- Back in 1860, one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain
said, "Almost all lies are acts, and speech has no part in them. I
am speaking of the lie of silent assertion; we can tell it without saying
a word. For example: It would not be possible for a humane and intelligent
person to invent a rational excuse for slavery; yet you will remember that
in the early days of emancipation agitation in the North, the agitators
got but small help or countenance from anyone. Argue, plead and pray as
they might, they could not break the universal stillness that reigned,
from the pulpit and press all the way down to the bottom of society--the
clammy stillness created and maintained by the lie of silent assertion;
the silent assertion that there wasn't anything going on in which humane
and intelligent people were interested.
- "The universal conspiracy of the silent-assertion-lie
is hard at work always and everywhere, and always in the interest of a
stupidity or sham, never in the interest of a thing fine or respectable.
It is the most timid and shabbiest of all liesthe silent assertion that
nothing is going on which fair and intelligent men and women are aware
of and are engaged by their duty to try to stop."
- Today, the last day of 2007, and, as we head into 2008,
silent assertion continues its ugly, perverse reign in the United States
of America when it comes to warning signs at the local, state, national
and international levels. We've got environmental refugees pouring into
our country by the millions, but our president and Congress won't deal
with the crisis.
- Bush, Congress and virtually all media ignore, obfuscate,
deny, suppress or diminish the greatest crisis facing America. Millions
of citizens can't and won't apply their minds to it. They can see the
signs all around them, but they just don't want to accept it.
- Not one single leader in this country speaks a single
sentence about it. All 50 governors ignore it while it rips at the foundations
of our already unsustainable society that surpassed its 'carrying capacity'
several decades ago.
- The majority of Americans deal with it daily in gridlock
traffic, toxic air pollution, water shortages, higher living costs, gas
prices, overcrowded national parks, insanely compacted cities, food costs
and everything that degrades their quality of life. Yet no one talks about
it. Denial proves safer at this moment in time.
- Whether you deal with reality or not, reality deals with
- Let's pretend we can keep pushing ourselves into further
consequences. Let's continue 'silent assertion' as if our problems might
vanish by magic. Would you like a hint of what this silent assertion is?
Oops! Can't do that or I would break 'silent assertion'.
- My prediction? This dilemma will become the "Plague
of the 21st Century" in the United States of America. It will make
9/11 look like a first grade spring picnic. It'll make Katrina look like
a garden party. Once it manifests, none of us or our children will be
able to escape it. You can make up excuses steeped in emotional rationale,
but when this thing hits, your kids won't escape it.
- For a reminder, passengers on the Titanic did not know
their fate. Ironically, they continued dancing in the grand ballroom
two hours after the ship hit that monster iceberg.
- What blows my mind stems from the fact that we could
change course today by millions of citizens taking action. But they don't.
It's like suffering beginning stages of cancer. You can't feel one cancer
cell and not even 10,000, but when the cancer cells take over one of your
organs, it's too late and you're dead meat. It happens to millions annually,
but millions ignore it-to become added millions ending up on at the morgue
in future years.
- Amazingly, we can see the fate of China, India and Bangladesh
nightly on the news. U.S. churches try to feed millions of starving children
in Africa. Even with their efforts, 20,000 children under the age of 10
starve to death or die of starvation related diseases daily. (Source:
World Health Organization) Reports stream in from all over the world manifesting
realities of 'silent assertion'.
- Even when I write about it, and I have seen it up close
and ugly in my world travels, the majority of Americans would rather dismiss
it, dismiss me and dismiss reality-even as it knocks them upside the head.
Okay, let them keep dancing until their children face the real music of
- But at some point, even the people in the Grand Ballroom
of the Titanic could no longer ignore their reality. The North Atlantic
poured onto their dance floor!
- We cannot and must not allow this country to continue
in the same direction-heading toward the 'silent assertion' iceberg. We
can't engage our emotions when we must employ our minds. We must get down
to critical thinking and reasoned actions based on our realities.
- We must make our voices heard all the way up to the captain
and crew. This country is our ship. It's the future of our families and
children. We demand this president and Congress change course. We face
this 'human dilemma' on a world wide stage. It grows worse by the minute.
It appears daunting.
- Nonetheless, like the founders of this republic, we must
move forward with purpose, passion and goals. We start with ourselves--form
groups, work in our communities, expand to the state level, connect with
those in other states, push toward national exposure and work our way into
the highest political arenas.
- Our main goal is to change this nation's course from
its current self-destructive path-to one of a viable, sustainable and peaceful
- Take action: <http://www.thesocialcontract.com/>www.thesocialcontract.com
; <http://www.numbersusa.com/>www.numbersusa.com ; <http://www.fairus.org/>www.fairus.org
; <http://www.firecoalition.com/>www.firecoalition.com ; <http://www.alipac.us/>www.alipac.us
; <http://www.capsweb.org/>www.capsweb.org ; <http://www.vdare.com/>www.vdare.com
- Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents
from the Arctic to the South Pole as well as six times across
the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from
the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming
Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic
clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring
about sensible world population balance at his website <http://www.frostywooldridge.com/>www.frostywooldridge.com
- Listen to Frosty Wooldridge on Tuesdays and Thursdays
as he interviews top national leaders on his radio show "Connecting
the Dots" at <http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/>www.republicbroadcasting.org
at 6:00 PM Mountain Time. Adjust tuning in to your time zone.