Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and she just delivered a very interesting speech on TED about human vulnerability. Brown has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame and is now using her research to explore a concept that she calls “wholehearted living.” She poses the questions: How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough—that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy?
My readers know by now that I define the heart as the vulnerability of being and that I believe to cherish our vulnerability is the hallmark of a pure heart. I believe that Brené at this point feels the same way in her pursuit and study of wholehearted living. This goes against the grain of the federal government, which has put its entire weight in a war against the vulnerability of everyone on the planet. It is not just the peoples around the globe but also its own citizens that they target, humiliate and even kill through its support of a vast and extremely expensive medical industrial complex, which, according to Dr. Gary Null, kills 783,936 Americans per year.
In this essay I am calling on Americans to rise up against their government—to put it in its place. This needs to be done in the most peaceful and vulnerable manner imaginable—in a way that Ghandi would approve of, in a way they, the TSA agents, and thus the federal government will not be able to deal with. It is a way that Circuit Judge David Rees upheld in a Washington Court, a way that exposes the government for what it is and what we are.
America has been taken over by ugly forces and the beachhead for that goes way back to 1913 and the creation of the FED—meaning when the private banks took over and Americans have been paying for it ever since. Things have gotten so bad and the American way so brutalized that the government has seen fit to hire goons and placed them in every airport to sexually abuse American men, women and children at the security gates. Is there any limit to what Americans will accept from their government?
That’s a good question and I do not have the answer for that. What seems to be clear is that Americans are becoming more and more fed up with the recent complications of flying but whether or not they will do anything about it remains to be seen. It certainly seems that more and more people are overwhelmed by it all, thus allowing themselves to be abused and shamed without complaint.
The TSA department has been accused of many forms of harassment. Last year, a blog post from a woman crying “TSA rape” went viral. We have seen videos of old ladies, young children, and even people in wheelchairs going through the TSA checkpoints. The TSA has a knack for hitting on issues of privacy, personal liberties, and safety and security like no other entity in American history. Some have been known to breakdown—a woman sobbing uncontrollably while being frisked by agents and little children have been frisked inappropriately yet it goes on and on.
So what can Americans do to recapture their dignity? 50-year-old John E. Brennan showed us one way when he stripped buck-naked at the Portland National Airport in protest. He was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after walking through a TSA security screening area in the buff to protest what he felt was harassment by the TSA officials.
Forbes Magazine said, “What’s significant is not the nudity, but the fact that these protests continue. It’s a sign that people are not adjusting to the new security measures despite their being in place for several years now. Forbes reported that, “Shedding clothes to make a point about invasive airport security practices has been going on since at least 2010. In January 2010, a ‘fleshmob’ exposed their distaste for full body scanners at an airport in Berlin. And in November of that year, a wheelchair-bound bombshell stripped down to her black lingerie to make the TSA agent that would pat her down as uncomfortable as she was with being patted down. The next month, college student Aaron Tobey was arrested in Virginia for stripping down to his underwear at Richmond Airport to reveal the 4th Amendment written in marker on his chest. (He later sued for violation of his speech rights. The government has appealed the case to the 4th Circuit, claiming the federal agents can’t be held liable.)”
Imagine what would happen if many people simultaneously stripped at every airport around the country. Can you imagine a more peaceful/vulnerable rebellion? America does have a backbone of beautiful people but they seem to have given up in the face of the viciousness of the federal government, which is clearly demonstrated in its war against drugs and its attitudes toward medical marijuana and humane medicine.
A naked rebellion could change the face of America and finally shame its government. Only good could come out of it and only bad is coming from the deep shame the TSA is provoking in the populace. I really cannot imagine what this is doing to the consciousness of the young. So I shout out from far away in Brazil to Americans to take your clothes off at the airport and rebel.
My rebellion is evident in many of my publications where I call a spade a spade. And my disgust of the American government has forced me to become religious about never stepping on American soil again. I would not trust the government with my life or anyone else’s either for a second.
But I am not calling on Americans to follow my lead in this but only to take their clothes off and challenge their government to return to some semblance of humanity. Fortunately, we are free to think and imagine whatever we want, and unfortunately, the government is free to do anything it wants as long as it can hide what they are doing from the naked eye. I could go on and on ranting and raving about how the U.S. government no longer cares for the founding fathers and what they wished upon the nation.
America is a nation in trouble and even its infrastructure is cracking as its breadbasket fries and its underground aquifers disappear. “From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms,” reports the NY Times.
All one has to do to observe the intelligence of the United States federal government and its policies is to look at Drug Enforcement Administration data that shows that one gram of pure cocaine from your typical local pusher is now 74% cheaper than it was 30 years ago. For some strange reason America has this uncanny knack of losing all the wars it fights. Perhaps this is because its real goal is to win the war against its own people.
Obama is sitting on top of a monstrous bankrupt organization. He had the power to make the country a more beautiful place but he chose not to do so ever since the day of his election. Millions love him, meaning the country probably deserves him and its current government. The United States as a whole has terrorized the rest of the world for decades so perhaps it is justice that Americans have been terrorized in return by their government.
It is profoundly sad how deeply dark the state of affairs is becoming and sad to hear of a man walking into a movie theatre to shoot everyone up. He probably was on some medications that are typically given to disturbed people, dangerous drugs approved by our favorite people at the FDA.
There is little to be done but head for the hills and prepare as well as is possible—or just ignore everything and keep dancing to the end. I was inspired to write this essay after reading about the judge in Washington that sustained a lone man’s naked protest. I would love to read that people were taking their clothes off at airports everywhere. What I would hate to read is that Americans waited till things got so bad that they finally took out their millions of guns and started shooting. If Thomas Jefferson or General Andrew Jackson were around they probably would rise up and fight but I am more into Gandhi’s peaceful methods, so the idea of a naked rebellion of vulnerability appeals to me.
Americans were brought up with the noblest of ideas. As a kid my favorite hero was John Paul Jones who was famous for saying, “I have not yet begun to fight,” as he took on an English war ship much more powerful than his own. Now for the first time in more years than I can remember I feel tears for all that is lost, including, personally for me, close contact with my own blood family in the States. Fortunately, I have a new country and a large family that I love with all my heart and soul.
Democracy Is Dead in America
America is a nation where people are hounded from the moment they are born until the moment they die, not only by government-sanctioned medicine but also by the federal state itself. Both political parties want to control your lives. The political system is a complete scam that leaves people with no real choice.
While passage in the lower chamber of the house for transparency of the Fed is a victory for Ron Paul and his supporters, the bill is considered “dead on arrival” in the Senate. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and a Nevada Democrat, has vowed not to even put it to a vote. Power politics is not democracy, but don’t tell that to American soldiers who are fighting around the world for something that does not exist at home.
Democrats and Republicans alike are experts at, and limited to, engaging in political theater, and the people of America are never served by their pathetic antics. And they get away with it because among Americans, “Delusional thinking has risen to astronomical levels—predictably, really—in response to the stress levels that our society feels. And it is expressing itself as sort of ‘waiting for Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy’ to deliver a set of rescue remedies. There is a clamor for ‘solutions.’ Everywhere I go, people say, ‘Don’t be a doomer; give us solutions.’ And I discovered that the subtext to all that is they really want solutions for allowing them to keep on living exactly the way they are living now,” says James Howard Kunstler.
People need to understand that pretty much the same global financial elites control both parties with their donations. The core policies of the country remain intact no matter who is in office. Ron Paul seems to be the only one who constantly stands up tall for what he believes and that is the mark of a good man. His work is about confronting the core of evil that exists in the Federal Reserve banking system, which is private not public. The name of this organization gives it all away in its choice of its name, showing how easy it is to deceive the masses. There is nothing federal in the Federal Reserve and for sure nothing they or the government does has anything to do with a God in which they or we should trust.
Others Are Saying No to the Feds
Even as the medical marijuana industry has faced setbacks in recent years, supporters of full legalization are widening their confrontation with the Obama administration. Residents of Washington State, Colorado and Oregon are set to vote in November on ballot measures seeking to allow the drug for recreational use, in spite of the federal ban. The people obviously want one thing and their government something quite different. The American government is not American, not really, and it wars against its own people as it betrays every principle of democracy.