Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted,' that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these 'little measures'. . . must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. . . . Each act. . . is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow.
They Thought They Were Free.
The Germans: 1938-1945.
Ordinary citizens see only the surface of the political landscape if that. Those who are astute enough to distrust the mainstream media (MSM) and seek out news from foreign and "off-beat" sources have a better view of that surface than those who get their "news" from the MSM. Worst of all, many "news consumers" only get a view of fantasyland. For example, researchers at the University of Maryland have discovered that the more one watches FOX news, the less informed one is.
But even the most circumspect and persistent citizen sees first the puppets on the stage, and only with a good memory and keen critical skills can one begin to suspect who is pulling the strings and arranging the sets on-stage.
Under such conditions, imagination runs freely and conspiracy theories abound. While one should be skeptical of conspiracy theories, one should never forget that conspiracies play an important part in human history. The American Revolution was conceived in conspiracies, and Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln, and countless leaders in between, were all done in by conspiracies.
Is our republic succumbing to a grand conspiracy at the highest levels of government? Rather than address that question directly at the outset, I will set down immediately below, a few simple and undisputed facts. Note the sequence and proximity of the dates. Then ask yourself if you see a pattern here.
And so, as the Bard enjoins, "on your imaginary forces, work!"
First some hard facts:
May 24, 2001: Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont, announces that he is leaving the Republican Party. The Democrats take control of the Senate.
September 11, 2001: We all know what happened then.
September 18, 2001: "The Anthrax attack" claims its first victims.
October 8, 2001: Anthrax contaminated letters arrive at the offices of Democratic Senators Daschle (the majority leader) and Leahy (Chair of the Judiciary Committee). The Senate Office buildings are closed for several weeks, with the files of all Senators open and unguarded. Soon after the letters are received by the Senators, more letters arrive at the offices of the major television networks: ABC, CBS and NBC. (No one has been arrested to date for the crime).
October 26, 2001: The USA PATRIOT Act is signed by George Bush. This massive legislation was rushed through Congress with little debate and before any members had an opportunity to read it. One Democratic Senator, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, opposed.
October 11, 2002: The Senate approves the Iraq War Resolution. 21 Democrats oppose, but not Senator Daschle.
October 25, 2002: Senator Paul Wellstone (Democrat, Minnesota), is killed in a small plane crash, eleven days before his expected re-election to the Senate. The winner of that election is Republican Norm Coleman.
November 4, 2002: Republican Saxby Chamblis defeats Democrat Max Cleland in the Georgia Senatorial race, overcoming a two to five point lead by Cleland and posting a final seven point lead. The probability of a nine to twelve point polling error is less than 2%. Due to the use of Diebold paperless electronic voting machines, Chamblis' victory can not be validated. (Two former Diebold technicians have recently revealed that top Diebold officials ordered the installation of unauthorized secret files into the voting machines shortly before the election).