Monday, January 16, 2006

Al Gore Makes History Today

Did you catch Al Gore's historic speech today?

Joined by former Congressman Bob Barr, a Republican, Al Gore talked of our constitutional crisis, with Bush using the threat of terrorism to put himself above the law. As Gore said,
A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. Our Founding Fathers were adamant that they had established a government of laws and not men. Indeed, they recognized that the structure of government they had enshrined in our Constitution - our system of checks and balances - was designed with a central purpose of ensuring that it would govern through the rule of law. As John Adams said: "The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them, to the end that it may be a government of laws and not of men."
According to Raw Story, the speech received multiple standing ovations.

Where is our Republican Guard, as in guardians of the Republic? Where are the people who claim to love the constitution even as Bush shreds it, hour by hour? With Alito poised for confirmation, who will keep the growing dictatorship at bay?

Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District Attorney whose prosecution of Clay Shaw was thwarted by the CIA, among others, left us this warning, thirty-nine years ago. It is a sad commentary on our media that the only place where you could find intelligent discourse on this matter was in a porn magazine. Garrison knew what he was talking about. He had served in World War II, had seen the horrors of Dachau, and knew what fascism did to a people. He had a talent for pattern recognition, which made him not only a good prosecutor, but a good observer of where our country has been headed ever since the assassination of President Kennedy:
What worries me deeply, and I have seen it exemplified in this case, is that we in America are in great danger of slowly evolving into a proto-fascist state. It will be a different kind of fascist state from the one of the Germans evolved; theirs grew out of depression and promised bread and work, while ours, curiously enough, seems to be emerging from prosperity. But in the final analysis, it's based on power and on the inability to put human goals and human conscience above the dictates of the state. Its origins can be traced in the tremendous war machine we've built since 1945, the "military-industrial complex" that Eisenhower vainly warned us about, which now dominates every aspect of our life. The power of the states and Congress has gradually been abandoned to the Executive Department, because of war conditions; and we've seen the creation of an arrogant, swollen bureaucratic complex totally unfettered by the checks and balances of the Constitution.

In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We're not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn't the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same.

I've learned enough about the machinations of the CIA in the past year to know that this is no longer the dreamworld America I once believed in. The imperatives of the population explosion, which almost inevitably will lessen our belief in the sanctity of the individual human life, combined with the awesome power of the CIA and the defense establishment, seem destined to seal the fate of the America I knew as a child and bring us into a new Orwellian world where the citizen exists for the state and where raw power justifies any and every immoral act. I've always had a kind of knee-jerk trust in my Government's basic integrity, whatever political blunders it may make. But I've come to realize that in Washington, deceiving and manipulating the public are viewed by some as the natural prerogatives of office. Huey Long once said, "Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism." I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.

Use your voice, the one you can still use without getting arrested, as loudly as you can. Use it intelligently and forcefully, aggressively and compassionately. USE IT TODAY.

Tomorrow, it may be too late.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Bush is more dangerous than most realize. His family had financial ties to the Third Reich. His grandfathers Prescott Bush and Shelby Walker made money off I.G. Farben. I.G. Farben is the company that made the Zyklon-B gas used in the Nazi concentration camps. I.G. Farben was broken up into several smaller companies at the end of the war. One of those was Brwon Brothers Harriman. That comapny is now Halliburton. There is more to this story than meets the eye.

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