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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
    Matrix
    (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
    Republic.

    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].

    Later,
    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
    back
    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.

    August
    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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