Fascist America?

May 2, 2007 at 9:34 am 4 comments

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

-James Madison

I’ve clipped a small bit of a very interesting article by Naomi Wolf. Click through via the Guardian link to read the entire article.

clipped from www.guardian.co.uk
Because Americans like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that it is possible for us to become as unfree – domestically – as many other nations. Because we no longer learn much about our rights or our system of government – the task of being aware of the constitution has been outsourced from citizens’ ownership to being the domain of professionals such as lawyers and professors – we scarcely recognise the checks and balances that the founders put in place, even as they are being systematically dismantled.
We still have the choice to stop going down this road; we can stand our ground and fight for our nation, and take up the banner the founders asked us to carry.
It is my argument that, beneath our very noses, George Bush and his administration are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society. It is time for us to be willing to think the unthinkable – as the author and political journalist Joe Conason, has put it, that it can happen here.
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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nicola  |  May 2, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    It inst just in the USA that it is happening it is happening here too. Part of it is the pattern of clampdown in war – but I think there is something deeper and more sinister going on underneath as well.

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  • 2. gingermiss  |  May 4, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    I have a sense of foreboding about the next presidential election. I really believe we’re approaching a pivotal transitional moment in American history. Either we’re going to keep going the way we’re going, hurting the country internally and hurting the world externally, or make an effort to prevent further damage. I’m not saying any of the candidates are great choices, but I think the tone of the election is important. If we choose another Republican, after the last eight years, we’re in serious serious trouble. But choosing a Democrat doesn’t mean a remedy to any of these problems. Really it doesn’t matter who wins instead; it’s just a gauge to see if people are going to support the current political regime. Whether the nation is going to keep moving backward or start going forward again.

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  • 3. hazel8500  |  May 6, 2007 at 11:38 am

    “are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society.”

    These time tested tactics can be seen again and again in the pages of history.

    I learned with horror how Afghani women systematically lost their rights under Taliban rule. Before the Taliban came into power, Afghani society was much more egalitarian. Many women in Afgan culture had risen to respected positions within the community as doctors and scientists and teachers etc. It was normal for girls to receive an education. It wan’t a perfect society but it was a functional one and it was a developed country. It now resembles something out of the stone age.

    Realizing how recently it was that women became “persons” under the law here on my own continent, I felt a shiver at how easily all thats been hard won here, could be undone over night or as in the case of Afghanistan a couple decades.

    I live in Canada, and am very concerned with what’s happening in the US and the Bush administration.

    I have faith in the American people as individuals and as a whole to move things toward the right direction. Its a hard transition the Nation is making especially since 9-11. It takes a while to absorb the shock. I think what Gingermiss said is true, you guys are coming to a pivotal point or have been there for a bit now, but I trust the American people will make positive choices for themselves their kids their neighbors and I hope also in the world.

    Hazel.

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  • 4. icedmocha  |  May 9, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Thanks to all for the insightful comments. I agree that we’re at a crossroads and hopefully things will change for the better. I must hold out hope that they will.

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