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Friday, March 30, 2007

Laying Bare The Fascism

Scarecrow and Christy have two great and important posts up today regarding the very real and present threat our country faces from incipient fascism. In What's Left of the Republican Pary?, Scarecrow quotes from Zbigniew Brzezinski's op-ed in the Washington Post, which is spot on and doubly sobering in that it comes from one of our more bloodthirsty realpolitik hustlers (emphases mine):
The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration’s elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America’s psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.

The damage these three words have done — a classic self-inflicted wound — is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves...


But the little secret here may be that the vagueness of the phrase was deliberately (or instinctively) calculated by its sponsors. Constant reference to a "war on terror" did accomplish one major objective: It stimulated the emergence of a culture of fear. Fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue.

On the other side of the issue, he also discusses bedwetter David Brooks' capitulation to the fear. Brooks' shameful and pathetic acceptance of an authoritarian nanny-state as the only way to stop his night-shivers really leaves this citizen shaking his head in disbelief.

Christy Hardin Smith's Politics, The Rule Of Law, And You, boldly explores the wider implications of the power grab, and connects the dots between it and the emerging revelations regarding the shenanigans in the Justice Department.

It's good to see these posts. I hate to say it, but many of the more "mainstream" progressive blogs have ridiculed or outright blocked commentors who soiled their threads with just these sorts of "conspiracy theories." I understand this - there are some "out there" websites and blogs which damage their credibility by running with every little CT that comes along. But now that this particular issue is becoming "mainstream" enough to be discussed by these extremely credible bloggers, there is a chance for us to do something about it.

As Christy says (emphasis mine):
Stand up today and be counted. Send a letter to the editor to your local paper. Call into a local talk radio show. Call or fax your elected representatives and tell them how you are feeling about these issues. Talk with your co-workers or family or friends. Reach out beyond the usual bloggy hangouts, and do something to advance the notion that in this nation of ours, whatever change we wish to see is up to all of us. Every single day. And, I don't know about you guys, but I have damn well had enough.

So have I, Christy - for years now.

Now, about September 11th...

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