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The Fall of the One-Party Empire (Liberals are Funny!)
The Nation ^ | November 22, 2005 | Jonathan Schell

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...

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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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: full; liberal; nation; schell; soundslikebuchanan; thinking; wacko; wish
Liberals are naturally funny!
1 posted on 11/28/2005 7:13:46 PM PST by StoneWallJack
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To: StoneWallJack

The Onion has competition!


2 posted on 11/28/2005 7:17:11 PM PST by Mr. Rational (God gave me a brain and expects me to use it)
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To: StoneWallJack
...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.

...and the problem with this is...?

3 posted on 11/28/2005 7:17:30 PM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: StoneWallJack

The Nation: The only magazine that can make Mother Jones appear mainstream.


4 posted on 11/28/2005 7:17:31 PM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: Mr. Rational

I'm not sure that The Onion can compete with this!


5 posted on 11/28/2005 7:19:23 PM PST by StoneWallJack
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To: infidel29

Maybe their problem is that it isn't the Democrats...????


6 posted on 11/28/2005 7:20:01 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: StoneWallJack
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.

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 ?

7 posted on 11/28/2005 7:20:10 PM PST by Nonstatist
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To: StoneWallJack

Sounds like pat buchanan.


8 posted on 11/28/2005 7:21:08 PM PST by CWOJackson (michael savage: the white trash alternative to talk radio)
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To: Buck W.

Do you think this guy really believes this stuff? Is there some liberal reading this article and going "yeah, baby!?"


9 posted on 11/28/2005 7:21:38 PM PST by StoneWallJack
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To: StoneWallJack
Liberals are naturally funny!

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.

11 posted on 11/28/2005 7:30:57 PM PST by Navy Patriot
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To: StoneWallJack

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).


12 posted on 11/28/2005 7:31:21 PM PST by Eddie01 (I'm coming to the conclusion I'm really not smart enough to post here.)
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To: StoneWallJack
Is there some liberal reading this article and going "yeah, baby!?"

Yeah, baby!


13 posted on 11/28/2005 7:31:51 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: StoneWallJack

The greatest single advantage the Republican Party has in the foreseeable future is that people like this are the competition.


14 posted on 11/28/2005 7:35:30 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Eddie01

"Tacoma Narrows Bridge" alert - I like it!!!


15 posted on 11/28/2005 7:35:34 PM PST by StoneWallJack
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To: StoneWallJack

Considering what I read at DU, yes, lots of them.


16 posted on 11/28/2005 7:47:25 PM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: atomicpossum

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?


17 posted on 11/28/2005 7:52:55 PM PST by saleman
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To: StoneWallJack

This is what I call a "word salad".


18 posted on 11/28/2005 7:55:06 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Eddie01

You mean the "Galloping Gertie" alert.


19 posted on 11/28/2005 8:02:46 PM PST by Just Lori (End the leftist occupation of America!)
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To: StoneWallJack
A sample sentence from the article: " Still others, like journalist Robert Kaplan, were touring the empire's far-flung garrisons, lionizing the "imperial grunts" and counseling that America's civil leaders should yield to military direction."

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.

20 posted on 11/28/2005 8:08:27 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: jonrick46

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...


21 posted on 11/28/2005 8:13:34 PM PST by StoneWallJack
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To: Eddie01
Tacoma Narrows video link
22 posted on 11/28/2005 8:17:41 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: StoneWallJack
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.

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!!!

23 posted on 11/28/2005 8:41:11 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: 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.

Oh, like when liberal Democrats did for over 60 decades? Sore losers all.

24 posted on 11/28/2005 8:42:22 PM PST by Fledermaus (Don't Ever Make Our Constituents Realize Any Truth)
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To: StoneWallJack

Shhhh! Don't wake them. Livin' in the sixties is all they've got left.


25 posted on 11/28/2005 8:48:08 PM PST by Liberty Valance ("Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others." - oh, and Merry Christmas!)
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To: StoneWallJack
Not since the Soviet Union fell fourteen years ago have we witnessed a greater reversal of fortune

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.

26 posted on 11/28/2005 9:05:46 PM PST by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: All

At this rate, the Napoleon XIV Record is going to get worn out.


28 posted on 11/28/2005 9:15:44 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Be ever vigilant, for you know not when the master is coming")
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To: StoneWallJack
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.

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.

29 posted on 11/28/2005 9:30:43 PM PST by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: 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.

"...and I have also been suggesting that George Bush is a Sith Lord, but even my friends tell me to leave that one out."

30 posted on 11/28/2005 9:31:06 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: perfect stranger
That is exactly what I am talking about.

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31 posted on 11/29/2005 12:38:11 AM PST by Eddie01 (I'm coming to the conclusion I'm really not smart enough to post here.)
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To: perfect stranger
It was learned during construction that the Narrows Bridge had a peculiar twist during strong winds. As People would come from miles away to experience driving their cars across "Galloping Gertie", officials were paralyzed with denial. People knew they got a good ride when they would see cars disappearing in the undulations. In the video shot by Ed Elliot, you will notice there are still cars on the bridge, willing to experience the thrill of the bridge. This is a good analogy. Liberals will continue to drive across the bridge even when the evidence shows it is a failed bridge. Liberals will stay in denial of their failure and find thrill when failure is the result.
32 posted on 11/29/2005 1:18:58 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: denydenydeny
"failed to foresee the fall of the Soviet Union".

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.

33 posted on 11/29/2005 3:17:38 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: StoneWallJack
one-party global empire

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

34 posted on 11/29/2005 3:28:30 AM PST by Hardastarboard
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