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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 01:13 AM
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296. I believe they keep raising the stakes, as bullies do, thinking we'll back down.
And frankly it's worked well for them, in the sense that they've been able to winnow out, through intimidation and the manipulation of who gets what they call "access" (but what democracy assumes to be everyone's right to know whether their elected officials are doing what they said they'd do), people who would actually fulfill the duties of any government office that placed the people over the Party.

You want a TV show, or a radio show, or your job writing syndicated columns, or a chance to sit in the White House press room? That's all been reshuffled according to the pyramid scheme of Bushie power. First Amendment, fourth estate? There's a new world order.

The ultimate subversion lies in denying access to the nobodies, meaning the voters. Both parties can whip 'em up, and drive 'em out, but in the end there's a cloud of smoke at trail's end, and the men up in the office with the glass windows send down the tallies, and the cows don't have much oversight over the counting and weighing.

But people are not commodities. We are not cattle, and those who make this mistake will find that the engine of American democracy, though it may move in its totality quite slowly, moves nonetheless.

Its momentum needs no personality to spark it, or outcry to wake it from some forgetfulness.

It moves, as it has moved for more than two hundred years, and will impersonally push aside those men who would be king in a nation founded on the rights of the individual.
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