Things Are Getting Scary, Mary!
Uncle Bill Warner
I see the President has just thrown a tantrum at a press conference about people questioning his omniscient wisdom in the “War on Terror.” Was this regarding a comment by some flaming radical trying to provoke him? No, my dears, it was a letter by Colin Powell, his former Secretary of State saying that “…the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism.”
The President’s statement that, "If there's any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it's flawed logic," Bush said. "It's just - I simply can't accept that. It's unacceptable to think that there's any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.”
Now General Powell never made that comparison in his rather mild letter, but that’s O.K., as the President is used to providing answers to questions no one has asked and sidestepping the ones they have.
Keith Olbermann, host of “Countdown” on MSNBC delivered an editorial defending the rights of Americans to think whatever “unacceptable” thoughts they wish in the search for truth. For this, Jeffersonian attitude, Olbermann is now under vicious attack at the moment from the people who want him fired for even suggesting that questioning the judgment of King George (who, by the way, is busily getting legislation passed to keep himself from being prosecuted for war crimes and the many laws he has broken during his incumbency in the name of “national security”).
Now some Progressives rejoice in the fact that he is finally coming out and saying what we have suspected all along, that he feels he and his handlers have a monopoly on Truth, and that dissent should be called “treason” or “appeasement vis-à-vis our enemies.” He is looking like the fascist, that some suspect he is, more every day. I do not find his present emotional state amusing. After all, this is a President who has the fate of the world in a suitcase ( control over the nuclear missiles that can destroy life as we know it on the planet.)
Will he begin to feel paranoid as did Nixon? Will he decide to test the religious beliefs he professes by deciding to help Armageddon along? Will he expand his definition of terrorists to include anyone who protests his policies? Will these people start disappearing into his gulag of “detainee” center where thousands are now being held worldwide without charges, trials, or access to lawyers?
Would a richly-deserved impeachment happen, seeing as how his party controls the Congress which takes care of those things? Will the American People ever regain control of democracy which is based on fair elections, and not be defied again and again by Republican chicanery what strongly appear to be rigged elections? (See: Ohio, Florida, New Mexico…)
Our Imperial Presidency may not frighten you, but is scares me more than Al Qu’ida, which just wants us out of their homelands. The Bush mentality threatens everything we hold dear, with freedom of thought and dissent being the rock upon which our freedom is built.
A teacher friend was just asked to write a letter on “counterculture” in America, meaning the peace movement. I submit that the “counterculture” is in Washington busily destroying America economically, politically, and morally.
You cannot suppress all the things American stands for by royal decree. Things are getting very scary, Mary. Think about that…if you dare. Thought is liberating.
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