| COMPUTER FRAUD ARTICLE 18 18. Eulogy for America|
The epitaph reads:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Born July 4, 1776 - Died November 2, 2004
Ladies and gentlemen, we gather here today to mourn the passing of
the United States of America, a nation that once stood as a beacon
light of hope for the world.
America was betrayed and murdered on November 2, 2004. Also killed
during this time of madness were the following virtues: truth,
justice, integrity, freedom, compassion, brotherhood, tolerance,
faith, hope, charity, peace, and respect for other cultures and
nations. These virtues are survived by their antitheses--deceit,
injustice, hypocrisy, fascism, selfishness, hatred, fear,
hopelessness, greed, perpetual warfare and arrogant hegemony.
Also murdered were seven platitudes, which parents once used to
convince their children that America was a rational and honorable
1. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY died during the coup of 2000, when
Americans nonchalantly stood by while an election was stolen. This
death provided the Bush dictatorship with the incentive to test the
accuracy of Alexander Hamilton-s belief that, Those who stand for
nothing will fall for anything. That accuracy was authenticated when
both the American media and the American public unquestioningly
embraced the lies that led the nation into the war against Iraq.
2. VERACITY IS THE HEART OF MORALITY (by Thomas Huxley) has been
replaced by these words from Robert Burns: Morality, thou deadly
bane, thy tens o- thousands thou has slain.
Ironically this platitude was zealously enforced when Bill Clinton
was President, after he was caught lying about his affair with a
White House intern. During the debate leading up to his impeachment
trial, right-wing pundits incessantly chanted Itís not about the
sexual activity. It-s about the immorality of lying.
Yet commensurate concerns over the immorality of lying about the
existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have been
conspicuously absent. And while Clinton-s lies wrought neither death
nor destruction, the lies of George W. Bush have, to date, resulted
in the deaths of over one thousand Americans, and the slaughter of
over one hundred thousand Iraqis, many of them innocent men, women
and children. Yet, under the bizarre morality that recently caused
the death of America, Clinton-s dishonesty is viewed with more
disdain than Bush-s. Ironically, if this new morality does not
prevent a lying mass murderer from holding political office, then
convicted killer Charles Manson has the credentials to become
It was allegedly this new morality, that swayed the recent
election. But what does it truly entail Besides the egregious belief
that lying about a sexual relationship is more immoral than lying
about the motives for war, this new morality also claims to defend
the rights of the unborn, yet is blissfully unconcerned about those
already here. Millions of children throughout the nation suffer
needless pain because their parents lack health insurance and cannot
afford to take them to the doctor. Millions of the elderly suffer
similar pain because they cannot afford the prescription medication
they rely upon to survive. Yet while universal health care is derided
as a socialist concept by politicians bought and paid for by the
insurance and health care industries, all Iraqi citizens are being
provided with universal health coverage.
This new morality vociferously rebels if taxes are raised even a
single dollar to supply impoverished school systems with computers or
up-to-date textbooks, or to feed and clothe the homeless and
destitute. Yet the expenditure of billions of dollars on a war based
on nothing but lies does not even create a whimper.
Under this new morality a block of granite is more important than
a human life. The indiscriminate bombing of civilians and the torture
and disappearances that occurred (and are still occurring) in
United States controlled detention camps throughout the world did not
inspire outrage, but the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from
government property does, even though this monument can be openly
displayed on private property.
While so-called Christians exploit this new morality to
pontificate about family values, and to condemn the intolerance
shown by other faiths, they furtively seek, in the wake of America-s
death, to establish a dogmatic Social Darwinistic theocracy
themselves, building their so-called faith on the pillars of
hatred, egomania, greed, lust for mortal power, and the selfish
desire to force their beliefs upon others, many of the very evils
that Jesus, the founder of Christianity, condemned.
3. CRIME DOESN-T PAY holds true only when the crime opposes or
offends the power structure. It does not apply when stealing
elections or waging illegal wars.
In fact, as the Bush precedent has demonstrated, all an incumbent
president has to do to maintain office is dupe the people and the
Congress into supporting an illegal war, mismanage this war until
election time, then tell the people they should not change the
commander-in-chief during wartime.
4. ALWAYS LEAD BY EXAMPLE has been replaced by, Always be willing
to shed anyone-s blood, except your own. When the opportunity arose
for Bush, and his partner-in-crime Dick Cheney, to personally
participate in combat during the Vietnamese war, Bush instead used
his family influence to perform some still nebulous National Guard
Service, while Cheney obtained five deferments to avoid being
drafted. Yet today they stand on the decks of aircraft carriers and
behind podiums in some of the most fortified buildings in the world,
telling Iraqi insurgents to bring it on.
5. PATRIOTISM IS THE LAST REFUGE OF A SCOUNDREL (by Samuel Johnson)
has been replaced by the verity that patriotism is the FIRST refuge
of a scoundrel. The build-up to the Iraqi war illustrated how easily
the Bush regime, through the repetition of words like freedom and
democracy, could distract people from the reality that the greatest
loss of freedom Americans suffered in recent years was not because of
some overseas enemy, but through the passage by lawmakers of the
deceptively named Patriot Act. Now that America is dead, the new
morality is determined to destroy what little remains of the Bill of
The irony is that patriotism is only expected of the poor and
middle-classes, who make up the bulk of America-s military personnel.
Multi-national corporations, who outsourced jobs and threw employees
out of work, and who retained ornate office buildings in the late
United States while profiting from virtual slave labor in other
nations, were never asked to be patriotic, nor were they chastised
for disloyalty when their practices harmed the national economy.
Instead they were rewarded with tax breaks and the financial
windfalls that Bush-s warmongering spawned.
6. WORK HARD AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED must now read, It is not
what you know, but who you know that matters. Although Bush and his
supporters have stridently condemned as preferential treatment
affirmative action policies designed to help minorities who have been
historically victimized by discrimination, no one condemns the fact
that Bush has profited from preferential treatment his entire life,
as have countless other politicians, pundits and celebrities.
Affirmative action is not being attacked because it provides
preferential treatment. It is being attacked because it intrudes
upon the nepotism, cronyism and sense of entitlement exploited by
those born into wealth and power.
7. ALL LIFE IS SACRED was a common platitude in the late United
States. But the massacre of November 2, 2004 has replaced this myth
with a paraphrase from George Orwell-s classic book ANIMAL FARM: All
lives are sacred, but some are more sacred than others.
In truth the lives of the expendable and exploited were never as
valued as the lives of the expenders and exploiters. And while the
Iraqi war is a constant reminder of the absurdity of this platitude,
the ordeals of Dr. Jack Kevorkian and Maurice Carter have graphically
underscored its hypocrisy.
Dr. Kevorkian is currently imprisoned in the State of Michigan for
helping the terminally ill end their lives, allegedly because his
actions violated the sanctity of life. Yet, just over three months
ago, an African-American man named Maurice Carter was also in a
Michigan prison, serving a sentence for a crime that many believe he
did not commit. At some point during his twenty-eight years of
incarceration, Carter contracted a liver disease that became
progressively worse because of the inadequate medical treatment he
received in prison. When Carter supporters filed a petition to gain
him a new trial, the judge hearing the case condescendingly joked
about the severity of Carter-s illness.
Although Maurice Carter was ultimately released after being granted
a medical commutation by Michigan-s governor, it was too late. He
enjoyed only three months of freedom before he died. Yet few have
condemned the hypocrisy of a government that makes it a crime to end
the suffering of the terminally ill, yet causes terminal illnesses
itself through inadequate medical care.
So rest in peace America. As St. Paul said, You fought the good
fight. But the majority of your people did not keep the faith. Your
dream of checking and balancing the corrupting influence of power
to prevent the rise of evil was a noble endeavor. But history has
shown that evil can never be checked, that tolerance often sows the
seeds of intolerance, and that the majority of people will always be
susceptible to the machinations of madmen.
You have been ravaged by hatred disguised as morality. You have
endured those who argued that the enslavement of Africans was
moral, who agreed that counting these slaves as three/fifths of a
human being for census purposes was moral, that stealing the lands
of Native-Americans, either through bloodshed or fraudulent treaties,
was moral, that destroying Native-American traditions and cultures
was moral, and that placing women into insane asylums for demanding
the right to vote was moral. Now the hatred of the new morality
is directed towards gays and lesbians, towards those who work for
peace, and towards those who don-t simply blather about freedom, but
exercise it through dissent.
I know there will be some, perhaps many, basking in the afterglow
of their pyrrhic victory, who will dismiss this eulogy as sour
grapes, or the sentiments of a sore loser. But let it be said
America that we who truly loved you did not strip away one freedom;
we did not endorse one modicum of religious bigotry or intolerance;
we did not place your fate into the hands of liars, thieves and war
criminals; we did not brazenly abuse the resources of the American
military to play cowboy or to appease our father; we do not have
the blood of one American soldier or one Iraqi civilian on our hands.
Because of this we did not gain the world, but we also did not lose
To those in other nations who read this eulogy, who are still
mystified by how swiftly a once great nation was transformed into a
neo-fascist nightmare, and how easily a man as hateful, hypocritical,
venal, bloodthirsty, warmongering, sadistic and deceitful as George
W. Bush was converted into a paradigm for moral values, all I can
say is that millions in the late United States are pondering these
same questions. Perhaps the answer resides in three disturbing, yet
immutable, laws of human nature.
The first law is that human beings are obsessed with bringing about
their own destruction. Ever since the first caveman picked up the
first stone and bashed in the skull of his first enemy, humankind has
been devising more sophisticated ways to kill. Even though the
atavistic instincts of the cave dwellers are currently masked by the
veneer of neon lights and skyscrapers, the grim reality is that human
knowledge has always outpaced human wisdom, and it is rare indeed
when new technological advancements or discoveries are not explored
for their potential use as weapons. As long as this obsession
continues, it is inevitable that warmongers will always prevail over
peacemakers in the realm of political power.
The second law is that evil is the primary motivating force in
human affairs. Although George W. Bush and his minions personify all
that is loathsome about human nature, they are merely the reflections
of a self-loathing people repulsed by the responsibilities of living
in a free country. Edmund Burke once said, All that is necessary for
the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing. But the madness
that murdered America on November 2, 2004 proves that evil will
always triumph, regardless of what good people do.
The third law is that humans are exceedingly receptive to appeals
to their basest instincts, which often compels them to act in ways
harmful to their personal interests. Karl Marx believed that economic
self-interest inspired people-s actions and reactions in capitalist
societies. But this is only partially correct. Although economic self-
interests consistently influence the rich and powerful, they
frequently fail to influence the poor and middle classes,
particularly when other interests are given priority.
In the antebellum American South, for example, many white residents
earned their incomes working as skilled laborers--such as
blacksmiths, silversmiths, cobblers and carpenters. But the wealthy
owners of large plantations normally possessed slaves who were
equally proficient in these skills. Consequently there was no
incentive to pay for work that slaves were required to perform for
free. Yet, when the Civil War erupted, many of these same white
laborers lost their lives fighting to uphold the very institution
that was impoverishing them.
This practice lingered into the civil rights era of the 1960s, as
evidenced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-s conversation with his white
jailers in Birmingham, Alabama. When they informed King of their
opposition to his efforts to desegregate the city, King inquired as
to how much these jailers were being paid. He then remarked, You are
just as poorly paid as the average [African-American] man. You should
be out marching with us!
In those few perceptive words King encapsulated how the rich, white
establishment had manipulated poorer whites into accepting the
concept of white supremacy, when in reality they were being just as
exploited as their African-American counterparts.
This practice continues today under George W. Bush, the modern-day
Nero who fiddled while America burned, and who now enriches his
cronies with tax cuts, oil profits and lucrative rebuilding
contracts, while deceiving his supporters in the poor and middle
classes into believing their friends and relatives are dying in Iraq
for freedom and democracy.
It would be easy for those of us who loved America to be apathetic
in the wake of its death. Why should we care how many have died and
will die in Iraq when a majority of people are so willing to
sacrifice their loved ones Why should we clamor for truth, when this
majority is satisfied with illusion Why should we be disturbed about
Halliburton profits, when this majority is gullible enough to believe
Bush-s lies about the war Why should we protest the bloodlust,
butchery and bellicose braggadocio of a cabal of bullying cowards
when such behaviors do not offend the new morality Why speak out
at all when history has proven that activism and compassion usually
destine one for scorn, blacklisting, false imprisonment, suicide or
But please resist this apathy. There were many who believed the new
millennium signaled the end of the world. But with the corrupt
ascendancy of George W. Bush, maybe what the new millennium heralds
is the beginning of the end. Perhaps all we can hope for is that the
day after the apocalypse enough of the earth will be salvageable, so
the species that replaces humankind can understand the price of folly
and realize that even in humanity's darkest days there were prophets
and visionaries who recognized the face of evil and warned the world
against it, but whose words fell upon deadened souls and hardened
Since this is a eulogy, permit me to end on a religious note. I
believe that one of the most unjustly maligned figures in history is
Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of
silver. Judas, after all, acknowledged that he had betrayed innocent
blood, and returned the silver before killing himself in remorse for
his deed. Yet the betrayers and murderers of America have not only
kept the money, they have laughed at the suffering they've caused.
Christ advised his followers to ignore the specks in the eyes of
others until they have removed the timbers from their own. But, in
today-s new morality, far too many of those professing to be
Christians deceitfully fabricate specks in their neighbors' eyes, so
the world will remain oblivious to the timbers in their own.
So in our grief let us not forget that, just as America was finite,
the perpetrators of evil who infest the halls of power are finite as
well. If there is atonement in eternity, then those who do evil, and
those who enable them, will ultimately have to pay for their crimes.
But dark days are ahead my friends, and perhaps the best we can hope
for as this maelstrom of evil engulfs us is that we do not succumb to
its allure, lest we become, like those who murdered America on
November 2, 2004, people without souls.
David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor PRAVDA.RU