Cory Chu-Keenan is a father and a proponent of getting Civics back into American schools. He is an activist for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Media Reform, and Restoration of Civil Rights. He will be debuting a Politically Conscious Hip-Hop Album in 2012 entitled Technofetishistic Psychodrama under the emcee name, Cory the Keen One.

We don’t teach Civics in America anymore. We teach Literature, Mathematics, and, ahem, History, but we don’t teach our youth how to keep a Democratic Republic. We’ve gotten to the point where we no longer understand what it means to do civic duty.

America was designed as an experiment. It was the first time in human history where the People, the citizenry, were called upon to govern themselves. And this system, designed by the framers of the Constitution, became a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.

What freedom meant to our founding fathers was chiefly freedom from tyranny. But they couldn’t just say, “Okay, from now on, no more tyranny.” They had to replace monarchical rule with a different form of rule: Rule by the People, for the People.

And, just for the sake of inventory, when’s the last time you read the Constitution? Or the Declaration of Independence? Or how about the Bill of Rights?

Middle School? Or maybe you heard all about it in a Schoolhouse Rock song one Saturday morning after The Great Space Coaster.

I’m not going to challenge you to read these documents or anything, simply because I know you would rather be punched in the face than read anything lengthier than a tweet. But I do hope you contemplate the power that these words hold for our nation and realize that you are here, with the inalienable rights you possess, and the freedoms you enjoy, because of this ink. Period.

It’s good to be you.


Because you can vote, assemble, lobby, and even run for public office. As a citizen of the USA, you are allowed to participate in your own government.

Or not! 😀

You can choose to kick back and enjoy all the bread and circus this land of milk and honey provides for your leisure and entertainment, and let all the experts figure out the boring foreign policy stuff.

But, ahhh, therein lies the paradox of success: material gain has an inverted relationship to happiness and feelings of satisfaction. Being the lone superpower standing after the Cold War ended in 1991 was fun for a minute, until skyscrapers started exploding one blue-skied morning in Manhattan.

Let’s pause here for a sec before I get ahead of myself.

I’m going to make a deal with you: I promise not to talk about 9/11 conspiracy theories, because I know you’re sick of hearing them.

I promise not to talk about World Trade Center Building 7, what the features of controlled demolition look like, the fact that Osama Bin Laden was never placed on the FBI’s most wanted list after 9/11 because they said they had no evidence linking him to it, fluky war games being held on the morning of 9/11, or that the Secret Service failed to evacuate Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida where President Bush sat at a highly publicized location (read: target for terror) but instead decided to stay put in order to read a book about a goat and then afterwards hold a press conference at the same location!

I’m not going to talk about any of these things or the hundreds of other holes, discrepancies, fabrications, and omissions in the official story of 9/11, the majority of which the Kean Commission innocently overlooked. I’m not going to talk about any of these things!

I’m going to leave it up to you to do your own due diligence. Because that’s what civic duty and being an American is all about. Deal?

What I am going to talk about here is how America grows weaker and weaker the more and more we see ourselves as a nation divided.

We’ve come to an unfortunate, and illusory, political climate in America where we believe that we only have two choices: Red or Blue.

Not the Crips or the Bloods. Not Snoop or Weezy. I’m talking about Red States and Blue States. Left or Right. Liberal or Conservative. Blanket Pacifism or Reactionary War-Making.

We’re told that, as Americans, we must choose a team and play for it. And anyone who questions this dialectic is a nut-job, crackpot, or worse, a terrorist. -Thanks there, Patriot Act, recently grandfathered through the congressional backdoor! 😀

And speaking of patriotism, there are two kinds, you know. There’s Patriotism, and then there’s “patriotism.” The former, with the capital “P” is the kind where you actually take action on performing your civic duty (there’s that phrase again) of thinking critically about your government by questioning the direction the American Experiment is taking. The latter, lowercase-in-air-quotes, form happens to be the emotional variety that’s spoon-fed to you on a nightly basis via the established corporate media. Thanks, Media Saturation, made up of five corporations that own 85% of all media! :/

Anyhoo, I’m not trying to get all college professor on you or anything. We don’t live in the University of Wisconsin or some weird liberal bubble fantasy like that. We live in the real world. And in the real world, the Law of Attraction will someday give me a Bugatti if I paste together a vision board and think only positive thoughts.

Let’s take a look at the Law of Attraction in action: The Project for a New American Century, a manifesto-ish document penned by the Neo-Conservative think-tank consisting of Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush, and other proponents of the Wolfowitz Doctrine.

These guys magically, through immutable spiritual laws, wished into existence a “New Pearl Harbor” in the form of 9/11, which resulted in “rapid transformation” of our military and foreign policy.

“It’s just what I wanted! Yay!!!” swooned Richard Perle. Clapping giddily.

Regardless of what I think of the official story of 9/11, and apart from of what your own informed opinion is, ten years I think we can all agree that we’re in bad shape as a result of our reaction to the event, and that it’s high time we stop acting like a nation torn apart, and work together to steer America in a different direction.

I’m not going to mention the loss of life of American soldiers, the use of depleted uranium in the War on Terror, the torture photos, or gas prices. You can form your own opinions on those topics.

What I am going to mention is that 2012 is fast approaching, and seeing as how I fit the definition of a “conspiracy theorist” and all (a term originating within a CIA declassified document intended to discredit and ridicule critics of The Warren Report), it would be remiss to pass up the opportunity to tell you my take on the end of the world. So here it goes:

The end of the Mayan calendar long count is going to result in a psychological shift similar to the one caused by 9/11 – a psychic day of reckoning, if you will. But instead of security exploding into a gigantic fireball of fear, we’re going to transmute our current terror state into courage and finally discover the true meaning of self-goverance and personal freedom – not only in America, but on a global scale.

In other words, the end of the world as we know it.

The true New World Order is the revolution that takes place in your own mind. All you have to do is turn off the TV, and other distractions, and let it happen.

So, the answer to why 9/11 truth-seekers will never go away, is because true Patriots never stop loving their country. Even when it seems as if all hope is lost.

That being said, I’m going to end on a high note here just so that you don’t turn off your computer and leap off the roof.

Here it goes:

Back in the 1960’s there was a guy named Huey Newton and a guy named Bobby Seale. They would go on to found The Black Panther Party right here in Oakland, CA, Bay Area.

Well it just so happens that there were six Asian guys in the Black Panther Party who were known as the Yellow Panthers.

Put your fists up, Brothers and Sisters, and awaken the Patriot within!

Participate and respect the process of forming a more perfect union!

God Bless America, Peace.


  1. I think this about sums it up

  2. I am generally very receptive to conspiracy theories (I’m a liberal from the left coast), but I don’t actually think 9/11 was anything besides our guard being down and our imaginations paling in comparison to what a handful of people willing to kill themselves for an idea pulled off. But I do appreciate, and agree with, your notion that patriotism is about questioning, fighting against complacency, and, in general, trying not to turn into just one more sheeple.

  3. Alfredo said:

    “I don’t actually think 9/11 was anything besides our guard being down and our imaginations paling in comparison to what a handful of people willing to kill themselves for an idea pulled off.”

    Funny that you put it that way: on the morning of 9/11, a war game was taking place depicting hijacked planes crashing into buildings, so the 9/11 scenario was not outside the realm of imagination of our own government if their training drills were based on it.

    A drill is just a drill until it ceases to be one.

    Oh yeah, and Operation Northwoods was imagined decades ago.