I am sure most of you have been to a musical performance where the sound level is gradually increased without you even realizing it in order to prepare you for the main event. I call it the concert theory. Looks like it can be applied to other arenas as well.
The further the administration drops in the polls the more threatening the rhetoric around dissent becomes. The statements Donald Rumsfeld has been making lately are a few decibels higher these days. For instance: Rumsfeld had this to say on
"Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that
The message here is clear. The act of self-examination, of either self or your country is destructive to
"I recount this history because once again we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism"
Clearly one cannot deny the existence of fascist, fundamentalist extremist groups that seek to harm Americans and our interests.
Is it the fact that these groups exist that somehow not only negates but criminalizes our right to question the nature and methods of those American interests and their attendant effects on the world at large? That hardly seems logical.
What we have here is an attempt to use the threat of fascism to accomplish fascism. I do not know if Mr. Rumsfeld actually believes it is fascism when we do it or not, but he is engaging in it none the less.
My immediate experience has been no. I believe that many Americans know something is terribly wrong but they just can't bring themselves to listen to what is really being said.
I empathize with them; it's a hard thing when you have to decide what you will stand for or against. When the music hits full volume and we are forced to hear, see and experience the show first hand, when the choices are few and the consequences are immediate. When denial is not an option any longer. Will we as a nation say "Give me liberty or give me death" or will it be something less heroic this time?
Further food for thought below:
Ashcroft's plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the high court's newest jurist, cast the tie-breaking vote for the majority that said government employers "need a significant degree of control over their employees' words and actions; without it, there would be little chance for efficient provision of public services."
Critics said the ruling could silence nearly all of the nation's 20 million civil servants, who now can be "disciplined" for exposing official abuse through their government positions.
I will tell you my final answer, right now Mr. Rumsfeld, "Give me liberty or give me death."
I will not give up my right to a free voice for a Rumsfeldian version of "1984".
If you really want to honor a veteran, don't give up your freedom!