I don't want to go around like Chicken Little crying "The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!" but the direction the country is being driven today is pretty upsetting. The ones manning the helm can only shout "Stay The Course" and they maintain their grip on power using their tried and true recourse to scare tactics. And why not? That's certainly worked great so far.
"America Under Attack" TV news graphic from "The Power of Nightmares" a 3-part documentary produced by the BBC and broadcast October 20, 2004. This series details how the Bush Administration used fear to frighten Americans and the world.
When Bush first occupied the White House I was pretty disturbed by how he got there, but figured it was an aberration which could and would be corrected in the next election. I remember a friend telling me at the time it was the best thing that could happen since the country would soon know what Neocons were all about and as a result we'd soon be rid of them as a political force forever. Boy, were we ever wrong!
Along came 9/11 which consolidated their power and enabled them to run roughshod over everything. I've kept saying to myself there's no way our country could ever fall victim to what amounted to a 'coup', but now I'm not so sure.
A lot of folks get upset to hear it said, but there are many eerie parallels to the way the Neocons took over the nation's administration and the way the Nazis gained control of Germany in the early 30's. Nazism is essentially only a more militant form of the Corporatism we have in the US today - which more and more eerily resembles Nazism every day.
It's actually pretty darned scary:
Above is an image of the "Cathedral, or Tower of Light", composed of powerful searchlights displayed during Nazi ceremonies in 1936 in Nuremberg, Germany. There were several similar Nazi displays around that time.
This is something called a "Tribute In Light" displayed in Manhatten on 9/11/2006
Maybe it's not too late - maybe there's still time and the forces of reason and democracy are yet persuasive and powerful enough to swing the pendulum back. I am pinning a lot of hopes on next week's elections. If afterwards it turns out that the Neocons have stolen the elections again, it will be time for the rest of us to take to the streets by the millions as we've seen citizens in other countries do - and if there's enough backbone left in our people.
And, this is one called "Tower of Light" at the site of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2006.
If we are not able to take back our country I fear we are on an inexorable road to eventual violent revolution in the US which could last for decades. I sure hope I am wrong for the sake of my children and grandchildren.
For a chilling take on how others view one of the draconian new powers handed over to Bush and his bunch have a look at the video HERE. This will definitely give you some perspective!
And honestly, I must admit I entirely fail to see why we 'celebrate' such an event as 9/11/2001!
"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke