|Us, The Reality-Based, The Not Fooled From The Start, Were Right
by The Old Hippie Because The Only Hope Is To Keep Smacking The Denial With The Reality
Way back in American ancient history, 1977, as I entered graduate school, if someone had said...
"...in less than 30 years this nation will be taken over, without any real revolt by the people, by insane ideological theocratic corporatists. That the management of all of the federal regulatory agencies would be replaced with paid corrupt sycophants, ex-CEOs, and lobbyists for the corporations. That all three branches of the government would be controlled by an unethical and opportunistic small radical cabal of the extreme right-wing of the Republican party, That this nation would officially condone the torture of human beings, would invade a nation that was of no threat to us and had not attacked us, that there would be "free-speech-zones" and one could no longer hold up a sign of protest at a public presidential speech without being arrested, that the thousands of owners of our nation's media would be consolidated down into the hands of just six-corporations, all of which share members on their corporation's boards, that all of our laws that protected us, the masses, from the abuses of corporations would be reversed so that the corporations would be protected from the liabilities of their actions and products and profits... That national elections would be conducted on, and controlled by, corporate digital machines with no hard-copy of the votes cast, and that it would be publicly exposed that the machines had been corrupted during the elections. . . That all of it would occur - without any real revolt."
Most Americans would have laughed at their paranoia, rejected their theory of opportunistic corruption of our Constitutional Democracy out-of-hand - I did too. . .
I was wrong, and slowly, mostly through the 80s, my eyes began to open to the reality of what was happening - A slow insidious corporate take-over of the American governmental structures, and then the final "slap-of-reality" - when Bush (the 1st) and Clinton/Gore signed NAFTA & GATT. I knew it was just a matter of time until the unthinkable came about - We all saw the purposeful-manufactured political apathy grow in our nation, we watched the destruction of the labor unions, the consolidation of the media with its growing propaganda-as-news paradigm, the growing globalization of corporate power. . .
All that was needed was a major-event to happen, like the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, for the final push to be allowed to occur - The Neo-Cons even publicly stated as much, on the public record, in their "Statement of Principles" (June 3, 1997) at the Project for the New American Century. Then "9/11" happened. . . And the rest is, as they say, history. (but also reality.)
Now - Here are few things to contemplate. . .
"Ladies and Gentlemen: The Real George W. Bush" - AlterNet - Oct. 27, 2005
"Why Bush Is Unimpeachable" - Ted Rall via CommonDreams - Oct. 25, 2005
"The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press — in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of LIBERAL excess during the past years."
-- taken from: The Speeches of Adolph Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1, Michael Hakeem, Ph.D.
(London, Oxford University Press, 1942), pp. 871-872.
"Lest You've Forgotten. . ." - The Old Hippie's Groovy Blog - Oct. 14, 2005
"Osama Bin Laden: More Media Whore Than Guerrilla Warrior" - Spiked - Oct. 21, 2005
"The New USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll" - 90% Believe... - Oct. 25, 2005