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I don’t know about any of you, but once again, my outrage meter broke over stories brought to us here by:
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And the question always comes…what can I do about it?
My tendency is to want to examine the bigger picture in order to get a sense of the lay of the land and my particular place in it all. So here’s what I see.
The reality is that what Bush and Cheney are doing is not necessarily cut out of whole new cloth. Any reading of folks like Chomsky and Zinn will tell you that this country has been up to these kinds of things for a very long time. What’s different about this crowd is that they have taken the rotten apple to a whole new level and have done so in an “in your face” kind of way.
None of this is to excuse Bush and Cheney – just to point out that the problem is MUCH bigger than them. Getting them out of office and tried and convicted for what they’ve done would be a step in the right direction, but I want to remember that we’ve also got bigger fish to fry if we are going to stop these kinds of outrages.
Certainly electing more and “better” Democrats will be an improvement. But as we all know from the 2006 elections, that’s not a panacea either. In my mind, it is triage, but not a cure.
In a way, I’m a bit grateful to Cheney for this:
In a moment of total candor, he just told us that the American people do NOT “set the course” in this democracy – at least not in his mind. So, who steers Cheney’s ship? I keep going back to an amazingly powerful essay written by OPOL a few months ago that he titled Dispatches From the Land of Lying Bastards.
We’re up against something even more evil and insidious than the Bush administration. We’re up against the Military Industrial Congressional Media Complex, the outfit that pulls Bushco’s chain, and it’s a much more serious matter than the freak show they’ve turned our politics into. It’s not a joke, it’s not a conspiracy theory, and it’s not a crackpot proposition. It’s the gut-wrenching truth of our present circumstances.
The question then becomes, if we want these kinds of outrages stopped, what do we do? I, for one, don’t think the MICMC will stop what they’re doing if lots of us scream at them and tell them to stop, or if we elect the right people. And we have to remember that they have the money, media and weapons to take on any challenge that comes their way. I have often said that I don’t think we’ve really challenged them in a long time. Because if we had, they’d bring those forces to bear the minute we hit the “sweet spot” that threatened them.
Contrary to how this might sound, it doesn’t leave me hopeless. What leaves me hopeless is trying to do something over and over again that doesn’t work. When I look at things in this perspective, I see why they’re not working and it gives me the opportunity to consider alternatives.
I don’t have any quick answers at this point. But what I do believe is that it is our culture of greed and fear upon which the MICMC stands. And that if I can do my part to change and affect that culture, that’s my best bet for now.