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pat_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 01:27 AM
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33. As I note above, Rejecting Alito is part and parcel of defining the crimes
Edited on Mon Jan-16-06 01:50 AM by pat_k
. . .committed by the Bush syndicate as crimes.

The notion that we are playing a game -- the battle of the news cycles -- does far more damage than good. We succeed when we put aside gamesmanship and internalize some basic truths.

The crimes committed by the Bush syndicate are out there for all to see. Just for starters:

  • Torturing (violation of 18 USC Sec. 2441--War Crimes)

  • Spying on Americans (violation of 50 USC Sec. 1809--Unauthorized Surveillance)

  • Terrorizing all 300 million of us with the most colossal bomb threat in history -- mushroom clouds over our cities in 45 minutes (violations of 18 U.S.C. Section 844(e) Bomb threat, 300 Million Counts; or 18 USC Section 35 Imparting or Conveying False Information -- Bomb Hoax).

Anything we can do to cut through the forces that are preventing people from seeing the truth has global benefits. When thinking is muddled with propaganda, it doesn't matter how many news cycles this or that scandal gets.

The fascist fantasies they invoke to convince us their crimes are not crimes must be rejected out of hand. Their fantasies are NOT ideas to be "argued on the merits." They are fantasies that must be rejected out of hand; they have no place in the "marketplace of ideas."

Consider what's happening with intelligent design (ID). As long as people think ID has a place in the realm of science, the propagandists are winning. Rather than arguing against ID (which just aides the propagandists) the notion that ID belongs in the realm of science must be rejected. ID must be tossed out on its ear.

So far, we haven't done a very good job of tossing out the fascist fantasy that Bush's actions can possibly be anything but abuses of power. Alito embodies the fantasy. His answer to Sen. Biden must simply be rejected as flat wrong. No argument needed. Just as ID is not science, it is lunacy to think the constitution gives (or even might give) the President the power to violate the will of the people, when our collective will is clearly expressed in a Congressional resolution.

In a sense, fighting to keep Alito and the fascist fantasies he represents off the court is akin to fighting to keep ID out of our science classes.

The fight against Alito will help to create conditions that will serve us in the fight expose and punish the criminals in Congress, on K Street, and in the White House.

There is no downside.
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