Shrieking at Grim Face of Fascism

A dirty, grimy figure — the Grim Reaper — is standing by my bed. Mockingly, he makes sexual movements and attempts to attack me. He wants to steal my cell phone. I refuse to let him — it’s my primary means of communication. I try to scream, but can’t, an often reported condition in dreams. I need my cell phone. In the dark, I force myself to scream out loud. I can do it, I can find my voice. Awaking, I hear myself scream.

I described my early a.m., October 2, 2008, dream to a friend, telling her the Grim Reaper symbolized Poverty. I said Poverty was attacking me. But looking at the dream in context with concurrent political events, I expanded my interpretation. The U.S. Senate, the evening before, passed the Bush administration’s Wall Street bailout — a $700 billion theft of the U.S. Treasury. Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, as well as Congressional Democratic leaders, supported the bailout. Their mugging for the cameras was sickeningly reminiscent of Congressional leaders and Presidential hopefuls rushing to give G.W. Bush authority to use military force in Iraq five years before. That vote opened the doors to massive corporate war profiteering.

In August 2007, I dreamt of an ink-black swastika transposed on the speaker of my cell phone. Earlier that month, Congress, bowing to the Bush administration, expanded government wiretapping powers via telecom companies, like AT&T. The Fourth Amendment, which confers the right of Americans to be safe and secure in their homes and personal communications like correspondence, phone calls, and e-mails, slid into a dark hole.

My dreams reminded me of those journalist Charlotte Beradt described in her book, The Third Reich of Dreams: The Nightmare of a Nation 1933-34 during the rise of Hitler and a totalitarian state in Germany.

I described the rising tide of fascism in the U.S. after a dream in the winter of 2005-6 in Political Diary, #19 and at the June 2006 911 Truth Reclaiming Our Future Conference in Chicago: A knee-deep flood swirled on Bush Street in San Francisco. Fascism — when Government and corporations collude to control the citizens of a nation — the ruling regime suspends basic constitutional liberties often in the name of a religious or nationalist war against a real or conjured up “enemy.”

Finding one’s voice is mandatory for preserving health. I read a research paper describing how people with a certain form of epilepsy can minimize the occurrence of seizures if they speak out and their family hears them and listens to their message. In Eastern medicine, activating the throat chakra can heal a thyroid deficiency, a deficient yin, stifled creative expression.

Finding our voice is the first step in resurrecting our small d, democracy. A scream in the night is a beginning. But it will take millions of us waking up from the nightmare of the rising tide of fascism in the U.S. to find and carry out millions of positive actions to stem the tide and reclaim true safety, security, and self-esteem.

One Response to “FROM JOYCE:
Shrieking at Grim Face of Fascism”

  1. joyce Says:

    News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government
    05 Oct 2009
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    Report on Bailouts Says Treasury Misled Public 05 Oct 2009 The inspector general who oversees the government’s bailout of the banking system is criticizing the Treasury Department for some misleading public statements last fall and raising the possibility that it had unfairly disbursed money to the biggest banks. A Treasury official made incorrect statements lied about the health of the nation’s biggest banks even as the government was doling out billions of dollars in aid, according to a report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program to be released on Monday by the special inspector general, Neil M. Barofsky.