By now I’m sure you are well aware of the infamous 16 page report that was leaked to NBC news containing the Obama Administration’s policy of targeting US citizens. This particular policy declares that if a United States citizen is tied to a terrorist organization, is deemed to be an immediate violent threat, and cannot be apprehended, he/she is a legal target for a drone attack. If this is not another red alert that democracy is a fable in this country then I don’t know what is. The leader of our country, and its government, has assumed the unilateral right to take the life of a US citizen without due process of law. This law was not passed by elected representatives, mind you. It was drafted and enacted in secret without popular knowledge, let alone consent.
Lest we be tempted to point a finger at Obama and the Democrats only, let us remember that all of this is simply the extension and broadening of the Bush foreign policy. Both Republicans and Democrats should be ashamed, and their parties abandoned, for this travesty of justice. The American people need to think and feel beyond sports, popular media, and all the distractions of life, as good as they can be. We need to give thought to the kind of community we want to live in. We need to resist the mindless urge to simply shift from one bankrupt party to another. We must abstain from the easy path of feeling like we’ve done our community duty simply by casting a vote once every four years.
Whenever I hear of government sanctioned murder I can’t help but think of the Rabbi from Nazareth. For those who hold to the idea that the government has the welfare of the people at heart in enacting such ludicrous laws remember Jesus. Never in history was there a more honest, non-violent, and innocent human being. Yet, the government, blind by an insane allegiance to its own power interests, killed this man. They came up with good reasons to do it. He says he’s a king. He preaches allegiance to another kingdom. He says that one day his kingdom will replace all the kingdoms of the earth. You can’t get any more sedititious than that.
Mind you, the governments of this world can’t fathom such a revolution without violence. Yet, there is such a thing as revolution without violence. There is such a thing as radical change, a paradigm shift, without coercion and force. But the government doesn’t understand this since it is protected and propagated by force. It is a revolution through the word of truth and the power of the Spirit. Through the proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom and the inner influence of the Spirit the hearts and minds of human beings, and whole communities, can be transformed. Those of us who care about our communities must be willing to use these non-violent weapons to bring about change. In addition to the Word of Truth and Power of the Spirit, we need put into practice the things we preach. No, we don’t need to be perfect, or supermen. But we must find practical ways to create here and now the kind of world we want to live in. There must be a practical expression of what we are inviting others into.
There are many ways we can begin to make a difference and resist the totalitarianism and facism that is increasing with the new reach of technology. Consider looking into, getting involved with, or voting for a third party. If you don’t like politics, find ways to get involved in your community on a day to day basis. Get to know your neighbors and your community. Get involved. Consider experimenting with alternative models of community and business. Or maybe simply sit down and figure out what priorities you hold to be important; what values you deem worthy to be lived out. In a world that seeks to simply medicate and fill up our attention it can be a break through just to figure out what it is you stand for; to simply stand for something. Cheers brothers and sisters.