ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

So much idiocy, so little time

And the "Progressives" wonder why we don't take them seriously! I love that this guy gets top billing at Democratic Underground today... God knows that the forums are all abuzz about this guy's ability to "speak truth to power" and hopes that he isn't harmed by the Bush Family Evil Empire.

The Illusion of Normality
October 18, 2005
By Ernest Partridge, The Crisis Papers

Never in the 229 years of United States history has this government "of, by and for the people" been in greater peril. Not during the Civil War, not during the great depression, and not during the Second World War or the Cold War which followed.
I disagree with him here, because I think that the War On Terror is unlikely to be lost given the universal human desire for freedom. I mean, yes... we are definitely in their crosshairs, but is there any doubt as to whether we will prevail? .... Oh, wait... I don't think he's talking about the peril of Islamofascism and terrorism... hmmmm, I'll keep reading
Until today, gross incompetence, abuse of power, corruption, corporatocracy, and federal insolvency could be checked and reversed by balanced and separated governmental powers, and at the ballot box by a citizenry informed and provoked by an alert and independent media. Now all branches of government and the mainstream media are dominated by the wealthy elites in control of a single political party.

OHHHHHhhhhhhhh!!! It's the corporate media and the wealthy elites that are our greatest enemy.
Can you believe this? If not, you are in the company of a majority of Americans who might respond to the above jeremiad with "Oh c'mon now, it can't be as bad as all that! We've always had incompetence, corruption, waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, and stolen elections are as old as the republic. It's no different now."

So long as that majority of Americans believes this, the rule of the Busheviks and its successor oligarch regimes will be secure. Thus Bush, Inc. and its obedient mainstream media are desperately endeavoring to nourish and sustain this "illusion of normality."

(Otherwise known as sane and rational people... Or "sheeple" to the DUers or a Kossacks.
The illusion has many facets.

Elections? Get over it!

The refusal of the public to believe that national elections can be stolen validates the claim of the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress to political legitimacy – that they "derive their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration of Independence). The evidence clearly indicates otherwise. (For an excellent summation of this evidence, see Dennis Loo's "No Paper Trail Left Behind." See also The Crisis Papers pages on "Election Fraud, 2004" and "Electoral Integrity.")

On the other hand, the evidence for the legitimacy of the elections is virtually non-existent, due to the secrecy of the software and the absence of paper validation. So all that the defenders of the legitimacy illusion have is ad hominem insults of the challengers – "conspiracy theorists," "paranoid," "get over it!"

*crickets chirping*

I just don't know what to say here... This guy is nuts, no?
The mainstream media's response is no response, with the apparent hope and expectation, so far successful, that if it is ignored the ballot fraud issue will go away. The primary aggrieved institutional victim of the fraud, the Democratic Party, simply won't touch the issue, which can only serve to strengthen "the illusion of normality." Thus allegations that the elections were stolen and thus that the government in power is illegitimate are confined to the alternative media and the Internet.

And so the Democrats carry on as if the upcoming elections of 2006 and 2008 are "normal," as they diligently solicit more votes and cheerfully look forward to taking back the Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 – as if the same "normal" rules and conditions apply as they have before. Those poor, naive saps! Don't they realize that once again, Republican operatives will count the votes? And that the results will be just what the GOP wants them to be, regardless of the wishes of the electorate? Unless, very soon, the people demand reform and restore the integrity of the ballot box.

No word on all of the Democratic precincts which were the main areas of concern for voter fraud in 2004... No word on the razor thin margin in Milwaukee, where clear and convincing evidence of voter fraud is sufficient to bring the result into question. (Ohio was won by 120k, Wisconsin by a mere 11k)
The media are biased in favor of liberals.

The right-wing talk-merchants who, until Air American Radio came along had the AM dial pretty much to themselves, complain constantly that the mainstream media has a left-wing, anti-Bush bias. So too the cable news chatterers. Much of the public believes this myth because it is repeated so often – not, to be sure, on the strength of the evidence which clearly proves otherwise.

Two brief examples: in October, 2004, immediately before the presidential election, the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) released a report that among Bush supporters, 75% believed that Saddam Hussein's Iraq government supported al Qaeda, and 72% believed that Iraq either had weapons of mass destruction, or active WMD programs. In addition, the Bush supporters said that the US should not go to war if it were known that Iraq had no WMDs.

Some supporters think Saddam supported al Qaeda because... you know... al Qaeda was in Iraq and receiving support from Saddam (explicitly or implicitly). (See medical assistance for terrorists in Baghdad, support for Zarqawi after he returned from Afghanistan, Salman Pak, etc.) And the WMD thing... do we really have to go over this? Yes, we thought he had WMD because, you know... he had used them at one time and never documented their destruction. Either he just wasn't good at keeping logs or he ended up transporting them out of the country - BUT WE KNOW HE HAD THEM AT ONE TIME.
Which means, to put it bluntly, that Bush owes his election to this WMD lie (among other lies, but those require separate arguments). Now where did the Bush voters get this misinformation if not from the mainstream media, which obviously passed it on uncritically from the Bush administration?
Well, they got it from Democratic leaders as well, like Bill Clinton, John Kerry, etc, etc.
Torture? It was just a few bad apples.

Few Americans appreciate the depths of moral depravity that are are plumbed by this administration's justification of the use of torture of prisoners captured in this "war on terror," and by its official violation of the Geneva accords – ratified treaties that have the status of US laws. Nor are many of our fellow citizens aware of the disgust and hatred of our country's government engendered throughout the world as a result of these policies.

And why not? The mainstream media do not accurately report the tortures, assess the treaty violations, or inform the public of international opinion. Attorney General Gonzales has effectively "abolished" torture by defining it out of existence, yet the tortures still go on. The Geneva conventions are evaded by the invention of a category of prisoners, "enemy combatants," that is unrecognized by international law. In effect, the government of the United States of America, our country, is an international outlaw.

Sorry, but we are following the Geneva Conventions... just because we aren't following Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions which even Jimmy Carter had the good sense to not ratify does not mean we are in violation of international law. (Protocol I extends POW protections to irregular combatants (ie out of uniform saboteurs and terrorists)). In fact, we would be well within international law to simply shoot on sight any irregular combatant that we capture on the battlefield. Fortunately, our military forces are more restrained and we hold a nice military tribunal to determine their status.
The Busheviks do not care. And sadly, the American people, by and large, do not know. They believe that our treatment of prisoners is justified, and that the opinions of us abroad are "normal."

It is an illusion.

The president, his cabinet, and the Congress will not, as they have all sworn, "protect and defend the Constitution." In fact, American citizens are now being held indefinitely, without charge, without counsel, without trial, in violation of four of the Ten Amendments to the Constitution (The Bill of Rights). The president claims the right to designate any American citizen as a "terrorist suspect" and to arrest and confine that citizen in similar violation of law and the Constitution.
Ummm, last I recalled, you forfeited your rights when you took up arms against the United States.

The same Constitution stipulates that Congress declares war, yet this "war on terrorism" is undeclared. This is but one of many clear violations of law by the Bush Administration (enumerated in my "The Bombs in the Basement"). The conventional attitude that "they all do it" just doesn't begin to excuse the unprecedented lawlessness of this regime.

Except for that Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq... Yep, nothing about war or military in there at all!
Add to this the enormous stake that the Administration, the Republican Party, and their corporate patrons have in perpetuating this "illusion of normality." Billions of dollars of public funds have been snatched from the federal treasury and billions more from the investments, retirement funds, health benefits and social services of private individuals. Add to that the deterioration of educational facilities and public infrastructure.
In short, the malefactors are facing not only the loss of their ill-gained wealth but perhaps federal prison cells. And don't suppose that they don't know it, and that they are not prepared to take extreme measures to avoid it. The injured and cornered beast is the most dangerous, and these critters have some fearful resources at their disposal.

hmmm, what is this guy implying here???
Foremost among the objectives of the progressive resistance must be to disabuse the public at large of its "illusion of normality." We must attack the widespread but understandable unwillingness of that public to face up to the enormity of the crimes that have been perpetrated upon the body politic.

Yes, keep shouting from the rooftops! Nothing could help the Center-Right more than a "progressive resistance" movement trying to get everyone to wake up from reality and enter the dreamworld fueled by the kind bud.

For more "thoughts" from this idiot, check out Crisis Papers... Oh, and here's a good discussion by some DUers suffering from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome). Be sure to read all of the comments. And they wonder why we think they're irrational?

Another Rovian Conspiracy - Reading this mindless pap so you don't have to!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler