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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Keeping to Our Solemn Task

Keeping to Our Solemn Task by James Hufferd, Ph.D. Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization * As I have pointed out more than once before, the only possibly productive path for the 911 Truth movement is to focus its own attention and energies and its target audience's attention squarely on 9/11 truth, rather than generalizing to work on a dozen other causes as well. To do the latter is to dilute and obscure our message and dissipate our energy and effectiveness, however worthy or related the other causes may be. There might not always be the steady stream of tantalizing new information, new information sources, or brilliant insights coming out every month these days regarding 9/11 that there once were. But the importance of the matter at hand -- to change the culture to expecting and irrepressibly demanding truth, justice, and a restoration of our stolen and trashed constitutional guarantee of due process - is at least as great as it ever was. I still maintain that our access to popular self-government, to drive the outcome of the political process, is still there. But only if we seize it and irresistibly force the issue, as the painstakingly re-educated public finally did to force an end to the Vietnam War and, a century earlier, to end, not just manage or limit, slavery. In the latter connection, PBS inadvertently handed us a marvelous template recently in presenting its stunning three-part documentary, "The Abolitionists". I strongly urge everyone reading this who did not see that series, in full or in part, to order it inexpensively from Amazon and watch it, with 911 Truth in mind. The Abolition Movement, our spiritual if not linear forebear, which finally prevailed in its objective in the time of Lincoln, began largely with William Lloyd Garrison's founding of his anti-slavery newspaper, "The Liberator", in 1829, and the start of his many speaking campaigns and tours that continued unabated, through thick and thin, sickness and health, over the next four decades. He gradually picked up converts, virtually one by one at the beginning, in a country that was at the outset fairly comfortable, both North and South, with the bondage of some human beings by others, exacted as the necessary price for preserving national unity. Eventually, that one rather scholarly man figuratively beating a drum was joined in his never-ending march by some great companions, including Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimke, and a whole host of others. And then, a small army of followers fell into line and joined them. There were petitions galore, flooding congressional mail rooms and editors' desks, nonstop, month after month. Both fear and abject loathing of activists on steroids and the imagined and actual effect of their nonstop activism arose and spread throughout the country. They were banned, railed and legislated against, Garrison came within seconds of being hanged by a surging mob on free state soil, the meeting houses where they were holding rallies was burnt to the ground. They were, for a very long time, an even smaller minority of a minority than we are. By comparison, no one - apparently, not even the paranoid security services within our government - fears or truly loathes us enough to actually do anything to stop us, not even so much as to put us or any of our leaders on the notorious no-fly lists, threaten and occasionally denounce us as they might - even though our cause is every bit as important as that of the Abolitionists. And that's because we don't, as a proper movement, show even two percent of the dedication or nerve that they did. Instead, we get restless or clay feet and stand (or, more aptly, sit) down. Finally, a new major political party arose in the country back in their day to do something about slavery - but only to limit its spread. And the Abolitionists, split by that time between the non-violence (Garrison's) faction and the armed force, action branch exemplified by the firebrand true-believer and soon-to-be martyr John Brown, didn't find the new "milk-and-water" Republicans worth even supporting. They demanded abolition, not limitation, just as we must begin to stand up much more visibly, vocally, and energetically and demand justice, and not reconciliation, which will only confuse, and never lead to the truth. And, we must stick to the facts, avoid jumping at rumors and false leads absent proof or evidence, bearing in mind that such always could be, and at times undoubtedly are, disinformation or deliberate diversions. Let's not waste our energy, time, or precious credibility on allegations that lack strong evidence or proof. If there aren't any longer constant new developments by the bushel related to 9/11 these days, as in earlier years, there still are, I am convinced, scores of millions of people out there, including a fair number potentially willing to join us, who have never in more than a decade heard what we have to say. There are millions who know nothing about Building 7, controlled demolition evidence, free-fall speed, "hijackers" still alive, or all the many anomalies at the Pentagon and Shanksville. They don't know precisely because we haven't gotten around to telling them, even today. We sit around and argue technical points, split into our own feuding factions, nurse grudges, watch a hundred videos of the same thing, trash-talk and exchange insults in blogs, and -- what? - wait for the media to tell the people the truth about September 11? On the issue of 9/11, we are the only truth-telling, investigative media there is. Just as in Garrison's time. At the end in those days, in 1865, after the nation had effectively embraced and adopted his cause, and the newly-reconstituted majority triumphed, before politics barged in to tarnish it in the years afterward, Garrison was lavishly praised and honored by the newly-freed ex-slaves and President Lincoln for his unstinting dedication and leading the nation to what was good and decent - for in effect re-making the nation, as is our task to do. Lincoln, though belatedly, by that time, finally "got it" and had framed the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, which set the stage for the still-radical Fourteenth, precisely because Garrison's once-miniscule, ever-dedicated band had blazed the way. And might we so re-dedicate as to come to deserve that sort of credit and success also - despite politics. JH: 2/26/13

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