Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The willfully ignorant and the brutishly stupid...

EDIT 07/08/05: One of my favorite posts. No way I'm deleting this one...

I've been struggling with something lately. I've been trying to put my finger on what, exactly, it is about the current administration and its supporters that I hate so much. Don't get me wrong - it's not that I'm having difficulty coming up with a reason. I'm having trouble narrowing it down to just ONE. But I think I've finally got a handle on it. It's not just the lies. It's not just the callous disregard for the working class. It's not the attempts to distort and obfuscate their agenda. It's not their rape of the truth or their bastardization of liberty and justice. It's not the corporate cronyism or elitist exclusion or even their attepts to hijack patriotism and brand protest as un-American. Because these are all just symptoms of a larger underlying flaw. What it really is, when it comes down to it, is the prevailing mindset of willful ignorance and brutish stupidity.

It's a mentality that has been used throughout the ages to justify brutal regimes, and the fact that it is growing in America is the most frightening of all. This backlash against education is the insane product of deranged thugs. It's the complete and total unwillingness to consider alternate points of view. It's the idea that an open mind is a sign of weakness. It's the red-meat testosterone frenzy of knee-jerk fascism claiming that "Real Men Don't Think." It's the idea that the U.S. is the big dog in the yard, and whatever they decide to take is justified. It's the "Might Makes Right" playground bullies, grown up and running the country. The idea that they can make their own rules, do what they want, and stomp on anyone who objects.

When you start thinking like that, tyranny is just a short step behind. How long before that mentality is turned inwards, onto Americans? How long until internal dissent is treated to the same brutal retaliation as Iraqi insurgency? How long before we see soldiers on our streetcorners? How long until we dissenters are rounded up for questioning? How long before our freedom is crushed under the treads of a patrolling tank? When do the barbed-wire fences go up? When do free-speech zones become free-speech enclosures? When does the internment of protestors begin?

Don't look now. It already has.

As long as intelligence is viewed with derision and scorn, we will continue down this dark path. As long as schools serve not to educate our children, but to control and eliminate their free will, we will see this rise of totalitarianism. As long as we have a political party who truly believes that dissent is terrorism, we will feel phantom eyes watching over our shoulders and hear the phantom footsteps of a hundred thousand jack-booted soldiers marching in lockstep towards the death of America.

Political discourse is at an end. The two parties are now locked in an irrevocable spiral of intolerance and animosity. As long as the right-wing mouthpieces decry liberals as traitors and weaklings, the left-wing will continue to grow in response. They took advantage of a faltering amongst Democrats. We were dealt a near-fatal blow with the triumph of the policies of ruthless order and power that swept the seventies and branded liberals as America-hating thugs. We grew weak and powerless, huddled in the corner as the bullies kicked us and spat in our faces. We struck a deal in the nineties, adopting the guise of moderate thoughts and behaviors, and still we faced scorn and anger, still the attempt to purge liberalism from America once and for all. And now, with the power of the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court all allied against us, we have faced an onslaught of hatred and malice. But you know what? What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger.


We've weathered the storm and come through it, a scarred, battle-worn shell of what we once were. But they haven't been able to crush us out completely, and that mistake will be their undoing. Because we've seen the true face of right-wing conservatism now, and we're not going to strike any more bargains with the devil. We've seen what lies in store for us, and we've seen what the future of this country could be. And it's not going to happen. Not on my watch. From this point on, this is all-out war. We're through being pushed around. We're through prostituting ourselves before the altar of the right in a desperate and futile attempt at appeasement. We're finished with compromises. They should have destroyed us when they had the chance, because they're not going to get another one.

We may not win this election. The odds are stacked against us. They control the media, they control the courts, they control the legislature. But the history of our country is on our side. We've always been a nation of radicals, of revolutionaries, of freedom-fighters, of insurgents. They've tried to break our spirits, tried to snuff out that fire within, and they've failed. And now the flames are rising, and the day is coming when we will erupt and this country will burn like the sun. A day of reckoning. And then they will feel our strength.


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