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YOU'VE BEEN LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD, NEO
NewsWithViews.com ^ | May 21, 2003 | By David Brownlow

Posted on 05/21/2003 12:59:30 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

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:

1 Federal spending is up almost 60%, from $1.4 trillion in 1994 to over $2.2 trillion today! That is almost exactly the same percent increase that occurred between 1986 and 1993 - when the Democrats controlled Congress!

2 Republicans continue to fund Planned Parenthood, PBS, and the National Endowment for the Arts to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

3 The Department of Education continues to squander $60 billion a year.

4 The Department of Agriculture has 131,000 employees that work out of 7,400 field offices. That is unbelievable! The USDA spends $77 billion a year telling the nations farmers how to (or how not to) farm.

5 An EPA clerk shuts down hundreds of Oregon family farms because some obscure fish upstream “needed” the water. This happened even though the farmers had contractual rights to the water. There was no appeal process and hundreds lost their livelihoods.

6 “Conservative” Republican Senator Gordon Smith runs his 2002 campaign on a solid homosexual rights agenda.

7 We continue to send billions to an America-hating, world-government promoting organization called the United Nations.

8 Our “pro-life” President refuses to write a one page, signed memo to the FDA directing them to ban the use of a WMD called RU-486. This chemical weapon has killed over 500,000 American children since 1994 and could be outlawed tomorrow morning on his authority alone!

9 Over 10,000,000 American children have been killed by abortion since 1994, turning the “Republican Revolution” into what would be more appropriately described as the “Republican Reign of Terror.”

10 On March 13, 2003, in an historic betrayal, forty-eight Republican members of the U.S. Senate voted to reaffirm Roe v. Wade.

The list goes on and on. By any objective evaluation, we find that there is no discernable difference in our 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.

David Brownlow
Constitution Party Candidate for U.S. Congress,
District 3, Oregon
www.davebrownlow.com E-Mail: dave@davebrownlow.com


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: agriculture; arts; education; epa; freestateproject; fsp; matrix; pbs; plannedparenthood; porcupines; ru486; thematrix; usda
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Add to the Brownlow editorial..

Michelle Malkin (5/21)
What good is the $5 billion Transportation Security Administration if it can't keep armed impostors from breezily bypassing security checkpoints and boarding planes?

Armstrong Williams (5/21)
Rep. Terry Everett (R-ALA.) sneaked $202,500 for a National Peanut Festival into economic development appropriations.

2003 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill included an $800,000 gift to the Grammy Foundation for music and arts education. Never mind that the Grammy Foundation board is studded with millionaire mega-stars.

Appropriators handed out $500,000 to the International Coffee Organization, whose professed goal is to stimulate the coffee economy. Coffee is good, but protecting our troops and confronting threats from rogue states should come before handouts.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/Armstrongwilliams/aw20030521.shtml"

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/mm20030521.shtml

Commentary to 'chew on'.

1 posted on 05/21/2003 12:59:31 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Danger -- beware ... cyber-social virus on the FR --- mad science disease !
2 posted on 05/21/2003 1:00:44 PM PDT by f.Christian (( apocalypsis, from Gr. apokalypsis, from apokalyptein to uncover, from apo- + kalyptein to cover))
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To: fight_truth_decay
Bump for later reading.
3 posted on 05/21/2003 1:01:19 PM PDT by Marine Inspector (DHS BCBP II)
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To: fight_truth_decay
And people wonder why I'm a monarchist...
4 posted on 05/21/2003 1:04:11 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Nice article. The Constitution Party rocks. Too bad so many people are blindly gimped to the Republican Party.
5 posted on 05/21/2003 1:06:39 PM PDT by xrp
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To: fight_truth_decay; Sir Gawain
The wisest man in the Matrix...


6 posted on 05/21/2003 1:06:41 PM PDT by Texaggie79 (pimps up, hoes down!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
About 6 parties should do. Maybe no parties, since people don't seem to "stick" to their party's platform anyway. Make everyone run on their own 2 feet.
7 posted on 05/21/2003 1:13:53 PM PDT by eyespysomething (Breaking down the stereotypes of soccer moms everyday!)
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To: B-Chan
You too? I thought Ronnie should have been crowned King, and the role of presidents reduced to that of a prime minister.
8 posted on 05/21/2003 1:21:40 PM PDT by Snerfling
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To: fight_truth_decay
This is much closer to how I saw The Matrix. Many saw it as a Christ-figure story, others saw it as a philosophical piece ("What is Real?"). It reminded me of a too-powerful entity having far more control over my life than I ever wanted, intended, or conceived.
9 posted on 05/21/2003 1:24:12 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: fight_truth_decay; Ff--150; 4ConservativeJustices; sheltonmac
The list goes on and on. By any objective evaluation, we find that there is no discernable difference in our 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.

BUMP!!!!

10 posted on 05/21/2003 1:25:00 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Teacher317
This is much closer to how I saw The Matrix. Many saw it as a Christ-figure story, others saw it as a philosophical piece ("What is Real?"). It reminded me of a too-powerful entity having far more control over my life than I ever wanted, intended, or conceived.

If the first one creeped you out, the second is going to blow you away.

11 posted on 05/21/2003 1:27:52 PM PDT by amused (Republicans for Sharpton!)
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To: billbears
the conspiracy theory just might not be a theory--gracias for the bump.
12 posted on 05/21/2003 1:45:07 PM PDT by Ff--150 (100-Fold Return)
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To: Snerfling
Would that make Ron Jr. the Prince or Princess? And would Nancy be calling the shots not that Ronnie is incapacitated?

This is silliness. We have a 2 party system because that is the natural result with our winner take all method of choosing the President and legislature. Neither party can deviate too far from the center of the electorate without being marginalized. Great leaders lead the electorate away from the center to where they want to take it--FDR and Reagan in the last century.

13 posted on 05/21/2003 1:46:40 PM PDT by Defiant (Bush as philosopher: "I-raq, therefore I-ran.")
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To: fight_truth_decay
I ask my liberal friends "The Matrix" question.

"If everything you have ever experienced and assumed to be real was a fantasy, if your whole life was based on a lie, would you want to know the truth?"

I am surprised at how many say "no."

14 posted on 05/21/2003 1:46:49 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (http://www.despair.com - Strife, As long as we have each other, we will never run out of problems)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
Where was this article during the Clinton Administrations?
15 posted on 05/21/2003 2:49:29 PM PDT by ChadsDad
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To: fight_truth_decay
Red Pill Constitution Party Bump
16 posted on 05/21/2003 3:29:25 PM PDT by Ahban
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To: fight_truth_decay
What's the matrix?
17 posted on 05/21/2003 4:26:23 PM PDT by aomagrat (IYAOYAS)
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To: aomagrat
Who is John Galt? ;^)
18 posted on 05/21/2003 4:37:58 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Teacher317
Are freepers the precursor to the matrix?
19 posted on 05/21/2003 9:59:20 PM PDT by justrepublican
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To: Defiant
Neither party can deviate too far from the center of the electorate without being marginalized

When a conservative can set his election agenda on a solid gay rights base and win, the fix is in. The gays are around 1% of the voting base at best. But the Gay agenda is part of the Global agenda. The nice part of the Matrix, is the sleepers begin to awake.

20 posted on 05/21/2003 10:01:12 PM PDT by American in Israel (Right beats wrong)
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To: American in Israel
I don't think that the gay rights agenda is favored by the majority of American voters, and I don't think the GOP should pander to that small segment of the vote. Nothing requires the parties to choose every policy position wisely, but over time, the electorate tends to get its way.
21 posted on 05/21/2003 10:59:30 PM PDT by Defiant (Bush as philosopher: "I-raq, therefore I-ran.")
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To: Teacher317
Neo is still in the Matrix. That's why he still has "powers". Either he never left or there is a world within a world all within the Matrix. He exited a lower level Matrix world to only find himself a level up within the Matrix. How many levels will there be???

That's my guess anyway...
22 posted on 05/22/2003 2:27:19 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: fight_truth_decay
So, in other words, let's support yet another third party that will do the same as the other two parties.
23 posted on 05/22/2003 5:32:18 AM PDT by goodseedhomeschool
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To: DB
Perhaps he's part program too and so he can access the (real) sentinels and destroy them?? That's the "happy" intepretation at least.
24 posted on 05/22/2003 5:35:20 AM PDT by Nataku X (Never give Bush any power you wouldn't want to give to Hillary.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
The two-party system has served America very well. The multiple-party system keeps Europe barely chugging along and losing what liberties they have.

Mr. Brownlow really, really wants power, and doesn't like the competition in the two-party system, WHICH by the way, has served America very well.

Only a moron actually believes there is no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. I don't think Brownlow is a moron....so that makes him an evil spoiler.

25 posted on 05/22/2003 6:37:58 AM PDT by WaterDragon (America the beautiful, I love this nation of immigrants.)
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To: fight_truth_decay; AAABEST; archy; Beck_isright; claidheamh mor; EBUCK; Esjay; exodus; ...
Porcupine ping! Not precisely a FSP-related article, but worthy of consideration for the bookmark-inclined.

-archy-/-

26 posted on 05/22/2003 7:58:18 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Texaggie79
The wisest man in the Matrix...

The Matrix is not All.

There are greater things in heaven and on Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy....

27 posted on 05/22/2003 8:02:03 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
bttt
28 posted on 05/22/2003 8:04:19 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: fight_truth_decay
".........I wanna be sedated........."
~The Ramones
29 posted on 05/22/2003 8:09:31 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (You say Muss-lim, I say Moose-limb; Let's call the whole thing off.)
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To: WaterDragon
The two-party system has served America very well.

The people who put this nation together had a very low opinion of political parties period. The two we have have managed to sink below even their expectations.

If we're going to have a two party system I favor the small l libertains and the Constitutional Party, the R & D's have no honor or integrity left.
30 posted on 05/22/2003 8:19:29 AM PDT by steve50
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To: WaterDragon
The two-party system has not served America very well.
The multiple-party two (one) party system keeps Europe America barely chugging along and losing what liberties they have.

I've fixed it for ya WD.

If you can dispute anything mr power mad here wrote I'd certainly like to hear it.

31 posted on 05/22/2003 8:26:25 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: steve50
I spoke with a Consitution party rep last year at my home. Very determined and very scary IMO....I'm not too familiar with the party as a whole but this guy gave me the feeling that the Constitution Party is a Fundamentalist party in (l) clothing....
32 posted on 05/22/2003 8:29:05 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: EBUCK
I spoke with a Consitution party rep last year at my home. Very determined and very scary IMO....

A faction seems to be strict constructionists. I'm afraid you're correct about the others, many seem to want burn the heretics at the stake again. I'll take a pass on the latter.
33 posted on 05/22/2003 9:04:19 AM PDT by steve50
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To: steve50
Well put and precisely the "feeling" I got out of the conversation.

I think it a strategy to absorb that portion of the population and radicalize it. Might work but the thing is this, once they are in they will not accept any backstepping and any ground gained in numbers will be lost.
34 posted on 05/22/2003 9:12:26 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: archy
Machines are not inherently "evil". Therefor, helping them, would not be the same as helping the devil.......
35 posted on 05/22/2003 9:24:19 AM PDT by Texaggie79 (pimps up, hoes down!)
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To: EBUCK


I think it a strategy to absorb that portion of the population and radicalize it.

I agree, but I think it's mainly to radicalize it for publicity reasons. As long as they can portray them as the lunitic fringe there's no danger of them gaining enough members to challenge the paperless voting machines.
36 posted on 05/22/2003 9:28:09 AM PDT by steve50
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To: EBUCK
Who is mr power mad?
37 posted on 05/22/2003 9:31:14 AM PDT by WaterDragon (America the beautiful, I love this nation of immigrants.)
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To: WaterDragon
The Constitution Party guy that wrote the article. (I was refering to your reference..."Mr. Brownlow really, really wants power,", which I happen to agree with)
38 posted on 05/22/2003 9:32:48 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: fight_truth_decay
bump
39 posted on 05/22/2003 9:45:16 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: fight_truth_decay; Carry_Okie; forester; sasquatch; B4Ranch; SierraWasp; hedgetrimmer; christie; ...
pinging the short list.
40 posted on 05/22/2003 9:47:29 AM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: fight_truth_decay
You can always spot the third party drivel spews in the first or second paragraph of the always verbose offerings that they dump on FR. Somewhere in the proclaimed self-actualization, is the staple "there is no difference between the two parties" mantra, founded not in truth, but in the hope of the reader turning to the new savior of democracy, the little snotty gaggle of self-appointed partiots in the third party phone booth conventions.
41 posted on 05/22/2003 9:52:48 AM PDT by Moby Grape
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To: EBUCK
Thanks, EBUCK. I'm a little slow on the uptake this a.m.!
42 posted on 05/22/2003 9:55:51 AM PDT by WaterDragon (America the beautiful, I love this nation of immigrants.)
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To: Impeach the Boy
Other than slamming the author and his compatriots as ....

(a) snotty gaggle of self-appointed partiots

...do you have any refutations of his evidence or perhaps you have some points to make that actually show that there is a diference...?

43 posted on 05/22/2003 9:58:59 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: WaterDragon
No problem Dragon....I've been up since 6 and have probably more than a pot-o-coffee in me already....Good Morning!
44 posted on 05/22/2003 10:00:27 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: Impeach the Boy
And another thing....if they don't appoint themselves patriots who will do it for them?

I'm sure that if our forefathers had waited around for their official appointment to "Patriot" status we'd still be a colony.
45 posted on 05/22/2003 10:02:12 AM PDT by EBUCK (FIRE!....rounds downrange! http://www.azfire.org)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Over 10,000,000 American children have been killed by abortion since 1994, turning the “Republican Revolution” into what would be more appropriately described as the “Republican Reign of Terror.”

What an idiotic statement. This guy is a real moron.

46 posted on 05/22/2003 10:04:03 AM PDT by montag813
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To: farmfriend
BTTT!!!!!!
47 posted on 05/22/2003 10:07:01 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
I just asked my a-political friend...and he answered real quick: NO.
48 posted on 05/22/2003 12:44:02 PM PDT by scoopscandal
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To: montag813
“Republican Reign of Terror.”

Agree...that was harsh!

49 posted on 05/22/2003 2:41:34 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay (occupied)
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To: fight_truth_decay
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.

LoL, wait till you wake up to find your current political efforts mean even less.

50 posted on 05/22/2003 2:51:18 PM PDT by DainBramage
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