Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…

To the Sheeple of the world…

“… Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you,… . More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked.” V, “V for Vendetta”

A personal thank you to Guy Fawkes, and especially to Alan Moore and David Lloyd for the Graphic Novel, and Larry and Andy Wachowski for their excellent reprise and adaptation of “V for Vendetta”.

reprise v : repeat an earlier theme of a composition [syn: {reprize}, {repeat}, {recapitulate}]

…and more importantly…

Reprisal \Re*pris”al\ (r?-priz”al), n. [F. repr?saille, It. ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L. reprehendere, reprehensum. See {Reprehend}, {Reprise}.]The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation for an act of inhumanity.

“It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and apologized to no one. I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must NEVER let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the worlds turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you. ” — Valerie, “V for Vendetta”

Will the people of the world wake up from this dystopian nightmare and face the reality that government is simply slavery in disguise? So many have tried to warn you in the past. So many more are warning you now. Will you perish in your sleep?

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry, speech to the Virginia Convention, Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775

“I see,… and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power… It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.” — Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1825. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, ME 16:146

“As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” James Madison, National Gazette essay, March 27, 1792

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what is will be tomorrow.” — James Madison, Federalist no. 62, February 27, 1788

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” — Thomas Jefferson

The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson

“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and rasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.” — Thomas Paine

“The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals …. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.” — Albert Gallatin, New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” — Mark Twain, 1894

“Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.” — Evey Hammand
“By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.” — V {translating}

But who is responsible, who is to blame…

“Our story begins, as these stories often do, with a young up-and-coming politician. He’s a deeply religious man and a member of the conservative party. He is completely single-minded in his convictions and has no regard for the political process. Eventually, his party launches a special project in the name of ‘national security’. At first, it is believed to be a search for biological weapons and it is pursued regardless of its cost. However, the true goal of the project is power, complete and total hegemonic domination. The project, however, ends violently… but the efforts of those involved are not in vain, for a new ability to wage war is born from the blood of one of their victims. Imagine a virus – the most terrifying virus you can, and then imagine that you and you alone have the cure. But if your ultimate goal is power, how best to use such a weapon? It is at this point in our story that along comes a spider. He is a man seemingly without a conscience; for whom the ends always justify the means… …Some believed that it was the work of God himself,…But the true genius of the plan was the fear. A year later, several extremeists are tried, found guilty, and executed while a memorial is erected to canonize their victims. Fear became the ultimate tool of this government…” — V, disguised as William Rookwood, Meeting with Inspector Finch

“Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable.” — V

Beware governments using religion as coercion, pitting man against woman, race against race, religion against religion…

“And thus I clothe my naked villainy … With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ … And seem a saint when most I play the devil. –V {quoting Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act I Scene 3}

“Concerning non-violence: It is criminal to teach man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.” Closing Credits Voiceover, “V for Vendetta”

“Sex and Race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organising human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen, or those earned. We are really talking about Humanism.” Closing Credits Voiceover, “V for Vendetta”

Dorothy, wake up!!

Are you sanguine about this situation???

“Sanguine: Hopeful. Plus, point of interest, it also means “bloody”. — Zoe, FireFly Episode – “Safe”

“Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” — Thomas Jefferson, Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, ME 17:380

Think about it…

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One thought on “Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…

  1. while kawkes actions have likely been filtered through time, at least he attempted to do something. Too many sit silently, and feel they have no chance of making changes. Others act, and become foot notes in history, or lost in history.

    The modern times we live in is tettering on the edge of great changes, and how we want them to end up will depend on who, and how many act.

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