Concerto for blunt instrument

An irregular heartbeat from d.o. to you. Not like a daily kos, more like a sometime sloth. Fast relief from the symptoms of blogarrhea and predicated on the understanding that the world is not a stage for our actions, rather it is a living organism upon which we depend for our existence.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Shoot-out at the Not So OK Corral

In case you haven’t figured it out yourself by now, I’d like to mention that the upcoming presidential election is THE most important one in this nation’s history. Sound like an over-statement? Hardly. Check your history. Never has this country faced such threats to its constitutional structure; its ecological health; its internal civility and goodwill; or its position within the international community. Each of those critical aspects to our nation’s well-being has been under constant assault by the neo-con Bush regime in Washington. Another four years of this dismantling, this far-right extremism, will destroy the United States of America as we know it.

Constitutional scholars and human rights advocates have pointed toward the atrocities of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay as indicators of the present administrations’ disregard for international treaties, the rule of law, and common decency. Ill-conceived legislation rammed through a crisis-stricken congress by right-wingers like the so-called Patriot Act; the increasing suppression of our civil rights under the guise of national security, and now talk of possible suspension of the upcoming election itself casts a dark shadow across the land.

Speaking of the land, (as well as the water, the air, and those who inhabit them), they are daily subjected to the whims of an administration that has the worst environmental record of any in this nation’s history. Their total disregard for the health of the planet and its inhabitants is matched only by their disregard for people of little means.

The Bush regime, so quick to accuse workers of engaging in class warfare when they demand their due, is itself THE ultimate instigator and perpetrator of class war. They serve and are of the wealthiest among us, while sending young low-income Americans to die in needless wars that enrich the corporations and sap the nation’s strength. Adding insult to injury, they tax the poor for their folly and pay little or none themselves. Not since the 1930s have the disparities in the U.S. been so obvious. Class warfare? You bet! It’s time for the showdown. Obviously the field of honor is not a level one. We are facing into the Sun and they have all the weapons. Only a massive volley of resistance and non-cooperation by the have-nots will be able to overcome THESE bad guys. It’s almost high noon. Are you ready?


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