Saturday, October 27, 2007

Convenient Coincidences?

Sometimes it's really hard to believe this opportunity to dramatically increase the executive branch's role, strengthen law enforcement and surveillance authority, and practically rewrite the Constitution happened completely through a series of convenient coincidences, considering the right-wing’s well-known agenda is, as Grover Norquist so eloquently articulates, "... to bring this country back to the way it was before Teddy Roosevelt and the socialists came in" and “undo the new deal and the Great Society”.

Ironically, Grover Norquist's "starve-the-beast" parti pris will be achieved by increasing government's budget, power, and presence in our everyday lives -- as has already started to happen -- under the guise of circumstances being "beyond the control" of government. Evidence supports these "circumstances" seem to have been preventable if those at the helm had been paying attention. Even if hindsight is 20/20, it is certain that what happened on 9/11 would not have escalated into the exorbitantly expensive quandary it has become if our government had focused on the culprit instead of inventing situations that did not exist, blaming those who had no part, and distracting us with harmless issues (gay marriage) which if did come to fruition could only make our country that much closer to living what our Founding Fathers had intended -- equality for everyone, because as the U.S. Supreme court declared in its decision to strike the ban on interracial marriage, "marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival."

I do not believe (yet wouldn't be surprised) that President Bush and/or his administration actively participated in planning 9/11, but I do believe were fully prepared, in the event of an attack, to put their plan into action and make their dream a reality. Whether or not 9/11 fell into their lap or not, they took total advantage of this "windfall", not wasting one second actualizing their plan of attack.

"It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

- Hermann Goering

"September 11, 2001, played into neoconservative hands exactly as the 1933 Reichstag fire played into Hitler's hands. Fear, hysteria, and national emergency are proven tools of political power grabs. Now that the federal court are beginning to show some resistance to Bush's claims of power, will another terrorist attack allow the Bush administration to complete its coup?"

-- Former Reagan administration official and Wall Street Journal and National Review assistant editor Paul Craig Roberts,

"There is only one politically serious explanation of this now-indisputable fact: powerful forces within the US military/intelligence complex wanted a terrorist incident on US soil in order to create the needed shift in public opinion required to embark on a long-planned campaign of military intervention in Central Asia and the Middle East. Whether or not they knew the scale of the impending attacks and what the precise targets would be, they acted in such a way as to block the arrest of known terrorist operatives and allow them to carry out their plot."

--Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, Army intelligence officer

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."

-- George W. Bush

Worse than traitors in arms are the men who pretend loyalty to the flag, feast and fatten on the misfortunes of the nation while... their countrymen are moldering in the dust,"

-- Abraham Lincoln
It's really hard, almost impossible, to see the forest through the trees but we must try because the alternative, burying our heads in the sand, is certain to destroy us.


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