Saturday, January 5, 2008

Plots, Assassinations and the Devious Worlds of History and Politics

This article was originally published at on Jan. 3rd, 2007

I’ve made a few observations while on this trip called life and some of them I’ve found quite curious. One of the things I’ve noticed when it comes to political assassinations is that it seems only politicians who are popular with the general public are targeted. I could go through a laundry list of victims, John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon to name a few, but I think you get the picture. Time and again well loved public figures have been taken from us while persons of power despised by the majority are able to go about their public business without fear. It’s enough to make one wonder.

I’ve also noticed that those assassinated tend to be advocates of non-violent change, peace and love. These men were oft times heard espousing the virtues of such radical concepts of freedom, liberty, respect for fellow human beings, and concern for the rights of the individual. For these kinds of ideas and for the concern they show for mankind, they are thanked with a bullet or two. How very sad it is that such evil can exist, that such magnanimous leaders can be so easily lost. History is full of honest, principled leaders working for the betterment of the human condition that manage to get themselves killed. One of the more well known stories of this type of thing happening took place about two thousand years ago and involved a man in a place called Galilee that went around telling everyone we should be nice to each other. Yet isn’t it strange that unpopular, tyrannical leaders hardly ever seem to get assassinated. Perhaps this is because they expect it and are so wary of their surroundings they always keep themselves well protected. That could be an explanation I suppose, but I somehow think there’s more to it than that.

There’s something else rather odd that I’ve noticed about many assassinations. Isn’t it strange that so many of these killings are carried out by some lone nutcase that seems to have social development problems? You’d think that someone looking for attention would want to do something that would make him a hero to a majority of people rather than do something to make him hated by millions. I’m sure that some would argue these assassins thought they were doing something that would glorify them, after all they were crazy, yet it seems these people are quite intelligent and sober on another level. After all, they seem to be able to plot these schemes all by themselves. Surely an assassin with the intelligence to act alone, speak to no one and plot such actions would realize how hated he would be as a consequence and might reconsider. It makes one wonder why no such loner has acted against an unpopular personage in a position of power, especially given the success rate of the lone gunman against well protected (and not so well protected) powerful individuals. It seems that whenever an attempt is made on some tyrannical leader (such as Hitler or Stalin) it is some vast conspiracy and many conspirators are put to death.

Assassinations are seldom what they seem. History has shown that often times the investigations and the explanations given for the event are more convoluted than reported. In fact, it seems to me that many assassinations benefit a power base that is threatened by a freedom movement. The Federal Reserve would lose its monopoly of printing fiat money should the government reestablish its constitutional duty to print money based on a gold standard or even if competing money was introduced into the banking system. The CIA would lose power should civil liberties be honored, the constitution followed and the government be made more transparent. The military industrial complex would suffer greatly should war be ended and troops brought home. I’m certain there are other powerful benefactors I haven’t mentioned, but it seems these same powers or those who have ties to them are often in charge of the follow up investigations. Too often in hindsight one can point at a few specific persons in high positions on panels investigating these assassinations and find a conflict of interest or two. This makes any conclusion reached by such panels or investigators dubious at best.

It is said that history is written by the victors. This is more or less true. Those who maintain power have thus far been able to create an aura of legitimacy around themselves. They have used this to bury or minimize important facts they don’t want reported. I would guess that there are many people who have gotten away with crimes too terrible and numerous to mention. These are the types of people who rule when secrecy is allowed to cover government dealings and fear grips the populace. Yet justice is never done as these devious powers are allowed to write history. Justice, as blind as she is, cannot see what deeds are left unpunished. As each year passes they become more emboldened. These powerful individuals stay back in the shadows and continue to plot, becoming more brazen as they begin to believe they are above the very law they claim to protect. This power they hold, a power that lurks in the darkness and seeks to stamp out all that would oppose it, is the danger all must be wary of, but there is a weapon to use against it.

It is the light of truth this power is afraid of. It is the torch of freedom those who yield this power fear most, for if they lose control over the lives of others, they have no power. In liberty will we as a society find the means to avert this danger. When we as a society shed our fears and demand to be freed, to be allowed to interact not through coercion but on a voluntary basis, not through force but through honest dealings, when we demand to be allowed to live our lives as we see fit, to be allowed to make mistakes, to innovate, to learn, to love, to hate, to achieve, to play, and to just be ourselves, then the plotters will be removed from the halls of centralized government and go off to grumble in some corner of the world about bygone days. When freedom’s light shines, the deviants are exposed. When we come to the understanding that our founding documents were penned by freedom loving men not so the government could protect us, but so we could protect ourselves from the government, maybe then we will live in a land where we no longer have to worry about plots. When everything is in the open, history writes itself, for we are all allowed to record it, and since there are no victors, no one is defeated.

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