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Thursday, March 09, 2006

The End of Democracy in the US of A?

The past four years of Bush rule have shown how 1) politicans will bend over to please the alpha male, 2) the Public is a lie, as Walter Lippmann once wrote, and 3) the Press abases itself to please a fantasy/spectacle seeking consumer. All this is prelude to what Mr. Bush calls a "post-911 world." While I never bought into that idea nor its aborted sibling, "new kind of war," I do realize that the craven fear of politicians and their minions will do anything to raise to itself an icon of rage and inanity called Bushism. ...

According to The Washington Post[via War and Pieces]:

This is what the [White House] aide has to say: "The powers of the presidency have been eroded and usurped to the breaking point. We are engaged in a new kind of war that cannot be fought by old methods. It can only be directed by a strong executive who alone is not subject to the conflicting pressures that legislators or judges face. The public understands and supports that unpleasant reality, whatever the media and intellectuals say."
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