Thursday, October 14, 2004

in denial

DDJANGO writes for Netpolitik, and I heartily agree:
"John Kerry on the stump likes to say that Bush is "in denial." I don't agree. The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang knows exactly what it's doing, both domestically and internationally. And they're damn good at it!

Unfortunately, it's the Left that's in denial. We refuse to fully grasp how liberal abuses and failures in the past contributed to the rise of "neoconservatism." Those of us who saw it coming were somehow powerless to stop it. Remember, please, that neoconservatism is not an evolution of conservatism, but of liberalism.

Our denial is even deeper than that, though. Here's what I mean: this week, a private voter registration firm with clear ties to the RNC was caught tampering with and/or destroying Democratic Party registration documents in two states. This is a treasonous insult to all Americans, not just to those on the Left. In my view, this kind of thing goes beyond "dirty tricks" and Watergate pales in comparison.

John Kerry should be screaming his ass off about this. Far as I know, nary a peep.

Here's the rub, though. Two questions: (1) does anyone really understand the amount of danger we're all in between now and January? (2) do any of us on the Left have even a flicker of an idea about what we'll do if The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang is still in power?"

Doesn't Derrida refer to neoliberal rhetoric somewhere as the language of an addict?

As you may have noticed, I have joined the "Progressive Blog Alliance" (see sidebar), which, although its raison d'être remains a bit ambiguous for the moment (and perhaps necessarily so), seems to be headed in some exciting directions and I would encourage anyone with any interest to check it out.
In other news (and in a while this blog may just return to more personal content), it seems that prisoners are now "disappearing" from Guantanamo.
By the way, today's wood's lot is on Bachelard and e.e. cummings, who share a birthday, it turns out.

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