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Vyan Donating Member (990 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 11:01 AM
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Battered America Syndrome
Edited on Tue Jun-27-06 12:00 PM by Vyan
It's occured to me that there is a reason America is in the sad and sorry shape it is today. Why is it that we can't shake-off juvenile "Cut and Run" antics of the right-wing, even when they are undermined by one of the President's own primary war archetects - Gen Casey?

From a logical standpoint, the Bush Administration and Republican Congress have done everything wrong. They were wrong to not to intervene when Enron and other energy companies were gutting California, wrong to ignore Al Qaeda, wrong to blame Saddam Hussein for 9/11 by linking him to Bin Laden, wrong to claim he had Nuclear and Biological Weapons programs, wrong to invade a sovereign nation on false pretenses, wrong to ignore the insurgency, wrong to violate the Geneva Conventions, wrong to spy on Americans without a warrant or probable cause, wrong to fail to leave Iraq when everyone from the American people, the Iraqi people and Iraqi government clearly want them to, wrong to ignore the pre-Katrina warnings, wrong to claim that Intelligent Design is "science", wrong to systematically lie to the American people, wrong on the environment and Global Warming, wrong on voting rights, wrong about Terri Schiavo, wrong on Gay Marriage, wrong on Flag-Burning, wrong to try and prosecute journalists for speaking the truth, and wrong to teach our children that sexual ignorance is preferrable to sexual safety and responsibility.

They're batting 0 for 20.

But for some odd reason they aren't on the political ropes. For some odd reason Democrats and people of good common sense can't seem to make the case that these people can't be trusted to run a Quiky-Mart, let alone our government. We're like the repeatedly battered and abused spouse that after years of attacks and degradation just can't bring themselves to cut the strings.

We're suffering from Battered America Syndrome.

From Gail on Common Dreams:
Your man is no good. He treats you like crap, lies to you, abuses you, bullies you, exploits you, takes your money. As a friend I want to tell you that you deserve better. You deserve a person that treats you with respect, cares about your welfare, and your childrens welfare, but thats not George and it never will be.

Do you tell yourself that hell stop, or that it wont get worse? He wont ever stop, every insult, injury and death he has caused are a line that once crossed will never be uncrossed. Forget the dream. You will never have the American dream with George. You have to forget about what might have been, what George might have been, and realise that at the end of the day you are what you do, and look at Georges track record.

YOU CAN DO BETTER! You are an amazing country, beautiful, interesting, funny, positively glamorous, you wouldnt stay single for five minutes, you know that suitors would be competing for your affections and any one of them would be ten times better than George. And how can you stand his god-awful Stepfords answer to Marie-Antoinette mother, piping up with another casual atrocity every time she opens her mouth.
But the truth is the abuse isn't going to stop, even if we do divorce George. George himself isn't the problem. He's not the only wingbat in this marriage. What do we do about Cheney? Rumsfeld? Frist? Sensenbrener? Not to mention the endless parade of teeth, doe-eyes and over-stylized hair on Faux News that keeps telling so many of us that "staying the course" (to HELL) is our only viable choice? From O'Reilly to Gibson, Hannity, Coulter and Malkin the refain is the same: Stay with us because those evil, godless, traitorous F-ing LIBERALS are out there, ready to pounce on you and our unsuspecting children, teaching them not to respect their elders, and that they don't have give their lives for a pointless, endlessly stupid, arrogant war.

Those Liberals teach them that they have rights, and stuff. No, no the Daddy party can't have that. This is DADDY's house.

Just look how these people behave, with their constant, even pavlovian Liberal Bashing. They don't miss a single oppurtunity to throw a verbal punch or jab, making sure that any Liberal is far too stunned and shell-shocked from the barage to respond. And if they do try to respond, they either cut them off in mid-sentence or start calling them names. They're the school-yard bully - all grown up and sophisticated, smarmy and chummy - but still a bully. They smile as they pummel and batter the kids, the neighbors, our friends, and we just sit back and let it happen. Hands on our laps, powerless.

Why? Because the truth is we're addicted to this bullshit.

No, I don't mean you - I don't mean the progressives, centrist, liberals and ex-conservatives who've finally began to see the light and now openly converse on places like this. I mean Joe and Janine Six-Pack.

They like the idea of having a Strong Protector as head of the household. Oh sure, they look the other way everytime Daddy has a little daliance with Jack Abramoff, Armstrong Williams, Gannon/Guckert and all those sex laborers in the Mariana's Islands. Daddy always comes back home. Daddy takes care of them. A little foundation does wonders for those bruise marks.

In the end, this abuse is secretly what they want. "Daddy beats on those dirty Liberal-Hippie-Faggots-Niggers and Camel-Jockey's worse than he beats on me" and they like that just fine. It makes them feel safe, wrapped in a cumfy cocoon of paranoia.

Meanwhile Democrats in congress are walking around punch-drunk, trying to figure out what happened to the nice, reasonable boyfriend they used to have living across the aisle. Sure, they had their rough edges - but they could always at least talk to them. They think if they just hang in their they can work it all out.

"Oh, George isn't all that bad, you just have to get to know him..."

But that's a crock. We do know him, and it's all "Cut and Run" and "Party of Death" from here on out. Bushco isn't going to play nice, ever. And it's well past time we reached that moment of clarity, that moment where we finally realize that Daddy is an Asshole. He's a Hater. A Racist. A Homophobe. A Xenophobe. Daddy doesn't give a shit about you, he just wants you to shutup and roll-over so he can ass-fuck some more tax-cuts out of you.

And all his friends are Dickheads too.

They have to go, each and every one of them. It won't be easy, they've got their hooks into everything. But they have to go.

One by one.

It's the only way to protect the children - and their children.

Crossposted on Dailykos and Truth 2 Power

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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 11:23 AM
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1. When it comes to the GOPs constant name calling and other similar
methods of domination, I'm inclined to treat them like the children they are and reply with one or more of the following:

"I'm rubber, you're glue. It bounces off me and sticks to you."

"Twinkle, twinkle little star, what you say is what you are."

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words will never hurt me."

"Liar, liar, pants on fire, your nose is a long as a telephone wire."

Feel free to add your own childish little rhymes...

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Vyan Donating Member (990 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 11:28 AM
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2. I think we need to respond to them
like adults, and tell them to just plain "Knock it off".

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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 03:48 PM
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5. Well, of course I agree, I believe we have already tried that repeatedly
on many different occasions. It hasn't worked. Neither will my little silly work.

Whatever we have done in the past, they have just cranked up the volume and cried, "Boo Hoo, them liebrals are sooo mean to us."

Until they are held legally accountable for their actions, criminal, incompetent, or otherwise, they will continue to do as they are doing. If there are no consequences for wrong doing, and in fact rewards for wrong doing, they will continue to do wrong and more wrong.
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Vyan Donating Member (990 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 10:33 PM
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15. Absolutely correct...
until there are serious consequences brought to bear, these people will continue -- on an on. They won't voluntarily stop, they'll have to be forced (by the law).

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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 04:37 PM
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7. I liked Biden's reply re: Cheney on Sunday
Something along the lines of "I'm not going to respond to him. He's at 20% approval. No one listens to him."

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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 11:34 AM
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3. I think you're on to something
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eviltwin2525 Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 11:43 AM
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4. Frighteningly true
You've hit the nail squarely on the head.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 04:33 PM
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6. Well, the GOP base suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.
I wrote about this a couple of months ago: /

Why do so many people support Bush and, on a more general basis, the entire GOP in the face of so much abject failure?

Its much like Stockholm Syndrome where victims come to empathize with their kidnappers/captors. The Republican Party has undergone various hijackings going back to the McCarthy era. Actually, it appears to have a basis in the period of the formation of the CIA, which was comprised largely of Ivy League types, Yale, in particular (esp. the Skull and Bones crowd). That was followed by Barry Goldwaters rise.

Then the neoconservative/neoliberal faction rose out of the 60s (from the philosophy of Leo Strauss and, more directly, out of the office of Henry Scoop Jackson). They helped create the Soviet/Communist boogeyman and continued their stranglehold up to the 1994 overtaking of Congress with Newt Gingrichs Contract for America. Co-conspirators joined in at this time in the form of radical clerics of the far right, a group of people that abused the Christian faith for personal gain (politically and financially).

That brings us up to the current captors of the GOP which is still the neoconservatives but theyve managed to move further beyond the creation of a nationalistic ideal and on to one of global dominance of US foreign policy. And, to help ensure that power, they have co-opted control of the mainstream media and have managed to vilify any opponents of their ideology as traitors to the nation.

All during this, the Republican base would eventually come to follow the party line with fervor, vilifying those opposed or not 100% on-board. They felt that level of comfort in belonging to a group and stopped looking at news and events with a critical eye. Veering off the party path leads to fear and doubt, discomforting thoughts to those not used to thinking for themselves.

This base has come to believe, as proposed by the partys captors, that nothing presents more of a danger to the success and stability of America than same-sex marriage and abortion. They also cannot comprehend that opinions and trains of thought exist outside of the Republican Party, esp. the desires and wishes of people living in faraway lands of the Arabian desert, SE Asia, or Latin America. For surely if such lands were filled with people they would want to believe in the same things as them. They would want to worship the same God in the same manner and be good citizens. They would allow corporations unfettered access to seek great sums of money and would scoff at the thought of conservation and being stewards of the land. For as their captors demand, they acquiesce as they understand the dangers posed to them by liberal thought. They have assumed the pains and burdens of their captors.

Now, this is all a summary review of past events and a cursory look into the mindset of the victims. There are still unknown knowns that lurk beneath the skulls of these poor, pitiful creatures. What makes some people vulnerable to these effects? Are all people affected but just by varying degrees? Are some people completely immune and even repulsed by such efforts so much as to become militant opponents or conspiracy theorists? Only a long-term scientific study of DNA, brain waves, childhood influences, diet and exercise, and reading habits could begin to give us a fuller understanding of how this Syndrome wends its way into the synapses of its victims.

In the meantime, it is not only in our best interests but that of this great nation, as well, to wrap ourselves in the truth for all to see in the hopes that we can whittle away at the fortifications protecting the weak-minded. For not all are lost.

And, on a grander scale, I commiserate with you.

The State of America /

The State of America

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

America started off as a grand experiment in liberty and democracy. Fed up with totalitarian and repressive rule in Europe (esp. re: intolerance of certain religious beliefs), groups of people began leaving their homelands in Europe for the great new world, which as of yet had no name. These people were the non-conformist and more extreme and ardent believers of their right to freedoms. They certainly werent the apathetic, why would they care?

Various societies were formed up and down the eastern seaboard of America. From Puritans to Quakers, from religious fundamentalists to secular humanists, Americas population and diversity began to grow. Some of these elements were themselves intolerant of others but they all lived in relative harmony, barring attacks from the more aggressive tribes of Native Americans who despised their own homeland being encroached upon by the incoming hordes.

After a couple hundred years of exploration and expansion, the costs to the British empire of helping to maintain its new colonies in America caused it to implement various taxes. Tired of increasing taxes without proper representation, dissenters began protesting (apparently, some werent too fond of tea). Tension escalated and, eventually, a full-blown revolution was in place in a fight for true freedom from Britain. This freedom was achieved, with some timely support from the French, and a new government was formed for the new United States of America. The leaders of this fledgling government pieced together some of the most unique and time-tested documents in the history of the world: Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution.

The founding fathers had some extenuating circumstances and unique situations that affected the formation and some of the wording in these documents. This has led to a fair amount of contention to this day re: the meaning of some of the Amendments (gun control, religious freedom, personal privacy, etc.) If H . G. Wells time machine could really be built, it would afford us an opportunity to go back in time and perhaps interview our founding fathers and discern what they truly intended in some of these clauses. However, that isnt happening and were left to our three branches of government to interpret the Constitution and our laws and to provide checks and balances on one another. Having multiple political parties appears to have always been an intention of our founding fathers, despite some of the rhetoric from the more totalitarian-minded politicians and pundits of today.

Decades passed and Constitutional crises came and went without a pause or interruption in our government. Some Amendments were added to delineate and expand freedoms. Only once was an Amendment added that actually restricted actions (Prohibition) and that was repealed rather quickly. The more extreme among todays Conservatives, however, want to add one that restricts the meaning of the term marriage. Rather interesting since Conservatives are supposed to be less supportive of change. Changing the U.S. Constitution is a rather dramatic action.

This country passed through a civil war fought for economic and ideological reasons. The wounds have never truly healed, however, as the last bastions of bigotry hold on to what they call their heritage. However, that heritage is more accurately just an ignorant and obstinate will to hold onto failed ideologies of the past. Some change is good, especially when that change involves treating others fairly and equally, no matter their race, creed, sex or even sexual orientation. To engage in a bit of hyperbole, notice how our some of our own films and literature of societies of the future seem to shed the stain of bigotry? We have evolved to be more socially liberal as time has passed. Blacks are no longer treated as 3/5 of a person; Women have the right to vote; People cannot be fired simply because of their sex or race.

The last major hurdle is to provide equal protection for homosexuals. The opponents of equal rights for homosexuals are, typically, the more religious members of our society. These people believe homosexuality is a sin and homosexuals are a movement seeking to force their lifestyle upon America. Granted, there are more extremist/vocal homosexuals who do seek attention but there are a great number more that just want to live their lives in peace and to follow the America dream like everyone else. Being able to marry the one they love should not be something restricted by the government. If its a sin to someones religion, then the churches of that religion will never be forced to perform same-sex marriages. However, to force the beliefs of one religion onto the rest of America does violate the tenets of our Constitution. Just because the exact words mentioning separation of church and state dont actually appear in the Constitution doesnt mean that wasnt the intention of our found fathers. Reading some of Jeffersons letters one can easily that was what he intended but the wording came out sounding more ambiguous, perhaps to compromise with others.

Reading the news today, one would think that Americas Christians were under attack from all angles. Nothing could be further from the truth. The more fundamentalist and the more ardently faithful Christians seek to constantly affirm their faith in the face of perceived threats. Two of the biggest threats they perceive are abortion and same-sex marriage. These have become wedge issues which have been used those in power of the Republican Party to define what amounts to family values in todays society. Poverty, education, and parental responsibility seem to have become lost in the shuffle, despite being the core of what comprises family values. Also, these people truly are not Christians. What did Jesus teach 1,980 years ago? It surely wasnt that family values involved gun ownership, labeling certain portions of society as sinners, and intervention in government affairs. Jesus, first and foremost, was actually Jewish. This is too-often forgotten today. He taught that the meek and humble were to be honored. Materialism was not the righteous path and also to keep faith separate from the government (sure does sound like Jesus was quite the liberal!) Jesus was also a bit of a rebel. He fought to tear down a wall separating the average person from the rites and rituals of the Jewish faith. Jesus, therefore, represented a threat to the Jewish high priests since it was they who controlled those aspects of Judaism. Because he was a threat to their power, the high priests had Jesus crucified; a martyr for his beliefs. Jesus also taught to practice ones faith in private, not to be a hypocrite like the Sadducees. Sadly, too many of todays so-called Christians go directly against that teaching. You can see them in their Sunday-best for an hour or two on Sunday mornings as they drive their Support Our Troops ribbon-laden SUVs to the regional megachurch where they watch their preacher on large projection screens with their 10,000 fellow believers.

Christianity is not under attack in America, at least not from the left. No, its under attack from within, from the extremist right that is bastardizing and distorting the Christian faith and currently trying to orchestrate the actions of the Republican Party. Todays GOP is certainly not the party of Lincoln. Its not even the party of Eisenhower (who foresaw the dangers of a large military-industrial complex). Its now the party of hate-mongers and bigots like James Dobson, Tony Perkins, and Fred Phelps and their puppets in the government like Bill Frist, Rick Santorum, and Tom DeLay.

I have a unique perspective in this. I was born and raised Catholic; I went to parochial school for 12 years and received several of the Catholic sacraments. I am now quite the atheist (although I distance myself from the Michael Newdows of the world, extremism in any form is not necessarily a good thing and, more often than not, is a bad thing.) This has allowed me to take a step back and see all of the worlds religions and how they all have very similar beliefs at the core. Thats not really surprising since most of them are just evolutions of something before them (Islam born of Judaism and Christianity; Christianity born out of Judaism; Judaism born out of Egyptian and Sumerian religions). What is the core of most religions? Love one another and respect others as you would want them to do for you. The Golden Rule, in other words. Todays way of saying it is something more often heard from the more Libertarian- or liberal-minded: Your rights end where mine begin. Imagine if the whole world were to live by this rule. Imagine if people would check their egos at the door. Imagine.

The politically-correct left is also to blame for part of the decline of family values, esp. the parental responsibility aspect. Little Johnny is not going to be emotionally scarred for life simply because his teacher marked a wrong answer with a red pen. Nor will he be unable to function in society if he doesnt make the posted list of honor students. Competition helps to fuel our citizens to achieve more. This helps keep our country strong by filling it with talented scientists, economists, authors, artists, doctors, and teachers, among other professions. Taking away the competitive drive will only weaken our educational system.

While it may take a village, it more importantly takes a family. More specifically, it takes parents being active in their childrens lives. Parents must provide love and encouragement while maintaining discipline and study. A child left to its own devices will not have the proper direction and will be vulnerable to the more unsavory elements of society. Protection and encouragement is the purview of the parent, not the television nor the childs friends. Its way past time for the adults in this country to take responsibility for their own actions and to properly raise their children. Focusing on having a bigger car or a bigger home with nicer fixtures is not what this country needs. Consuming products to bolster some marketing-shaped ideal is harmful not only to this nation but to the earth, as well. We must be stewards of our lives and of our planet.

This leads back, inevitably, to our government and holding it accountable for its actions, both at home and abroad. The American public has become more and more apathetic over the last few decades. That apathy has reached a point where it is now the fundamental reason why our country is headed down the wrong path. When did it begin? In my opinion, it began with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Americas love affair with itself and its own government was dealt a deep wound on that fateful day in November, 1963. A stark realization began to set in that we were no different at the core than any other country on earth. Some may ask why not the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? It could be argued that America was not as cohesive a country at the end of the Civil War as it was in the booming years following the Allied victory in World War II over the Germans and the Japanese. America had entered a very prosperous age. Optimism abounded as memories of the Great Depression faded away. Television and radio had become household mainstays. Technology was advancing more and more rapidly and the automobile and the interstate highway system opened America up to travelers from coast-to-coast. America became one great big neighborhood.

Following Kennedys assassination, we became more involved in the Vietnam War which had unclear objectives from the beginning. Musicians and authors grew in dissent and a counterculture formed that was anti-government and anti-materialism (anti-capitalist?). More and more people were beginning to question the decisions of their government. Innocents were gunned down at Kent State in Ohio and then the Watergate scandal broke and our country faced, for the first time, the humiliation of a criminal (yes, you were a crook) in the White House in the form of Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace before he could be impeached. The U.S. pulled out of Vietnam with its tail between its legs and a general malaise fell over the country as the Me generation took hold. Even the vaulted space program was brought to all but a complete stop.

The rise of the automobile and its dependence upon foreign oil brought rise to a new power in the world: the Middle East. Americans felt the sting of the gas crisis of the 1970s which brought about miserable attempts by the automobile industry to combat the leviathan gas-guzzlers (the Ford Pinto and the Chevy Vega). Americas ability to innovate seemed to be mired in quicksand.

Then, a governor of California, who was a former actor, became President: Ronald Reagan. Reagan restored hope and optimism to the country. Americas economy seemed to get a shot in the arm (although, what we didnt know at the time was that the foundation was built upon shaky ground such as junk bonds and borrowed money.) The American hostages in Iran were brought home (but there was always an underpinning of doubt as to whether a deal was worked out with the Iranians to wait until Reagan took office.) The Cold War reached a crescendo but came to a sudden end with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of perestroika. Even the space program was rejuvenated and a reusable space shuttle was built and flown into space.

There were some odd military decisions made (Grenada, Panama) and an intervention in Central America that bore out the Iran-Contra scandal and talk of supporting death squads to ensure pro-U.S. leaders were installed the so-called Banana Republics. The national debt started becoming a topic of conversation. The 1991 Persian Gulf War brought some temporary support of our military as Saddam Hussein was kicked out of Kuwait in a matter of days and the American public saw almost-live footage via CNN of our Stealth fighters dropping smart bombs and guiding them into bunkers and buildings. However, after the Gulf War, reality quickly set back into place and the new President, George H. W. Bush found himself faced with a dire situation: go back on his campaign promise of no new taxes in order to combat fiscal problems. That, coupled with his dunce-hat Vice President, led to his defeat to Bill Clinton in the 1992 elections. A glitch in Americas optimism had seemingly been corrected.

Here was a younger President exuding charm reminiscent of the Kennedy era. The new President had a bit of a womanizing past but, hey, what was wrong with that? America was hit with the first terror attack on its soil right after Clinton took office. Little did we know what was yet to come. Focus turned inward on the nation as talk of a national healthcare plan started and education and welfare reform were other aspects of the domestic policy. Suddenly, balanced budgets became the talk and, eventually, the norm. A grand technological advance in the form of the Internet sparked an incredibly robust economic drive.

There were still some military interventions and carrying on existing military actions (Somalia and the no-fly zone in Iraq) and some questions and doubts revolved around those actions. Members of the right now criticizing the left were using the exact opposite of the rhetoric that they now employ. However, Clinton did give them room to criticize his actions when he began an affair with a White House intern. While the investigation into his sexual dalliance was uncalled for and obscenely expensive, the fact that he did lie under oath about it started impeachment hearings. The right was ecstatic that they might bring down a liberal President, perhaps as revenge for Nixons resignation.

Then came the 2000 election and nothing has been the same since. Never before has there been such doubt regarding the validity of a Presidential election than during the last two. We saw a Republican Secretary of State running a campaign for the Republican Presidential candidate and hiring technology companies to scrub voter rolls of people whose names even resembled those of convicted felons. We saw the Democratic Presidential Candidate attempt to perform unfair recounts of votes. Weve seen electronic voting systems with pro-Republican CEOs and Presidents promise to help the Republican candidate win and then see those systems put in use in key states and no paper trail to be found anywhere. The American voting process has fallen into disrepair as its now in the hands of corporations and partisans and not the people elected by the public.

Accountability has been tossed aside like an apple core. There is one thing this current administration has given to America: a collective middle finger in the face. Clinton, at least, finally admitted that hed had an affair. Getting this administration to admit to any sort of mistake would rival Christs miracles. Then again, this administration does have a God complex which is representative of the leaders of the GOP right now. They are run off of ideology, not pragmatism. They govern on faith, not reality. They criticize others distortion of religion and extremism while practicing their own (and killing tens of thousands and spending hundreds of billions of deficit money in the process.)

That is the current state of America. It is an unsustainable path in that it can only lead to self-destruction or, at the least, rebellion from within. Just as the Declaration of Independence spoke of revolt against tyranny regarding England, so, too, will America one day see that revolt happen within its own borders if the current GOP leadership maintains its stranglehold on power in America. They currently control the Executive and Legislative branches and are working on full-control of the Judicial. They control the military-industrial complex and, more importantly, they control the media conglomerates that pepper the airwaves and the newsprint with the propaganda of the right, devoid of truth and critical thinking.

Who is to blame for this crisis? Certainly, the ideologues shoulder a portion of the blame. It is they, after all, that got this country to drag Britain along in an ill-advised and illegal invasion of Iraq with almost no planning for a post-invasion Iraq. In the process, over 25,000 innocent Iraqis are dead along with 2,000 coalition troops (most of which were American soldiers) and hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent that could have gone toward securing America and helping to fight poverty (which is rising dramatically) and lack of healthcare (which, again, is rising dramatically.) If Clinton could be investigated to the tune of $70 million and then impeached for lying about some oral sex, then certainly our government would see to it that a full independent investigation into the propaganda and lies that took us to war in Iraq took place. The fact that the Republicans control the government and are doing nothing about it (and the media acts as their lapdog) speaks volumes as to their hypocrisy and shows they are all complicit in this un-American crime against humanity.

All the Republicans do at the moment is spout some party-line rhetoric about never wavering and valuing the culture of life. However, it seems the current state of the Republican Party is to say they value life in that they are against abortion yet they can never make it illegal. What wedge issue would they use to enthuse their base to vote for them? No, Roe v. Wade will never be overturned. Its too valuable to the Republicans, both politically and economically. And culture of life? Well, as long as its life that hasnt been born. Once a child is born, it is summarily forgotten by the Republicans and expected to get an education on its own and then get a job and magically become a member of the investor class. Nevermind any obstacles that might occur along the way such as illness, a debilitating accident, loss of one or both parents, or any number of other reasons. Welfare is only a term accepted by the Republicans when it refers to corporations or foreign countries that have oodles of oil under their soil. Welfare should mean protecting life and preventing poverty and lack of healthcare here at home; a graduated hand-up system and not a handout system.

Who else is to blame? Certainly the American public shoulders the largest portion of the blame. U.S.A. has come to mean the Unites States of Apathetica as people more and more cocoon themselves in their 3-4BR, 2.5BA cul-de-sac homes, living on a diet of pizza delivery, soft drinks, and video rentals. The days of the mass protest are gone and in its place are individual activists that happen to get a few moments of media time. To protest has been labeled anti-American and looked down about and eschewed even more so than during the Vietnam War era. The majority of people just simply dont care enough to help bring about change. As long as they can live in their little microcosm of America without too much difficulty, why should they bother? Well, theyre starting to get a bit of a reality check in the form of energy prices (gas now averaging nationwide double what it was when this administration first came into power).

What will it take to finally get America involved in the entire political process again? Maybe another terrorist attack on our own soil? Gas prices hitting $5/gallon? Home winter heating costs of about $500/month? Property taxes doubling? Retirement funds disappearing? Most likely, a combination of all or most of those is what it will take. Americans have become spoiled rotten brats and are content with their 30-second soundbite news from NBC, FOX, and CNN or scanning headlines from news compendium sites on the Internet such as Google News. Until people are hit where it hurts and hit hard, the majority will simply just take what theyre fed; not wanting to rock the boat while they toe their partys line.

That is the state of America. Its a rather sad state, I must admit. But, there is still hope. The 2006 mid-term elections could bring the Democrats back into power in one or both houses of Congress. That would help restore balance to the checks and balances so badly needed in our government right now.

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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 07:53 PM
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11. !!! Great post. n/t
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 08:00 PM
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12. Thanks...I should add that to My Journal
Edited on Tue Jun-27-06 08:05 PM by Roland99

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ktlyon Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 02:05 PM
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18. nice rant ... I just disagree on a few things
Edited on Wed Jun-28-06 02:07 PM by ktlyon
This being the big one.
<<Competition helps to fuel our citizens to achieve more. This helps keep our country strong by filling it with talented scientists, economists, authors, artists, doctors, and teachers, among other professions. Taking away the competitive drive will only weaken our educational system.>>

I do not believe competition is necessary to motivate people. I think people can be motivated by the desire to do the right thing and help other people. Competition outside of sports and other games is wasteful and causes much more harm than good. We should be looking for win win situations. In competition there is one winner and the rest are losers, this can be damaging physically, psychologically and financially. The pressure to win lets people abandon all other values and goals. It can led to people dong some bad things to themselves and other people.

I oppose competition in education the most. We should be working together so all our children learn to read and think to the highest levels. Winning and losing should not be apart of it. I want all children to achieve to their greatest potential.

but all and all good points in your piece.


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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 04:52 PM
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8. Yup, the left has INTERNALIZED the idea that we don't deserve to
run the country . . . helped along by the Clinton-centrists.

K'd and R'd.
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Higans Donating Member (819 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 05:11 PM
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9. Don't Forget, Dady has your credit cards and Drivers Licence too.
And he is pimpin you out on the streets.

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dunn Donating Member (77 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 05:59 PM
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10. A guest on NPR just said the "cut-and-run" strategy is Rove's idea.
He said it's how Rove typically operates - by going after Democrats strength instead of weakness.
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maryallen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 08:45 PM
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13. Excellent analogy,
Sound advice to a battered spouse: Just leave ... regardless of how you feel.

By the same token: Just get rid of this government --- anyway that you can.
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motocicleta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 09:15 PM
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14. See the Onion this week?
A researcher says the USA likely was abused as a young country. Only way to explain the paranoid, violent behavior the country now displays. Hopes for an intervention from a group of mature nations.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:46 AM
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16. The GOP
has adopted and expanded the Goebbels' doctrine of controling the media and repeating lies. How did they sell George W. Bush as a war hero and denigrate the war record of John Kerry? We let them get away with far too much. They have successfully bludgeoned the media for 40 years. Now they own the means of spreading their sick message to the masses.
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DaveT Donating Member (447 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 09:36 AM
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17. Yes, the media corporations are sponsors of Bush
This is the most difficult reality to wrap one's mind around.

On this thread, and on thousands of others on DU, there are several intelligent thoughts on how to "respond" to the GOP coordinated program of lies and bullying.

Respond where?

Our politicians and other celebrity leaders will have to continue to appear on TV, and they will have to try their best to communicate effectively to the audience from within that tiny box. But if we accept the premise that all significant national communication takes place within that idiot box, we have no prayer of ever regaining power.


The enemy owns the box and the enemy controls everything that frames the message from "our" side. Thus Kerry winds up looking like a coward and Bush like a war hero to millions of Americans who absorb their "information" from the idiot box.

This reality is so discouraging that some progressives can't cope with it.

But in the Soviet Union, the mimeograph machine became the underground medium that ultimately triumphed over the overt state monopoly on ALL legitimate communication.

Starting with ourselves, we must look at TV "news" as a joke. Then we must convey that dismissive attitude to our allies. Then we must turn that into a new consensus.

It has happened before, in America, in my lifetime. I'm 53 -- and I remember "underground newspapers" and "underground radio" during the Vietnam War. Neither institution totally supplanted the mainstream media, but they did reflect the utter rejection of BULLSHIT by tens of millions of people. They made mass protests easy to mobilize and they played a major role in smashing the corrupt big city machine bossism that controlled the Democratic Party until 1972. (To this day, the MSM scoffs at how the McGovern "crazies" destroyed the Democrats without mentioning the good fellas they supplanted from the Dick Daley and Pendegrast "organizations.")

It happened again this year, among the Spanish language subculture inside the USA. Radio disc jockeys spread a message that was inaudible through the main stream English language media and millions of people took to the streets to protest the idiotic GOP boob bumping idea of staging a vast "Planet of the Apes" style roundup and deportation of the entire undocumented immigrant population.

Unless we recognize that there will never be some media savvy SuperSlick who comes to our rescue with a perfect pitch for the TV soundbite to smite the bullies who so torment us, we will never return to power.

The post-Watergate/Vietnam generation seems to have lost the collective memory of both the solidarity and the strife that defined the labor and civil rights movements. If the union organizers of the 1930s or the black protest organizers of the 1950s and early 60s had worried about how their "message" was getting reported in the main stream media, there would be no need for the Bush Administration to try to turn back the clock -- we'd still be living in Calvin Coolidge's America.

The solidarity for social change comes from a shared alienation from power. It does not come from good "coverage" on network television.
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Reckon Donating Member (729 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:39 PM
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19. Nice article
but, I don't feel beat and battered. I feel like the repubs took a stick, giggled and poked a slumbering Democratic giant. Awakened, the giant is rocking their boat and many of the crew is jumping ship. Their giggles have turned to panic and their calls to not "cut and run" is actually an attempt to rally "their" crew from abandoning ship.
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