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Why I'm Less Afraid Now

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Yes, these are still dark times.

But the greatest of the dangers we faced a year ago, and even moreso two years ago, has faded considerably. 

The Bushite regime is in the process of collapsing.  They can continue to inflict great damage on America and on the world while they remain in power, but they are not going to succeed in their effort to subordinate America entirely to their evil designs.

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These fascists that have been ruling America are almost surely not going to win.  Power is almost surely going to be wrested from them.

They no longer enjoy the support of the public:  a recent poll indicates that 58 percent of the American people wish that this administration was already gone.

So they will not be able to rely upon their old tactics for fooling the American people to continue taking us down their dark path.  They can fool some of the people all of the time, but they have squandered their ability to fool a majority of the people all the time.

And they will not be able to hold onto power through any kind of coup d'etat. 

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This is the covert meaning of that story reported a couple of weeks ago in the TIMES of London.  That's the story that said that a number of top commanders would resign rather than carry out an order to attack Iran.

At the surface level, this spoke to the concern of these generals about either the illegality or the folly of initiating such a conflict with Iran.  But the subtext, I would suggest, is that the military does not stand with this commander-in-chief in anything like the way that would be required for them to support any attempt by this regime to outright seize power and subvert our democratic process.   The American military has signaled what its choice would be, if forced to choose between a Bush-Cheney coup and the maintenance of our constitutional process.

Evil has made a bid for control of America and, as evil so often does, it has over-reached and undone itself.  This bid has failed.

But it still matters greatly which of the various possible scenarios of America's moving forward out of this dark time gets played out. 

If we just muddle through, these evil forces will still be sufficiently intact potentially to regroup and return for another try with different public faces. 

It remains essential, therefore, that we labor hard for those better possible scenarios in which this evil is --as far as is possible-- disgraced, ground into the earth, its forces broken up and scattered to the wind.

More on this remaining challenge --on the importantly different ways in which America can emerge out of this dark Bushite era-- in a subsequent post.

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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)
 

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