Today is Friday. Today, I was assessing my trees and there are some that have had vines growing up around them. In fact, the vines have literally become part of the tree creating circular rings up the tree trunk.
The vines made me think about things that we’ve grown up with that have been an integral part of our lives. Some of those things may have been good and nurturing; some not so good and damaging.
Today, I watched the movie, “The Post” with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It was about the Washington Post deciding to go ahead and publish the “Pentagon Papers.”
You know what I didn’t grow up talking about? No history teacher in junior high, high school or college ever discussed the Vietnam War. Nothing was ever mentioned about the moral courage of one man, Daniel Ellsberg (a true patriot of the Amercan people), who leaked the study showing how the Vietnam War could never be won. So many young people died because the US gov’t under Presidents Eisenhower through Ford for 30 years had its ego to protect.
Tell me what has changed. In fact, we now see journalists, truthtellers and whistleblowers persecuted, imprisoned and murdered.
If we allow ignorance and silence to choke out the truth like a vine around a tree; we will find ourselves repeating the same atrocities.
Lest we forget:
Michael Hastings–journalist investigating the secret drone program–died in a suspicious car crash June 2013
Serena Shim–journalist who died in a suspicious car crash October 2014 after being declared a spy. She published a piece detailing how the Turkish government used humanitarian aid-marked trucks to transport weapons and ammunition to ISIL-ISIS factions that opposed the Assad administration’s government in Syria.
Julian Assange–publisher for Wikileaks forced to seek asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the past 7 years. Most recently, he has been denied contact to the outside world.
Chelsea Manning–imprisoned for 7 years after leaking damning cables and the murder of civilians by US military.
Edward Snowden–residing in Russia under threats of death from US politicians for leaking the huge surveillance program on US citizens by their own gov’t.
Jeremy Hammond–serving a prison sentence for hacking and leaking emails from a private intelligence firm, Stratfor, which spied on activists and protestors.
Matt DeHart–truthteller who received information about the three letter agency’s murder of American citizens. He is serving a prison sentence for drummed up child porn charges.
So, if you believe your gov’t wouldn’t conspire and lie, remember Vietnam, just one of too many examples.
Those few I mentioned above know this very well.