Whitehead: "The Experiment in Freedom is Failing"
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I know (or, rather, knew, as I've since looked him up) nothing about John W. Whitehead, or the Rutherford Institute: something I'd venture to guess is not true for most other people here.
Just in case, however, here's a brief snippet from his bio:
John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Whitehead gained international renown as a result of his role as co-counsel in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.
What brings me to Whitehead today? An article he published at Counterpunch, "The Experiment in Freedom is Failing." The entire article is worth the time it takes to read. The takeaway?
For too long, the American people have obeyed the government’s dictates, no matter now unjust.
We have paid its taxes, penalties and fines, no matter how outrageous. We have tolerated its indignities, insults and abuses, no matter how egregious. We have turned a blind eye to its indiscretions and incompetence, no matter how imprudent. We have held our silence in the face of its lawlessness, licentiousness and corruption, no matter how illicit.
Oh how we have suffered.
Wake up, America, and break free of your chains.
Something wicked this way comes.
I would ask: why does this man, and his ideas, not get more exposure? But I already know the answer to that. So instead, I'll ask: How can we ally ourselves with him?
I'm in Big Al's camp in thinking that we, the people, are in inextricable mess with only one clear way out. But I get tripped up when it's time to think of how we get out, especially with so many of our fellow Americans hypnotized by the media and our politicians. Perhaps if we could find a way to amplify Whitehead's message, it would be a start?
At any rate, his books have now vaulted to the top of my reading list.