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Tomorrow can’t come soon enough

Waiting for the Bush regime to go is like watching paint dry. I worry with so much attention focused on the election happenings we will be distracted enough that Bush and/or Cheney can pull off some more crap that the next president will be saddled with the undoing. Iran? Permanent bases in Iraq? Right wing appointments? More economic disaster strategies and shocks?

We must hold them accountable but it may be after they leave office. Meanwhile we must also remember to keep our eyes and ears on them throughout this next year. There is still much damage they can do and they still hold the power to do it. As the mainstream media saturates the airwaves in the coming months with nonstop “horse race” coverage (instead of real discussion of the candidates issues and plans) don’t forget to look to other news sources for what else is happening in the world. There are many many great blogs out there. Go check them out. Do a search for “blogs & progressive” for a starting place if you don’t know where to begin.

An informed public will ensure we are doing all we can to protect this democracy. Voting is great but it’s not enough. If we come out in huge numbers in the fall the election can’t be stolen. From the numbers I’m seeing in the primaries democrats are voting in huge numbers over republicans. I MEAN HUGE! Aint it great? -Peace and Love, Val

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Fascism…are we there yet?

To paraphrase Paul Krugman in his book Conscience of a Liberal, I too grew up taking the America I knew then for granted. I also protested the bombing in Cambodia. I attended my first “sit-in” at the JFK center in Boston. I was sixteen at the time and skipped school to do it. Through the years, I protested injustices directed toward women, gays & lesbians, blacks & immigrants. I refused to eat lettuce because of Caesar Chavis. I believed that we were going to wrestle “it” away from the corrupted politicians and put America back on the road to Peace, Justice and the pursuit of happiness for ALL.

Now, I’m 51 years old and after living the last seven years under the neo-con’s wet dream called the Bush Administration, I am concerned for the health of this democracy. These days I ask things like “is fascism just around the corner? Or are we already in it?” Everybody throws around Hitler and the nazi link when they talk about fascism but really Mussolini was a much better example.

Fascism is when the government and corporations merge. It’s when everything is privatized. Like schools (New Orleans) and and there’s private armies (Blackwater) and secret prisons or “gulags” (Guantanamo & Abbu Garab) and the government spies on it’s own people (The Patriot Act) and the media is controlled. (5 US corporations now own all US media)

It’s when the government scares the hell out of it’s own people by telling them of threats inside and outside of the country. (The “War on Terror”) It’s like when Government officials start acting like thugs or the mob (Blackwater roamed the streets of New Orleans with guns after Katrina and they are building facilities now all around the country) It when a country harasses it’s citizens that speak out against it’s policies (200-300 people were on the “terrorist watch list before 9/11 today 850,000+ are on the list now including Sen. Ted Kennedy, anti-war activists, liberals and others)

It’s also when the government singles out individuals who speak out (purging of 8 U.S. Attorneys, CIA worker denied secret clearence after saying waterboarding is torture on her blog) and Dissent is unpatriotic (The Dixie Chicks) or treason (Editor of the NY Times attacked by Republicans in Congress for publishing what Bush called secret documents) Fascism is also when the rule of law is suspended. (The Posse Comitatus Act – Bush is violating it by saying he can now use the army for domestic law enforcement)

Well, I guess I better try to get some sleep. It’s late. I had a few things on my mind. Better go hit the sack because soon it will be time to WAKE UP!

Peace and love,
Val

Naomi Wolf’s 10 steps to Fascism
http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329789179-110878,00.html

The Conscience of a Liberal
Paul Krugman

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