Can we assume that the rank and file republicans are merely content and accepting of their partyís so-called victory? I wonder. Hey, there must be at least some of them as wary of whatís happened as the rest of us. Their party affiliation doesnít necessarily mean they canít think...doesnít mean theyíre unconcerned, does it? They have eyes and ears, they can read...they know a "coup" took place and just because it resulted in a republican unpresident doesnít mean they necessarily like it...the process by which it happened, that is. Personally, I think theyíre a little worried too. If it can happen "in their favor"...the more-aware ones among them know it can happen the other way around, too. Yet, as already said, we donít hear much from them, do we? Theyíre not the ones foaming at the mouth on website after website. Just what are they thinking? Lord knows.
So, what a mess, huh? The unpresident lives each day as if heís really a duly elected president. Heís busy giving nicknames to everyone, busy speaking on the "high road" while his lackeys continue to debase and revile anyone who dares to disagree with the party line or his legitimacy. He continues his folksy approach...hoping more and more people wonít notice the difference between his form and his substance. He continues to use doublespeak in the best tradition of Orwell. This Unpresident Dubya hopes and hopes that the more time that goes by...the less we will remember just how he got the keys to the Oval Office. Heís already beginning to finish the job in Iraq that his daddy couldnít do...bombs are falling again. They can say over and over again that the latest bombing of Iraq is a "normal/routine policy," but who the hell really believes it...even his supporters must know its HIM doing it for daddy.
What a mess, huh? I know Iím sounding rather pessimistic...hell, I know Iím sounding that way. Yet, even though optimism isnít easily attained these days, there ARE millions of us who donít accept this unpresident, who know that "business as usual" isnít going to get us very far. I donít think either pessimism nor optimism fits the moment. So what does, you ask? Iíd say "realism" does...Bush is real, power is real, ideology is real, hypocrisy is real...and so is critique. But the most "real" thing is that a takeover is in progress and that everyone should sit up, listen, and take notice. People, just people...democrats, republicans, progressives, independents...everyone, needs to talk with each other. We need to let the power-brokers know weíre here and that weíll be damned if weíre going to e=let them complete their takeover. I know its hard for most to get past their beliefs and perspectives which they cherish and maintain, but real is real, folks. Personally, Iím going to think real hard about finally buying my first gun. Oh-oh, now heís talking about guns...just what is he advocating??
Well, Iím not completely sure of that myself. Self-protection comes to mind first, at least to me. Somewhere along the way, weíre all going to have to face the possibility that "they" will be "coming for" at least some of us. Hyperbole? Dementia? Paranoia? Ask the survivors of the Nazi roundup of jews? Ask the survivors of Stalinís purges? Hell, as the native americans of this continent! No, its realism...and I have no plans to go quietly. Iím not worried about today or tomorrow...or even about next week. Itís still relatively safe for the foreseeable future...but for how long if the fascist and theocratic atmosphere continues to spread. If it does, then they eventually will come. Bet on it. If youíd like a realistic, but fictional, portrayal of what Iím talking about...read Margaret Atwoodís futuristic book...The Handmaidís Tale. Then tell me Iím just overreacting...then tell me these people changing our society arenít serious. No, I donít own a gun...never have...and I DONíT advocate violence as a first approach. But sooner or later...well, letís put it this way...we just might have to defend ourselves...literally. Meanwhile, donít ignore whatís happening just because you donít "believe" it will get that bad.
So, on the Presidentís Day, 2001...Iím nervous, anxious, and angry. People of good will...no matter what your affiliation, label, or loyalty...PLEASE, lets find and meet on some common ground...its our only hope. We must talk across the divisions which separate us (most arenít real, anyway...weíve only be conditioned to think they are)...we must DEFINE that common ground anew and for ourselves. And what do I think that is? My answer is...resistance to power for powerís sake...for thatís what is happening underneath all the ideological claims about this or that. Forget the public agenda being articulated...the only principle being fostered is the "absence of principle." Power people have no principle...its power for its own sake...and end in itself...it is its own justification.
David H. Kessel