"In a world where evil is still very real,democratic principles must also be backed with power in al its forms:Political and economic, cultural and moral, and yes, sometimes military. "
Condoleezza Rice, PrincetonUniversity
What an amazing quote!
So, I ask. Is Condoleezza Rice hoping that the American people, who have never lived under a repressive regime, are ignorant enough, so as not to know that she has described the perfect blueprint under which repressive states operate? Is she hoping that the American people will not realize that the blue print for establishing democratic principles in an evil world, as described by her, can never be a blue print for achieving any true democracy, here or anywhere else in the world?
Surely, Mz. Condoleezza Rice knows that, "Democratic principles backed with power in all its forms, " is a negation of true democratic principles.
Surely she knows that her statement is a blueprint used for all sorts of repressive measures by dictators and dictatorships, jackbooted and fascist states, anywhere in the world throughout any period in history.
Dear American Democracy, you are adrift in America today. The Bush administration has turned you loose from your moorings.
You are today but a ghost of your former self. The pirates who boarded you on Election Day 2000 and who today man the oval office have no interest in cultivating you, or in nurturing the free flow of ideas which grow in any fruitful and fructified democracy.
Surely, Condoleezza Rice knows that any political system which needs to promote a culture backed by power can never be considered a democracy. Perhaps the idiot son doesn 't know that. But surely, the gifted pianist knows that.
Surely she knows that a democracy gives rise to the free voice of the people, and to the free expression of ideas, in any and all of its form, of its entire people. Surely she knows that.
Why would thinkers, playwright, novelists, composers, pianists, etc., flee from countries where culture is backed by the repressive power, military, moral, economic, or cultural of a crazed, nazified, or communist leader, if it is not for the purpose of finding safe haven, true democracy, and a place where they can express their ideas, thoughts, and art, or where they can practice their religion?
Surely Condoleezza Rice more than knows that cultures which have only one point of view rammed down a people 's throat through military power, or through instituted guardians of morality, or creativity, or of political thought ... surely she knows that those cultures cannot be called democracies!
Morality backed by power, which suppresses a person 's right to choose what he or she believes is right or wrong, is not a democracy, whether that morality is suppressed through the dictums of a propaganda machine, or of fear mongering, or of a jackbooted state with all of its military and paramilitary forces with guns pointed at its people.
The same is true of any politics backed by the power of guns and rifles, or of fear mongering, or by the enactment of martial laws, or of laws which allow the expression of only one voice, one party. In fact, any culture backed by power which seeks to snuff the free expression of ideas of the people, as expressed in the people 's art, religion, or philosophical ideology so as to secure a party 's domination and suppress political opposition is, and cannot be called anything other than, a repressive, jackbooted state.