Why the Pledge of Vigilance is America's and the world's insurance
policy against Creeping Terrorism.
7, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 633
The Pledge Of Vigilance--Insurance
Against Creeping Terrorism
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, New York--June 7,
2003--There is no more frightening enemy than Creeping Terrorism.
Creeping Terrorism is all about letting down our guards, becoming
skeptics who Complacently sit back and wait for Terrorism to strike
We let down
our guards and Terror creeps in
"bracket creep." Bracket creep is a tax disease.
It's when you start to make more money but the more money you make
throws you up into a higher tax bracket. As a result, you
tend to get less money than before the raise because the new tax
bracket eats up the incremental raise. Say you are
netting after taxes $4,500 a month. You get a nice raise,
maybe $500 a month. But because you were at the top of
your tax bracket before, you now at the bottom of a new but higher tax
bracket. The raise of $500 is mostly consumed by the new tax.
Instead of earning net $5,000 a month, you only take home $4,600.
However, when you get another raise--if and when that happens--your
net will go up. But, for the interim, you feel as though you got
Deficits in economics are Creeping Terrorisms.
If your cost of living is going up four percent
per year, but your wages only three percent, then you're losing ground
at the rate of one percent per year. Eventually, your well
will be dry
If you eat
more calories than you work off, fat happens!
Dieting is the same.
If you eat more calories than you work off, the fat will cling.
Eventually, your waistline will expand beyond the size of your pants
or dresses and you'll "creep" into the next size.
Life is all about juggling rather than balance.
The key is to juggle the positive to be at least one
percent more than the negative.
In terms on money, one must be able to make at least
one percent more than all the combined costs of living--including all
taxes and inflation--to achieve profitability or growth.
In terms of weight, one must expend at least one
percent more calories than one takes in or the body will grow larger.
As age wears one's metabolism down, that means more and more effort
must be made to convert the calories, more attention must be addressed
to action version inaction as gravity has it way.
Socially, politically, spiritually the same applies.
If one narrows one's thinking into too fixed corners, refusing to look
at the other side of the coin and adjusting his or her opinions to
include other viewpoints, the rigidity of one's view becomes so narrow
there is no flexibility, no room for negotiation, no ability to
The more right or left wing one becomes, the less
chance there is for either view to sit down at negotiating tables, to
resolve differences, to appreciate the fact that each has the right to
their differences, but, if the world is to become a better place in
the future, there must be a way for differences to meet at the table,
for each side to bend and for the final agreement to be one not that
justifies the present, but rather fertilizes the future for the
Children's Children's Children.
That's why the Pledge of Vigilance is a vital tool
against Creeping Terrorism.
Creeping Terrorism, like bracket creep, sneaks up on
It hardens our arteries. It makes us rigid,
unbendable, unable to negotiate the future.
Terrorism is composed of Fear, Intimidation and the
worst of the Triads of Terrorism, Complacency.
Act chips away at our freedoms
We tend to stand in Fear
of the next Terrorist attack right after one happens, and then when
the second one doesn't come, we start to be Intimidated that it might,
and turn over our individual rights to such things as the Patriot Act
that chips away at our freedom on the basis that the "government" is
going to protect us. As the water drips on the rock, we
become Complacent, thinking we are powerless as individuals to thwart
Terrorism, or, tend to believe that Terrorism has shuffled off into
the horizon, to hunt down other victims. We relax our grips,
turn our heads to more mundane issues such as daily survival for food
and rent and position.
That's when the Beast of Terror leaps out of the
bushes and jerks the rug from under us.
Terror Creep has had its way.
Intimidation and Complacency burrowed like termites, Terrorizing
the foundations of our lives
Intimidation and Complacency has burrowed like a termite at the
foundations of our lives, chewed away at the fortress beneath us and
our structure crumbles. Our economy collapses. Our
institutions start to shake. Our images of leadership is
marred as we see the fault lines of human defects widen and their
fallible natures exposed as though someone cut open their guts to
expose the fact they are not our heroes, our saviors.
Instead of taking responsibility for our own
lives, we protest. We attack "them." We throw rocks at the
government as though "they" were responsible for our own neglect.
We "blame" and point fingers, never including ourselves in the
equation because it was "their" job to protect "us" from all the
crimes of Terrorism--including those that take away our money, our
rights, our privileges.
We become the bleating sheep of any shepherd.
We become the
bleating sheep and blame "them"
end up teaching our children that when things go wrong in life, it's
"someone else's fault."
Take the New York Times for example.
Recently, the paper fired two top editors, blaming them for the
"Terror Creep" that marred the paper's credibility as the "fountain of
truth." But, is the problem the top of the heap, or the
reporters within it? How many other New York Times reporters did
the same things, in greater or lesser degrees, and never got caught?
Who is in charge of ethics? The
people at the top, or the people at the bottom? Who is in charge
of a person's freedom, the government or the individual? Who is
in charge of insuring one's wealth is secure, Wall Street or the
individual investor? Who is in charge of fighting for
individual rights, the Attorney General and Supreme Court, or the
mother and father who want to protect their children from a government
that rules the lives of its children, and their Children's Children's
In Iraq, there is some insane belief
America will help bring Iraq into the modern world, change its course
with destiny, navigate it into the 21st Century.
Critics of American policy are fast to blame the Administration for
not making the "conversion," for not turning Baghdad into Disneyland
overnight. Whose job is the future of Iraq? Is
it America's or Iraq's?
put former Nazi's in key posts and was reprimanded
World War II, General George S. Patton was admonished for putting
former Nazi's in control of key posts in the reconstructed government.
When asked why he made that decision, he told the critics that he
Nazis knew how to run the infrastructure. He wasn't looking at
the politics of his decision, but rather the practicality of it.
To get Germany back on its feet the trains and buses and hospitals and
electricity had to work, and no one knew how to do it better than the
people who had been doing it. Once up and operating,
those Nazis could be replaced or integrated. Patton
lost his command eventually over the politics not the practicality of
Vigilance is about countering Terror Creep.
Vigilance has three parts to counter
Terrorism--Courage to nullify Fear, Conviction to undermine
Intimidation, and Right Actions for the Children's Children's Children
to chase Complacency from the forefront.
Vigilance is about individual
responsibility, individual duty, individual commitment to battling the
Beast of Terror at the doorstep of one's home, without expectations
that any army or militia will appear out of the dark to rescue one
from the Beast of Terror's fangs and claws.
Vigilance is about motherhood
and fatherhood of the present and future.
Acts of Vigilance are taken to
protect the future generations, and to remind them that each
individual has the duty and responsibility to fight the Beast, and
further, to abdicate that duty to another or a group, is an act of
Complacency certain to launch Terror Creep.
in his "Rights of Man" warned the world of the Beast of
Thomas Paine warned not only Americans but the world about the Beast
of Terror. He called it "government" or "authority," and
essentially rang the Liberty Bell to remind us all that the "Rights of
Man" as he wrote about it in his famous book, came directly from God,
from a Divine Authority, from a Higher Power.
He was quick to illustrate the danger
of passing the rights of the individual through the needle's eye of
government or authority or another person. Those rights
are the sole and singular possession of each human being, and the duty
to protect them rests ultimately with the individual.
In place of protecting such rights,
he claimed, lay Terrorism. The Terrorism of government dictating
rights, of monarchs claiming divine authority over subjects, of the
Church claiming authority over the soul, of despots and tyrannical
leaders claiming rights over land, people and property.
He warned against Terror Creep in his
Since September 11, 2001, America has
been on the road to Terror Creep.
More and more rights have been
subject to the whim of government under the name of Homeland Security.
More and more people have fallen into states of Complacency waiting
for something to happen and relying more and more on the government to
fix the ails of society--both domestically and abroad.
But is that all folly?
Can America or any country afford to turn
itself over to others to protect its future?
The solution to the issue of Terror Creep
is to stop it. That's what the Pledge of Vigilance is all
If one reads the Pledge and signs it, posts
it on the refrigerator or the computer, and daily uses it as a tool to
counter Terror Creep of all different sizes and shapes--at the
economic, political, social, spiritual and personal level---then
Vigilance has a chance of ruling over Terrorism by at least One
At the beginning of this article we talked
about juggling Vigilance so that it was at least One Percent more
dominant than Terrorism.
To do this, we need to be in charge of
Terrorism, and to be in charge of fighting Terrorism means we have
weapons to fight it. The most powerful weapons to
fight Terrorism are not bullets and bombs and spy planes and Homeland
The most powerful weapons are Courage, Conviction
and Right Actions for the Children's Children's Children.
great Sword of Vigilance
Sword of Vigilance is the vow one takes through the Pledge of
Vigilance to not let the Termites of Terrorism gnaw their way through
the foundations of individual duty and responsibility to protect the
When one is willing to stand up and
fight for what is right, and to not blame others for one's plight, or
to not point fingers at others for "stealing from them," but rather is
willing to take action to protect the home and neighborhood from
future thefts, then Vigilance is at work.
By keeping the Pledge of Vigilance
close at hand, Terrorism will creep, but not in your direction.
It will find much easier, more unsuspecting prey. Remember,
ultimately, Terrorism is a coward. It cannot l face the truth.
The Pledge of Vigilance is the Truth.
Take it today. Send Terrorism Creep on a journey far away
June 6--D-Day At The New York Times--An
Act of Vigilance or Terror?
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