Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.
From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
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We Are Legend, We Are The Monsters
My two favorite books about the transformation of societies were published over 50 years ago. Milton Mayer's They Thought They Were Free in 1955, and Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend, in 1954.
I Am Legend's main character, Robert Neville, is the sole survivor of a worldwide pandemic where everyone infected with the disease have become vampires.
During the day Neville repairs his house, hangs garlic and mirrors, gathers supplies … and hunts and kills … vampires.
Eventually the infected manage to break into Neville's house, capture him, and take him to their headquarters.
Through his prison window Neville sees the vampires milling around in the yard awaiting his execution. When they spot him, he sees the fear, awe and horror in their eyes and he understands to them he is their monster. Previously he saw the destruction of the vampires as a right and a moral imperative, but now infection is normal and he is the murderous deviant. He understands the reversal that has taken place and as vampires were legend in pre-infection times, now he is legend in the eyes of the new race born of the infection. Neville's last thoughts as he dies … "I am a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend."
In They Thought They Were Free, Milton Meyer details how Fascism happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation.
"To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it … Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained … that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these "little measures" that no "patriotic German" could resent 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."
"You see … one doesn't see exactly where or how to move. … Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for the one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow."
"And one day, too late, your principles … all rush in upon you. The burden of self deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying "Jew swine," collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in - your nation, your people - is not the world you were in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed."
"Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven't done … for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing."
Both books are about the transformation of societies. In Matheson's book, it is irreversible. In a world completely inhabited by monsters … there are no monsters. Germany's transformation was halted and reversed. Not by the Germans … but because the rest of the civilized world intervened and reduced their cities to rubble until the ruling elite surrendered.
How far are we along in our transformation into a society of monsters?
It seems that we are an extremely tolerant nation. Collectively we've tolerated the big Nuremberg no-no: Wars of Aggression. Our two wars have led to the deaths of over a million human beings, the majority of the dead being women and children. We've tolerated spending the hundreds of billions upon hundreds of billions of dollars … of our money … massacring innocent people … and we seem to accept that we will continue the slaughter for years to come. We've tolerated torturing people … sometimes to death. We have allowed the people that committed war crimes to walk away unpunished.
We're quite the open-minded nation when it comes to causing death and destruction.
But we are intolerant of people and ideas that could never harm us. People of the same-sex who want to get married and people with a darker skin color bring out the monsters among us.
There are some delusional Americans who do not want their tax dollars used to pay for someone's abortion but have stood mute while their taxes have paid for the massacre of women and children in illegal wars. This is how monsters think.
We don't have to call it Fascism. The word has been overused. It belongs in history books describing how other governments and the people that supported them went mad.
To stop our country from finishing the journey into insanity … Let's call it what it is.
We are ruled by monsters. The Corporatocracy and their highly paid hacks want to turn us all into monsters. Self centered swine who want what we want when we want it … and will accept anything, including the demonization and slaughter of the innocent, to get it.
The Corporatocracy cannot abide being thwarted. The idea that the Healthcare Industrial complex might not continue to make billions of dollars off of our sickness and pain has caused them to exhort their hacks to incite their audiences into irrational fury. Those that resist the corporate domination of our health are branded, leftists, socialists, and communists. It's only a matter of time before we hear the word … terrorists … describing those advocating universal health care.
There may come a time when we who resist will truly become the minority. We may already be there. The Corporate Media tells us that we who resist are in the minority. There's no way we can really be sure of how many of us there are. What could happen next? Will it come to the point where resistance could be stomped out of existence? Will it come to the point where everyone would be willing to embrace a monstrous status quo and want the resistance eradicated in exchange for what will pass for peace and security?
Then the familiar will become normal …those that resist will become the "new" monsters … the new bogeymen … the new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever.
We Will Be Legend … in a nation of monsters.
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.