Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Okay, look, I understand the fallacious dangers of Slippery Slopes, but dig this:
A shrewd victor will, if possible, always present his demands to the vanquished in installments. And then, with a nation that has lost its character-and this is the case of every one which voluntarily submits-he can be sure that it will not regard one more of these individual oppressions as an adequate reason for taking up arms again. The more extortions are willingly accepted in this way, the more unjustified it strikes people finally to take up the defensive against a new, apparently isolated, though constantly recurring, oppression, especially when, all in all, so much more and greater misfortune has already been borne in patient silence.
I've quoted that a lot of late, and it bears so much repeating I can't stand it. Why? Because that damned Hitler knew his shit when it came to agitprop, psychology and how der Staat can manipulate das Volk. Logic doesn't really enter into this discussion because we're talking about politics, passion and people.
Think about it. Many Jews weren't keen on leaving Germany because they figured the rampant anti-Semitism would blow over, and heck, they'd survived plenty of other storms in the past by keeping a low profile. And even as the SS pushed them closer and closer to the abyss, people thought "this is it, this is the absolute bottom." It is a pretty long way from relegating a people to particular professions, to forcing them to register and wear Yellow Stars, to putting them into ghettoes, to killing them, isn't it?
So we fight erosion of civil liberties at every turn, no matter what the justification from the State might be. That is the 'eternal vigiliance' of which Jefferson spoke. The Constitution doesn't guarantee any rights. The Senate doesn't safeguard our liberties. The President doesn't protect us. Only we the People do. Once we abdicate our responsibility to be skeptical of our government, to engage in oversight, to scrutinize its every deed, we lose that liberty we're supposed to defend.
America is not unique in the makeup of her people. We can just as easily slip into despotism as the Germans, or the Russians, or the Japanese. What makes our nation unique is the recognition by a bunch of smart folks that government can help solve problems, but it must be watched lest it become a problem. Why is it, then, that so-called conservatives don't trust the government to collect taxes to provide vital services, yet are perfectly fine with granting it the power to kill, to regulate a woman's body, to snoop in our private conversations, etc, without so much as a by-your-leave from the very people from which it derives its most basic powers?
It's astounding that the same people who boldy resisted giving an inch to the Godless Commies during the Cold War, or the Islamo-Fascists in this Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism, get right the fuck on their kneepads when Bush invokes 9/11. The same nation that rebelled against tyranny two centuries ago even in the face of total destruction now is willing to give up liberties so they can fly to grandma's house for Christmas in a bit more safety? The Framers are all spinning in their graves.
I hear the whole "what part of 'we're at war' don't you understand?" bullshit. Allow me to retort: what part of "We're America" don't you understand?
This nation survived an invasion of a superpower in the early 19th century when the country was young and rather defenseless. It survived a civil war that killed more Americans than every other war we've fought. It survived the War to End All Wars. It survived the most destructive conflict this planet has ever seen. It survived the Cold War and all its attendant small wars. And now, when faced with box cutters, we decide that our civil liberties are a burden, that the Constitution is a scrap of paper, that our ideals are quaint?
NFW. The line has been drawn. Either you are for America's ideals, or you are against them. I invite Republicans of conscience to join us, the true Patriots, and defend what this nation truly represents. If you defend Bush in any capacity, I condemn you as history will condemn you: collaborationists who refused to answer the call and stood with the real enemy.


Blogger alan said...

I wish this were the front page of every newspaper in the country; alas, there is no press left that seeks justice instead of profit, be it printed or broadcast. Yet another piece in the grand puzzle of our downfall I am sure...

Thank you for day after day saying so eloquently the things I lack the skill to!


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