In The Kingdom of Fear
By Sheila Samples
"You're A Whole Different Person When You're Scared"
~~Warren Zevon, Hunter S. Thompson
" -- --
My friend Bernie says since Democrats won the
Congress, George Bush reminds him of a cartoon where
this destructive Texas jackrabbit was careening headlong
down a path, his eyes riveted on a rabbit hole in the
distance. A tortoise, sunning himself at the side of the
path, looked behind the rabbit where a baying pack of
dogs, in hot pursuit, was gaining on him. The tortoise
smiled. The poor bunny was in a race for his life. As he
shot by, the tortoise called out lazily, "Think you'll
make it?" The rabbit, looking neither to the right nor
left, shot back desperately -- "I gotta make
Bernie says Bush is running scared. So scared he's "pantin'
like a lizard..."
Pantin' like a lizard? Hah. Having been raised in New
Mexico with me, Bernie should know that Bush is panting
because, well, that's what lizards do...Especially
the venomous gila monsters, who are fun to chase, but
only a fool would try to catch one. That's why the few
Democrats out there who appear to be chasing Bush are,
in reality, just trotting along in his wake. I suspect
they fear the holocaust he is capable of inflicting if
they catch him.
For six long years, Bush has "water-boarded" all who
oppose him -- especially those in Congress -- with a
steady stream of 9-11. Each speech is laced with visions
of 9-11 -- 9-11 horror just over the horizon, 9-11
around each corner, 9-11 behind each tree. "Fear Itself"
is the only option on the Bush-Cheney table, and they
have used it relentlessly, not only to wage genocidal
war in order to gain control of the world's resources,
but to seize dictatorial power and to control the
quivering masses. Constant and repetitive warnings and
false-flag alerts, evidence of plotters and planners
skulking among us, hateful ideologies swirling above us
like mushroom clouds -- is it any wonder our elected
representatives, once inside the Kingdom of Fear, lose
all sense of direction, the ability to reason?
In his new book, "The Assault on Reason," former vice
president Al Gore shines the light of
truth upon this
Orwellian prison of fear in which we are held captive.
In fact, Gore says more in his Introduction than most
people can manage to get across in an entire book. He
says there is a "connection between the withdrawal of
reason from the public sphere and the resulting vacuum
that is filled by fear, superstition, ideology,
deception, intolerance, and obsessive secrecy as a means
of tightening control over the information that a free
society needs to govern itself according to reason-based
Bernie says that sounds good, but as far as he's
concerned, they're all just a bunch of spineless
hypocritical weasels. "Something ain't right here,"
Bernie said. "These Democrats are different from the
ones we sent up there. We elected them to do the two
things they promised to do -- stop the massacre in Iraq
and impeach the shallow, warmongering fool who lied us
into his greedy war. They've been there nearly 11 months
and they refuse to hold Bush and Cheney accountable for
their treasonous lies or the massive destruction that
gets worse every day. Blood keeps gushing from the sands
of Iraq. Bodies keep piling up."
Bernie glared at me as he headed for the door. "Are they
really scared, or are they just playing politics?" he
asked. "Either way -- how do they sleep at night -- how
in the hell do they sleep at night?"
If I knew the answer to that question, I'd know why my
hero, Sen. Russ Feingold, gave a speech on the floor of
the Senate in early October wherein he urged his peers
to take a stand and insist the $150 billion war-funding
bill include a timeline for beginning to withdraw troops
because, he said, "There have been more than 3,600
killed in Iraq..."
I was aghast. Perhaps Feingold overslept that morning.
Had he bothered to
check, he would have
discovered that, as he spoke, more than 3,800 of our
soldiers and marines had been killed. He might even have
mentioned the more than 37,000 injured and more than
21,000 suffering from disease and other medical
problems. No matter how you stack them, that's a lot of
bodies piling up...
I'd know why another of my heroes,
Rep. John Conyers, who
had been out there hugging the peerless
David Swanson and the
Cindy Sheehan --
holding meetings in basements, whipping up articles of
impeachment -- suddenly shut up, backed off, and dove
under his desk when the polls closed. Freaked out --
after 21 terms in Congress!
I don't know if House droid Nancy Pelosi experiences
fear; if she sleeps, or even blinks, but her strident
insistence that she alone is the Decider on impeachment
is a power grab indicating either her ignorance of, or
contempt for, the U.S. Constitution. Article II, Section
4 leaves no wiggle room, but is a mandate -- "The
President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the
United States, shall be removed from
Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason,
Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."
Pelosi's mantra that "impeachment is off the table"
mirrors Bush's 9-11 broadside, and is clear evidence
that she is far more concerned with politics than with
the faceless, invisible bodies that keep piling up
because of her inaction. In a recent interview with
CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Pelosi said she is determined that
Bush will not escape his legacy. "This war is Bush's war
and it's Cheney's war. And now," she said, smacking her
lips in delight -- "this war is the Republican's war..."
So there you have it. When Pelosi and other members of
Congress were sworn in after the 2006 election, 2,761
American uniformed military had been slain. In the
ensuing 11 months, while Democrats were caving in,
kissing ass, and giving Bush everything he demanded to
expand his war, an additional 1,072 of our young men and
women have perished. With 13 months remaining for this
administration, one must wonder how many more innocent
Iraqi citizens and American military must die in order
for Pelosi to write Bush's legacy with their blood...
If Democrats in Congress actually read that
document which they
swore to "support and defend against all enemies foreign
and domestic," they would know that any member of the
House can start impeachment proceedings by (are you
listening, Rep. Dennis Kucinich?) merely tossing a
resolution in the hopper for referral to the appropriate
There is good reason for Americans to be scared, for as
George Orwell said, "It does not matter if the war is
not real, or when it is, victory is not possible. The
war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continous...The
war is waged by the ruling group against its subjects."
It's them against us -- a greedy corporate cabal
protected by a cruel and sinister Dick Cheney and Bush,
a vicious, brainless jackass who endowed himself with
"wonder-working" masturbatory power to torture and kill
I once read that the Constitution is our birth
certificate. If we are to remain a legitimate republic
and escape this Kingdom of Fear, we must impeach both of
these illegitimate warmongers. We must resist being
fatigued into compliance with murder and into
relinquishing our freedoms.
As Hunter S. Thompson
wrote so succinctly
just prior to the 2004 elections, "We are down to
nut-cutting time," and, again, with Warren Zevron,
Thompson admonished -- "If you can't run, walk...If
you can't walk, crawl...But don't look down...It's a
long, long fall."
Let us begin.
Sheila Samples is an
Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public
Information Officer. She is a regular contributor for a
variety of Internet sites. Contact her at
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