Skip to comments.The Fall of the One-Party Empire (Liberals are Funny!)
Posted on 11/28/2005 7:13:44 PM PST by StoneWallJack
For some time I have been suggesting here that the aim of Republican strategy has been a Republican Party that permanently runs the United States and a United States that permanently runs the world. The two aims have been driven by a common purpose: to steadily and irreversibly increase and consolidate power in GOP hands, leading in the direction of a one-party state at home and a global American empire abroad.
The most critical question has been whether American democracy, severely eroded but still breathing, would bring down the Republican machine, or whether the Republican machine--call it the budding one-party global empire--would bring down American democracy. This week, it looks as if democracy, after years of decline, has gained the upper hand...
As happened in the Vietnam era, the war came home. The Administration's disrespect for law led to law-breaking. Somehow, the law-enforcement system in and around the Justice Department has retained enough independence to serve as a check on abuses of executive power. Indictments have been brought, and others are likely to follow. The mechanisms whereby the foreign debacle has led to the domestic setbacks for the Administration are complex, but the broad outlines are already clear: The failed empire, in the shape of its failed war, has driven down the President's support to the point at which others, cowed until now, feel free to attack him.
The institutions of government and the economy, drawn like iron filings into the magnetic field of power, failed at first to check the Administration. But the public, represented by opinion polls, has stepped in, and the institutions are following. Not since the Soviet Union fell fourteen years ago have we witnessed a greater reversal of fortune...
(Excerpt) Read more at thenation.com ...
The Onion has competition!
...and the problem with this is...?
The Nation: The only magazine that can make Mother Jones appear mainstream.
I'm not sure that The Onion can compete with this!
Maybe their problem is that it isn't the Democrats...????
I disagree. I think the critical question is whether unhinged leftists rags like this can continue to wax hysterical ad infinitum, or will they eventually extinguish themselves from shear exhaustion ?
Sounds like pat buchanan.
Do you think this guy really believes this stuff? Is there some liberal reading this article and going "yeah, baby!?"
While commiting treason, it seems. A couple of one liners here:
the public, represented by opinion polls,
As happened in the Vietnam era
cowed until now,
democracy, after years of decline,
Schell has scored some good weed.
I'm proposing a new alert for articles like this.
The "Tacoma Narrows Bridge" alert.
The left is starting to violently twist so hard the inevitable structual failure and collapse into the dustbin of history is looking more certain by the day.
And what is this "Machine" bit. He must mean "Machine" as in War of the Worlds type machine no doubt. Relentless, merciless, uncaring, freedom stripping, jedi mind tricking machine.
LOL. Man these folks have a major projection issues (or is it strategy).
The greatest single advantage the Republican Party has in the foreseeable future is that people like this are the competition.
"Tacoma Narrows Bridge" alert - I like it!!!
Considering what I read at DU, yes, lots of them.
These Libs are just too smart for me. I read these rants and I'll be dog if I can figure out what the heck the point is. Other than "Republicans, Bad. Liberals, Good."
How in the heck can this guy blame the Leftist leaders in South America on Conservatives? Isn't that what the Right has been fighting for decades in Latin America?
Oh, never mind. I still don't get it though. How can anyone take this crap seriously? Do you actually have to be educated to write for The Nation? Is common sense no longer a virtue? Or was it ever?
This is what I call a "word salad".
You mean the "Galloping Gertie" alert.
This writer is so caught up with his association with the American Republic to the Roman Empire that he must use esoteric descriptions to prove his point. We are portrayed as utilizing "garrisons" as if we were like some imperialistic empire that occupies countries like a modern day Roman Empire. The image of one "lionizing the imperial grunts" is a scornful portrait of our men and women sacrificing themselves for the good of freedom. When one begins making comparisons with the Roman Empire one thinks of our government under the rule of the Democrats. Whenever there is corruption on the level of the Roman State, we find the Democrats in power. As far as the process of "lionizing" people for purposes of propaganda, the Hollywood cult star system is one that the Democrats play to the hilt.
The author's bio is something to behold!
It begs the question of "how the Schell does one become The Nation's peace and disarmament correspondent and the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute?"
Bad analogies and wacko reasoning must be part of the criteria for both positions...
You've got to love this. I mean, really, who HASN'T been attacking Bush??? Name the liberals who have been so scared, really! I've been hearing them bitch and moan for five years now as if everything Bush does is the worst thing ever done.
I don't see these people getting audited by the IRS, like in the Clinton years, or investigated by the FBI, like under Johnson. The worst they have to fear is maybe (gasp) the loss of some federal money, and I think we can all agree that Bush hasn't been nearly willing enough to pull that trigger.
Oh, they're so brave! Oh, they're so long-suffering! Those liberals, how admirable!!!
Oh, like when liberal Democrats did for over 60 decades? Sore losers all.
Shhhh! Don't wake them. Livin' in the sixties is all they've got left.
Not since Jonathan Schell totally failed to forsee the fall of the Soviet Union--he spent the 80s demanding that the West surrender to the Soviets to avoid an otherwise inevitable nuclear war--has any commentator been so totally wrong as this clown is here.
At this rate, the Napoleon XIV Record is going to get worn out.
It would have helped Schell's childish argument if the public didn't view the Democrats with even more hostility than they view the Administration.
"...and I have also been suggesting that George Bush is a Sith Lord, but even my friends tell me to leave that one out."
You obviously remember Schell's book "The Fate Of The Earth" which was given big play in the rags. Of course Schell was regarded as a great and wise seer who naturally had all the facts. Even my arch-conservative bro felt that nuclear war was inevitable. However I felt from the mid-seventies on that the Soviet Union was in bad shape economically and ripe for failure.
The Dems controlled the government for 40 years, but that was OK? And of course, we've conveniently forgotten that.
I've forgotten. Who are we at war with now? Is it Oceania? It seems to change from month to month.
/obtuse "1984" reference mode