Thursday, May 03, 2007

who are these people?

Because they don't sound like any Americans I've ever known. Here's Paul Harvey, host on an ABC radio program and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree:
We didn’t come this far because we’re made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever.

And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which — feeling guilty about their savage pasts — eventually civilize themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy.

Yes, you did just hear him justify slavery and biological war against Native Americans. You'll also notice the latent "Roman Empire" argument in there that we talked about yesterday.

Let me repeat that, just for good measure: you just heard a man who Bush gave a Medal of Freedom justify slavery and biological war against Native Americans.

Then there's this guy. Thomas Sowell, columnist for The National Review, one the country's most prestigious conservative publications, writes:
When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can't help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.

Why yes, you did just a prominent conservative in one of the country's most prestigious conservative magazine voice his wish for the military to take over the government.

And finally, Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield, writing for the most prestigious conservative publication in the country, The Wall Street Journal, makes an extended argument (an entire article, in fact), expressly agitating for one-man rule in the United States of America over the rule of law.

It actually uses the term "one man rule," and at one point, even refers to that one man as a "prince!"

How are these people not considered extremists? On what basis do their writings belong anywhere else than on street pamphlets?

An equally legitimate question: if not when they become express proponents of one man rule, military coups, and treatment of minority groups as subhuman, in the United States, in fact, how explicitly do they have to advocate fascism before we can call them fascists?

1 comment:

Rene said...

dude you're going to force me to re-read 1984 aren't you?

sigh, allright...