Friday, November 19, 2004
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
- A senior advisor to Bush, as quoted by Ron Suskind of the New York Times.
Without a Doubt: Faith, certainty, and the Presidency of George W. Bush
With a rapidly increasing number of "new realities" to deal with, the defenders of "old realities" are gradually overwhelmed and defeated. At some point, the "new realities" become de facto reality. Consider the following quote:
"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'"
- Adolf Hitler
The treacherous strategy to reengineer reality worked for Hitler, and it's working for the RRR (Radical Republican Right). It works because it's a confidence game - on a staggering scale, and played for the ultimate commodity: acquiescence; willing complicity; blind obedience; absolute power.
The Nazis conned their nation into surrendering its concept of reality in exchange for one without human qualities. When their mighty army of dehumanized marks was in place, the Nazis simply commanded it to expand their "new community" to include rest of the world, (the old-fashioned way). Most of us are aware of what it took to finally stop them.
A growing number of Americans are asking the following questions:
"Can it happen here?"
"Is it already happening?"
What does your intuition tell you? Does this feel right to you? Is it just a coincidence that the RRR's ideology, rhetoric, and actions bear a striking - although unquestionably "kinder and gentler" - resemblance to their Nazi equivalents?
"Nah, it can't happen here. We have too much respect for tradition. Americans are good people. We have a remarkable government that always repairs itself."
It's not your father's fascism, but it is happening here. Fascism 2.0 (the stealth edition) is considerably more sophisticated than its crude predecessor. The 21st century fascist is determined to avoid making the same mistakes as his 20th century counterpart. Once again, the only thing that stands in his way is the liberal.
Liberal resistance to fascism didn't last long in Germany. I'm afraid that American liberals are losing a similar battle in a similar manner. The RRR's success in portraying liberals as enemies has made it possible for them to strip liberals of political power and claim bogus "majorities" and "mandates." And to think that they're planning a "political capital" shopping spree...
How do we fight back?
To get a better understanding of how we should fight back, we need an honest assessment of what we're doing now. As predicted, we're so busy "judiciously studying" their "new realities" that we have little time for anything else. We're overwhelmed, confused, and disorganized. We're running to extinguish every little fire they set, and this will eventually exhaust us.
There's no point in blaming ourselves, because treachery and hatred aren't things that good people naturally prepare for.
What we need first is a detailed overview of the "battlefield," so we can assess, prioritize, organize, and mount a successful defense. Without a "big picture" strategy, we'll keep playing their shell game - until we lose. It goes without saying that we need leaders who are willing to fight to expose the fraud. Until we organize a coherent defense, we're at the mercy of criminals.