We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth. --Sydney Schanberg
The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called 'corporatism.' --Benito Mussolini
No one can now doubt the word of America --George W. Bush, State of the Union, January 20, 2004.
People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. --George W Bush
I don't care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass --President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 (quoted by Richard A. Clarke, Against All Enemies)

4/6/2004

Weirdness Factor: 0.87

Filed under: — jake @ 2:51 pm

If Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks were to collaborate on a dark comedy, they surely couldn’t concieve of anything as sinister as the current state of politics in this country. With the willing help of the so called “journalists”, both parties have drug us right into the sewer and appear to be digging even lower.

The lack of respect shown the American people by both the major parties is appalling. Is it a reflection of the respect we show ourselves? That we show to others in our daily lives? I think not - we’re a fundamentally good people. The vast majority of us obey the law and get along with our neightbors - that is, we show some basic respect for both society and the system. There’s more to paying our taxes than fear of the tax man - down deep we know it has to done, so we do it.

Why do we allow our “leaders” to show us (and the world) such blatant disrespect? We allow them to steal our money, our land and air, our time and energy along with our children and their future. Sure we bitch about ‘em, but we seem incapable of doing anything about it. Why is that?

We’ve allowed our government to impose “free speech zones” around political rallies - dissenters are segragated from those they disagree with so the headlines are nice and tidy with just the sound bites they want. Where are the reporters showing these “free speech zones” filled with dissention and anger? Where is the honesty and unbiased reporting?

We have reporters being fired for trying to publish stories detremental to Bush’s election. We’ve got top bureaucrat being black mailed with their jobs if they say the wrong thing (which may just happen to be the truth). Richard Clarke will end up as a lying, gambling, alchoholic pedophile before the GOP thugs are done with him. Rice will lie while looking us in the eye…

And fully half of us think this is the way it should be. Americans actually buying into the concept that dissension is “bad” - that the administration can and should keep us in the dark to “protect us”. There are actually people in this country that believe the 9/11 Commission is a witch hunt to tarnish the President’s good name! How can so many people be so blind?

I see a religious war coming to this country - fundamentalist Christians in league with large corporations are gaining power and control of this country. Already our unelected king has stated: “You’re either with us or against us”. At the time I doubt many of us understood that we Americans were included in that warning.

As I’ve stated before, comparing Bush to Hitler is not right. But comparing our current political climate to that of the Nazis in the late 1930’s is more and more right on the mark. The question becomes, when do we stand up and point out the thugs? Do we act before there’s no one left to point?

I do not now nor have I ever considered myself to be a radical - but times are getting weirder and the fear is growing.

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