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Heading-off History

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What if we find in the future… That those nasty, crying, nay-sayers were right all along: That the closest the new administration will ever come to “Liberalism” is forcing us to decide between Private Insurer “A”, or Private Insurer “B”… That their idea of “Peace” is remaining in the conquered territories up until the next election cycle… That restoring the Constitution means insuring the Democrats get the same amount of power as those Bush Republicans had (“it only being fair, after all”). That hypothetically…. By the time all is considered in some future historical record (presumably compiled in a more reasonable and intelligent age); that this “new time of Hope” we are about to embark on was just another Clintonian excuse for continued and increased corporate dominance… Just another label slapped over the same-old, non-refundable package deal of lobbyist & elitist control… That, in short,  in this future Age of Reason, our descendants look back and realize that we were indeed deceived again (… As those poor lied-to folks always inexplicably were; back in the bad-old days of ignorance, self-deception, and hidden plutocratic rule).

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Well then… That would make the sour griping, grumpy  paranoids who started yelling from “day one” correct after-all. It would mean that those who bitched with undisguised anger and smug, superior disdain about there being no differences at all between the corporate Parties, that claimed the “Red and Blue” mosaic was nothing more than a carefully-crafted camouflage pattern designed to fool us into shooting at each other instead of our real enemies… That  “the grand game” of American politics was just another matinée show at the giant-screen, high-definition equivalent of the Roman Circus races… That essentially, it turned out those dirty-rotten, ungrateful whining, dangerous extremists back then actually had a legitimate right to complain in the first place.

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This future history would go on to explain how the mainstream press and the “insider” internet bloggers of the times soon began to say over and over that the mean-spirited and negative-ninnies on the Dangerous Left who refused to the give the poor, defenseless administration a proper chance were the real problem: That this “Evil Left” (by some undetermined and  unexplained method) stopped the “Hope” dead in it’s tracks by their continuous nay-saying and bitching. That the administration had so much important work to do, that it could not let itself be distracted by those would destroy everything for their own selfish wishes. These refrains were repeated countless times: If the fanatics would only get with the plan, all would be well!  Damn them for being so grouchy and self-centered! We could all be saved if only for their premature nastiness.

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The future historical record stated that somehow the bizarre logic behind this blaming of the Progressive movement’s dissent for the problems of the day was never questioned by the majority of the public; and the explanation of culpability became generally excepted over time… Possibly as a convenient subconscious means of distraction for the individual from having to face the very hard realities of the day.

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During this period, the ostracizing and isolating of  the Vocal Left became somewhat of a national pastime... Oddly enough, it also became the main means for the “New Unity” between the two major Parties.  TV and print pundits spend much of their time pointing out the Lefty bad-acters’ faults. After all, didn’t we have a more “Liberal” government now? Just what did these Godless cretins expect or want anyway?! They are totally unreasonable! They have no control over themselves! They are hurting us all! And they smell bad too. Ick!

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With the Progressive Left isolated from all sides, it became much easier to discount the disquieting arguments they continued to rudely bring up. Soon, no one would listen to them for fear of being ostracized themselves. In fact, any argument or issue they championed became “dead on arrival” simply because of whence it came. The public, stirred up by the constant drum-beat of anti-dissent coverage in the media, began to call for the crazies to be locked-up.. “In the name of Humanity and for the safety of the Homeland!” These dirty lefties, along with the equally-dangerous Libertarians, should not be allowed to spew their poison and wreck all the good that the administration was trying to do for us despite the constant underhanded and unfair attacks. These “know-nothings” hated America… Why should we tolerate them? But the administration was “wise”; and called for “tolerance” and “leniency”. After all, these Lefties were powerless… Sad, deluded little people really;  unworthy of our greater concern. Just watch them, and report anything suspicious to our new Federal Police; who are there for your safety.

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But the media’s campaign seemed to work too well. Later Historians guessed that the psychological ploy of creating an internal enemy was especially powerful and effective at that particular time of great economic hardship (much like Germany in the late 1920’s); perhaps even more effective than was anticipated by those who started it all. So soon, by “public demand”, certain laws were changed regarding public speech. And the internet, long a bastion of  dissent, was reigned-in with new legislation allowing our trans-national communications corporations to control access; freezing-out the undesirable elements of society… And “Making the Internet safe for our children”.

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i've spent a lot of time being on the wrong en... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Wednesday, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:17:49 AM