Weather forecast: tyranny foretold

Empire Burlesque on creeping fascism and the compliance of the ruling class in the Bush agenda.

It won’t come with jackboots and book burnings, with mass rallies and fevered harangues. It won’t come with “black helicopters” or tanks on the street. It won’t come like a storm – but like a break in the weather, that sudden change of season you might feel when the wind shifts on an October evening: everything is the same, but everything has changed. Something has gone, departed from the world, and a new reality has taken its place.

As in Rome, all the old forms will still be there; legislatures, elections, campaigns – plenty of bread and circuses for the folks. But the “consent of the governed” will no longer apply; actual control of the state will have passed to a small group of nobles who rule largely for the benefit of their wealthy peers and corporate patrons.

We The People can stop this from happening. That’s not bravado, it’s simple truth. The time to act is now. Get involved. Redouble your efforts. “The only thing neccessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.”

So whenever some big media beast or Democratic “leader” steps forward now to say, “Gee, we were misled by these guys” or “Boy, if I’d only known before,” or some other craven, mealy-mouthed expression of self-justifying ignorance – tell them to their face that they lie. If they were ignorant, it was a willful ignorance, a co-opted ignorance, a bribed and bought ignorance, born from their desire to keep on feeding from the trough of power and privilege just as long as the slops keep coming. Wadded with power, privilege and nice pay packets, they were willingly deceived.

Well put indeed. The lack of action in DC by Democrats can best be explained in class terms. In fact, I think that’s the only real explanation. They aren’t cowards, they are complicit.

The Right blogosphere of late has been foaming in rage at the Left. Why? Because the Left is waking up and mobilizing. It’s the domestic spying that did it. When the final history of Bush and his fall are written, his illegal domestic spying will be seen to be the tipping point. Yes, I said Bush will fall.

I’m optimistic. The winds are now blowing our way. The Technorati Top 100 most popular blogs now has liberal blogs in the ascendant over rightwing blogs. This is quite new and signifies a sea change in opinion. The ruling class doesn’t get it yet, the people do.

So, I disagree a bit with Empire Burlesque. The weather forecast doesn’t have to be tyranny. Yes, these are scary times, so it’s time to “Get up/stand up/Stand up for your rights.” We can do it.

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