The New American Unspoken Manifesto

I have been thinking lately about that old quote from Nobel prizewinning author Sinclair Lewis: "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Thinking in terms of the past several years of the Bush 43 Administration, I can't help but draw many parallels; from the claims of "compassionate conservatism" to the current occupier of the White House consistently trotting out his faith, in a way to reassure that we're on the side of the angels and being led by a guy who is a really devotedly religious fellow. And we all know about the patriotism, or lack thereof, that have been regularly employed in an attempt to stifle any dissent. "Wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." How easy it would be to take over this country simply equipped with well-crafted and sellable rhetoric...

Like several of my fellow citizens, many Democrat or Libertarian, but Republican as well, I worry that what began seemingly in the name of "protection" of our "homeland" has evolved, blatantly and more rapidly as time goes on, into a raw power grab consolidating ultimate power in a "unitary executive" which is essentially a fancy name for a King.

So have we come full circle as a country? From throwing off the chains of oppression by a monarch and attempting our experiment of a free republic to letting a "monarch" take over our republic just a mere 231 years later? What does that say about us? What does that say about our fear, which seems to be guiding us? What does that say about how much the terrorists have taken from us?

I would be forced to conclude that perhaps we are coming full circle; there is still some time left to stop the procession towards monarchy again (and by using monarchy, I am using the nicer word, even though tyranny may be more apt at this point.) It is also clear to me that the citizens in this great country don't care to exercise the advanced citizenship we are afforded; we simply don't care; as long as we are getting ours, we have a collective "it doesn't affect me attitude." Most people won't realize that anything is different until they are told that they can't do or have that. But by the time this happens, it will too late to rectify without some sort of coup, overthrow, or revolution.

By letting our government have carte blanche in the name of our own fear that the downfall of the country can ONLY come in the form of violence and physical destruction, we have given them tacit approval to remake the fabric of this country that the founding fathers so carefully wove in their grand experiment. The reason for the separation of powers was specifically to prevent one branch from becoming the main power branch. The theory of the "unitary executive" is a theory proposed by conservatives who clearly don't truly buy into the "strict constructionist" idea, though many of them do claim to be proponents of so-called "original intent." Being a proponent of a "unitary executive" and a subscribing to "original intent" or "strict constructionist" views are contradictory at best and hypocritical and nefarious at worst.

Even the theory of "original intent" is conclusive that the framers put all into the constitution that they (in collective agreement) thought suitable and necessary to guide the nation. Nowhere in there is anything close to a "unitary executive." That is unless you are a judicial "activist." And it would be the height of hypocrisy for those judges who have so vocally claimed that they are "original constructionists" and railed against judicial "activism" to back such a brazen activist reading of the constitution. If they do, they are simply political opportunists, and not worthy of the mantle of Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Clearly, to me, the terrorists are winning and must be laughing as we not only make just about every mistake we possibly can regarding the war in the Middle East, but as we sit silently by while the powers that be attack, surreptitiously, the very fabric of our nation. The million dollar questions are how much damage has been irreversibly done already and how much more will be done before the citizens of this country WAKE UP!

Like the quote from Sinclair Lewis at the beginning: "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

We need to WAKE UP!


cross-posted to Dkos and the Edwards blog

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Re: The New American Unspoken Manifesto

The strict constructionist view of the Constitution is undermined by the Constitution itself. The Ninth Amendment itself clearly states that the strict constructionist is incorrect.

It was in fact put there so that if anyone who was reading through the document got to the Eighth Amendment and thought, "Huh, I think this document might be alluding to a strict constructionist view of human rights." that the very next amendment would set them straight on that matter.

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

by Pope Jeremy 2007-07-21 11:06PM | 0 recs
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Yeah - I am a ninth amendment girl myself. To me that is THE argument against any "originalist" people.

I was simply calling all the idiot powers that be in the WH and the right wing of the SCOTUS f-n hypocrites because they have been screaming about so called judicial activism for years and touting themselves as "constructionists" when their "unitary executive" theory IS activist.

I was calling them out on that and I think everyone should let them know how hypocritical they are if they side with W on anything that's been currently underfoot.

by poligirl 2007-07-22 12:26AM | 0 recs
Sinclair Lewis nailed it with that quote

Good post.

I read "It Can't Happen Here" years ago but today that quote has a whole new meaning for me.  I've recently been reading Andrew Bacevich's terrific book, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War.  In it he has an excellent chapter on the neoconservative movement in which he distills a handful of principles from neocon writings.  After reading down to about the fourth bullet point, an alarming sensation crept over me that this was pretty much a definition of fascism.  Bacevich didn't need to resort to name calling.  He just described the movement in their own words.  This book is a must read.

But we can't lose power we don't hand over and it seems me that congress has excelled at handing over authority to President Bush.  Is there something terminal with that institution?  On a related note, whatever happened to the Congressional power to declare war?  It's been awhile since I've seen a serious discussion of that.  Have the branches of government over the years implicitly agreed to a vague accommodation?

Is it just a coincidence that at the same time you are wondering whether we are sliding into a (nice word) monarchy I am wondering if we are going to be stuck in an era of royal families?  Is there something so debilitating about our process for choosing a president that we can't find anyone other than a Bush or a Clinton?  I don't mean this as a slam against Sen. Clinton so much as against the Bushes.  How could Bush 43 have been elected if not for his father?  And when President Clinton leaves her second term in Jan. 2017, a person will have to be over 28 to have been alive while someone other than a Bush or Clinton was president.  Also, a person will have to be older than 46 to have voted in a presidential election while someone other than a Bush or Clinton was in the White House.  Can we call this an oligarchy now?

by Satya 2007-07-23 09:16AM | 0 recs
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Poligirl, Check this out: It's New York Times so you need to register, but I think you'll find it worthwhile.

Just What the Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes to War
by Satya 2007-07-25 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: The New American Unspoken Manifesto

Thank you Satya, for both the compliment and the link. That article is exemplary of what I fear... Too many people seem unconcerned or unaware, and that furthers my worry...

I am working my damnedest to be as Paul Reveresque as possible before it may be too late to recover from...

--poligirl  :D

by poligirl 2007-07-28 07:39PM | 0 recs


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