|What would President
Bush's State of the Union speech sound like if he were to address the
Parents of Vigilance throughout the world? Would he have
spoken from a different arena, one geared to the global protection of
the Children's Children's Children, and not one seeking authentication
from a political or state point of view? Would his
cry for Vigilance be heard over the deaf ears of Complacency?
Find out by reading the State of the Vigilant Union Address--the one we
would have written were we the President's speech writers.
29, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 504
The 2003 State Of The
Vigilant Union Speech
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
|GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan.
29: While we are in
agreement with the principles of the President's State of the
Union address last evening, we
believe the position of the United States should be to act
unilaterally should be expanded to include the Duty of Vigilance. We believe the United States' Duty of
Vigilance is historic, and its roots are based on protecting the rights of the
Children, and their Children's Children's Children. We
offer this speech as an adjunct to, not a replacement for,
President Bush's State of the Union Address delivered on January
28, 2003, before the United States Congress and the world.
STATE OF THE VIGILANT UNION
composed by Cliff McKenzie, Editor, VigilanceVoice
January 29, 2003
we are gathered as a Council of Parents, not just a nation, to answer
the question: "Does America have the unilateral right to fight a
war on Terrorism without the support of the rest of the world?"
The true answer to this question will not be given by the
United Nations, or the Security Council, but by the Parents of
Vigilance throughout the globe--the mothers, fathers, grandparents,
uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters--who
believe it is time to stand up to the Beast of Terror. Parents who
believe Terrorism abuses the innocent with its Fangs of Fear, Claws of
Complacency, and Insatiable desire to Intimidate not just the adults,
but the Children and their Children’s Children’s Children.
issue should have been: America must hunt down and destroy
the Beast of Terror to protect our and the rest of the world's
Children's Children's Children
not America speaking to the world. We are the world speaking as
Americans. America represents only six percent of the world's Parents
of Vigilance, but its composition includes one-hundred percent of all
cultures, all walks of life. What we are the cornucopia of Parents of
Vigilance from all nations. Our citizens represent mothers, fathers,
grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, nephews,
nieces and loved ones whose heritage stretches to all four corners of
this great earth. We are epitomy of parental duty and responsibility
to not only our own Children, but all the world’s Children, for we are
linked by blood and culture, by religion and politics to every strand
of humanity from the richest to the poorest, from the most civilized
to the most underdeveloped nation, community, neighborhood and
No other single group of parents shoulder the moral and
generational responsibility than the citizens of America to protect
the Children’s Children’s Children from the Beast of Terror who stalks
us even as we speak.
The Beast of Terror is not just an
"evil axis," a mere thing that can be erased. It is an entity, as
alive and real as Hitler was before he tried to rule Europe with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency. The Beast of Terror has stalked
civilization for eternity, and will continue until he is challenged,
as we here tonight challenge him. He lives in the dark
caves of the human soul, rising up when we turn our backs on his
presence, or try to deny his existence. He is Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency. He thrives today in Iraq, Iran and North Korea. He stands behind the barrels
of guns and a militia of militarism, and believes he is the hammer and
everyone else the nail. He will kill his own Children and
everyone else's to protect his power. He will eat opulent
meals while his citizens boil grass for nourishment. He will
deny his Children the right to information and free choice and feed
them Hate and Anger so they see the world as their enemy, as Beasts
bent not on liberating them but on destroying them through conquest
fought the Beast of Terror for over two and a quarter centuries.
The current crisis is not a new one. It goes back
two-hundred and twenty-seven years ago this July wen America was
founded as an Anti-Terrorist state, and given the moral duty to
protect the world from the Beasts of Terror such as Saddam Hussein who
threaten not just the safety and security of American Children, but
the safety and security of all the Children on earth.
America's legacy as Terror Hunters goes
back to 1776.
The Terrorized--tired of living under the despotic rule of kings,
emperors, despots and tyrants--came to this country to live under the
Shield of Vigilance, a shield that provided them and their Children's
Children's Children the fundamental right to be free from the Beast of
Intimidation and Complacency.
Those Anti-Terrorism rights were guaranteed by the
blood of American revolutionaries--mothers, fathers, grandparents,
uncles, aunts, cousins--who offered their lives to secure the
freedom of their Children and to install certain Principles of
Vigilance designed to protect those rights for generation after
Those original Principles of Vigilance--the right to
express one's Courage to disagree, the right to hold
Convictions in opposition to others, and the right to take Action to change
the way things are so they will be better for all Children--were carved into the marrow of the
document we call the Constitution of the United States.
requires Eternal Vigilance
does not solely belong to America. It is a global document.
forged with the blood and sweat of citizens from all four corners of
the world. Men and women who escaped from the Beast of
Terror to a land where Vigilance where Courage, Conviction and
Right Actions would become the right of each and every citizen, and
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency were choices rather than dictates.
The price of Vigilance has been
To sustain it within the borders of
America cost over 700,000 lives during the Civil War when brothers
fought brothers, and uncles fought nephews to uphold Liberty for
The battle for equality against
Terrorism in the United States has been riddled with confrontations
not unlike the one we face in Iraq. The death of Martin
Luther King was another symbol of America's ongoing battle to
protect the rights of all its Children, and the elasticity of our duty
as Sentinels of Vigilance to oversee the safety and security of the
America's commitment to fight Terrorism outside
our nation for no other prize than the Liberty and Freedom of others
is unmatched in history. When the Beast of Terror was
allowed to run rampant in Europe as other nations turned their heads
and allowed Hitler to build his weapons of mass destruction,
America stepped in to rid the Beast of Terror's grip on millions.
Our Warriors of
Eternal Vigilance in both World War I and World War II, died to
preserve the rights of the Children, and the Children's Children's
Children so they might know freedom from tyranny and
oppression as our Children have.
In Korea and Vietnam, Americans fought to destroy the Fear, Intimidation and Complacency that
Terrorism's venom spreads. Those who question the power of
American Vigilance over Foreign Terrorism need only compare the life of the Children in
South Korea to those in North Korea, or to the Children of East Berlin
when it was under communism versus the life of the Children of West
Berlin before the walls of communism crumbled.
Terror Hunting is not a new duty of America.
It has been the roots of our nation's founding. The
right to be a Terror Hunter has been imported to this country, not
exported. It has come to America in the form of mothers and
fathers, brothers and sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles and
aunts from all walks of life who treasure freedom and liberty.
Only those who have lived under the shadow of despots truly understand
the duty of Vigilance. For that reason alone, America stands as
the Global Parents of Vigilance, duty bound to extricate Terrorism
beyond its borders.
America is a
composite of the world
The other reason it is a
unilateral Parent of Vigilance is that America is a composition of
the world, not a world unto itself. Its citizens comprise all
walks of life, all races, creeds, colors, ethnicities.
America is not just the red, white and blue of our flag. America
is brown, black, yellow, white. It is Christian, Muslim, Buddhist,
Jewish, etc. as well as atheist, agnostic. It is rich and poor,
right and wrong, good and bad. It is a boiling pot of all
varieties of beliefs and non-beliefs, of all measures of hope and
despair, of all degrees of opportunity and the critical right to fail
and to right ones self and start over again.
In the September 11 attack on the World Trade
Center, nearly one third of all those killed were citizens of lands
outside the United States. More importantly, the victims
of that attack have heritages that spread to almost every nation on
earth, and represent the combined ethnicities of the world.
The attack on America was not an attack on the
United States. It was an attack on the world. It was an
attack on the mothers and fathers of Vigilance in every sector of the
globe, a calling card by the Beast of Terror that no nation,
regardless of its politics or principles, is immune from Terrorism's
wrath upon their Children, or their Children's Children's Children..
Some nations have demonized America as
nation eager to wage war, an empirical bully who swaggers about at its
will and whim, denying the opinions of the world to wait until there
is imminent danger that Saddam Hussein is threatening the world before
any action takes place.
These critics of American Vigilance
would have us wait until the Beast of Terror rises out of one of the
many hidden caves he hides in and spews his venom before justifying
any assault on his lair.
Even within America, due to the
right of dissent, there are many who oppose the actions of Vigilance
and favor the policy of Complacency.
thrives on Complacency
But time is
running out. Terrorism grows each second it is allowed the
privilege of Complacency. It thrives on Complacency which
is the sum of Fear and Intimidation. Terrorism strives to drive
the wedge of Fear and Intimidation into its victims so it they sit by
and wait until it grows cancerously. And then, it is too late.
And it attacks not just the
Warriors of Vigilance, it attacks the Citizens of Vigilance. It
throws its SCUD missiles with indiscriminate care at whomever it
wishes to. It releases toxins on the innocent, the vulnerable.
It seeks to impose a blanket of Fear and Intimidation on all that it
can attack at will, without concern for reprisal. It acts as any
bully who sees the Fear in the eyes of those he or she threatens, and
takes command of his or her selfishness to avoid confrontation today
in hopes tomorrow will not come.
Winston Churchill recognized this
hunger for nations to turn their heads to the threats that must be
quashed before they became holocausts. He said:
"Appeasement is feeding an alligator in hopes it will eat you last."
America will not appease Terrorism.
It will not feed it Complacency.
It will not allow the Children, or
the Children's Children's Children to be victims to unfair and unjust
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. Now, or in the future.
America shoulders the duty of the
Parent of Vigilance. Its citizens, despite their revulsion for
war, and their historic sadness over the sacrifice of their sons and
daughters who gave their lives in defense of freedom in far-distant
lands, understand the role of a Parent of Vigilance. Their
privilege is to teach a child Courage in the face of Fear, Conviction
when Intimidation shadows them, and Right Actions to the benefit of
the future rather than Complacency.
These ideals of parenting are the
direct result of freedom and liberty. They exist because
America has a moral law against Fear. As a nation, we have made
the statement, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself." We
stick to it through our laws, and our belief that every child can
become the dream he or she wishes to dream. We shove open the
doors of opportunity to each child, and while we don't shove anyone
through them, we don't deny any of them access.
FDR: "There is
nothing to fear but fear itself"
One day an
American Muslim can become President of the United States.
America has no limits on the potential it offers Children to become
their full, rich, free selves.
Offering that right to the Children
of the world equal rights the Children in America have is the crux of
our duty as Terror Hunters, as a Nation of Vigilance, of Parents of
Those who view Saddam Hussein's
right to oppress his people and threaten the lives of other nations'
Children are not Nations of Vigilance, they are Nations of
Complacency, suffering from the Fear and Intimidation the Beast of
Terror injects into their veins.
There are 100 million
households in America. The majority of them contain Children, or
grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved ones. They
represent the global right of all to enjoy what they enjoy--the
highest standard of living and the greatest wealth of opportunity in
America is being asked to
stop its Acts of Vigilance in their behalf.
America's intentions are
being questioned. Allies, for whom America sacrificed tens
of thousands of lives, have turned their back on our eagerness to stop
Saddam Hussein in his tracks, before he builds, as North Korea has,
nuclear capacity to threaten the Middle East and expand his hold on
We don't listen to our
If we did, we would
succumb to the Complacency the Beast of Terror. We would be
equally infected with the virus of Terrorism as some of our allies
have allowed themselves to be.
We hold fast to our Duty
of Vigilance. We grip with tenacity the responsibility not
only to our own Children, but to the Children of the world.
Attacking the Beast of Terror in Iraq is not an act of aggression as
the pundits would have the world think, but the same retaliation any
parent would provide if he or she passed an adult beating on a
helpless child in the street.
Tyranny cannot be ignored.
If we don't
confront the Beast of Terror, he will slink out of our children's
closets at night and frighten them
is, it will worm its way into the cracks of all civilization.
Those who refuse to look the
Beast of Terror in the eyes today will find him hunched over their
Children's beds in the future.
It is time to act, not out of
anger or empirical design, but out of Vigilance, to protect the
Children and the Children's Children's Children.
We, the Parents of Vigilance of
the United States, call upon the Parents of Vigilance throughout the
world to support our assault on the Beast of Terror in Iraq.
We ask this to send a signal to
the Beasts of Terror in Iran, and North Korea, and in all other parts
of the world where the Beast believes the world will sit in solitude,
fearful of challenging his power to inflict Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency upon those he seeks to dominate.
The current labels applied to
Terrorism don't mean much in the bigger scope of Terror Hunting.
The Al Qaeda's today can become Sri Linka's Tigers tomorrow. The
Iraq's today can become the Pakistan's of the future. The North
Korea's of the present can become the Palestine's of the future.
To put names and faces on
Terrorism is a mistake. Terrorism can appear anywhere at anytime, and,
unless it is caged, leashed, harnessed and managed, it will.
The duty to be Vigilant
and to rise above the Fear with Courage, to reach up above the
Intimidation with Conviction, and to climb out of the pit of
Complacency by using the Right Actions in behalf of the Children's
Children's Children belongs to every citizen on earth.
of the LTTE Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka
America may be the point of the
spear, but the power of its force is its shaft, and that belongs to
the Global World of Vigilance, to the Parents of Global Vigilance, to
the Grandparents of Global Vigilance, to the Loved Ones of Global
We ask all
the parents, grandparents and loved ones, who care about the future of
the Children to live in peace and harmony, to raise their fingers in
the form of a "V."
The "V" represents Vigilance.
It is a salute to the
Children's Children's Children, not an endorsement of the United
States or an abdication of any cultural differences that may exist
between the East and West, the North and the South.
The "V" is a symbol of parental
duty that crosses all borders, that rises above all politics, that
dissolves all differences in pursuit of what is right for the
Children's Children's Children.
Raise your fingers up.
Make the "V" for Vigilance.
Tell the Beast of Terror you
will not allow him free reign or a passport to your Children's future.
when and if America seeks to remove the Beast of Terror from Iraq, or
any nation that threatens the future of its Children and others'
Children, remember that we are acting as World Parents of Vigilance.
We are fighting for your Children's rights with our blood, as we have
since the dawn of our nation.
Stand up against the Beast of
Terror. Make the "V" of Vigilance for your Children, and
all the Children's Children' Children.
28--Kneeling Before The King Of Terror
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