The further the administration drops in the polls the more threatening the rhetoric around dissent becomes. The statements Donald Rumsfeld has been making are a few decibels higher these days. For instance: Rumsfeld had this to say on America's moral superiority and blameless innocence in world affairs.
"Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that America - not the enemy - is the real source of the world's troubles?"
The message here is clear. The act of self-examination, of either self or your country is destructive to America.
America is blameless and innocent by default and this is not to be questioned. This is a classic and historical hallmark of fascism. The individual may not question authority. Even entertaining the notion of self correction where appropriate is being equated, here, with aiding and abetting the "enemy" and outright treason.
"I recount this history because once again we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism"
Clearly one cannot deny the existence of fascist, fundamentalist extremist groups that seek to harm Americans and our interests.
Is it the fact that these groups exist that somehow not only negates but criminalizes our right to question the nature and methods of those American interests and their attendant effects on the world at large? That hardly seems logical.
What we have here is an attempt to use the threat of fascism to accomplish fascism. I do not know if Mr. Rumsfeld actually believes it is fascism when we do it or not, but he is engaging in it none the less.
Is America ready to hear this?
My immediate experience has been no. I believe that many Americans know something is terribly wrong but they just can't bring themselves to listen to what is really being said.
I empathize with them; it's a hard thing when you have to decide what you will stand for or against. When the music hits full volume and we are forced to hear, see and experience the show first hand, when the choices are few and the consequences are immediate. When denial is not an option any longer. Will we as a nation say "Give me liberty or give me death" or will it be something less heroic this time?
Further food for thought below:
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