Time to Speak Up Without Fear by Monica M. Brinkman

It has become quite baffling and confusing to me, as the years’ tick on, how people within the world find it necessary to maintain continued conflict.

It has become evident to me that many governments purpose is one of power and greed. I reluctantly state this, but Russia and the US are right there at the top. Tell me truthfully, how many wars were necessary to ensure the safety of the US citizens and/or our foreign friends? How many young people sacrificed their lives for naught? Examples are Vietnam and now, the Middle East conflicts that continues to this very day.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with CIA agents as well as government officials, who entered into their fields fully confident they were acting as peacekeepers of the country and world. What they found was a government intent upon control of other nations. What they also found was a government who placed monetary gain above all else. If a country did not do as the US wished, they would simply take the leader out, often under false pretense.

Know what you, the reader is thinking. Yes, we did need to intervene, and should have done so sooner, when Hitler began his horrific rein. Shockingly, it took so long because many powerful and wealthy individuals such as Ford, ITT, and American Standard Oil had invested their money and products within Germany and did not believe or looked the other way at the rumors coming out of Hitler’s true intentions.

Liken the greed and power to something simpler. The laws on marijuana. Hemp, marijuana, pot, call it what you wish, was an accepted part of many countries and used to manufacture numerous products. It was not illegal. Then came the prohibition of alcohol, backed for the most part by Conservative Christians. We all saw what occurred. The Mafia took it into their own hands to take over he alcohol control within the country and bootlegging prevailed. The government and local police stations within cities could not control the Mafia’s hold, and they eventually gave in to the legalization of alcohol.

In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana. He realized, without the prohibition of alcohol, drugs such as cocaine, codeine, morphine were not prevalent enough to maintain the Department. Thus, he added marijuana to the list of illegal drugs. One of the largest campaigns began, supported by the News Media and even Hollywood, with their release of such movies a ‘Reefer Madness’. Slanted and untruthful headlines filled the papers and air waves, until, eventually and as planned, the citizens believed the words.

Does any of this sound familiar? If not, it should and it should also scare the hell out of you.

Instead of drugs, the US government along with the wealthy and powerful are centering on using peoples’ religion and fear of terrorists to control the masses. It is no secret why the politicians focused on issues such as abortion, immigrants, and gun control to deceivingly brainwash a huge part of the population. They used hate, racism, moral choices, climate change and fear as their weapons of choice. From preachers in churches, radio talk shows and news stations, whom they controlled, it was easy enough to reel in those who trusted these organizations. As sheep to the slaughter, they followed, unaware of the devastation their actions would ultimately create.

My questions are these:

When will people realize we are all humans on this planet?

If you do believe in a great Creator of all. When will you understand, then, that we are all part of that creation; brothers and sisters within the world?

When will people stand up for life instead of death?

When will differences in appearance and religion be accepted, rather than used as weapons to maim and kill?

And, the biggee, when will we, as a nation and world, understand war, greed, hostility creates the same, while peace, love and understanding creates harmony within the country and world?

Yes, I am tired; I am weary of it all, so many well-meaning individuals caught up in the propaganda the rich, greedy and powerful continue to push upon them. I am sick of heart that instead of defending life, we defend death.

In ending, remember, remaining silent and compliant equals acceptance and conformation of the acts and deeds spent against people within our country and our world. Time we, to put it bluntly, grew some balls, and took back decency, care, concern, and most of all love, within our lives.

You have a choice. I know which mine is. Do you?

Monica M. Brinkman,
Author, Radio Personality

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18 thoughts on “Time to Speak Up Without Fear by Monica M. Brinkman

  1. James L. Secor

    As to the war syndrome, see Rachel Maddow’s Drift. As to the rest: people are lazy, people believe what they’re told not what they see, people don’t want to be different and stir up the water. I wonder if we might return to the salary given to the first Congressmen about 250 years ago: $2/mo (( think it was a month; could have been per session). Why? With the massive salaries they get now, they can make money; not on $2. The incentive to actually DO something might be prominent. AND realizing the presidential election is not the important one; the president does not make law, the House and Senate do. THOSE elections are the important national elections. Now that people see they are being screwed, they are getting off their asses and making their voices heard. THAT’s the only good thing about this presidency.

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  2. Monica Brinkman

    Thank you both for stopping by and commenting. My heart aches every day. Funny, I was recently going through papers, as we will be relocating, and have to toss out what is not needed. I found several poems I had written while in my teens and early 20’s. I could post them today and they woudl still be relevant. It bothers me that in all these years, we still have the exact same issues, only worse, than we had those many years ago.
    It is all about money, not caring for the people and it is time the people demand our elected servants act as just that, servants of our voices, needs and wishes, not their own agenda.

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  3. Patricia Dusenbury

    Thanks for speaking up.

    Ironically, people who devote themselves to the pursuit of power and money sell their souls for a mess of pottage. That’s what the bible says and if you want data, too: A multi-decade survey of an elite university’s graduates found that the ones who, as their life moved to an end, had few regrets were those who had meaningful and loving relationships. It is all about love for your fellow human beings – and all living creatures.

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  4. John B. Rosenman

    Good post, Monica. Yes, Government is essentially about power and greed and controlling the masses, which isn’t usually difficult to do. Mussolini said, “The masses are asses.” Religion, narcotics, and immigration are just a few of the tools that are used to control people. Lord Acton wrote, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Literature can be a guide in this. Look at what O’brien says to Winston Smith in 1984, or watch the end of the movie Network. I doubt that matters will improve much. In my darkest, most cynical moments, I feel we have finally gotten the president we deserve.

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    1. Monica Brinkman

      You know, John, I have to admit you are correct. I tell people this – we are responsible for what we presently have within our government. We allowed it to occur, gradually, bit by bit, person by person. Too many people are content to focus only on their own lives without care for others or the future generations to come. It takes guts and persistence to make positive change.
      I do wonder if we now have 4.5 in place to show how horrid it is when we do nothing. Is it an awakening. They do say the Age of Aquarius is now upon us and we have choices to make. I hope the majority become upset and tell these leaders in the world they refuse to take it one more moment.

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  5. Steve Lindahl

    Monica,
    You’ve made some excellent points here. We seem to be in a constant state of war and the fighting is generally about oil or some other economic reason. I understand that in one of the early versions of The Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote “… that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Property.” It was later changed to “… the pursuit of Happiness.” Maybe some day all our leaders will reach a point where they understand that property and happiness are not the same.

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  6. Micki Peluso

    I could not have said it better, Monica. During my years as an in house journalist, I did commentaries on this constantly. Twenty-five years later, while only freelancing, still no one is listening. Things aren’t too bad yet so they will drive their fancy cars, live the good life and turn away from anything distasteful. It is the grasshopper and the ant all over again. Or, it won’t happen here–even after it does happen here, they call it a fluke–won’t happen again. It is apathy, simple thickheaded brainless apathy that is going to rob our children and grandchildren of a future. I have used this quote before but it still fits so well. From the comic strip, Pogo; “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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    1. Monica Brinkman

      Micki, exactly. We blame everyone else or stick our head in the sand and do nothing. We might offend someone on a social media site or someone might not like us; all horrid excuses and actions. Love the Pogo reference.

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  7. Patricia Dusenbury

    Way back when, President Eisenhower in his farewell address warned Americans about the military industrial complex, the arms industry that had emerged as a result of our involvement in WWII and now had a stake in continuing conflict.
    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

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