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September 12, 2005

The Tipping Point

The visionary Stirling Newberry writes in a diary at DailyKos about the historical dimensions of this time we are in.  I went to bed last night feeling in my gut that we were at the point where Bush and his cronies were on their way out.  The American people have had enough.  This morning I read this most extraordinary and poetic post by Newberry.  He says that Bush is burying the past and that the age is dying because a corrupt executive and corrupt legislature are losing the ability to govern.  In a nutshell:

George Bush has declared two wars, and is losing all three. He said he would defend the homeland, and like Canute, could not hold back the tide. He said he would defeat Al Qaeda, and can no more catch bin Laden than the US Army could catch Geronimo. He said he would bring democracy to Iraq, and instead has restored chaos. But he came to power because he represented one choice of accomplishing what the vast general consent was to accomplish: protect the past from the present.

Here is a powerful exerpt toward the end:

We should expect over the course of the next year, not a decline, but a crescendo of the corruption and cronyism that has marked this era and marred its politics. The thieves will be intent on throwing the last bags of loot before the robbery is over. Expect that the billions spent on Katrina's aftermath will leave Haliburton above the water, and hundreds of thousands below the poverty line. Piratization is the ethos of these last days of untrammelled and unchecked power.

And it is this that will overthrow them. The naked greed will shock a jaded public, one that will turn elsewhere, any where, for leadership and vision. They will recall in previous, even darker, hours, how the nation came together, and in that unity found achievement. They will ask why this time there was such a failure. They will not blame themselves - for in the minds of the public, they did what they were asked. Instead, they will blame the leadership to whom power was given.

Now, today, this instant, it is time to answer the call to arms. Some will protest, but more important is to contest. In 14 months time America will have a new revolution. Do not waste another minute, lest you be forced to admit that you were not there. The relief effort needs aid and comfort now. Candidates across the country need volunteers now. These two projects - to relieve the suffering and then to end it - must occupy every spare moment and ounce of energy. For it is the will of the people, that drives the wings to victory. And from victory to vindication of that which we have so long believed: that an America reborn, is an America redeemed.

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 12, 2005 at 08:00 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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