DUmmie FUnnies 01-17-06 ("The New Fascism"---Pied Piper Pitt)
Here is the latest blast of Hot Air from DUmmie Temporary SockPu...uh, I mean Pied Piper Pitt. This bloated heat wave emanating from his mouth is pretty much his standard Apocalyptic routine mixed in with a strange feeling of a Swan Song. It is almost as if Pitt is bidding farewell in his current incarnation before Dark Forces conspire to prevent him from fulfilling his "destiny." It is the dark foreboding tone of Pitt's latest overblown treatise that ends up saying really NOTHING that distinguishes this missive from his usual bilge. Is Pitt, perhaps, planning on a trip for the next 3 to 5 years with time off for good behavior such as not boring the hell out of everybody around him? In any event, Pitt's latest tome, THE NEW FASCISM is like a huge wedding cake. Heavy on empty calories but little of actual nutritional substance. Note that Pitt rambles on about feelings of impending fascism while presenting absolutely NO EVIDENCE to make his case. See, it is all about FEELINGS! And speaking of feelings, I have a feeling that Pitt will soon be mercifully taking his leave of us for a long time on a journey of unfulfilled destiny. Sorry Pitt but it looks like the Triumph of the Will is just not in the cards for you. The good news is that you will probably be allowed visitations by your pal, Scott Ritter so you can compare notes about previous conquests. As usual, the Pitt bloviations and the ramblings of his DUmmie groupies are in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, wondering if Pitt would like me to include a hacksaw in the over-caloried cake I will be sending him, is in the [brackets]:
The New Fascism
[Yeah, yeah. We remember. It all started when we won the 1980 Olympic Hockey game against the Russkies where crazed nationalistic fans screamed "USA! USA! USA!" The event that launched the Third American Empire. Proceed with your overblown comedy routine, Pitt.]
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. - Abraham Lincoln
[Brevity is NOT the soul of Pitt. - William Shakespeare updated]
Say "fascism" to anyone you meet, and you will conjure images of coal-scuttle helmets, of Nazi bootheels clicking in terrible unison down Berlin streets during dark days that only a few remaining among the living remember. Each day, members of the generation which heard those heels for themselves go into the ground, taking with them whispered words of warning. I saw it for myself, they whisper before they pass. See this tattooed number? See this scar? It happened. It was real.
[Methinks the impending incarceration of a certain Blowhard will be attributed to The New Fascism.]
Say "fascism" to anyone you meet, and you will be greeted with the boilerplate response of the blithely overconfident: such a thing cannot happen here. This is the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave. Ours is a nation of laws, of checks and balances, of righteousness and decency. Our laws and traditions stand as a bulwark against the rise of totalitarian madness. It cannot happen here. Thus we are indoctrinated into the school of our own assumed greatness.
[How about the Newton School of our own assumed overblown greatness?]
"We must disenthrall ourselves," said Abraham Lincoln, and so we must, because it can happen here. It is already happening. All the parroted recitations of grade school civics cannot erase the fact that a new order is rising. Call it "secret fascism" or "smiley-faced fascism." Call it a quiet dictatorship. Call it what you like, but it is here with us in America today, and it is growing.
[I wouldn't be mentioning "grade school" if I were, Pitt. In fact you might want to avoid that subject as much as possible for the near future.]
To be sure, there are no coal-scuttle helmets lined in ranks down our broad avenues, no Tonton Macoute savaging dissidents, no Khmer Rouge slaughtering intellectuals and herding citizens from cities to die by the millions on roads littered with skulls. The core strength of our new fascism is that it speaks softly. It does not present itself in such an obvious way that those who subsist on the dogmas of our greatness can point and say there, there it is, I see it.
[Groan! Perhaps your fact challenged bloatings can impress young schoolgirls but anybody with even a very modest knowledge of history has to laugh at your lack of understanding of that subject. The Tonton Macoute were basically a bunch of street thugs organized by Papa Doc Duvalier to enforce his corrupt rule, not some mass fascistic movement. And as for the Khmer Rouge---NEWS ALERT!!! They were COMMUNISTS! Maybe I should have placed your hyperbole in Khmer Rouge instead of Bolshevik Red.]
This new fascism is not fed only by lies, though to be sure the lies are there in preposterous abundance. This new fascism is fed by myths, our myths, the myths by which we rock ourselves to sleep. This new fascism is in truth an elemental fascism, reborn today by a confluence of events; the diligent work of the few, in combination with the passivity of the many, have brought forth this new order.
[Lies and myths. Pied Piper Pitt is subsconsciously presenting us with his upcoming legal defense. All those accusations against him will be denounced as LIES and MYTHS! Oh yeah, and The New Fascism Will be blamed on silencing a great progressive voice (who never EVER had ANY dealings at all with A.N.S.W.E.R. since he was hermetically sealed in a giant Body Condom to protect against infestation from those comrades).]
The writer Umberto Eco, in a 1995 essay titled "Ur-Fascism," delineated several core elements that have existed in one form or another in every fascist state in history: "Parliamentary democracy is by definition rotten, because it does not represent the voice of the people, which is that of the sublime leader. Doctrine outstrips reason, and science is always suspect. The national identity is provided by the nation's enemies. Argument is tantamount to treason. Perpetually at war, the state must govern with the instruments of fear. Citizens do not act; they play the supporting role of 'the people' in the grand opera that is the state."
[More Ur-Bullshitt from the bottomless Pitt.]
Take these one at a time.
[Is that what you said while handing out candy in the school yard?]
"Parliamentary democracy is by definition rotten, because it does not represent the voice of the people, which is that of the sublime leader."
[Thus spaketh the Sublime Leader of the PDA.]
George W. Bush has all but gelded Congress in recent months, attaching so-called "signing statements" to a variety of laws which state that the president may act beyond the laws whenever he so chooses. The United States, fashioned as a republic, has as its voice the congressional body. This is all but finished. To cement his victory over the parliamentary system, Bush has put forth one Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, a man who believes in the ultimate power of the one leader over the many. The gelded congress does not appear able to keep this man from the high court, thus rendering the balancing branches of government into a satellite system of the Executive.
[YAWN! And can you CITE where Samuel Alito actually SAID or WROTE that he believes in the ultimate leader over the many? If such a document actually exists, I am sure that The Swimmer or Chuck the Shmuck would have brought it up at the confirmation hearings. And I would avoid the entire topic of "gelded" if I were you since MA courts might provide for chemical gelding in the case of certain heinous crimes.]
"Doctrine outstrips reason, and science is always suspect."
The supremacy of religious fundamentalism within and without government carries this banner before all others. What is reason in the face of the zealot's faith? Science has become a watered-down vessel for Intelligent Design, and the incontrovertible truths of empirical data are slapped aside. Spencer Tracy, in the film "Inherit the Wind," bellows the warning here: "Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we'll be marching backward, backward, through the glorious ages of that sixteenth century, when bigots burned the man who dared to bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind."
[I'm SO IMPRESSED by your ability to copy and paste IMDB movie quotes for "Inherit The Wind" that you found HERE. Oh, and I hate to burst your bubble but the REAL life, as opposed to REEL life, Spencer Tracy was actually VERY conservative politically.]
"The national identity is provided by the nation's enemies."
This has been with us for generations now. Our nation defined ourselves through a comparison to the Nazis, to the Imperial Japanese, and then through decades of comparison to Communism. Terrorism has supplanted all of these, hammered into place on a Tuesday in September by the actions of madmen. We are not them, all is justified in the struggle against them, and so we are defined.
[Of course, in DUmmieland, those "madmen" are defined as the EVIL Bush Regime.]
"Argument is tantamount to treason."
All one need do to see this in action is spend some hours with the Fox News channel. Freedom fries. Why do you hate America? You are with us or you are with the terrorists. Watch what you say.
[Watch what you say, especially when taking the stand in court.]
"Perpetually at war, the state must govern with the instruments of fear."
The manipulation of this population by fear has been ham-fisted, to be sure, but has also been cruelly effective. We do not want the evidence to be a mushroom cloud. Weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda in Iraq. Nuclear designs in Iran. Plastic sheeting and duct tape. Orange alert. Argument becomes tantamount to treason simply because everyone has been made to feel fear at all times. A frightened populace is easily governed, and governs itself; this lesson was well-learned in the duck-and-cover days of the Cold War. Those lessons have been masterfully applied once again. Today, the citizenry polices itself, and the herd moves as one body. Even the surveillance of innocent citizens by the state is brushed off as a necessary evil. Remember: you are being watched.
[How about speaking about manipulation of the school age population?]
"Citizens do not act; they play the supporting role of 'the people' in the grand opera that is the state."
Once, we lived by the glorious simplicity of the vote. Casting a ballot was the single most patriotic duty a citizen could perform, an affirmation of all we held dear and true. Today, we live in the nation of the vanishing voter. Power has been so far removed from the people by those with money and influence that most see voting as a waste of time. Add to this the growing control of the implements of voting and vote-counting by partisan corporations, and the rule of We the People is left in ashes.
[Did you know that convicted felons are not allowed to vote?]
We must disenthrall ourselves from the idea that our institutions, our traditions, the barriers that protect us from absolute and authoritarian powers, cannot be broken down. They are being dismantled a brick at a time. It is a whispered fascism, not yet marching down your street or pounding upon your door in the dead of night. But it is here, and it is laying deep roots. We must listen beyond the whispered fascism of today to the shouted fascism of tomorrow. We must look beyond the lies and the myths, beyond the dogmas by which we sleep.
[The whispered fascism of today will lead to a whispering campaign against a certain former school teacher. And nice Freudian touch again with that mention of lies and myths. It should make for an interesting legal defense. And now on to your young impressionable DUmmie groupies...]
It can happen here.
It is already happening here.
[It already happened at the Newton School.]
It did happen. Unfortunately, that will only be clear in hindsight in 2010
[On the date of the perpetrator's release.]
Stop it Will! yer scarin me!
[That's what she said, according to court documents.]
Excellent, as always, Will. You've nailed it perfectly...keep on, friend. You're our Tom Paine, and we need you as we fight this monster...
["Nailed it perfectly?" Not quite according to some upcoming testimony.]
Will, sometimes you just have an amazing way of hitting the ball out of the park.
[As well as balling in the park.]
If Martin Luther were living today they wouldn't let the man speak.
[This space reserved for a Charles Henrickson insertion....]
Will... Check out http://www.thisiswiretap.com - both Leopold and Floyd are using it as a resource.
[Are you sure you don't mean Leopold and Loeb?]
I'm near to speechless. And Scared.
[That's what Pitt heard a lot in Newton.]
Personally, I can't phanton even dating one and have been fortunate that most love me for the proud manner I display in being a liberal.
[Pitt didn't have any problem dating one...or two or three or four or...]