Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Police State Coming Soon

The last article I read before I went to bed last night was by Naomi Wolf about the coming police state:

You have to understand how things work in a closing society in order to understand "Palin Power." A gang or cabal seizes power, usually with an affable, weak figurehead at the fore. Then they will hold elections -- but they will make sure that the election will be corrupted and that the next affable, weak figurehead is entirely in their control. Remember, Russia has Presidents; Russia holds elections. Dictators and gangs of thugs all over the world hold elections. It means nothing. When a cabal has seized power you can have elections and even presidents, but you don't have freedom.

I realized early on with horror what I was seeing in Governor Palin: the continuation of the Rove-Cheney cabal, but this time without restraints. I heard her echo Bush 2000 soundbites ("the heart of America is on display") and realized Bush's speechwriters were writing her -- not McCain's -- speeches. I heard her tell George Bush's lies -- not McCain's -- to the American people, linking 9/11 to Iraq. I heard her make fun of Barack Obama for wanting to prevent the torture of prisoners -- this is Rove-Cheney's enthusiastic S and M, not McCain's, who, though he shamefully colluded in the 2006 Military Tribunals Act, is also a former prisoner of war and wrote an eloquent Newsweek piece in 2005 opposing torture.
This and The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse are the stuff that give me nightmares. But when I woke up this morning, I only had one thought easing my worries: Palin isn't Bush in a dress -- she doesn't have the same loyalists that Bush once had. In fact, Alaska doesn't seem to have a very good relationship with their governor at all. If this article and comment section on the Anchorage Daily News site is any indication, many Alaskans are looking at the possibility of a recall election. Anyway, Sarah Palin doesn't garner the type of pathological Republican loyalty needed to take over the world...

Then I got out of bed, checked the blogs and read about an active-duty military force being deployed in the United States. What the hell do we need that for? So we can have more mass preemptive arrests as we witnessed on Labor Day in the Twin Cities? Is the government anticipating violent protests and civil unrest? Due to the financial crisis? Or due to an election they intend to hijack?

I guess it's time to familiarize ourselves with the Insurrection Act and the Posse Comitatus Act, but what good will it do when our leaders shamelessly ignore laws without accountability?

Yeah, sweet dreams.

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