America Heads for the Trash Can of History
By Paul Craig Roberts
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new books writers as disparate as Naomi Wolf and Pat Buchanan
conclude that America as we know her is disappearing. Both
writers hope, but are not confident, that enough Americans will
catch on in time to find the leadership to pull America back
from the brink.
If polls are reliable, a
majority of Americans are dissatisfied with President Bush and
Congress. However, Americans are far short of Wolf and
Buchanan's grasp of our peril.
Americans are unable to
connect their dissatisfaction with the current political
leadership with their choice of new leaders.
show that Hillary Clinton is far in the lead for the Democratic
presidential nomination and Rudy Giuliani is far in the lead for
the Republican nomination These are the only two candidates
guaranteed to be worse than Bush/Cheney.
Both Hillary and Rudy are
committed to the war. Both refuse to rule out expanding the war
to Iran and beyond. Both are totally in the pocket of the Israel
Lobby. Indeed, practically every Giuliani advisor is a member of
the Lobby. Both defend the police state measures that "protect
us from terrorism." And neither gives a hoot for the US
Constitution and the civil liberties it guarantees. The
Republican Giuliani is likely to overturn the Second Amendment
even quicker than the Democrat Hillary.
Both Hillary and Rudy are
creatures of ambition, not of principle. Both are one up on Karl
Marx. Marx said truth serves class interests. For Hillary and
Rudy, truth is what serves their individual interests. They both
wear black hats, and the horse they ride is called power.
Yet in November polls,
Republicans prefer Giuliani by a margin of five or six to one
over Ron Paul, the only principled Republican candidate and a
person who without any doubt believes in the Constitution and
would protect it.
Democrats prefer Hillary by a
margin of twenty to one over Dennis Kucinich, the only member of
Congress sufficiently concerned and courageous to introduce
impeachment against the notorious war criminal Dick Cheney. By
margins as much as forty-four to one, Democrats prefer Hillary
to Senator Christopher Dodd, who promises to give America back
its Constitution in the first hour of his administration. Former
Alaska Senator Mike Gravel does not even register in the polls.
Obviously, the American people
haven't a clue. In November 2007 they show a distinct preference
for leaders who are even worse than the ones with whom they are
currently dissatisfied. What does this tell us about the
American people and their commitment to be sufficiently informed
for democracy to function?
It tells us that they are not
up to the challenge. It is only a matter of time before America
succumbs to the plutocracy, against which Warren Buffet recently
warned Congress, or the fascist tyranny that Naomi Wolf sees in
Paul Craig Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street
Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National
Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can
be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com
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