Dictatorship: It's So Much Easier
by Max Starsky
"This job would be so much easier if this were a dictatorship,"
so has said George W. Bush on more than one occasion. Besides
the amazing fact that a man who spends every weekend relaxing
at Camp David as well as extended periods at his ranch in
Austin is actually looking at ways to make his job easier,
there seems not much doubt that once more, this privileged
brat has gotten his own way.
Hundreds of people rounded up for having either dark skin
or the name "Mohammed" and then being held for long periods
in secret locations whilst not actually being charged with
any crime... non-citizens able to be taken from their homes
and tried in a secretive military court where a guilty verdict
could mean death... Bush being able to overturn a "not guilty"
verdict from these military tribunals... extended wire-tapping
and surveillance laws passed that could and probably will
be used in the future against non-terrorists (like unionists
or activists)... news and information being withheld from
the nation's press... the President signing an order that
seals the records of past, present and future Presidents thus
denying the American people their right of access to them
Let's face it folks, if they aren't the trademarks of a dictatorship
then what the hell is?
You'd have to think the founders of this country would be
now rolling in their graves at seeing what has become of this
nation. Not satisfied with just stealing an election from
the people, now the Bush administration is using the disaster
of September 11 as justification to push through their inane
and anti-democratic laws and orders.
Sadly, a country that for years has held itself up to the
rest of the world as a shining beacon of democracy, has now
been taken over by people who have been more than willing
to stomp all over democracy in the pursuit of their own greedy
Most Americans thought Bush was being "folksy" and "only
joking" on the occasions he has muttered he would prefer a
dictatorship. The actions of the past three months have clearly
shown that he was not only not joking, he was very serious.
Democracy died in this country on December 12, 2000. It is
currently being buried forever.