The GOP’s Nullification Strategy
The Bush administration and their GOP Congressional lapdogs are spouting off about Islamofacism, a term that makes me laugh every time I hear it, perhaps these idiots should pick up a dictionary or a history book every once in a while. They’re using the term, I think, for several reasons. One is to instill fear in their broadest probable base, you know, the 48% that still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11, and the other is to wear away at the meaning of the word fascism. If they can successfully tie the term “fascist” to “terrorist” then they make it very difficult for people to recognize and identify the Bush administration and the corporate controlled, authoritarian, lockstep Republican Party as exhibiting fascist tendencies. It’s a perfect example of projection and deflection and the sad part is, it will probably work.
There are court cases being decided around the country that are effectively nullifying not just past elections, but the entire process of electing representatives. How is this not fascist in nature? How is it possible that interpreting the constitution as giving the House of Representatives the authority to choose its own members not a direct threat to the democratic process? This is exactly what the GOP and their teams of lawyers are arguing, and they are winning. Whether or not they continue to use this whacked interpretation of our constitution to nullify future elections is not as important as the fact that they could. That should scare us all.
Meanwhile, the real fascists in DC are attempting a “re-education” of the public surrounding the events of 9/11. The ABC docudrama, "The Path to 9/11" will be airing this week and will apparently attempt to prove that the real villain is Bill Clinton. I’ll reserve judgment until after I’ve seen the film, but the more disturbing thing is that ABC has teamed up with Scholastic to spread misinformation about 9/11, the Bush administration and Iraq. Media Matters has some excerpts from the “discussion guide” being sent to teachers across the country. There are some real whoppers in there, including the ever-present “we invaded Iraq because of the WMD” crap. Yeah, nothing fascist at all about corporations teaming up with an authoritarian administration to “re-educate” our children about recent historical events using misinformation, emotional manipulation and blind patriotism. It’s not as if we’ve seen that before in history, right?