own throats. While they claim that God wants us to love our neighbor, it is the hatred of our neighbor that’s driving both our foreign and domestic policy. This nation has been convinced that God frowns upon our failure to protect the rich, and our urge to protect our own families represents the evils of “socialism.” As a result , in 2008 $711 billion – 18% of our entire budget – went towards this “Christian” nation’s capacity to kill others, while middle-class families have lost their jobs, their homes, and poor people are starving. Where were the Tea Baggers then?

This, they tell us was God’s will. They also tell us that it was God’s will to send poor and middle-class kids to war – against a country that did absolutely nothing to us – without the necessary equipment to protect their lives. And it was also God’s will to make these kids pay for the equipment that had to be cut from their wounded bodies as they lie on the battlefield, and then forced to pay for their own meals while they lie in the hospital recuperating from their wounds.

While it is merely curious how they can get poor and middle-class White people to buy into this scam, it’s absolutely astonishing how they can get Black people to believe that a White man with blue eyes and flowing blond hair was born in the desert to a woman who never had sex – especially since Black people were taught this while they were tied up next to the mules.

What it goes to show is, if you can get people to fear the Bogeyman (the Devil) as children, then continue the lie long enough, passionately enough, and often enough, you can get people to believe in anything – and it doesn’t hurt at all if you have opportunists in their own community getting rich off the lie.

The Christian Bible says, “Know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” That’s good advice. The people of this nation needs to understand that the Bogeyman is not going to get you for questioning a lie. The only Bogeyman is man himself, so don’t be afraid to use the common sense that God gave you. God doesn’t need an intermediary. He’s not saying anything to any other man that he’s not saying to you.

Now, I’m not saying that all religious people are liars, thieves, or stupid, because that’s certainly not the case. Some of the most honorable and well-meaning people in this country are devout Christians, Muslims, and followers of various other faiths, but what I am saying is that they should all take a moment to ask themselves one question – when they embrace the dogma related to them by man, are they truly worshiping God, or are they actually worshiping man himself? After all, if man truly believes in what he’s been selling us, then America was founded in direct violation of the Commandments that we shouldn’t steal, kill, that we should love our neighbor, and that we should treat others as we want to be treated. In addition, we are currently guilty of colluding with Israel to commit the very same sins against the Palestinian people as we speak.

While I’m not religious, meaning that I make it a point to keep man out of my relationship with God, I am very spiritual. But the God that I believe in would never say that it’s alright to go to another country and kill a million people just because they have oil and don’t believe what I believe; neither would he say that it’s alright to torture other men as long as I call it an “enhanced interrogation technique.” And he certainly wouldn’t say that I should condemn an entire religion group based on the actions of a few criminals that just happened to be of that faith.

My God suggested that I ask the following question: He pointed out that it was “Christians” who enslaved and lynched Black people in the South, so does that mean that Black people should burn Bibles and prohibit Christian churches from being built in the ‘hood?

Think about that.

Eric L. Wattree
wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

Religious bigotry: It’s not that I hate everyone who doesn’t look, think, and act like me – it’s just that God does.

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Eric L. Wattree is a writer, poet, and musician, born in Los Angeles. He’s a columnist for The Los Angeles Sentinel, The Black Star News, Staff writer for Veterans Today, and a contributing writer to Your Black World, the Huffington Post, ePluribus Media, and several other online sites and publications. He’s also the author of “A Message From the Hood.”

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