Monday, October 29, 2007

How to Rewrite History

While the power to rewrite history is only available to a select few, the process is relatively simple. The first step is to create a foreign enemy; one that is hell bent on the destruction of life as we know it. Immediately after the moment has passed suspicions will arise in the direction of the enemy. In the after math, seemingly random and obscure facts will form the "official story," subsequently replacing the "original stories," reducing them to mere "conspiracies."

This is how you rewrite history.

A prime example can be found in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The subject has never really fueled my imagination beyond the Oliver Stone film. Like every good student of Civics I know the President was shot by Lee Oswald. Some of the details are a little hazy: his Communist ties, the type of rifle, his exact location. But in the end the assassin was killed by Jack Ruby, and America closed the book -- save a few "conspiracies" that persist to this day.

The "original stories" include dozens of rubber-neckers running to the "grassy knoll," with a barrage of film footage capturing the chaos. Nevertheless, Lee Oswald was picked up immediately after leaving the building he worked at. Of the many interviews that captured his statements, Mr. Oswald repeated that he had no idea why he was being held, and was refused any type of legal representation. He was abused by the police, and eventually murdered before any trial by his peers.

This is how you rewrite history.

But thankfully "we the people" now have access to the social control mechanisms of media, allowing us to capture the lost footage which was buried in the deluge of the official story. Such power in our hands help put an end to the demonization of foreign enemies, and block the hypnotic beat of the war drums as the "official stories" flood our media. This power is nothing less than Truth in the hands of the American people -- a power which must be wielded as a weapon to protect the values of our Democracy.

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