Ron Paul and the Matrix

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I had to wipe
Earl Grey tea spray from my computer screen as I laughed and watched
the very entertaining Ron
Paul is the Matrix YouTube
on the Lew Rockwell Breaking
News blog. The Matrix–Ron Paul connection is a perfect fit.
In The
(in case you live in a duct tape and plastic enrobed
house without outside communication), Neo (Keanu Reeves) is given
a choice by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to take the blue pill,
wake up in your bed "and believe whatever you want to believe,"
or, take the red pill and "stay in Wonderland and [see] how
deep the rabbit hole goes." The Matrix, as Morpheus explains
to Neo, is a computer generated program or "dreamworld"
created by artificial intelligence (machines) to keep humanity under
control and to use humans as its primary power source. As the story
goes, Neo swallows the red pill, battles the nefarious Matrix Agents,
and fulfills his destiny as "the one," which was to destroy
the Matrix and save humanity. In our present reality, Ron Paul is
our Neo; he is "the one" that may be our last and best
hope to revive the essence and spirit of our (former) Constitutional

Like a
splinter in my mind, to borrow another Morpheus expression, the
Ron Paul YouTube video made me recall another interesting aspect
of both my past and The Matrix. There is a song on The
Matrix soundtrack made (more mainstream) popular by the movie
called Wake Up performed by Rage Against the Machine (RATM).
The album of that same name (the cover of which depicts a Vietnamese
Buddhist monk burning himself to death in 1963 to protest the murder
of fellow Buddhists) was released to critical acclaim in 1992. If
you have heard it, you understand; if you have not, you may want
to check it out. Be warned: it's a raw, politically-charged, profanity
laced, anti-government, anti-establishment tirade that blasts a
listener with cold, hard reality. It's a perfect compliment to The
Matrix, and to me, a perfect fit with the essence and spirit
of the Ron Paul movement. As the Wake Up lyrics go, we are
all "…[s]till knee-deep in the system's sh**, … I'll give you
a dose but it'll never come close to the rage built up inside of
me, fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy… Whadda I got to do
to wake you up, to shake you up, to break the structure up, 'cause
blood still flows in the gutter …" Indeed it does and we are
seemingly powerless to stop it, unless, of course, Ron Paul really
is "the one."

I attended
the July 1993 Lollapalooza RATM show in Philadelphia when the band
took the stage naked but for "PMRC" taped on the band
members' chests and black tape covering their mouths. They did not
play that day, but they did stand there naked for 15 minutes to
make their point. I was angered, as where many, but at the time,
I did not know the whole story. (RATM later gave a free concert
to make up for the mute-naked performance). PMRC, the "Parents
Music Resource Center" was a censorship committee comprised
of the "Washington Wives," Tipper Gore (Mrs. global warming
Chicken Little), Susan Baker (wife of then Treasury Secretary James),
Sally Nevius (wife of Washington City Council Chair John Nevius),
Pam Howar (wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar). The
sickening Washington Wives reference is of course to their husbands'
tentacles in the Federal Government. When I later learned the full
story, I was no longer angry. Fast forward from 1993 to 2000: I
was at a friends house and I recognized the song "Wake Up"
while watching The Matrix for the fist time. I was angry
(again) because I believed that RATM had sold out for some Hollywood
bucks, but as I watched the movie I realized the song was a perfect
complement to the movie's plot and underlying red pill–blue
pill theme. And now in 2007, The Matrix red pill–blue
pill theme and RATM's Wake Up are perfect complements to
the strengthening Ron Paul movement.

RATM broke
up in 2000, but in an interesting confluence of events (in my red-pill
world, anyway) the band has reunited and performed several shows
this year with more to come. Here's where it becomes really interesting
for those that have ingested the red pill: During a show in Indio,
California on April 29 the RATM lead singer Zack De la Rocha gave
a speech during Wake Up referring to statements made by Noam
Chomsky on the Nuremburg Standards and said:

[…] If the
same laws were applied to U.S. presidents as were applied to the
Nazis after World War II […] every single one of them, every last
rich white one of them from Truman on, would have been hung to
death and shot — and this current administration is no exception.
They should be hung, and tried, and shot. As any war criminal
should be. […] this whole rotten system has become so vicious
and cruel that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy
entire countries and profit from their reconstruction in order
to survive. […] Wake up. [As reported by Corey Moss, MTV News].

our blue pill friends Hannity & Colmes (or perhaps Agents) at
Faux (alleged) News "discussed" De la Rocha's statement
— while the typically annoying on-screen headline blared — "[RATM]
says Bush admin[istration] should be shot." The always charming
Ann Coulter (an Agent guest that day) said: "There're losers,
their fans are losers…" I have no cogent defense to Ann's deep
intellectual analysis, but I'd rather be a red pill loser than a
blue pill A-hole any day. RATM was not done. During a subsequent
concert in New York on July 28 RATM ended their set with Wake
Up and De la Rocha fired
at the Faux (alleged) News blather:

A couple
of months ago, those fascist mother****ers at the Fox News [sic]
Network attempted to pin this band into a corner by suggesting
that we said that the president should be assassinated. Nah, what
we said was that he should be brought to trial as war criminal
and hung and shot. THAT’S what we said. […] And we don’t back
away from the position because the real assassinator is Bush and
Cheney and the whole administration for the lives they have destroyed
here and in Iraq. […] Wake up.

De la Rocha's
delivery and the rawness and radical nature of his message may differ
from Ron Paul's reasoned delivery, but the essence of their message
is very similar. Every day, more and more Americans happily swallow
the red pill and open their eyes to reality. In The Matrix,
there is a scene where Neo asks Morpheus why his eyes hurt. Morpheus
explains that it's because Neo has never really used them. The chicken
hawks, hacks, liars, deceivers, and statist filth like Bush, Cheney,
Romney, Giuliani, the Clintons, and many others have no clue how
to deal with Ron Paul because he delivers truth. Just as they need
to mischaracterize and misrepresent De la Rocha's statements (and
their lackey Agents like Faux (alleged) news) they need to attack
Ron Paul and attempt to label him a loon. Based on the electric
response Ron Paul receives everywhere he goes, Americans are taking
the red pill in droves because they fully understand our present
reality and that it is leading us all to economic and societal ruin.
Unless, of course, you are one of the politically-connected elites
that ride our backs like we're donkeys. The illusion that is the
Matrix is beginning to crumble before our eyes and the statists
are very afraid. If you have not yet done so, I urge you to swallow
the red pill and wake up. It may hurt for a short time, but living
in a life of truth, justice, decency, and genuine freedom is far
better than living in an authoritarian world of deceit, delusion,
illusion, and servitude.

22, 2007

John J.
Smalanskas [send him mail]
is a construction attorney who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his
wife Carrie and their sons Devlin and Connor.

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