land of the free press, home of the brave idiots
Eliot Weinberger asks, What is Happening in America?
The screed is several paragraphs long, but here is the most telling line:
Most of all, America doesn't feel like America any more. The climate of militarism and fear, similar to any totalitarian state, permeates everything.
And you know, he's right. Don't you see how protesters are being rounded up and shot? How all the people with Impeach Bush bumper stickers on their cars are being pulled over, dragged out their vehicles and beaten to death?
It's a shame how Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon were exiled to Siberia for speaking out on national television against the president. And poor Sean Penn, executed in a very public hanging at Yankee Stadium.
The writers for liberal papers like the San Fransisco Chronicle have been silenced, their offices trashed and burned, the reporters missing in action.
The National Guard stands on every corner on every street in America, making sure you walk in a straight line and salute every single flag you see and they will shoot you for so much as littering.
The women of our country have become downtrodden, forced to wear veils and quit their jobs so they can stay home and subjugate to their husbands. Their kids are sent off to the service at only 15, whether they want to go or not.
Yes, this country is quite the police state. The fear is palpable. I mean, you don't even see protesters anymore. Indymedia has been shut down out of fear. Bloggers are closing up shop. We are like frightened, scared little children who look to our lord and savior, George W. Bush, for the answers to everything because we can't come up with any on our own. Our minds have been brainwashed, our lives have been taken over and totalitarianism wreaks havoc on all of our lives.
What is happening in America? This, I see:
Perhaps it cannot be stopped, but the first step toward slowing it down is the recognition that this is an American government unlike any other in this country's history, and one for whom democracy is an obstacle.
Perhaps the author has never heard of this little country called Iran?
These running-at-the-mouth anti-Bush revelers are clueless when it comes to freedom and democracy. They think this country sucks? Have they ever stepped foot inside of a country where thoughts like theirs would get them killed? I doubt it. To them, America is evil, Bush is the devil and freedom and democracy is only worth fighting for if it's for your own country.
What's happening in America? I can tell you this - it's not the squashing of dissent. It's quite ironic that a person should pen such a diatribe against a country that allows him to write such garbage and not have to face any death threats for it. It takes very little bravery to write a few anti-Bush paragraphs in this country.
Try talking shit abour your leader somewhere else and you'll feel the blade of the sword upon your neck within minutes. That, my friend, is a climate of militarism and fear. Not making faces at the president from behind the protective glass of something called the First Amendment.
Of course, that same freedom of speech allows me to not only read this garbage, but to spread it around as if I were showing off an ugly boil on the author's ass.
See, on the internet, everyone knows you're a jerk. Just ask Bill O'Reilly.