Friday, December 14, 2007

Why do you support this administration?

Arthur Silber:
The Bush administration has announced to the world, and to all Americans, that this is what the United States now stands for: a vicious determination to dominate the world, criminal, genocidal wars of aggression, torture, and an increasingly brutal and brutalizing authoritarian state at home. That is what we stand for.

And who says otherwise? The Democrats could -- and the most forceful means of doing so, the only method that is appropriate to this historic moment, the method that is absolutely required if we are to turn away from this catastrophic, murderous course, is impeachment. That is the one method the Democrats will categorically, absolutely not utilize -- because the Democrats are a crucial, inextricable part of the identical authoritarian-corporatist system that has led us to these horrors. They have all worked toward this end over many decades, Democrats and Republicans alike, and now the horrors manifest themselves explicitly, without apology, even with the sickening boastfulness of the mass murderer who is proud of what he has done, and who vehemently believes he is right.

So the dare goes unanswered. These horrors are what the United States now stands for.
We are the Nazis now. And anyone who disagrees, list the things we have been encouraged to embrace: preemptive attacks on sovereign nations, torture, intolerance, the mixing of church and state, mercenary armies. We have become a rogue nation in seven short years. It will take decades to climb out of this hole.

And we will be asked, as the Germans have been asked ever since WWII, if we had supported the Bush administration? And we will be asked to explain why.


pygalgia said...

It is so hard for me to believe that we are seeing America turned into an international pariah. Our national shame will be with us for a long time.

ellroon said...

Exactly. I never knew our own country had so many sycophantic lovers of authoritarian rule, so willing to consign our republic to the garbage.

We are going to have to purge (in a major way) all who were hired after Bush came to office. We are going to have to teach the rise and fall of the neocons in every high school, in every history class. We need people to know how close we came to losing it all.

That is, if we survive this last year of Georgie's without an amazingly convenient terrorist attack that activates martial law. Blackwater is standing by....