It seems like a lifetime and a war ago, but at some point I thought politics was the way to combat the outrage of 9/11. What follows was my first, and really last, effort in that regard.
My name is Bill Veale. I have decided to run for the United States Senate, and I am seeking your support. After a lot of reading, thought, study, and commiseration, I have come to the conclusion that the attacks of 9/11 were, in their essence, an inside job perpetrated at the highest levels of the U S government. I have done my best as a private citizen to demand action from my elected representatives and from opinion leaders throughout the country. Continue reading →
I have never thought of myself as so smart or so courageous. And here I chastize those who are clearly the former for not being the latter. The world is full of arrogance; have I found a bit of a supply of my own? Continue reading →
War on Poverty. War on Drugs. War on Hunger. War on Disease. War on Illiteracy. War on Prejudice. War on Violence. War on War. What in the world is the matter with a war on terror? The answer is nothing, as long as all we are doing is proclaiming our abhorrence of a particular human condition and pledging to undertake an effort to eradicate it. Politicians have been employing rhetorical devices forever and declaring war is simply another instance, if one of the more overused and pedestrian. Continue reading →
Here is the speech that would have kicked off my candidacy in 2007 or so.
Everyone has the right to wonder what I am doing here. The leaders of this community have given me an opportunity to speak. They know that I have begun a journey. They know that I am driven to make that journey because of who I am, and what I believe, and the way I was raised. I am unable to rest. I am pushed and prodded and provoked and propelled to act, and I know that you will give me a fair hearing. Continue reading →
I guess if I have a target in this hypothetical quest, it is Senator Dianne Feinstein. The following is a catalogue, of sorts, of the reasons why I believe she has disserved the citizens of this state and country:
1. At the very best, Senator Feinstein did not make an effort to get to the bottom of the crimes of 9/11. If she had doubts about the handling of the investigation or the fact that the administration did its best to prevent an investigation, she did not make them public. If she was shocked or dismayed by the dispatch with which the evidence of the World Trade Center collapses was hauled away, she did not share that reaction with the public. Continue reading →
Let’s begin with a couple of assumptions. First, let’s assume that excellence in journalism is often found in the ranks of Pulitzer Prize winners. Second, let’s assume that the stories that contribute to the winning of that prize are ones documenting significant struggle in the society whether on a local or national scale. Third, let’s assume that any journalist covets a Pulitzer. Fourth, let’s assume that there are demonstrable, provable facts concerning a moment of national crisis about which several books have been published that challenge conventional wisdom concerning that crisis. Why is there no reporting on the subject? Is it because no one sees a Pulitzer in it, because the facts were published in another forum by someone else? Continue reading →