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Saturday, November 20, 2004

A History of Alarms 

(Or - Deep Sleepers and the Alarming People Who Use Them)

I was alarmed...

I am alarmed because...

Can you think of any "alarms" that I didn't list? I'm sure you can. With the Radical Republican Right it's one alarm after another. Why does it take so many alarms to wake some people? Perhaps they don't realize that the next one that goes off may not be an alarm.

When criminals are running the show, anything can happen. Some criminals - the most dangerous - will do anything to avoid justice. They commit one crime after another until they're in so deep that only a mountain of corpses can keep them from drowning.

"1 national emergency away from..."

It's a fearful thought under any circumstances. Under the present circumstances, it's a terrifying thought.

Right wing movements are nightmares.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Viral Corruption 

The suckers don't realize that they're purging their lives of the only things that have real, lasting value.

What does that say about them?

At the very least, one can conclude that some people are willing to trade anything for nothing.

The problem with fascism is that it grows through corruption. What it can't corrupt, it attacks. I'm afraid that the corruption already reaches deep into the Democratic Party. Some of these people still have the opportunity to redeem themselves, but it will be costly. In order to expose the fraud, they will have to reveal their complicity.

The "New Reality" Shell Game 

"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.

Friday, November 12, 2004

The War on Tyranny 

Strategists and pundits are suggesting that the Democratic Party loses elections because it doesn't follow a "narrative." I agree with this assessment although I can't help feeling that it's being approached from the wrong angle. The kind of narrative that the Democratic Party needs has to be more than just a compelling story. It also has to be authentic, and grounded in history.

Liberal America's performance in this election was impressive despite the awkward disconnection between its leaders and base. It's not enough to be united against something. A movement without direction is at best a circus. Without visionary leaders, it's doomed to fail.

The words of the Founders still resonate today because they follow an authentic narrative. They fought to liberate themselves from the tyranny that ruled their lives; they were underdogs and optimistic dreamers. They had legitimate grievances with the established order, clear goals to address those grievances, and the conviction to persevere. The interesting thing about the Founders' narrative is that it was only intended to be the introduction to a magnum opus on the demise of tyranny. They knew that the War on Tyranny would continue well into the future.

And continue it does. Although many chapters have been added to the Founders' narrative, the work is far from complete. Today, the threat to this great American work comes in a form that would have alarmed, but probably not surprised the Founders: homegrown tyranny. King George has returned to haunt the heirs of the narrative. He's in the process of writing what he hopes will be the final chapter of our "liberty and justice for all" saga.

Liberal America recognizes the gravity of the threat and follows the proper narrative, yet its leaders struggle to make sense of the situation. Therein lies the problem. It occurs to me that many Liberal leaders are simply unable to feel the depth of their narrative. Perhaps they should learn from their base. They should definitely pay more attention to people - like Barack Obama - who have managed to establish a deeper connection with Liberal values. He was the star of the Democratic National Convention because he delivered the great American narrative.

"As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality."
- George Washington

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."
- Thomas Paine

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

What's it worth? 

The working assumption among Neocons is that Liberals are too decent and accommodating - therefore too weak - to fight back. They claim that Liberalism by its very nature encourages capitulation to more determined - and less principled - forces.

"If you don't believe us," they say, "look how fast we brought them to their knees. How can they defend this country if they can't defend their vaunted values? Osama Hussein doesn't fight fair either, and if we lose to him, we're truly fucked."

The Neocons aren't too far off the mark - despite being irredeemable homicidal psychopaths. If we can't defend ourselves from our domestic adversaries, how will we defend ourselves from an enemy like Al-Qaeda?

It looks like they're within striking distance of proving their point. Tragically, they're also within striking distance of causing irreparable harm to this country. The solutions they offer are worse than the problems. (What else can one expect from irredeemable homicidal psychopaths?) If three years of "catastrophic successes" and two stolen elections aren't enough to convince Liberals to take a stand, then perhaps Liberal values aren't worth much after all. The time has come for us to acknowledge the severity of our predicament. The world is watching, and most of it is rooting for us.

Interesting times make exceptional people, and over the last few years, the Liberal community has become a hotbed of exceptional people. It's not happening on the Right. Take that as a good sign.

I'll leave you for now with a quote attributed to Sun Tzu:

"Know yourself and you will win all battles."

Introspection happens to be one of our strengths.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Liberalism can be a bitch. 

It wasn't the first time that a majority of Americans voted to do the wrong thing, and it probably won't be the last. Although I can't help feeling a little disappointed, I also feel somewhat relieved. The onus is still on the Republicans - where it belongs.

Now they won't get the opportunity to sneak away from the mess they made, and they won't be able to blame it on Liberal America. Instead, they will get the opportunity to ride their dysfunctional ideology to its terminus. And they'll be forced to shoulder the full weight of its consequences.

The Republicans aren't finished with their "culture war." A Kerry victory wouldn't have been the end of it. They sabotaged Clinton's presidency and there's no reason to believe that they wouldn't have done the same to Kerry. Considering the dangerously unstable situation that Kerry would have inherited from them, his presidency would have been substantially easier to undermine than Clinton's.

As it stands, Liberal America has the strategic advantage. Our burden is easy to shoulder because it's also morally defensible. We're alert, united, mobilized, and determined to stop the Republican Party from asserting its dominance over us permanently.

The Republican Party is at a disadvantage because most of its unwieldy burden is morally indefensible. Like every fraud, its greatest weakness is the fear of being exposed. It devotes an inordinate amount of its resources to maintain the patchwork of elaborate simulacra that disguises its malevolent nature.

The Bush cult "won" its "mandate" at the expense of our nation's integrity, (among other things.) And Red Americans - at the expense of their integrity - got to shove a girder up the collective "librul" ass. Moral values? Are they out of their fucking minds? They must be...

Dear Red American,
Liberals don't make fun of you, we make fun of the caricatures that you allow the GOP to transform you into.
Yours truly,
Violet

Dear Christian Fundamentalist Red American,
Liberals make fun of you because - let's face it - people like you tend to be obnoxious, hateful, self-righteous, bigoted pinheads. We make fun of your beliefs because you insist on making them the center of attention. The problem with your approach is that your beliefs aren't as attractive as you imagine. Sorry to break it to you, friend, but your beliefs are offensive to the mind and repulsive to the heart. By the way, do you realize that you're walking in circles?
Best wishes,
Violet

They feel hurt because Liberal America doesn't value "values" like jingoism, misogyny, homophobia, and racism. "I'm entitled to my opinion too," they protest. Here's what I say to that:

"Opinions are like assholes: every person has one," goes the old saying. And just like assholes, some opinions are smellier than others. Some people wipe themselves, and some people wear their shit like a badge.

But they force us to strike bargains with their fetid values: 75% jingoism - 25% foreign policy; 68% racism - 32% equality; 40% creationism - 60% science; and so on. And they have the nerve to complain that we don't like it!

No, fellow Liberals, this will not do. It's time to say no once and for all. It's time for us to finish the Liberal revolution.

If we have to play the part of Red's bitch, we're going to take great pleasure in making him insanely jealous. And we're going to embarrass him in public by talking about the things that make him uncomfortable.

We have the upper hand because we can deliver the goods. Liberalism can be a bitch, but it's the real thing. Cheer up... everything has its time.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Misunderestimators, Inc. 

Republicans have an unfortunate tendency to "misunderestimate" their adversaries. That is, they demonstrate a propensity to misunderstand and underestimate their adversaries. They are chronic misunderestimators. Their CEO, Mr. Dubya, deserves credit for - inadvertently - coining this useful portmanteau word to describe their weakness.

Misunderstandings flow naturally from the flawed Republican psyche. They don't understand their adversaries because they don't understand themselves. They simply don't get the meaning of being human. For a variety of reasons, they avoid developing an authentic spiritual connection with life.

Perhaps this explains why most of them fall into two camps: those who negate the value of spirituality, and those who replace it with a ritual simulation. The problem is that authentic spirituality can be costly, difficult to develop, and equally difficult to appraise. It's much easier - and certainly less expensive in the short run - to negate it, or replace it with a religious prescription.

A deficit of authentic spirituality is the flaw in the Republican psyche. It produces a stunted character prone to misunderstanding and underestimating other people. Is it any wonder that their club for chronic misunderestimators is incapable of solving problems that demand the attention of people who understand and respect humanity? Does it come as a surprise that their "solutions" actually make problems more difficult to solve?

Four years of absolute Republican rule have been disastrous for America. Hopefully, it'll end tomorrow.

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