by Chris Bowers, Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 08:47:50 AM EST
The same administration that distributed fake news reports to promote its drug policy, which were cited by the GAO as illegal propaganda;
The same administration that paid a public relations firm to promote its education law with fake news reports, and to rank newspapers on their coverage of said education law;
The same administration that paid Armstrong Williams to promote its education law (a payment he never disclosed);
The same administration that paid a National Review columnist to promote its marriage legislation (a payment she never disclosed);
The same administration that paid another columnist to promote that same marriage legislation (again, a payment he never disclosed);
The same administration that is forcing the Social Security administration to promote its own destruction;
The same administration that allowed a potential male prostitute with no journalistic experience to get White House press credentials using a fake name, from a fake news source, so he could ask fake ideological slanted questions; (link)
The same administration then gave said reporter access to the classified documents that led to the outing of a CIA operative who was married to a critic of the administration (link);
The same administration that engaged in all of these acts of propaganda and intimidation of critics is now threatening stations if they run a MoveOn ad that opposes their plan to destroy Social Security.
Oh yeah--and they are creating do-not-admit lists for public events based on perceived political views.
Oh yeah--and their allies are calling us traitorous for suggesting troop withdrawal.
Oh yeah--and they think reporters should not be allowed to use anything except administration talking points.
Oh yeah--and their allies want to destroy a children's cartoon for supposedly being too pro-gay.
Oh yeah--and they want to regulate what can be taught in colleges and universities on ideological grounds.
There is a crisis in this country, but it is not Social Security. The coming and current crisis is expressed best in perhaps the most unexpected of all places, The American Conservative:[T]he very fact that the f-word can be seriously raised in an American context is evidence enough that we have moved into a new period. The invasion of Iraq has put the possibility of the end to American democracy on the table and has empowered groups on the Right that would acquiesce to and in some cases welcome the suppression of core American freedoms. That would be the titanic irony of course, the mother of them all--that a war initiated under the pretense of spreading democracy would lead to its destruction in one of its very birthplaces. But as historians know, history is full of ironies. I am sure I left out a bunch of stuff, so feel free to list it in the comments. A new storm is rising. These are dangerous times for our country.