Tuesday, January 24, 2006
This is a good line to draw and fight over...once enough laws have been compromised, once enough human rights have been abused and once enough Americans stop fighting for their freedom of speech, of expression and of conscience - well, the real war is over. I think we need an army of Cindy Sheehans, people who will put their bodies on the line and demand the truth.
The three phrases from Orwell's 1984 that encapsulated doublespeak:
"War is Peace"
"Freedom is Slavery"
"Ignorance is Strength"
russell (airstrip one)
“family values” - oppression of women and promulgation of hatred toward those who don’t participate in the historically-recent emphasis on the nuclear family unit.
“privatize” - stealing national resources to give them to big business
“tort reform” - corporate immunity and the elimination of lawsuits by individuals against corporate entities
“tax reform” - tax burden shift from unearned income [wealthy] to earned income [working people])
“Leave No Child Behind” - maintaining the social class divide by the planned implosion of the public school system
“enemy combatant” - legal wording to get around the Geneva Conventions ‘ protective rights for those captured in combat
“sound science” - pro-corporate, anti-environmental science
Thanks for yr comments.
All I can say is, that the president of the US would love to create a precedence that he or she is actually above the law. The "spying issue" therefore only has a secondary meaning. You see the way it used to work previously was, that the government or the INS called up a judge and got permission for eavesdropping within minutes. So it is not the issue of IF but HOW! Bush is trying to give government a free ride to whatever they please to do without check and balances. That renders the picture of the start of a fascist regime.
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