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Here is a pretty mainstream article on the mean-spiritedness of the USA government. What's interesting is the insight that a lot of this ugliness has been covered over by theocratic smarm and propaganda. I think it's very telling that the author, Jill Nelson, has come to say "Today, I fear my own government more than I do terrorists." I've heard many Americans say this also.

[www.msnbc.com]

Nelson's thoughts on the great cognitive divide between the actual war and the propaganda used to justify it express my own? Exactly... how do you justify the unjustifiable?

THE EVIDENCE OF this overwhelming meanness of spirit is everywhere, abroad and at home. Even the administration’s efforts to justify the war in Iraq as one of liberation and declare victory cannot mask the human costs to American troops and their families. How many thousands of Iraqis are dead? Where are the ridiculously named “weapons of mass destruction” that Bush used to justify this invasion? Witness the looting of priceless antiquities, kitsch and cash from Iraqi museums and Saddam Hussein’s palaces and homes, allowed and participated in not only by Iraqis but members of the American armed forces and their “embedfellows,” the media.

And the way she speaks to the problems of free speech also highlight, most tellingly, the surrender of Congress and most of the American people to those who wish to undermine and decimate the basic tenets of our Constitution. She doesn't use the "f" word, but I will... it's a kind of neo-fascism at work, an unholy alliance between government and corporations, which seek to take control of the media and the minds of the people, and to silence those who protest or dissent. This kind of control-freak behavior is playing out in a very real manner the Mussolini definition of fascism. As Nelson puts it:

[b[ ...to question this war and its aftermath is characterized as at worst treason and at best anti-American cynicism. And woe unto those who criticize Halliburton, Kellogg Brown & Root and the rest of the corporate sponsors of the Bush administration as they line up at the trough of government contracts to rebuild Iraq and control its oil. Now, the armed forces in Iraq have turned to shooting Iraqi demonstrators, the very people they supposedly came to “liberate” with democracy. [/b]

We are even under siege at home, right here in America, notwithstanding the ME. Homeland Security measures and impending Patriot Acts are seeing to that. Will anything be private and sacred any more under the Pubs, even consensual sex? Think about it. This is serious.

So I find it rather easy to hear my inner voice echoing Nelson's when she closes by saying:

Today, I live in an America that makes my stomach hurt and fills me with terror. A nation run by greedy, frightened, violent bullies. It is time to take our country back before it is too late.

ananda

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Current Events 4th May 160 jonny 04-May-03 14:30
Re: The Weapon Of Feedom And Democracy? 90 hera 04-May-03 15:16
Bush campaigning at ground zero? 109 Cleopatra 04-May-03 15:56
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 101 Lurker 04-May-03 16:51
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 100 PriorityRed 04-May-03 17:30
As for the media... 86 ananda 04-May-03 18:57
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 103 Anthony Taylor 04-May-03 17:48
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 69 Lurker 04-May-03 19:10
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 106 ananda 04-May-03 18:43
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 102 wirelessguru1 04-May-03 23:24
George W. Christ! 89 ananda 05-May-03 21:04
Re: Bush campaigning at ground zero? 97 PriorityRed 04-May-03 17:26
Is Garner for real? 92 ananda 04-May-03 18:52
Re: Is Garner for real? 98 PriorityRed 04-May-03 22:48
When men were men, really! 101 Lurker 04-May-03 18:52
Re: When men were men, really! 69 ananda 04-May-03 21:54
Re: When men were men, really! 90 Lurker 04-May-03 22:35
Cinco De Mayo 72 Ron Torkelson 04-May-03 22:42
Re: Cinco De Mayo 72 Lurker 04-May-03 23:10
Re: Cinco De Mayo 81 wirelessguru1 04-May-03 23:25
Re: Cinco De Mayo 95 Lurker 04-May-03 23:30
Re: Cinco De Mayo 69 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 00:42
Mexico has also stood strong against the war 72 ananda 05-May-03 00:44
Re: Mexico has also stood strong against the war 68 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 00:52
Huh??? 91 ananda 05-May-03 01:08
Re: Huh??? 93 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 01:24
Actually... 80 ananda 05-May-03 01:39
Re: Actually... 98 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 01:50
once again ananda 90 Ron Torkelson 05-May-03 04:10
Re: once again ananda 65 lone 05-May-03 20:09
This is too funny 95 lone 05-May-03 20:01
This is too funny 92 lone 05-May-03 20:06
Re: This is too funny 85 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 20:35
Re: This is too funny 116 lone 05-May-03 20:41
FYI: Bush isn't celeb. 5 de Mayo this year 69 ananda 05-May-03 00:49
Re: Mundo Ditto's Amigo ......... :) 98 William T 05-May-03 03:33
Re: Cinco De Mayo 63 ananda 05-May-03 00:41
Re: Cinco De Mayo 93 Ron Torkelson 05-May-03 04:14
Re: Gotta Love History............ :) 93 William T 05-May-03 03:31
Re: When men were men, really! 92 PriorityRed 04-May-03 22:53
Re: When men were men, really! 98 Lurker 04-May-03 23:03
Re: When men were men, really! 93 PriorityRed 04-May-03 23:12
Re: When men were men, really! 98 Lurker 04-May-03 23:29
Re: When men were men, really! 94 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 00:45
Re: When men were men, really! 94 PriorityRed 05-May-03 03:18
Re: When men were men, really! 91 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 01:33
Re: When men were men, really! 89 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 00:49
As regards empire... 81 ananda 05-May-03 00:55
Re: As regards empire... 68 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 01:10
Re: As regards empire... 91 ananda 05-May-03 02:04
French and Indian War? 96 Ron Torkelson 05-May-03 04:24
Re: When men were men, really! 80 Nebankh 05-May-03 00:51
Re: When men were men, really! 60 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 00:59
Re: When men were men, really! 91 Nebankh 05-May-03 01:31
Re: When men were men, really! 96 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 01:43
Re: When men were men, really! 82 PriorityRed 05-May-03 03:22
Re: When men were men, really! 99 PriorityRed 05-May-03 03:20
Re: When men were men, really! 89 Lurker 05-May-03 05:57
Re: When men were men, really! 63 Nebankh 05-May-03 13:24
Re: When men were men, really! 94 Lurker 05-May-03 05:59
Re: When men were men, really! 97 Briffits 05-May-03 07:52
Re: Curiosity... 90 Nebankh 05-May-03 13:15
Re: Curiosity... 97 Briffits 06-May-03 00:28
Re: Heck Bent, Men Still Are Men .....:) 101 William T 05-May-03 03:23
Re: Heck Bent, Men Still Are Men .....:) 94 Lurker 05-May-03 05:10
Re: Current Events 4th May 63 ananda 05-May-03 18:42
Re: Current Events 4th May 102 wirelessguru1 05-May-03 18:46
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