History will not treat us
By Tim Andersen
Clearing House" -- -- Most Americans are hiding. We are like the good Germans
of 1933 who knew an authoritarian regime was
consolidating its power, but thought we could avoid
personal consequences if we kept quiet. We remained
silent as enemies of the State were rounded up, and
everyones' liberties curtailed. It did not happen all at
once. It was a process of conditioning.
The TSA cops at US airports were initially intended to
create the perception of eminent threat: America under
attack by evildoers! That perception has largely given
way to weary travelers offended by the intrusive and
slow inspections. I don’t fly that often, but last
weekend at the airport it was clear TSA had adopted a
new tact. Now they are the authoritarians. While we were
trapped in the winding queue they yelled at us to listen
up and follow their precise instructions. All liquids
and gels (toothpaste!) must be in quantities of 3.4
ounces, or less, grouped together in a single, clear one
liter bag. The yelling cop invited us to show our
displeasure to any passenger who did not follow
instructions, and held up the line. As I was inspected,
the TSA cop took my shaving cream from the bag. The tube
read 3.6 oz. She asked me what the maximum allowable
size was. I told her that’s the only size it came in.
She said she would allow it through this time only.
Who could have imagined ten years ago that Congress
would permit the Bush regime to eliminate habeas corpus?
Our founders understood this was the bedrock fundamental
principle of a free people. No political opponents could
be rounded up and jailed by a tyrant. No one could
presume to be above the law. Yet there was hardly a peep
from blasť American consumers. The mainstream press
reassured us that good Americans had nothing to worry
Many people refuse to recognize the corruption and evil
of our government, because the thought is simply
intolerable. It undermines their fundamental beliefs and
trust, and makes most of what occupies their days
utterly trivial. The “solution” for these people is to
tune-out any potentially upsetting epiphany. They
welcome reassuring propaganda that reinforces our noble
purposes in the Middle East and elsewhere. They do not
care to investigate personally, or even listen to, the
evidence of our considerable crimes.
So, it’s strange to realize we have no real
representation in Congress or control over America’s
future. Millions of Americans see the ship of state
headed straight for an iceberg, and despite our protests
the course will not change. It’s a classic nightmare.
History will not treat us kindly. We will be remembered
as the Americans who insulated themselves from reality
and remained self-absorbed, concerned with their own
personal comfort and privilege while our government
wrecked havoc on the world and destroyed our own
culture. It will not be difficult for future generations
to understand what happened and the sequence of events.
The evidence is abundantly clear. The only question will
be why Americans didn’t rise up and save themselves.