Valenzuela's Veritas

In ominous times truth always finds a way out from darkness into light. Always. Through truth knowledge grows into the power and strength to question the actions of governance. In times that try men's souls it is those who seek enlightenment who are truly free. Given the choice of possessing ignorance or knowledge, even when ignorance would lead to an easier life, I would choose knowledge,thus escaping the life of sheeple, escaping the bondage of not knowing, not caring and not understanding.


Manuel Valenzuela is a social critic, commentator, Internet essayist and author of Echoes in the Wind, a novel now published by His essays appear regularly at various alternative news websites from around the globe. Mr. Valenzuela welcomes comments and can be reached at He encourages readers to surf the collection of over 100 essays he has written which can be found visiting his archives and by searching the Internet. He welcomes comments at

Thursday, June 03, 2004

National Nightmare, American Disgrace: Has Bush given birth to the Death of America?

The nightmare of the last three years has swallowed us whole, spinning us into the black hole of empty understanding. A parallel universe of splintered dimensions have we traversed, enveloped by a once espoused fiction by visionaries past that has become our all too scary present. Our sojourn into the land of the morally bereft and cowardly led has scarred us for generations, smearing all Americans with the indelible reputation as warmongers, greed mongers, fear mongers and ignorant exploiters of less fortunate lands and peoples. George Bush, the American disgrace, the most reviled man to ever breathe the polluted airs of Earth and the worst president to ever reside in a White House that now stands stained in dark blotches of excrement has transformed the United States into the second most hated nation on the planet, seen as the epitome of a terrorist nation whose ignorant citizens stand complicit in the atrocities of their government.

Bush: Tool of Empire and Corporations

A coup that altered the very fabric of democracy in the heart of the self-anointed bastion of that very principle placed a cabal of morally corrupt and ideologically driven blood-suckers at the helm of the most powerful economy and military the world has ever produced. At the time the highest court in the land had robbed a nation of its vote nobody could have envisaged the calamity the miscreant from Texas would have on the entire globe.

The tool of Empire and Corporatism had arisen, the poster child of ignorance and idiocy had been born. The Caligula of the Pax Americana had been appointed, donning the purple, taking the throne and giving birth to the downfall of an Empire. For dozens of great Presidents have come and gone, only to be besmirched by the actions of another whose mind has never been equal to the office he holds. It only takes one man to help bring down an Empire, unleashing the beginning stage of an ever-growing snowball rushing down a mountain whose momentum cannot be stopped. Much like the worst of the Roman Emperors that helped seal the fate of Rome, Bush has never been endowed with the tools necessary to lead an Empire. Unwise, unintelligent, unlearned, immoral, debased and ignorant, Bush is unworthy of leading a nation that lays at the forefront of an ever-changing world.

Throughout history and to the world’s great detriment men of higher capacity have eroded civilization; the wonderment of Bush is that he has done so with so little and in such a short period of time. It is to history’s great torment that such a man had to exist in such tumultuous times, bringing onto our world the manifestations of ineptitude and deceit, newfound wars, deaths and untold destruction. History will not be kind to George W. Bush, and neither should we, for those whose job it is to record humanity’s foibles will forever acknowledge the rotten seed that sprouted such a diseased tree.

Perhaps in time we will acknowledge the mistake of placing at the throne he who possesses the ingredients needed to bring a mighty Empire to its knees. One day we will learn that Emperors must be molded out of uncontaminated clay, not poisoned soil, espousing honor and virtue, not immorality and connivance, possessing empathy and humbleness, not indifference and arrogance. The person who leads an Empire must lead by example, knowing the world, its people and its history. Understanding of culture, civilization, differences and humanity should be a prerequisite, not just likeability. It is ignorance and weak-mindedness that have condemned us and bankrupt morality born out of privilege that now haunts us.

Hijacked by scoundrels

We are reaping the harvest of three years of leadership by the worst scoundrels found in America that through our silent acquiescence continue to lead us to the bowels of perdition. The momentum only increases with each passing month, becoming harder to contain and reverse, guiding us deeper into dark caverns of blackness from where we might never again see the light of day. The American disgrace in Washington prevents us from waking from a national nightmare enveloped by fear, insecurity, uncertainty, death, war and deficit, both financial and moral, that is corroding what we once were and what we once hoped to achieve.

The chicanery, malfeasance, immorality and incompetence of the Bush administration has for three years nose-dived America into the armpit of world opinion, making the US a splinter of its former self among the fraternity of nations. Our reputation has been tarnished for generations, soiled in the minds of billions whose lucid dreams, once hypnotized by America’s romantic appeal, have been extinguished by the enormous hood covering a once-bright beacon of hope, freedom, democracy, human rights and liberty.

Hijacked by the neoconartists and forced to drink their hallucinatory cocktail of self-defeating illusions, America was forced to declare war in contrast to principles once held dear and true. A war that has become the greatest blunder in American foreign policy history was fought for ideology and proxy, in delusion and fantasy. Fighting for another nation’s interests, killing its enemies and furthering its goals have led America to be hated and repulsed as much as the malignant tumor that is today infecting and endangering all peoples of the planet.

Greater and greater numbers of people around the world are beginning to question the government accounts of September 11th. To many, it was the perfect tool that enabled those whose interests lie in perpetual war, dividing peoples and growing power to commence what they had been salivating for. The new Pearl Harbor can in hindsight be seen as the launching pad that enraged an American public that would otherwise have remained unwilling to embark on years of war. The question must be asked as to who benefited most from the atrocious attacks of 9/11? Which group or groups would have the most to gain from the resulting blowback that dreadful day would undoubtedly produce? Perhaps the time has come to begin questioning and seeking answers to the government’s interpretation that arose seemingly as soon as the first plumes of smoke became visible.

America has become that which she seeks to destroy

The United States has transformed itself into the resurrected remains of tyranny past, espousing the same Nazi-like treatment of Arabs as its welfare-client state in the Mideast. What has become of the protector of human rights? What has happened to a nation living the ‘perpetual moral high ground’ it has claimed for decades? The defender of humanity has over the course of the last three years become the purveyor of brutality, unleashing two wars against Arab nations, affecting mostly civilians, killing tens of thousands, while claiming to fight in honor and in pursuit of evil.

It is America, however, that has become what she seeks to destroy, now transformed into the same beast she claims to fight and impregnated with the seeds she most wants shattered to pieces. In her belly human evil now lives, breathing and growing, spawning carnage and suffering to untold thousands feeling the wrath of terror. A metamorphosis is taking place, mutating peace into war, happiness into suffering and life into death. Infected with the appetite for conquest and blood, thirsty for revenge and power, the same enemy being sought now lies inside America, becoming everything she stands against. The enemy hides inside, growing with every bomb dropped, village razed, family annihilated, bullet shot and blood splattered. America is now synonymous with terror, evil and death. What have we become? Silent we remain, not wanting to challenge authority, not wanting to know the truth, afraid that war criminals we have all become in the complicity of our daily lives.

Being made aware of the evil perpetrated under the banner of our nation is not what we seek for fear of knowing that our cherished government does not manifest good but rather an evil the rest of the world is all too familiar with. Thus ignorant we choose to remain, oblivious to a most dreadful past and a horrid present, unwilling to question the warmongers whose consequences may yet fall on our door. Ignorance in bliss, knowledge imprisoning, and so we live comfortable that without knowing we can manage to escape the reality being committed in our names.

Iraq: A gestating pit of quicksand

The Iraq war has in one year become a gestating pit of quicksand sucking America’s energy into a nadir created out of our leader’s own willful stupidity. A war can never be justified if it is based on a caravan of lies designed to manipulate the people. A nation’s leaders deceiving their constituency in order to go to war are failures devoid of the right to govern. The decision to go to war was made, out of choice, not necessity, and only then were the excuses to justify the action concocted. Iraq was a nation targeted for war even before 9/11, a battle the neocons and Bush had designs on before their most fortuitous appointment. September 11th was the key that opened the door to an ideology that will forever be remembered as a complete and utter debacle, worthy only of being dumped deep inside the garbage bags of the world’s landfills, left to bloat and rot in eternal waste.

Like false prophets promising heaven, Bush and the neocons who controlled him offered charades of freedom and democracy that would transform the entire world. The ridiculous fallacy behind this delusion was energized by ideology and arrogance; its sponsors blinded by ignorance, politics, power and loyalty. The truth has never emerged from their mouths, living in bubbles shielded from reality they breathe, manipulating, deceiving and altering the very existence of the truth has become their full time job.

Pro-rating American deaths over the course of weeks and months so the public is not alarmed or bothered by high casualty figures, thereby never giving a true and accurate number of dead and wounded and inculcating into our minds the belief the Department of War is telling the truth about its dead and wounded, our leaders have gotten away with an Enron-style accounting of American dead and wounded. Twenty dead in one day thus becomes two dead over the course of ten days. Some observers even believe American dead are closer to 1000 than 800, waiting to be made public according to Kenny Boy Lay accounting rules. With the Pentagon, however, to expect anything less than manipulation and propaganda is to live in the clouds. The first casualty of war is the truth, after all.

Today America finds itself trapped in a land it knows nothing about, incapable of extricating itself from desert dunes and dust storms. Its military will be bogged down for years to come, fighting a growing resistance, becoming the launching pad to further violence. June 30 means nothing but a charade built upon a foundation of charades, mere lip service to a puppet regime taking orders from the Puppet in Chief. We should not be fooled by the corporate media excitement about this date. In reality nothing will change, and the violence will most likely only get worse. In an occupation built on lies, however, only lies flourish where flies take refuge. The Iraqipation will continue, as will the lies, the charades and American deaths.

An administration filled with professional liars, lacking any concept of morality or truth in their withering minds, has entrenched the nation into a war that could not be won in a battle that should not have been fought. The rapid defeat of the occupiers, triumphantly achieved in one year, worthy of the Guinness book of World Records, has become not only an American fiasco never before seen but a conduit for an exponentially-growing hatred of the United States. Iraq was never the main front on the war on terror, but today it has become the main beacon of fire calling thousands to war.

In bringing Americans to Iraq, Bush has created the real war on terror. Calls of hatred, revenge, death and destruction to America now rise from many corners of the globe. The war in Iraq has awakened an army of dormant humans, perpetually indigent, exploited, ignorant and with futures devoid of opportunity thanks to mostly American foreign policy, whose marching legions continue to swell. George W. Bush has spawned a war that did not exist before, a war that will continue feeding itself through the principles of cause and effect, action and reaction.

The vicious circle of death and destruction now feeds the negative energy needed for human evil to ascend high into the blood-colored sky, creating dark clouds of ominous repercussions unleashing powerful bolts of hatred and revenge thundering across the vast expanse of Earth.

The fallacy of the War President

The war president thrives off of war, not peace, murder, not life, suffering, not happiness. Fear is his oxygen, insecurity his plasma. We are all being made pawns in his and the cabal of cronies’ game of power and control. Fear grips us, insecurity and uncertainty enslave us to the Bush administration’s sinister intentions. Bush’s bid to retain power depends on war abroad and fear at home. It depends on lie after lie and in American citizens’ ignorance to and participation in the greatest con game ever invented.

The world is in the grips of a catastrophe being orchestrated by Bush and the now quiet neocons/Likudniks that is forever altering the face of human interaction and civilization. The world has not been in such danger since the rise of the Nazis. With the increasing proliferation of technology the day is not far off when our cities will become biological nightmares we are afraid to contemplate. Small glass viles of chemicals or biological agents carried by twenty lunatics seeking revenge for the family Bush has murdered can in seconds kill hundreds of thousands in cities across the US. The day is fast approaching when this nightmare will become a reality and America as we know it will cease to exist.

The war president and the delusional neocons he fell trap to have made us all less safe, not more. The only thing Bush has done in his three years in office has been to endanger American citizens throughout the world, including inside America, and to unleash a wave of animosity and hatred the likes of which have never been seen before. In all other respects, George W. Bush has been a complete failure, worthy of being banished from the great lands of the United States the moment he is soundly defeated in early November. Such is the chaos, incompetence and failure of the 43rd President of the United States of America.

A Glimmer of Hope

Bush’s war on terror is a fallacy that cannot possibly be won. Rather, the more negative karma our weapons and soldiers set free upon the peoples of the world the more likely America will lose. Our greatest weapon is not in military might but in American goodness. The time has come for us to embrace the world, educate ourselves to different nations, cultures, religions, regions and the human condition. It is time the richest nation on Earth gives back what it has taken for decades from the peoples of the world. A year living abroad, helping those less fortunate than us should be made a prerequisite for every young American in their twenties. Instead of an army of killers we should embrace an army of givers.

The debacle that Bush has created will take many decades to rectify. It is vital to America’s national interests to reclaim our reputation and our honor. Hundreds of millions of Americans are peace-loving decent human beings, full of high morals and integrity. These last three years have sullied what we stand for, they have eroded the world’s perception of American citizens. Programs should be established to create a Department of Peace, enlisting millions of Americans to help reconnect with a world that no longer respects us. Building schools, hospitals, good will and truly winning hearts and minds is the only weapon against an otherwise bleak future.

The greatness of America lies in its people, and from us, the other superpower within the superpower, should come the change so desperately needed. The course of our ways must be altered, the leadership in Washington must be exorcised from our consciousness. Only human goodness, understanding and peace can battle those who hate us for what our nation has done to them. Only a more equal and just world endeavoring to alleviate past injustices and exploitations can lead to security and tranquility. Only by fixing what has been broken can we create a better world for us and our children.

American’s are creative, talented and incredibly gifted. Surely the collective brain can come together to help solve the grand dilemma of our time. For decades our government has unleashed incredible amounts of negative karma around the world. It is up to the children of those past generations to make right what has been made wrong. Only positive energy can combat the negative. Only a new way of combating those who wish us harm can prevent the further erosion of the America we once cherished. If we fail in this experiment, our lives, futures and progeny will forever be charged with existing with the consequences of our failures to act.

The way of the Bush must be burned like the sickness it has created. Bush is not America and we are not him. The last three years have been a national nightmare we cannot seem to wake up from. The American disgrace festering in Washington must be purged from our pores like the many toxins sweated out by an active body. The time to reclaim America from the claws of tyranny and corporatism is fast approaching. We can either take back control of our nation or we can continue to rot in an existence whose future looks bleaker by the day.

The death of America can be prevented, but not by the ‘war on terror’. Only by waging jihad against poverty, suffering, exploitation, injustice, inequality, tyranny, lack of education and healthcare can we triumph. If we choose wisely our greatest moments lie ahead, and, after November 2004, from our worst nightmare will we finally wake.