(Paraphrased from a barroom discussion, this basic monologue is by Darin, an educated, staunch conservative who should not have stopped taking his meds-they warned him!)
All our lives we've heard how government works for us. Liberty and Justice for all, right on! We People are the Boss, doncha know. Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness-ours, pretty important to the government, supposed to be tops. Sure, President Bush tangles up in words once in a while, like when he said, "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." That was at the signing of the Defense Bill for 2005. A little Freudian slip, so what?
Continuous reassurances of the benign...that's a good word they live up to, benign; so combine all the benign with everybody's desire to be protected from a mean world full of kooks jealous over all the freedoms and democracy government gives us, and it's no wonder so many Americans really feel like trusting our government. It's a tradition. Think of if they weren't trustworthy, all the things they might pull off. Christ, we give 'em all our money, we gotta trust 'em. Did you check out those tears on the President's cheeks a few weeks back, when the Congressional Medal of Honor was being awarded to a hero who threw himself on a grenade to save his buddies? Those kinda tears can't be faked, not like in the movies.
And how about all this conspiracy blather about FEMA? Tons of stuff circulates out there about the FEMA budget being mostly black-op stuff, things like building huge underground installations for continuity of government, in case big-time civil unrest breaks out. Luxury bunkers like self-contained cities. That equates to government bleeding us to death in taxes that are used to fight us, ward us off if we have grievances. Hardly benign, that's mortal enemy stuff. Gotta be bullshit. Where did all the money come from that they spent gettin' New Orleans back on its feet after Katrina? And are we supposed to believe all the concentration camps we've paid for around the country-billions and billions for more than 800 camps...we supposed to believe they're for locking up Americans after martial law is declared? If they declare martial law you can bet they got good reasons. Besides, doesn't it make more sense that these camps are for terrorists?
All the bashing of Halliburton, the Vice President's own damn company! And get this...that closed-door session of the House of Representative last month? Only the fourth time in 200 years the House closed its doors to the public-so how likely is it they've got some big conspiracy goin' on behind closed doors? Congressmen were discussing new surveillance provisions over Americans that'll help catch terrorists. If you're not doing anything wrong, why should a little extra surveillance worry you? Why worry if you don't have anything to hide? Would another 9-11 be better? And of course now we're hearing that there was a whole helluva lot more to the session-tons more. Are we supposed believe that what they talked about was really this? (Darin hustled a yellow stickynote pad from his suit pocket):
1) imminent collapse of our economy to occur by September, 2008
2) imminent collapse of federal government finances by February 2009
3) possibility of civil war as a result of the collapse
5) detention of those rounded up at "REX 84" forced labor camps already standing staffed and ready around the country
6) possibility of retaliation against members of Congress over the collapses, etc.