Monday, September 04, 2006

Donny Rumsfeld's Twisted Worldview

It has taken me a couple of days to even get the words out. Watching Donald Rumsfeld's address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars last week left me speechless. Comparing people who oppose what is undoubtedly the stupidest foreign policy blunder in American history to Nazi era appeasers is not only the ultimate in gutter discourse, it is just plain crazy! It is as insane a statement as I've ever heard come out of the mouth of a public official in my lifetime. It is interesting to watch the utter desperation of this sick and sickening administration as they march in lockstep to the beat of Karl Rove's latest public relations ploy. So frightened are they of losing control of both houses of congress in November that they are now charting new and unexplored territory in political craziness. The new buzzword is "Islamo Fascism" and it seems as if everyone within the GOP's ideological machinery has embraced the term wholeheartedly. How do I know that? Because overnight, that is the term that every single one of these murderous bastards and bitches (Hi, Condi!) were using.

My question is this: Did any of the geniuses around the First Fool take the time to do even a minimal amount of historical research? My guess is that they did not. Calling Islamic extremists "Fascists" is about as dumb as calling them "Communists" or "Sandinistas" or "Daughters of the American Revolution". It makes no historical sense what-so-ever! It's as if, out of the blue, the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt decided to call Hitler and the Nazis, "Southern Rebels". I mean, just when you thought these people couldn't get any nuttier....You've got to say this in their favor, however: They never disappoint, do they?

No doubt about it: America is in serious need of a long overdue history lesson. That being the case, let us start with a quotation from a man who is now regarded by historians as the father of the modern fascist state, shall we? Here is how Benito Mussolini defined fascism in a 1927 interview. It was conducted in English so there is no room for misinterpretation:

"Fascism should more properly be called 'corporatism' because it is the total merging of corporate and state power".

Now ask yourself this question: Who better does that preceding quotation describe, Al Queda or the Bush administration? Ponder that for a minute or two. Don't get me wrong! I have no doubt that Osama bin Ladin's organization is made up of some seriously bad guys; No argument here. It's just that - call it a foolish eccentricity on my part - I have the silly habit of insisting that things be put in their proper historical context. Go figure.

Is this latest trick out of the Rove propaganda factory going to work? I hope not. And yet when one takes into consideration the utter, mind-numbing stupidity of the American public, there is room for pessimism - lots of room. What made Rumsfeld think he could get away with making the outrageous claim that anyone against the policies of this disgusting administration is suffering from, "moral or intellectual confusion"? Because he knows damn good and well that there are Americans out there - a whole lot of Americans - who are ready, willing and able to swallow this bullshit, hook, line and sinker. That is the reason your once-great nation is the laughingstock of the planet, kiddies!

Here is another scare tactic (and my personal favorite) that the right wing is now using on the electorate: If the democrats regain control of congress in November, they'll impeach the president. Oh, really? Gee! And why, all of the sudden, do you think they're using that line? During the midterm elections of 1984 and 1986, no one was suggesting the impeachment of Ronald Reagan. Not even during the height of the Iran-Contra affair was it ever seriously considered - in spite of the overwhelming evidence that he should have been removed from power. During the 1990 mid-terms, I don't remember anyone calling for the impeachment of King George the First! Then why, in the year 2006, do you suppose they are raising the ugly possibility of forcibly removing a sitting chief executive by means of a totally legitimate constitutional process? Is it because the Democratic Party is comprised of a posse of wild-eyed, left wing extremists? [PAUSE FOR LAUGHTER] Or might it be the fact that in 1998 the republicans lowered the bar for what constitutes an impeachable offence to an embarrassing level and that, eight years later, there is enough evidence - mountains of evidence - to send George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney to the hoose gow for a very, very long time. I'll go with the latter.

And while we're on the subject of Dick Cheney, let's not forget that thirty-three years ago, Richard M. Nixon's VP, Spiro T. Agnew, was forced to resign from office for committing relatively minor crimes while he was governor of Maryland - years before he even joined the Nixon administration. Are you gullible enough to believe that it's a mere coincidence that Cheney's "former" company, Halliburton, was able to obtain no-bid contracts in Iraq that have over-charged the taxpayers to the tune of billions of dollars? If you are, I've got a stove made out of balsa wood that I'd just love to sell you!

In a twisted impersonation of FDR: Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing the Bush administration has to offer is fear itself....Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror. That is what they are trying to do! They are attempting to scare the bleeding mortal shit out of all of us. Count on it: In the days leading up to the November elections, the "terror alert level" will go up into the stratosphere, particularly in the so-called "blue states". Let's not get fooled again.

I know that I've said this here before and please forgive me for sounding like a broken record but I've got to say it again: George W. Bush will be remembered in history, primarily, as the first (pray last) former chief executive to go to federal prison. Remember you read it here, folks.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

WOW that was some speech to leave YOU speehless! A feeble attempt at humor, I agree with all you say and more. This bunch has got go.

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am waiting, as patiently as I can, for the day that sees both Cheny and Bush in federal prison (and for a very long time).

As for Rummy, well, I had plenty to say when first I heard his comments last week. Unfortunately, most of it wasn't what polite society likes to hear.

I hate these people, I hate these people, I hate these people!

Mary Emanuelson

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Geo. Orwell said...

My favorite bumper sticker: Will Someone Please Give Bush A Blow Job So That We Can Impeach Him?

Calling everyone else fascists is a wonderful example of transference.

(Mr. Degan: Any chance you could use non-reversed type on your page? It's extremely difficult for these aging eyes. Thanks.)

At 8:01 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Well, I don't guess President Pork Pie and all his jolly minions can scare the bleeding mortal shit out of me!

1 All my mortal shit has been bled dry! All that is left is a dry, hardened turd suitable for ballistic employment! (and GUESS which direction I am planning to launch it come November 7!!!)

2 I'm a fearless man! I'm not scared of President Pork Pie or his Necon Not-jobs, because they used up all their fear on wild goose chases, and grandly overpronounced arrests, which seem to have a great deal of evidence lacking!

3 I'm of the opinion that the American People, while NOT the sharpest knives in the drawer, have been sent scampering off to Home Depot for cases of duct tape, and rolls of polyethylene sheeting stacked like firewood just maybe a few too many times!

I've got a stange suspicion that the Repigs wailing about the Democrat-led impeachment of President Pork Pie, just might be campaining for the enemy!

As far as Rummey goes, I've been meaning to write a post on him on my blog, but for some reason I always wind up jumping up and down on the keyboard, followed by a session of reckless abuse of controled substances!

Keyboards are cheap around here, but the poor old brain just can't trip like it used to!

Great post, Tom

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Your words quoting Mussolini on fascism being the merging of government and corporate power ring especially true right now for me. A young friend has told me a chilling tale about her friends who will be sentenced Sept. 12 in Trenton, NJ on charges by the Federal government of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. They in fact are animal rights activists and not terrorists, as you'll see if you read Pete Spina's article: "One Struggle, One Fight: SHAC7 and the Future of Dissent". They didn't commit any acts of violence, but conducted a successful campaign via website that resulted in severe financial damage to Huntington Life Sciences, a large corporation that uses animals in gruesome ways. This conviction will make it easier for the government to go after other non-terrorists whose activities it doesn't like. Maybe even people like us who are just interested in getting at the truth and exposing lies.

It doesn't matter what we call muslims who commit violent acts. There will be a clash between the Judeo Christian and Islamic worlds and God alone knows what the outcome will be. I don't want to see America become the historical aggressor. Better to be struck than to be the striker, isn't that one of Christianity's basic teachings? I'm willing to bet that "turning the other cheek" for Rumsfeld & co. is tantamount to being an appeaser to Islmofascists or worse, a traitor to this country.

If ever this nation needed a voice of reason it's now, before paranoia overtakes everyone. It seems our leaders have already succumbed to it.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its me the anonymous blogger!

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Geo Orwell said...

Thanks so much for reversing the reverse, it's sooo much easier to read.

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bush had been truthfull, he would have called them Islamic Fundamentalists. They are anything but fascists. Bush is fascists. Osama bin Laden is fundamentlist.
Fundamentalists want to live in the 7th century. Fascists want control of the state for the good of the state.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God for you Tom! Now, what can we do (besides cast votes that may or may not be counted) to get the criminals behind bars? I would really like to know what we can do.
I've written to my "representatives".
I'm hoping desperately to see these killers brought to justice. The Hague is where they belong.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous said...

guess I better start off with a comment on your rant. you're spooky.

what I really want to get you started on is the 'ditch' and 'berm' [read 'moat and wall'] some of our number want to build around Baghdad. this is grand...look how well it worked for the Crusaders! [oops...bad word, Dubya...'scuse it]. and our boys and girls could lie on top of the wall and shoot at the Bad Guys, just like John Wayne in 'The Sands of Iwo Jima'...but wait. didn't he get killed in that one?

moving on, then, we could evict all the native populace from the city and be SAFE! and we'd have our own little colony [another bad word...sorry]. like we've been after all along.

but wait [again]...if there were no native populace, who would do the actual work that is below the dignity of the Halliburton merc's? Illegal Aliens! we could export the Illegal Aliens from the good old USofA to Iraq! two birds with one stone!

go gettum, Tiger!

At 11:11 AM, Blogger symcokid said...

I've been telling my youngest son, 25, for some time now that he had best prepare himself for Dictator Bush 'Draft' because it'll be coming soon. He and his buddies don't want any part of it, nor do any of us.

How can we rationalize with an inept in the first place Prez with God telling him, "take this or that (axis of Evil) country out", liberate the people of Iraq, instill some of our good old fashioned form of Democracy?

It doesn't really matter how this country got so far out of control -I simply don't see how things can be turned around for the better when all we have are CRIMINALS calling the shots.


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