Friday, November 18, 2005

A Thousand Tipping Points

Published on Friday, November 18, 2005 by
by Bill C. Davis

To borrow and para-a-phrase from George Sr. we are in the middle of a thousand tipping points. The definition of tipping point according to Malcolm Gladwell’s book of the same name – “the tipping point is the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point, a place where the unexpected becomes expected, where radical change is more than possibility. It is a certainty.”

Tipping points are coming fast and furiously and they will create a certainty that was inherent in the beginning of this misbegotten administration. George W. Bush could be impeached. It would be a remedy and a declaration to the world that we have democratic and non-violent tools to correct abuse of a beautiful system. Since election 2000, the juggernaut, with the name of Bush as its logo, has rolled out many products.

The recount, or abuse thereof, headed up by the Carlyle Group’s own James Baker III, was the first corrupt product. Out of that grew fiasco upon fiasco. “Intelligence failures” sounds like a cruel bit of irony but from 9/11 to Iraq to Abu Ghraib to Katrina to EPA standards – intelligence, both official and scientific, was either lacking, manipulated or ignored.

If people in both political and economic power see catastrophes as opportunities, the uneasy feeling that stalks us all is that our leaders either allow or cause the catastrophes that dovetail with the opportunities they need, like a vampire needs blood. Who wants to believe something so diabolical about ourselves, because the truth is this government is us, until we say it is not us.

Like tremors before a quake the thousand tipping points point to this: this is not our government. We allowed it and for that we all need to be accountable, but – it can be changed. The same document that says only Congress can declare war says a president can be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Members of the Congress and Senate take this oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

In summing up his record Congress could determine that the logo known as Bush has been a domestic enemy. Like an abusive father who either decides to leave home or is ushered out by higher authorities – he must leave for the sake of the family. No matter what forces decided he was their man to be in charge of the military and the treasury, Bush, because of loyalty to an agenda different from America’s, has abused his role.

Rep. Murtha, like the bold, emotional son in a family headed up by an abusive father, has honored his oath and has acknowledged a domestic enemy. This is a very difficult and troubling thing to do and for the population to acknowledge. It will throw the household into terrible upheaval but without it the house will collapse.

Rep. Murtha provided a main tipping point – the fulcrum he used was reality. We’ve been told, cajoled, threatened, bribed and scared into believing vague hall-of-mirror realities. The distortions have distorted us. We look at ourselves as receptacles and reflections of lies.

The issue that has been drawn tight like a cord beneath a steer before the chute opens, is that Bush and his war planners knew that what they were saying were falsehoods. We need to know if they knew the facts were false and they used those false facts to get the war they wanted.

The biggest lie was when the president told us that the last thing anyone wants is war. It’s the first thing they wanted. Now that they have it – they are dodging, like land mines, the tipping points that are consequences of foul deeds and once these points are fully tipped they may finally become points of light.

Bill C. Davis is a playwright – - and candidate for Congress from the fifth district of Connecticut –


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