Sleeping With The Enemy II

by Clyde Lewis

"Had a dream it was war
And they couldn't tell me what it was for
But it was something they could lie about
Something we could die about, you know
Anytime, anyplace
When you look that man in the face
Well it is not a face you wanna see
Sleeping with the enemy, you know

—"Had a Dream Sleeping with the Enemy" by Roger Hodgson

As the nation watches the debates of the men who would be king, there is something you may not know about the election.

The election is almost over already.

Ballots have been cast and continue to be. All we are seeing now is pomp and circumstance. The reason we are seeing the gloves come off now is because many of the candidates know of the outcome.

They know where they stand.

They can throw out every lie they can, they can admit that they would attack and kill more people than the other guy, and every voter can continue to be oblivious. We know now that, when John Kerry says that he would attack Middle Eastern countries better and harder than Bush, he is merely posturing. Instead of a reason to choose him as president, it is evidence that both candidates are connected and share many of the same views.

Both of them deal in death and control.

We have told you in the past that Kerry and Bush are both members of the Skull and Bones secret "death" fraternity. Bush winked and nudged about this organization in the debates when he said that he respected his colleague for being an old Yale alum.

The Skull and Bones Society has produced presidents like William Taft and both the incumbent and his father. Many powerful men have been initiates in the secret society. Henry Luce, the founder of the since—merged Time and Life magazines was a Bonesman. 10 members of George W. Bush's administration are Bonesmen including that head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

While the Bush Bone is connected to the Kerry Bone, it is becoming more apparent to me that this election is set up to aggravate the voter and quite possibly destroy the voting process in order to open the door for a changed government, one that is more in line with those of other countries. With such a government in place, the United States will become more and more like its counterparts, and the freedoms that we hold in reverence will be tinkered with and eventually dissolved.

The outcome of the election will be a controlled and changed United States, no matter who the figurehead is. That is why we are seeing the lies, the flip—flopping, and the half—truths coming from both sides.

Cheney said that he hadn't met John Edwards until the debate, even though it is known that he had indeed met the senator on at least three occasions beforehand. He can get away with this lie because he and his opponent both know the outcome of the election already. John Kerry and George W. Bush already know who is going to be victorious and what ideology will be enforced in 2005.

You, however, will not know until the morning after election night, and even then there are contingency plans in place to make it look like it was a tough decision.

I can speculate that a that there will be a decision that will mimic the 2000 election with a slim margin from anywhere between 47 percent to 51 percent of the vote going to the incumbent. The electoral votes will also favor the incumbent. It will be overwhelming and it will be so shocking to the system that I fear for this country.

How is it that I can predict this and feel certain about it?

History is on my side.

It can tell you that this election will once again be a close one.

It will be too close for comfort. It will also be an election where people may reach a breaking point.

When you were a child, did you ever try to get a sneak peak at what gifts you were getting for Christmas? Were you ever the kid that found the secret stash of presents that Santa was supposed to deliver? You kept your mouth shut about finding them because you didn't want to spoil Christmas for everyone, and you waited until December 25th and pretended that you had not known about the new Bicycle or the new X—Box that you were getting for Christmas. The sad thing is that you realized two things when you saw the stash of gifts. One, there was no Santa Claus; two, you could go on being as bad as you wanted to be because you were going to get the gifts anyway.

This is how the election is going this year, and the outcome may breed an atmosphere of civil uprising. You will realize that there was no choice to begin with and many people will lose hope.

When people lose hope, they haven't got much else to lose.

Many states are now allowing people to vote ahead of Election Day, without having to provide the usual excuses. The idea is that, in an age when many Americans are juggling demands of work and family and are increasingly strapped for time, more convenient forms of voting may help stem a decline in turnout.

Experts estimate that at least a quarter of the total national vote may be cast before Nov. 2nd, 2004. The word is that the country is favoring George W. Bush for President

This means that analysts can already tell who is going to win this election. They already know which direction it is headed.

Want some more indications that what I am saying is true?

Kerry's campaign has started raising money to prepare for a recount telling prospective donors it doesn't want to be "outgunned" like Democrat Al Gore's campaign was in 2000.

They know it will be outgunned. They know that the fix is in.

The Federal Election Commission last week told the Kerry—Edwards campaign it could use its legal compliance fund to cover any recount costs. The FEC was responding to a request by the campaign for guidance on whether it could use the fund, which is financed with limited donations from individuals.

Now you can tell me that this is a routine thing, but it indicates a stance of predetermined failure and a lack of faith.

Or perhaps it is knowledge of what is to come?

Remember what Joseph Lieberman did while running as Al Gore's vice— presidential running mate? He demonstrated his pessimism in the campaign by simultaneously retaining his seat in the senate.

The sad thing is that the hopes and dreams of all of the left—wing optimists will be dashed with a Bush /Cheney Victory. I also feel that, since we have been led to believe that this election is the most important one of our lives, we may end up thinking it fitting to settle its final outcome by civil disobedience and perhaps rioting.

Look at what is happening.

The trap is being set.

The ban on assault rifles has been lifted in the United States.

Several US congressmen have proposed that the United Nations sit in on these elections to insure that it will be fair and not "stolen."

Bush and Cheney are now admitting that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This admission comes after chief U.S. weapons hunter Charles Duelfer definitively said that Saddam not only had no weapons of mass destruction and had not made any since 1991, but that he had no capability of making any, either.

How many people were called traitors when they spoke up and said that the administration was wrong? These people probably are still carrying a bit of rage deep inside them.

Won't the rage surface when Bush and Cheney win the election? If you speak out or commit acts of civil disobedience, including rioting, wouldn't that be a cause for a declaration of crisis?

Wouldn't that be cause for declaration of a police state?

Never underestimate the power of those who feel that they have been victimized.

When the victims gather together in mobs, who will protect those who wish to stay clear? How will we be able to combat the terror created by people who have felt betrayed?

Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new "Community Emergency Response Team" programs are being set up all over the country. These response teams have been created by FEMA in case of a national crisis. They will be trained and instructed by FEMA operations to aid in conducting checkpoints, house—to—house searches and rescue operations.

There are also several police agencies on alert for the first week in November to be deployed, if necessary, to maintain order in case of riots or terrorism during the election.

Last May, U.S. News and World Report gave a worst—case scenario report about the election:

White House officials say they've got a "working premise" about terrorism and the presidential election: It's going to happen.

"We assume," says a top administration official, "an attack will happen leading up to the election." And, he added, "it will happen here." There are two worst—case scenarios, the official says.

The first posits an attack on Washington, possibly the Capitol, which was believed to be the target of the 9/11 jet that crashed in Pennsylvania.

Theory 2: smaller but more frequent attacks in Washington and other major cities leading up to the election.

To prepare, the administration has been holding secret antiterrorism drills to make sure top officials know what to do. "There was a sense," says one official involved in the drills, "of mass confusion on 9/11. Now we have a sense of order."

Unclear is the political impact, though most Bushies think the nation would rally around the president. "I can tell you one thing," adds the official sternly, "we won't be like Spain," which tossed its government days after the Madrid train bombings. -US News and World Report

They have overlooked a third theory: rioting because of an apparently fraudulent election. Protesting from the people when the results are too close to call and the incumbent gets the title. Civil unrest which may prompt an armed response, which would in turn suspend the constitution, putting more limits on freedom of speech and rights to bear arms.

If I could say anything about the year 2004, it would be that it was the year we learned about dire consequences that come with speaking one's mind.

It may come as a shock to many of you, but I have learned that while it is good sport to point the finger and say that the right wing are the perpetrators of ignorant censorship and denial, it is interesting to see the new forms of na´vetÚ coming from the ranks of the left as well.

It is safe to say that if a Republican bullies you when you question the motives of government, it is called censorship, but when a Democrat does it, it is called political correctness.

Think about all of the lies that you have been told in the past four years by this administration. Think of all the soldiers that have died due to the war that was declared on intelligence that was faulty. Now the President and the Vice President fully admit that there were no weapons of mass destruction. They admit that there was no connection between Iraq and the attacks of 9/11. Now think about them winning the election even though they have put us in a vulnerable position.

Remember Rodney King? The black man who was beaten in Los Angeles by police officers?

A bystander videotaped him being beaten by Los Angeles Police officers during a traffic stop. Three officers delivered blows to King. They struck him 56 times with their fists and nightsticks. Twenty four officers watched it happen.

The three officers and the sergeant said to be in charge of them were indicted on assault charges. Even though the video clearly showed the officers beating King and kicking him, the jury acquitted the officers of any wrongdoing.

The verdict shocked much of the country, many of whom had already decided the officers were guilty before the trial began. The video showed it. The officers had committed the crime. Yet they got away with it.

So the riots began.

The President at the time was George H.W. Bush. Are we going to see a repeat performance when the election goes to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney even though their entire administration has lied?

They admit that they have lied. Left—wing commentators are already asking, "Why are they still running for the presidency?"

Further warning signs I see that make me think that a major upset may cause the country to explode are the small acts of political vandalism happening in the United States.

It began with the vandalism of campaign signs. People claimed that there were groups removing signs that advertised candidates, while others were setting fire to them or were shooting them up with .22 caliber rifles.

Someone fired multiple shots into a Knoxville, Tennessee, office of the Bush—Cheney re—election campaign. Protestors stormed the headquarters of the Bush— Cheney campaign in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A similar incident in Orlando, Florida injured two people.

Tell me that this does not indicate that there is something very suspicious going on here.

I am writing this as a warning, and I hope that it is heeded. We have set ourselves up for this for four years. When the moment arrives someone is going to feel cheated. This election feels different. There won't be laughs and "sore loser" comments anymore. This is becoming a personal vendetta for some people. Politics is now becoming a religion.

It has been set up this way, and it will backfire if we do not watch ourselves.

Of the reactions to my personal work, I do not know which is worse.

Is it worse to be ignored by the right wing as a nutcase for criticizing George W. Bush, or to be yelled at and ridiculed by the left for allegedly betraying them by pointing out John Kerry's dysfunctional campaign?

I am beginning to feel as though I have flunked my popularity contest with most people because they have allowed themselves to be mesmerized by the slick packaging of either John Kerry or George W. Bush.

I point out the flaws in both candidates, and each time someone who hasn't heard of me, or has read my equally critical pieces over the nearly seven years I have been writing, thinks that they have me pinned to a certain ideology, when in reality they do not know where my heart is or where my loyalties lie.

I write about what I see. I entertain what I see as a remote possibility, and I believe that what I do is to get people to confess, if only to themselves, the truth.

Not just any truth.

Their own personal testimony of what is in the deepest reaches of their soul.

My loyalties and my philosophies are not entirely known by anyone. They often question my credibility and my sanity, and I laugh because they merely recite to me what I already know, and it is good to hear them say it for once.

I speak in order to be spoken to. I laugh hoping someone will laugh with me and I cry along with those who are confused because there are people who have seized control of this planet that confuse or otherwise mislead us.

No word is infallible, no science is without its flaws, no religion without its corruption and no government without its demagoguery.

The truth is, my loyalties are reserved to those who are loyal. My patriotism is reserved for my country, and to my leaders I give my respect as a gift only if they deserve it.

Don't be fooled into thinking that rational vitriol against a candidate or incumbent is treachery. It is healthy patriotism.

"Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive." —— Henry Steele Commager; Prolific American Historian

The current administration has created a division amongst the people, an air of civil war, to generate enough derision scourging through the populace to guarantee the need for more control. It has created such a demand for these controls that there are people who fear to speak out against the tightening of the grip of government.

Those in power have made it their policy to destroy our faith, and create a sense of doubt.

Their color—coded warnings and their fear—mongering are spoken with great authority and are taken as ex cathedra. Those who question it are placed on immediate trial. Their credibility is questioned, their jobs are taken from them and they are secretly undermined by people who believe that they themselves are on a winning side.

Those who see the true image of the blood drinkers beyond their polished and sharpened smiles are treated as heretics, second only to terrorists in the hierarchy of paranoia, but heresy is in some cases is no different from the marauding factions that have created and maintained this attitude of paranoia and suspicion.

It cannot go on much longer than it has without coming to a flash point. This election may serve to ignite civil unrest.

If more people were to demand better leaders we would receive them. If we made it our obsession, if we really wanted to change the world, we could do so by acting upon the idea that all things in the world are here for our benefit, and that our government was established not as an agent of control, but as a beacon to guide and lead.

Instead, we accept whatever is given, and we bow before these newly created fascists as if we deserve an enormous punishment. We seem to love our taskmasters and beg for our whipping.

We do not see the prison we are creating because we have been groomed into it. We feel as though we deserve to be there. It is like being in some strange cult, waiting for the leader to rise up and demand that we drink the psychological Kool—Aid.

Many already have, and the poison has taken effect.

Our country's protective shell is about to break open, and a civilization in denial is on the brink of collapse. History has given us models that warn us of what happens when "utopias" are set up for failure, how they crumble when certain elements are introduced into a system in order to weaken it for a fascist takeover.

One night, I expressed to my audience the importance of dreams and their meanings, and that they are messages that we give ourselves. Eventually we wake up and realize that the dreams we have, the premonitions we receive, are important. We should heed the images and shadows that perform when our eyes are closed in slumber, because in some ways we see better when our eyes are closed.

In the cloudy dream world we are all on a bus. The bus is coming down a rainy mountain road. The driver is doing his best to maintain a safe speed. There are a few people on the bus that know that there is a precipice ahead and a hairpin turn that may be too treacherous to make if the bus does not slow down.

First, the few that know of the danger speak to each other and wonder if the driver is aware of the problem and that he needs to move carefully. There are some people who are impatient and say that the bus does not need to slow down and to not worry about the turn. They chastise the worriers and tell them that the driver is fully capable of maneuvering the bus safely along the slippery mountain road.

The bus is now moving too fast.

It seems to be weaving in and out of lanes and you realize that the bus driver is asleep at the wheel. You and several others get up out of your seats and dash for the wheel. You look out the windshield of the bus and realize that it has now become airborne. You look back at the others on the bus and realize that their ashen faces are the last thing that you will ever see as you brace for the impact of a 600 foot drop.

You hear the crushing steel as it slams into the ground.

This is when you awaken.

I wish I could stop talking about how I have this vague sick feeling that things are slipping away from our grasp and that we have somehow taken for granted that we are safe from corruption here in America.

I have been told by both sides to get a life.

I guess that means that I should have a life where I decide that my life and the lives of those around me don't need to be shaken and told that we are on a runaway bus headed for that crash.

There will be that eternal burn of knowing that we could have put a stop to all of it if we had just acted responsibly and pointed out that the driver of the bus was asleep at the wheel.

The unfortunate thing is that in this case his so—called replacement may avoid the cliff all together, and then drive us safely into a brick wall.

Even though I sound pessimistic I have to persevere, to keep fighting.

I believe that progress is a tangible concept in these times of spreading poverty and international lawlessness.

It has to be fought for.

However, it is a fight that cannot be undertaken alone. There have to be a few courageous souls that can look beyond their world of just "getting by."

There has to be a group of people who are capable of secretly disrupting the momentum of chaos. They need to believe in the original concept of governing themselves. That is the problem today. The people of the United States no longer govern themselves. We leave it up to the elite, who have ulterior motives.

Their answer is the creation of a militarized army that holds all citizens in subjugation, claiming that it is to protect us from the invisible terror that looms everywhere.

I'll admit that there are serious problems with terrorism, economic downfall, and environmental issues, but who is responsible for these problems? Is it the sleeping driver of the runaway bus or is it those people that took for granted that the bus would move safely through the storm?

There are many people who have said that they see where this is heading. They understand that no political party is going to have the answer. Those who are running for office in government know that there are no solutions.

They only feed us the feel—good message, instead of the message that it is time to reevaluate our effectiveness as a nation. It is time to admit that the wealth gap has achieved 1920's type levels where the wealthiest 1 percent of the population owns more than 40 per cent of this country's private wealth.

It is time to admit that the public realm is being dissolved in order to allow private corporations to purchase public resources. It is time to continually expose leaders of both parties who make decisions based on private profit rather than the public good. We need to allow this to be done without the sour grapes of not being on a winning team.

In fact, both teams are set up for you to lose. They are set up to create the illusion of "situation normal" while secretly changing the game plan.

Niccolo Machiavelli explained how to undertake a revolution from above without most people even noticing. In his Discourses he wrote that one "must at least retain the semblance of the old forms; so that it may seem to the people that there has been no change in the institutions, even though in fact they are entirely different from the old ones."

That is, keep the old government structures, even while you make profound changes to the actual system, because the appearances are all that most people will notice.

People think that they know how the system works and that all things follow the law. Many will offer you a slice of the pie, and then will benefit from misleading you into believing that your decisions are for the good of the whole. They will offer you your Trojan horse and you will accept it willingly, not realizing that it is most sincerely a trap from the darkest order.

The majority of Americans believe that we are immune to deceit. We can't be fooled or taken over by some stealth organization on the ready to destroy our constitution and frighten our Congress to the point of irrelevancy.

We have somehow decided that we are immune to the Machiavellian design of coup d'etat or revolution. We have defined fascism in images rather than reality. Hitler, Hussein, Stalin, Mussolini, and bin Laden all are similar to the fictitious Emanuel Goldstein in the George Orwell vision of 1984.

The enemy of the moment morphs into another. Hussein and bin Laden are one and the same, interchangeable demons in the "Americult." They have been compared to Hitler, and yet we have leaders whom we are not allowed to compare to such horrible cartoon bad guys.

No one will question the blurring of the images, as long as there is an enemy that we can all agree is the reason why we, as Americans, have failed in our attempts at living the dream that was promised to us.

The programming is effective, for it seems that we are unaware of it. We are treated to alternating images of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. One of them is always on the television, always there for us to hate.

There are also reminders that Big Brother is there to rescue us. Many people have looked to the smiling candidates as saviors, when the only savior out there for us is ourselves.

Many believe that they can be complacent until it is time to vote. Then it becomes a circus; after the balloons fall and the votes are counted, we can all go home and become complacent Stalinist peasants waiting for salvation from our newly appointed leader.

It is time to admit that most Americans are going to vote out of fear. Not out of better judgment. This time your vote may not feel all that comforting, probably because it may just be your last vote in a "normal" election.

This election will be the most important one in our lives. Because it is quite possible that the impact of it's results may change an already vulnerable America into a war zone in some parts of the country.

The impact is coming. I hope you are mentally and physically prepared for it.