What price do our children pay when the former Secretary of the
Treasury attacks the President of the United States and claims he is
unfit to make decisions that provide security for our nation, and uses
secret documents to achieve that goal? Is he a Sentinel of
Vigilance or a Beast of Terror?
January 13, 2004—Ground Zero Plus 853
The Great Secret Of Vigilance Is Not
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Jan. 13, 2004 --
I shudder sometimes when I think of children looking up to government
leaders as the source of parenthood. I wonder how many of them
see Terrorism unfolding when gaze upon the antics of our supposed
"Sentinels of Children's Vigilance."
book above is critical of the Bush
example the recent case of Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury
Secretary. Mr. O'Neill was fired by President George Bush
for disagreeing with fundamental policies of the Administration.
In retaliation, some allege, he was the main source of a book by
Wall Street journalist, Ron Suskind, that criticized the Administration. He claims that
President Bush was after Saddam Hussein even prior to the attack on
Nine Eleven, disregarding facts in Bush's thirst to revenge the near
death attack on his father.
Part of O'Neill's promotion of the
book included an interview on 60 Minutes, in which a "secret" document
was shown as part of 19,000 pages of U.S. documents Mr. O'Neill used as
book background. O'Neill sat on the National Security
Council and had access to highly sensitive U.S. policy and information
during his tenure.
The question is: Did Mr. O'Neill
take classified documents and use them to help promote his vendetta?
(right) abuse his office by promoting his book with "secret"
Currently, there seems to be a flap about whether the documents were classified or not. The
one shown on national television had the words "secret" clearly
stamped on the document, however, some claim it was only a cover sheet
and did not include the sensitive document.
But, to a child hearing the news, or
watching the arguments over whether Mr. O'Neill abused his office by
using secret documents, the issue mucks up the idea of pure
leadership. The child sees a man accused of
endangering his family--the United States--of violating the trust of
Our political leaders, as with all
government officials, take a pledge to defend the "Constitution" from
all "foreign and domestic" enemies. In other words,
a Pledge of National Vigilance is taken.
There is an assumption within
that Pledge that the leaders of our nation are duty-bound to protect
not just the document embodied in the Constitution, but the safety and
security of the 100 million families that comprise this country.
Individually, they become by
default, Mothers and Fathers of Vigilance, subscribed to keep the
Beast of Terror at bay with their Swords and Shields of Vigilance.
The Beast of Terror uses three
weapons to undermine the safety and security of his enemies--Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency.
All three of these demons have
been unleashed by the stir about Paul O'Neill's use of classified
created that Mr. O'Neill leaked information dangerous for our
Fear is created that perhaps
Mr. O'Neill leaked information to people who might use that against our
national security. Intimidation is fostered by the idea
that a man who served as a Sentinel of Vigilance would suddenly turn
and attack his nation by attempting to undermine its leadership for
pure selfish reasons. And, Complacency comes into
play because the odds are that because Mr. O'Neill is a politician that
he will be treated with kid gloves and no penalty will be issued to
him because the "wolves" don't eat their own kind.
A child, however, may not
see this from as many facets as an adult. The child may be
simply ask: "Why did a man take secrets and use them for
Credibility is vital to
building trust in a child's mind. Children want to feel
safe and secure in the arms of their "trusted servants," the parents
and guardians of their land.
When vitriolic attacks are made
undermining the credibility of national leaders, as those presented by
Mr. O'Neill, the child wonders whether the "Parents of the Nation" are
more interested in themselves than in protecting the children, the
I have often wondered why
politicians survive by "assassination." Political
assassination is the trend. Mr. O'Neill is not alone
in his use of Political Terrorism to destroy another in an attempt to
build one's own self.
Presidential candidate Howard Dean is under attack
candidate Howard Dean is currently under heavy attack by contenders
vying for his party's nomination. Accusations are
being hurled by the contenders against him every moment because he
currently is the leading force. A child listening to or
overhearing conversations about the campaign is like the child in Iraq
standing between the crossfire of troops and Terrorists.
The innocents eventually become the victims.
become victims when parents fight in front of their children
The same problems of being caught in the cross-fire of authority comes
to a child when parents fight. The Voices of an angry mother or
father berating one another spill under a child's door, seep into the
soul of the child and make he or she fearful that the child is
unprotected by its "Higher Authority," that the child is naked and
alone in a world where Beasts of Terror roam looking for wounded souls
While the row currently
being played out between former Secretary of the Treasury and the
President may seem insignificant to many, it's not when you add up all
the degrees of Terrorism that ooze through the pores of a child's
between parents fighting and Presidents and former Cabinet Members
dueling, or presidential candidates back-biting one another, creates a
world of cannibalism for a child. A child begins to think
the world is not about love and caring for one another, but instead
about turning on the hand that feeds you, about snarling and ripping
apart anyone who stands in your way.
has a great secret, it's not about creating more Terrorism under the
disguise of politics or argument. It's not about
ignoring the impact such Terrorism--the Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency--can create within a child's sense of well being.
minds are simple calculators
Children's minds are simple calculators. If the head of
the child's nation can be attacked by someone charged with protecting
the nation as a Sentinel of Vigilance, and use state's secrets to lead
that attack, then why not its parents attack each other?
What safety exists for the child?
the next time one looks at the news and hears the diatribes being
hurled by political leaders at one another, perhaps instead of
thinking it's okay for politicians to attack and destroy each other's
character, the viewer might question the right of the politician to
present to children a forum of Terrorism. One might
ask: "Is this an act of the Sentinel of Vigilance or the Beast
Be a Sentinel
Concurrently, one might well look at his or her behavior around a
child and ask the same question. Are hurling insults and
innuendos about another person, directly or indirectly related to the
family, creating the bedrock of Terrorism in a child's mind?
Sentinel of Vigilance checks his or her tongue at the door leading to
the children's ears.
Jan 12--Why We Need A
Sentinel Of Vigilance Roosting On Our Right Shoulder