I wrote the following on 5 January, 2001, just before Bush II put his hand on the Bible and lied the first time. I sent it out to my friends and readers with a request to set it aside for a few months, then read it again and see if I was perhaps correct.
*I got roasted! “Steve, this is the United States! Things like this might happen in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, but not here! This is a democracy!”
*I got many responses with a similar message. Don’t hear much of that any more.
*Hitler is reputed to have said, "To truly control a country, you must first control its courts. Then, whatever you do is legal, whatever your opposition does is illegal." It’s as simple as that.
*Well, it seems the President-appointee has selected his cabinet to guide us through the next four years. As expected, he has filled most of the posts with the most reactionary right wingers he could find. The Secretary of labor is anti-labor and anti-Social Security, the Attorney General probably thinks Hitler was a liberal. We have retreads from the Reagan/Bush administrations, corporate CEO’s, in short, a cadre of people dedicated to ensuring that the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class supports it all until it is taxed into poverty, too. The environment will be raped and despoiled for every last dollar that can be squeezed out of it. The International Cartels and the WTO will have yet more of the poor and the displaced to exploit, at home and abroad. Protests of this wanton destruction will fall on the ears of a bought Supreme Court which has already proved that it is acutely conscious of who put them in their lifetime situations.
*Our Constitution will be more narrowly interpreted by this court and the civil rights gained at so much pain, suffering and sacrifice will gradually be eroded or disallowed. We will become a nation of dispossessed, poverty stricken, hungry and illiterate people standing in lines for jobs or food, fighting for crusts and watching the limousines drive by.
*If he can accomplish this, the President-appointee will no doubt get a pat on the head from his daddy for accomplishing what daddy only made a start at.
*As it was under Nixon, Reagan and Bush the First, our children will once again have their role models in high places to teach them that greed, venality, vengeance and the bottom line are the only things worthwhile and that caring, compassion, love and conservation of resources are just weaknesses to be exploited if there is power or profit to be gained.
*What is needed today are statesmen, but who would risk assassination or being dragged through the muck of character assassination by what passes for leaders today. Mussolini’s Black Shirts made thinkers, intellectuals, idealists, teachers and opposition politicians drink a quart of castor oil and stand in the street until they soiled themselves, to the amusement of the fascists. It is rarely remembered that this humiliation was also the administration of an often fatal dose of a slow acting poison.
*Will we and our cherished Constitution manage to survive this increasingly blatant takeover? Can we live through another “Corporate State?”
*And then, of course, there is war and all the corporate profits that accrue to that, not to mention the curtailment of personal liberties in the name of “National Security” that goes with it
*Written 5 January 2001.
*Bush had many KBR no-bid concentration camps built, for holding people "should the bird flu become epidemic, to put people who might be trying to enter the United States, or for whatever other reason the President might decree."
*I have never read any articles stating that those camps had been dismantled, but I did see an RFP on the net for bids to staff, supply and run these camps.
*If We the People let this travesty continue, then we shall have no voice whatsoever in our lives and future (unless of course we have a few billion dollars in the bank, in which case, “Life will be good!”), and that future will be very bleak, and probably short lived as this nation continues its rape and pillage of our Mother Earth.