and what is at stake...
a question of
the rule of law,
or the rule of
|And how we turn up the
and holding their feet to the fire...
who we are.
Martin Flanagan: Facilitator at
" A state which enslaves others cannot herself be free."
In another time... in the Senate House, 23 dagger
wounds ended the bloody career of Julius Caesar.
His insane ambitions and reckless abandon
cost 160,000 Roman lives.
Famous leaders may as easily be evil as be possessed of goodness.
Mostly, rulers of the world succumb to egotistical ambitions and
reckless whims... regardless of their own perceptions of their morality or
Often, according to Edward Gibbon, one can find the best measure of a man
according to all the good things said him by his enemies and all bad
things said about him by his friends.
George Bush shares the peculiar arrogance which typified Constantine's
as well as Charlemagne's' misguided disdain for his people.
By ignoring the lessons of history, Mr. Bush has sealed his fate... and
"A union of nations cannot be cemented with the blood of
slaughtered men. Conquest produces hatred, hatred flames into
revenge, and revenge results in destruction."
Bush's ham-handed neo-colonialism has come full circle. The
conquered become the rebels, the rebels become the new conquerors, and the
unholy circle is completed at the point from which it started. In
the meantime, untold hundreds of thousands of lives and hundreds of
billions of dollars are lost, and nothing is gained but enmity, regret,
and the tragic decline of an empire...
Stubborn refusal to make course corrections, delusion, denial, and
have made a bad situation worse.
How could this happen? One might remember Kublai Khan.
Some of our people, befuddled by traditionalism, and driven by hypnotic
fascination to believe implicitly in a leader who implicitly believed in
himself, were ready, like Khan's subjects, to follow him, to toil for him,
and to die for him like dumb, driven cattle. With all the volition
Perhaps, if we are fortunate, Bush and his henchmen, like Khan... will be
thrust from power. And our people, newly liberated, can once more
return to a rule of law under the authority of the constitution.
However, our nation is less wise and far younger than the Chinese empire.
And while Khan became a brief, insignificant, and half- forgotten chapter
in that nations history, Mr. Bush and
his band of corporate felons have inflicted such damages that their
will curse this nation for most of the next century.
Now perhaps those who compare Bush to Hitler protest too much... but other
leaders have provided models of the hubris which has ended Bush's fantasy.
Louis XIV comes to mind.
showed nothing but contempt for his subjects.
Louis, like George, gloried in war and was proficient in the art of
propaganda. During his bloody conquest, brutality, stupidity, and
fraud were perpetrated under the name of military glory.
King Louis, like would-be-king George... considered himself a devout
Christian. But both men were mistaken. Louis' intolerance and
hypocrisy established a nationwide discontent. While the discontent
in our recent elections is certainly less profound, the message is clear.
The American people understand Mr. Bush has no compassion for the working
man... and they, along with history, will have little affection for
if George Bush and Adolph Hitler, as world leaders, might be compared...
the comparison is weak. Hitler was a force of evil, while George is
only his father's dry drunk of a son. Yet both, in their own ways,
brought the world to the brink of catastrophe. There are some parallels.
Hitler's life, before his rise to prominence, like George, was not much
more than a series of pathetic defeats. While George shares
Hitler's frustration, hunger for profit through illegal methods,
insensibility to the suffering of others, bluster, and passion for
power... Hitler was indeed more hateful, beastial , cruel, and
cunning. Both are gangster archetypes, but Hitler was clearly more
dangerous and more dangerously disturbed. They did share enthusiasm
for serial warfare.
But while Mr. Bush is no Hitler, and may not be as implacable, blind,
unreasoning, immoral, and destructive... in less than eight years
his feckless ignorance has undone this nation, lost credibility, destroyed
our reputation, and taken us down the road to ruin.
Mr. Bush and his ilk have undermined the richest and most powerful nation
on earth, in spite of his not being as lunatic, unordinary, cataclysmic,
or terrible as
the Furor. While Hitler, with evil genius, produced the most
devastating air fleet, formidable tank force, and the most ruthless army
of killers in the world...
Bush, through dumb insouciance and unmitigated gall, failed our people,
betrayed those who backed him, and took our nation from peace, prosperity,
and promise.... to endless war, skyrocketing deficits, and
Good riddance, Mr. Bush. It is a measure of your malfeasance,
that you may not even be cogent of how horribly you have wounded this
nation while failing in your duties. The dustbins of history are the
least you deserve for your truculence, treason, and terrible incompetence.
Any true justice would demand, according to your crimes, that you spend
some number of years in prison. While justice may indeed be
deferred, it is reasonable to imagine that some part of justice will
certainly not be denied.