by Bernie Quigley for The Free Market News Network, 7/20/06
In case you missed it, it was a remarkable event. Ron Paul, representative from
The other voices were disheartening. The constant waves of rhetoric by skilled and effective propagandists, wave after wave of the same we have heard for decades now, supporting
I have never seen President Bush look so happy. This is it, just like we heard it coming for ten years on the folkloric short-range radio stations in the hills of
No exaggeration. At the beginning of the war on
At the beginning of the war on
Something else: Anyone who lived in
Today, as we watch the disaster unfold in the Holy Land,
“We will stand with
CNN’s Lou Dobbs, who’s voice is becoming that of a new man of the people, was more reticent.
Yesterday he said: “As our airwaves fill with images and sounds of exploding Hezbollah rockets and Israeli bombs, this seven-day conflict has completely displaced from our view another war in which 10 Americans and more than 300 Iraqis have died during the same week. And it is a conflict now of more than three years duration that has claimed almost 15,000 lives so far this year alone.”
A good thought. But it’s not two wars. Its one war now.
The neocon strategy depends not so much on Israeli lobbying cash to the cowardly herds in the Senate and the House as to the passivity and denial of ordinary Americans. They have now a fait accompli. Even the passive advocates of the invasion of
We hear only occasionally of four permanent bases being built by Americans in
The best public article in the public venue I have seen on the Israeli invasion came from Harold Meyerson of The Washington Post.
“I wonder if this is how the summer of 1914 felt,” he asks, reviewing the history of Europe’s decent into a century of total war, “ . . . how the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers (and the killing of eight other in the Hezbollah raid) has escalated in less than a week to what may be the brink of a cataclysmic regional war with ghastly global implication.”
Meyerson ends with a call for a “genuine international army . . . and more assertive than the Boy Scout troops that the United Nations periodically deploys . . . is needed to restore the peace.”
It is the neocon’s dream come true, but it is not a bad idea, because there are so few other options now in these last few days. For decades we have passively followed their cues like bread crumbs leading us into the forest. Now there is no way out.
We have to again face the same primary question we faced at 9/11; at the failed governmental response to Katrina and time and again as the invasion of
Has federalism as Alexander Hamilton conceived it failed as a business model? It was perhaps the perfect model 180 years ago when almost all Americans were either factory workers or field hands. But the evidence grows daily that as a business model, One-Size-Fits-All Federalism no longer delivers the goods of conferring citizenship or of enhancing the productivity or the spiritual and cultural growth of Americans.
If so, the Democrats have no solution, nor do the Republicans. Libertarians have solutions. Indeed, the few Libertarian “free staters” who moved up here to
Every state should be a
This distinction is at the core of our identity on the North American continent. Nothing has shaped us more than the conflict between these two views. From Jay’s Treaty to today we have followed the
I don’t think that at the moment we are on the verge of a third World War. But clearly, as Meyerson outlines the passage of events that quickly tumbled out of control in 1914, it is troubling. The question is now, do we have the courage to shape alternatives?
Perhaps we don’t. The great ambassador George Kennan considered when he had neared death that the
If we have become a nation of hordes a new vision of federalism should be considered. Rather than go again to 1914 we should go again to 1775 and hold a new Constitution Convention.
On one blog yesterday I did see an interesting headline from
But maybe we won’t this time; indeed, let’s consider, never again.