"YOU'VE BEEN LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD, NEO"
That is what Morpheus, a character in the movie, “The Matrix,” said to Neo as he explained that the world had been largely destroyed in a great battle between the computers and the humans. The conquered humans were kept in a sedated state of mind, living in a dream world. All but a few were perfectly content to serve as slaves to the computers. Shocked that everything he knew of the world around him was only a virtual reality, Neo could barely breathe.
The premise of the movie, while science fiction, quite accurately sums up the political situation in our country. The parallels are uncanny. And it’s enough to take your breath away.
Most Americans are under the belief that we live in a two-party political system where all the citizens have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. We choose which side we are on and believe that by working within the established system, we will be able to influence the direction of our country. Great effort is expended electing the candidates we think will best promote our worldview.
The tears and emotions flow on the evening of a winning election. All involved congratulate themselves on their efforts, confident that “finally, something is going to get done.” Most go home after the election night rally in a somewhat euphoric state, holding every assurance that the person they helped elect intends to do all the things they promised they would do.
I had my own “Matrix Moment” when I came to realize that all the efforts I had put into the two-party political system were completely meaningless. It was really quite a shock.
This is not a claim that there is any one particular conspiracy at work. But, we have ended up with a political system that allows the masses to be involved and active in fighting for a cause under a false belief that the efforts will make a difference. We do get a scrap now and then, but the fundamentals do not look very promising.
If the people were to figure out that our whole political process is completely rigged, there would be riots in the streets. If the people discovered that our accelerating slide toward totalitarianism is going to continue without regard to which political party is in power, there would be a revolution. That is why it is important that the people remain content in the illusion that they can influence the system.
So like the slaves in “The Matrix,” we have been sedated.
In what seems like a cruel joke, the dedicated partisans are encouraged to stay busy promoting their causes. While those in power work to ensure they will never succeed.
You really have to marvel at the system. That so many could have been fooled for so long is amazing!
Consider just a few facts. Since the "conservative" Republicans took control of Congress in 1994:
The list goes on and on. By any objective evaluation, we find that there is no discernable difference in how our Government is run regardless of whether the Democrats or the Republicans are in charge. Every year our spending increases and our debt continues to grow - going on $7 trillion today. Every year we find ourselves more heavily regulated, more heavily taxed and more heavily controlled.
Of course, one of the most tragic consequences of our “illusion of a government” is that every year, no matter which party is in power, another 1,300,000 unborn children will be killed.
The dream world we are living in has become a nightmare. And it is quickly enslaving all of us. By continuing to participate in our fraudulent system of government, we are all part of the problem.
Those we have entrusted to represent us in our government have betrayed us. There are some exceptions of course. But most of the politicians from both the Republican and Democratic Parties have refused to honor the oaths they made when they were sworn into office. The fact is, most have actively worked to undermine the very Constitution they swore to defend! This makes them no better than the renegades and criminals from which our government is supposed to protect us.
The only real hope we have is to return to the foundations that made this country great and the Constitution is the key. It could only have been the Spirit of God that gave our founders the inspiration to write such a brilliant document.
We just need to elect the men and women who will
do what it says.
© 2003 David Brownlow - All Rights Reserved
"Most Americans are under the belief that we live in a two-party political system where all the citizens have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process."
"I had my own “Matrix Moment” when I came to realize that all the efforts I had put into the two-party political system were completely meaningless. It was really quite a shock."